The BEST Episodes of Parks and Recreation

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Network: NBC

The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.

One Last Ride (2)

#1 - One Last Ride (2)

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 24, 2015

The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.

star 9.09
1,050 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Amy Poehler, Michael Schur
One Last Ride (1)

#2 - One Last Ride (1)

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 24, 2015

The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.

star 8.77
1,597 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Amy Poehler, Michael Schur
Moving Up (2)

#3 - Moving Up (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 24, 2014

Leslie, Ben, and Andy head to San Francisco for a National Parks Conference. Tom opens his restaurant, Ron has another run-in with his ex-wife Tammy 2, Andy lives a rock and roll fantasy, and Leslie makes a huge decision about her future.

star 8.76
984 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Alan Yang
Leslie and Ron

#4 - Leslie and Ron

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 20, 2015

Leslie and Ron attempt to work out their differences.

star 8.62
1,321 votes
Writers: Michael Schur
Moving Up (1)

#5 - Moving Up (1)

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 24, 2014

Leslie, Ben, and Andy head to San Francisco for a National Parks Conference. Tom opens his restaurant, Ron has another run-in with his ex-wife Tammy 2, Andy lives a rock and roll fantasy, and Leslie makes a huge decision about her future.

star 8.48
1,868 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Alan Yang
Leslie and Ben

#6 - Leslie and Ben

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 21, 2013

Leslie and Ben are getting married, and have to cram months of planning into two hours. Ron's temper gets him in trouble.

star 8.45
2,251 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Alan Yang, Michael Schur
Win, Lose, or Draw

#7 - Win, Lose, or Draw

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2012

It's election day in Pawnee, and Leslie and Bobby Newport are separated by a razor-thin margin. While everyone waits with Leslie for the race to be called, they ponder their futures, and their new opportunities.

star 8.34
2,409 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Michael Schur
Bowling for Votes

#8 - Bowling for Votes

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 26, 2012

Leslie and Ben host a bowling night after receiving feedback about Leslie's campaign. April, Chris, and Jerry hold a competition to see who can raise the most funds.

star 8.30
2,443 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Katie Dippold
The Debate

#9 - The Debate

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2012

Leslie goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport in a debate. Ann, Tom, and Chris work in the media spin room, while Ron goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie's donors.

star 8.25
2,351 votes
Directors: Amy Poehler
Writers: Amy Poehler
Ron and Diane

#10 - Ron and Diane

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2012

Ron's nomination for a woodworking award is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Jerry hosts a holiday party and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited.

star 8.24
2,403 votes
Directors: Dan Goor
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Megan Amram
Citizen Knope

#11 - Citizen Knope

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2011

Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas.

star 8.22
2,625 votes
Directors: Randall Einhorn
Writers: Dave King
The Trial of Leslie Knope

#12 - The Trial of Leslie Knope

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2011

Leslie has to face an ethics committee about her secret relationship with Ben after they come clean to Chris.

star 8.21
2,501 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
Li'l Sebastian

#13 - Li'l Sebastian

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired May 19, 2011

Leslie and the parks team put together a memorial service for a dearly departed friend. Meanwhile, Tom makes a big life decision, while Chris reacts badly to a health problem.

star 8.20
2,678 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dan Goor
London (1)

#14 - London (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2013

Leslie wins an award from an international Women in Government organization, and travels to London with Ben, Andy, April, and Ron to accept it. Tom hunts down the mysterious businessman who is trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann and Chris settle into the next phase of their relationship.

star 8.19
2,168 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
Ron and Tammys

#15 - Ron and Tammys

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2011

Ron's first ex-wife, Tammy One, reenters his life and tries to control his every move. Meanwhile, Ben helps Tom balance the books at his new company, and Ann makes a PSA, with help from Chris.

star 8.17
2,697 votes
Directors: Randall Einhorn
Writers: Norm Hiscock
End of the World

#16 - End of the World

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2011

A local Pawnee group predicts the end of days, causing chaos in the Parks department.

star 8.17
2,688 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
The Comeback Kid

#17 - The Comeback Kid

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 12, 2012

Leslie enlists everyone's help in staging an attention-getting event. Ben takes up a new hobby, while April and Andy adopt a pet.

star 8.17
2,486 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Mike Scully
Operation Ann

#18 - Operation Ann

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 2, 2012

Leslie works to find Ann a Valentine's date. Ron helps Ben with a scavenger hunt, and Chris becomes depressed over his love life.

star 8.17
2,375 votes
Directors: Morgan Sackett
Writers: Aisha Muharrar
London (2)

#19 - London (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 2013

Leslie wins an award from an international Women in Government organization, and travels to London with Ben, Andy, April, and Ron to accept it. Tom hunts down the mysterious businessman who is trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann and Chris settle into the next phase of their relationship.

star 8.14
1,125 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
Two Parties

#20 - Two Parties

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 17, 2013

Ben and Leslie's rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take on a very different tune.

star 8.14
2,298 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dave King
Pawnee Rangers

#21 - Pawnee Rangers

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2011

Ron takes his boys-only troop of Pawnee Rangers into the wild. Not wanting the girls to feel left out, Leslie also takes her troop of Pawnee Goddesses on an adventure weekend. Meanwhile, a reluctant Ben joins Tom and Donna for a day of relaxation, and Chris spends some time with Jerry.

star 8.13
2,577 votes
Writers: Alan Yang
Anniversaries

#22 - Anniversaries

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 27, 2014

Ben attempts to surprise Leslie with a special anniversary gift. Tom and Andy try to help Leslie bring positive light to the Pawnee-Eagleton merger, while April asserts her new authority as Donna’s boss.

star 8.13
1,985 votes
Directors: Morgan Sackett
Writers: Megan Amram
Halloween Surprise

#23 - Halloween Surprise

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2012

A job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplate their future. Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating. Tom searches for a new business idea.

star 8.13
2,247 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
Ann and Chris

#24 - Ann and Chris

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 30, 2014

On Ann and Chris's last night in Pawnee, Leslie throws a grand farewell party and attempts to fulfill one last promise. Meanwhile, Tom, Ben, Ron and Andy struggle to find the perfect going away gift for Chris.

star 8.13
1,978 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Michael Schur
Emergency Response

#25 - Emergency Response

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 14, 2013

Leslie and Ben organize a black tie gala to raise money for their park. Andy prepares to take his Police Academy Exam. Ron fills in for Leslie on Pawnee Today.

star 8.13
2,143 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Joe Mande, Norm Hiscock