The Best Episodes of Parks and Recreation

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2018

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

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

star 9.13
815 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Amy Poehler, Michael Schur
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One Last Ride (1)

#2 - One Last Ride (1)

Season 7 - Episode 12

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

star 8.75
1,107 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Amy Poehler, Michael Schur
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Moving Up (2)

#3 - Moving Up (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22

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 8.73
740 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Alan Yang
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Leslie and Ron

#4 - Leslie and Ron

Season 7 - Episode 4

Leslie and Ron attempt to work out their differences.

star 8.59
1,005 votes
Writers: Michael Schur
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Leslie and Ben

#5 - Leslie and Ben

Season 5 - Episode 14

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

star 8.54
1,317 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Michael Schur, Alan Yang
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Win, Lose, or Draw

#6 - Win, Lose, or Draw

Season 4 - Episode 22

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 8.47
1,255 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Michael Schur
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Moving Up (1)

#7 - Moving Up (1)

Season 6 - Episode 21

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 8.46
1,291 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Alan Yang
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Ron and Diane

#8 - Ron and Diane

Season 5 - Episode 9

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 8.28
1,298 votes
Directors: Dan Goor
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Megan Amram
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The Debate

#9 - The Debate

Season 4 - Episode 20

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 8.26
1,274 votes
Directors: Amy Poehler
Writers: Amy Poehler
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Li'l Sebastian

#10 - Li'l Sebastian

Season 3 - Episode 16

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 8.25
1,266 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dan Goor
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Bowling for Votes

#11 - Bowling for Votes

Season 4 - Episode 13

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 8.23
1,288 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Katie Dippold
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Halloween Surprise

#12 - Halloween Surprise

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 8.21
1,297 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
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London (1)

#13 - London (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1

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 8.18
1,396 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
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Ann and Chris

#14 - Ann and Chris

Season 6 - Episode 13

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 8.18
1,410 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Aisha Muharrar, Michael Schur
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Citizen Knope

#15 - Citizen Knope

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.18
1,305 votes
Writers: Dave King
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Two Parties

#16 - Two Parties

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

star 8.17
1,298 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dave King
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Are You Better Off?

#17 - Are You Better Off?

Season 5 - Episode 22

Leslie celebrates her first year as a city councilwoman. Retired Special Agent Burt Macklin is recalled to action. April gets some life-changing news. Tom debates a big business opportunity.

star 8.17
1,298 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
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London (2)

#18 - London (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

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 8.16
754 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
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The Trial of Leslie Knope

#19 - The Trial of Leslie Knope

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 8.16
1,288 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
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Harvest Festival

#20 - Harvest Festival

Season 3 - Episode 7

It's make it or break it for the Parks Department at the Harvest Festival which is full of surprises.

star 8.16
1,350 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Dan Goor
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Anniversaries

#21 - Anniversaries

Season 6 - Episode 14

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 8.15
1,370 votes
Directors: Morgan Sackett
Writers: Megan Amram
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Operation Ann

#22 - Operation Ann

Season 4 - Episode 14

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 8.15
1,266 votes
Directors: Morgan Sackett
Writers: Aisha Muharrar
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Andy and April's Fancy Party

#23 - Andy and April's Fancy Party

Season 3 - Episode 9

April and Andy host a dinner party for the Parks Department. Meanwhile, Ann tries to move on from Chris at a singles' party.

star 8.13
1,402 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Katie Dippold
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Freddy Spaghetti

#24 - Freddy Spaghetti

Season 2 - Episode 24

When Ben prevents Leslie from holding a children’s concert, she takes matters into her own hands. Mark makes some big decisions about his life, and Andy gets some unexpected romantic attention.

star 8.13
1,281 votes
Directors: Jason Woliner
Writers: Daniel J. Goor
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The Comeback Kid

#25 - The Comeback Kid

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.13
1,297 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Mike Scully
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