Parks and Recreation

The WORST episodes of Parks and Recreation

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 6/17/2022Network: NBC
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Make My Pit a Park
star
7.22
5248 votes

#1 - Make My Pit a Park

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/9/2009

Indiana government worker Leslie Knope is given the assignment to convert an abandoned quarry pit into a community park. A documentary film crew follows Leslie through her mishaps and gaffes as she tries to make her assignment a reality.

Directors: Greg Daniels
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Canvassing
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7.25
4191 votes

#2 - Canvassing

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/16/2009

Leslie decides that she and her committee need to go door-to-door to gain support for the park project as well as support for an upcoming town hall meeting, but their mission does not go as planned. Meanwhile, Tom wanders away from the canvassing group and uses his own creative recruitment tactics.

Directors: Seth Gordon
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The Reporter
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7.26
3703 votes

#3 - The Reporter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/23/2009

Leslie arranges for a reporter to do a story about her park project, but she and her committee have the worst time staying on topic. She then calls Mark to help her save the story, but it ends up hurting more than helping. Meanwhile, Tom does all he can to suck up to his boss.

Directors: Jeffrey Blitz
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The Banquet
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7.40
3308 votes

#4 - The Banquet

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/7/2009

During a banquet honoring her mother's public service, Leslie tries to convince a local zoning official to support her proposed park project. Meanwhile, Mark and Tom try to meet some ladies.

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Boys' Club
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7.45
3531 votes

#5 - Boys' Club

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/30/2009

Leslie attempts to break into the political "old boys' club," causing an ethical dilemma. Meanwhile, Andy plans a surprise for Ann.

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2017
star
7.53
1721 votes

#6 - 2017

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/2015

Leslie launches a competition with tech company Gryzzl for a large parcel of land, which she wants to turn into a National Park. April and Andy try to regain their spontaneity. Ben is recognized at a Bicentennial gala, where Tom delivers a speech in his honor.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Kaboom
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7.54
3032 votes

#7 - Kaboom

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/22/2009

Leslie, Ann and the rest of the Parks Department volunteer to help the organization KaBOOM! build a playground for a neighboring town. After building an entire playground in one day, Leslie gets frustrated at the lack of progress with the pit, and takes some advice from Mark to cut through the red tape.

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William Henry Harrison
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7.63
1629 votes

#8 - William Henry Harrison

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/2015

Leslie's team tries to strengthen her case that the Newport land should be turned into a National Park. Ron's team, fighting back, brings on a celebrity as a minority owner.

Directors: Tom Magill
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Beauty Pageant
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7.63
3279 votes

#9 - Beauty Pageant

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/2009

Leslie gets to judge a beauty contest, but ends up having conflicting opinions on "the ideal woman" with the other judges. While on a date with Mark, Ann learns Andy has been living in the pit.

Directors: Jason Woliner
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Park Safety
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7.64
2770 votes

#10 - Park Safety

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/18/2010

After Jerry gets mugged by a bunch of kids, Leslie meets with the head park ranger in hopes of improving park safety. Meanwhile, everyone tries to be nicer to Jerry once he returns to the office.

Directors: Michael Trim
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Galentine's Day
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7.65
2720 votes

#11 - Galentine's Day

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/11/2010

When Leslie hears her mom’s story about an old flame, she and her boyfriend Justin track him down and reunite them on Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, Andy and his band are nervous about playing a gig at the Senior Center.

Directors: Ken Kwapis
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The Possum
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7.65
2914 votes

#12 - The Possum

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/11/2010

When a possum bites the mayor's dog on a golf course, Leslie is asked to form a task force to catch the pesky animal. Meanwhile, Ron is upset when Mark refuses to bend the rules for him.

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Sister City
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7.66
3161 votes

#13 - Sister City

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/15/2009

Leslie plays host to the Parks and Recreation department from Pawnee’s sister city, Boraqua, Venezuela, and is shocked at the cultural differences. Tom becomes an errand boy, and April plays hard to get.

Directors: Michael Schur
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Woman of the Year
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7.67
2918 votes

#14 - Woman of the Year

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/4/2010

Leslie is outraged when Ron wins a “Woman of the Year” award for a project she started. Meanwhile, Tom is desperate to find some money to invest in a local Pawnee club.

Directors: Jason Woliner
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Sweetums
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7.68
2796 votes

#15 - Sweetums

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/4/2010

The Parks Department forms a partnership with a local company to sell energy bars at the parks in Pawnee, but Leslie tries to stop the deal when she discovers how unhealthy the snacks are. Mark reluctantly agrees to help Tom move out of his house.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Christmas Scandal
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7.69
2780 votes

#16 - Christmas Scandal

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/10/2009

Leslie designs the Pawnee Winter Wonderland Festival, but has to hide from the press when a meeting with a disgraced Councilman lands her in the middle of a sex scandal. Meanwhile, Ron offers to cover for Leslie for the day, and quickly discovers how much work she really does.

Directors: Randall Einhorn
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Rock Show
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7.69
3069 votes

#17 - Rock Show

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/14/2009

Leslie attends what she believes is a business meeting with an elderly local government bigwig, unaware that her mother has secretly set her up on a blind date. Andy plays his first gig since breaking both of his legs in the pit.

Directors: Michael Schur
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Tom's Divorce
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7.72
2710 votes

#18 - Tom's Divorce

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/3/2009

After Leslie finds out that Tom is getting a divorce, the department takes him out on the town to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Andy tries to hustle Mark in a game of pool.

Directors: Troy Miller
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New Slogan
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7.72
2001 votes

#19 - New Slogan

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/13/2014

Leslie aims to create a new town slogan, but runs afoul of local shock jocks. Andy scouts bands to play the Unity Concert and discovers an interesting secret about Ron, while Tom looks for a restaurant locale with Donna and April.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Greg Pikitis
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7.73
2907 votes

#20 - Greg Pikitis

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/29/2009

Leslie enlists the help of Dave and Andy in order to catch a local teen vandal. Meanwhile, Ann struggles to make her Halloween party fun, and ends up getting help from an unlikely source.

Directors: Dean Holland
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The Camel
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7.73
2989 votes

#21 - The Camel

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/12/2009

After one of the murals in City Hall is defaced, Leslie and the Parks Department compete to come up with a new design. Meanwhile, Andy and Ron share an uncomfortable moment at the shoeshine stand.

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The Stakeout
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7.75
3197 votes

#22 - The Stakeout

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/24/2009

While pruning the new community garden, Leslie and Tom find that someone has been growing marijuana. To find those responsible, they decide to have an all-night stakeout of the garden. Meanwhile, Ann asks Leslie's permission to go on a date with Mark.

Directors: Seth Gordon
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Swing Vote
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7.75
2433 votes

#23 - Swing Vote

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/25/2013

Leslie deems Ron's budget-cut proposals unacceptable. Andy and Ben celebrate a big donation made to their charity. Ann tries to solve Tom's girlfriend troubles.

Directors: Alan Yang
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Galentine's Day 2
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7.76
2029 votes

#24 - Galentine's Day 2

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/20/2014

Leslie throws a hasty Galentine’s Day in an attempt to find a replacement for Ann. Tom and Ben look to finalize a deal on tents for the Unity Concert, while Ron finds himself looking after Andy.

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Leslie's House
star
7.76
2745 votes

#25 - Leslie's House

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/21/2010

After an amazing date with Justin in Indianapolis, Leslie tries to impress him with a dinner party at her house.

Directors: Alex Hardcastle
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