The WORST Episodes of Parks and Recreation

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 27, 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.

Make My Pit a Park

#1 - Make My Pit a Park

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.24
4,958 votes
Directors: Greg Daniels
Writers: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Canvassing

#2 - Canvassing

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.27
3,952 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Rachel Axler
The Reporter

#3 - The Reporter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.30
3,490 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Blitz
Writers: Dan Goor
The Banquet

#4 - The Banquet

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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.

star 7.43
3,118 votes
Writers: Tucker Cawley
Boys' Club

#5 - Boys' Club

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 2009

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

star 7.48
3,333 votes
Writers: Alan Yang
Kaboom

#6 - Kaboom

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.56
2,855 votes
Writers: Aisha Muharrar
2017

#7 - 2017

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.57
1,591 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Alan Yang, Matt Murray
Beauty Pageant

#8 - Beauty Pageant

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.66
3,093 votes
Directors: Jason Woliner
Writers: Katie Dippold
Park Safety

#9 - Park Safety

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.67
2,612 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Aisha Muharrar
Galentine's Day

#10 - Galentine's Day

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.67
2,561 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Michael Schur
The Possum

#11 - The Possum

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.68
2,754 votes
Writers: Mike Scully
Woman of the Year

#12 - Woman of the Year

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.69
2,752 votes
Directors: Jason Woliner
Writers: Norm Hiscock
William Henry Harrison

#13 - William Henry Harrison

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.69
1,495 votes
Directors: Tom Magill
Writers: Megan Amram
Christmas Scandal

#14 - Christmas Scandal

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.70
2,613 votes
Directors: Randall Einhorn
Writers: Michael Schur
Sister City

#15 - Sister City

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.70
2,972 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Alan Yang
Sweetums

#16 - Sweetums

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.71
2,630 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Alan Yang
Greg Pikitis

#17 - Greg Pikitis

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.74
2,730 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Michael Schur
Rock Show

#18 - Rock Show

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 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.

star 7.74
2,879 votes
Directors: Michael Schur
Writers: Norm Hiscock
Tom's Divorce

#19 - Tom's Divorce

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.74
2,548 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Harris Wittels
The Camel

#20 - The Camel

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.75
2,814 votes
Writers: Rachel Axler
New Slogan

#21 - New Slogan

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.76
1,877 votes
Directors: Dean Holland
Writers: Alan Yang, Sam Means
The Stakeout

#22 - The Stakeout

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.77
3,017 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Rachel Axler
Swing Vote

#23 - Swing Vote

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.78
2,299 votes
Directors: Alan Yang
Writers: Alan Yang, Joe Mande
Pawnee Zoo

#24 - Pawnee Zoo

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2009

When Leslie decides to marry two penguins to promote the local zoo, she inadvertently causes an uproar when both penguins turn out to be male. Meanwhile, Mark puts Ann in an awkward situation when he asks her to go see a movie.

star 7.78
3,268 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Norm Hiscock
Leslie's House

#25 - Leslie's House

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 21, 2010

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

star 7.79
2,575 votes
Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Writers: Dan Goor