Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is like The West Wing, except without Aaron Sorkin’s preaching. Or president. Or mile-a-minute dialogue. It’s a show about the government and people who believe passionately in its capacity for good. Well, one person: Deputy Director of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Recreation Department, Leslie Knope. While President Bartlet was mired in the serious concerns, Deputy Director Knope manages the mostly weird, terribly unserious concerns of municipal government. But what Pawnee lacks in gravitas, it makes up for in warmth, laughter and Type II Diabetes.

Episode Guide

Season 7 Episode 6
It’s Treat Yo Self 2017: Treat yourself to body bedazzling, celebrity sushi and plots that resolve perfectly against all logic. Treat yo self to Leslie and Ron’s renewed friendship. Treat yo self to watching Chris Pratt trying to wrangle up a bunch of tiny ninjas. This episode is sweeter than the Pawnee River after all that runoff from the candy factory drained into it.
Season 7 Episode 5
Ah yes, the future we all expected: Big Brother has taken over and he is delivering personalized, wonderful gifts to the residents of Pawnee. Plus, Nicki Minaj threw shade at Jesse Eisenberg at the BAFTAs. Will the Gryzzl madness ever end? Will the celebrities feuds of the future ever cease to amaze me? I'm leaning toward no for both those questions.
Season 7 Episode 4
Who knew that a running joke about "We Didn't Start the Fire" and a reference to breakfast food could bring me so close to tears? We're only on the fourth episode of the final season and emotions are running thicker than the legendary syrup at J.J.'s Diner.
Annoying Andy
Season 7 Episode 3
In the future, Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are mortal enemies — almost to the level of Morgan Freeman and Shailene Woodley, apparently. Could America’s most insignificant president end the feud? Leslie and Ron, that is. Morgan and Shailene have passed the point of no return, I assume.
Terrorful Tammy
Season 7 Episode 2
Two of the worst recurring characters of all time, Councilman Jamm and Ron Swanson's ex-wife Tammy II, are back. Their strange, deeply unnerving relationship forces Leslie and Ron to declare a truce. This episode was surprisingly satisfying for an episode all about dissatisfaction.
Season 7 Episode 1
Was this risky flash forward what the show needed to be revitalized for its final installment? The future according to Parks is filled with success, reluctant growing up, and a rivalry I did not see coming. It definitely feels like the series is coming to a close.
Season 6
We're coming up on the end of Parks and Rec, and with that Feelings Bomb of a season finale, the above quote seems appropriate. You can bet I wrote this whole thing eating breakfast foods.
Season 6 Episode 21
Well swaddle me up and call the Pawnee Fire Dept., because I am a Parks and WRECK. I’m not even sorry for that pun because I am so amped up about this finale, guys. Raise your hand if you spontaneously combusted during last night’s double feature and are currently looking for the rest of your body parts. I can’t see you, but I know you’re there.
Season 6 Episode 20
We had everything on Parks and Recreation this week; Kings, triplets, KEEGAN MICHAEL KEY (I’m a huge fan, no big deal): it’s like looking a recipe that calls for flour, sugar and butter and thinking, “Hmm, this is probably cake.” I took a look at the first five minutes and thought, “Hmm, this is probably going to be a crazy-ass circus show.” But surprisingly, especially now that we’re nearing the end of season six, it was a pretty laid back episode. The only real source of stress was from our favorite spaz, Benji Wyatt. Even Leslie was chill, and she has three humans inside her! Certainly an interesting recipe this week.
Season 6 Episode 19
Well…I guess you could say “Flu Season 2” ended on one hell of a pregnant pause! No? How about: It seemed pretty apparent to Ben that Leslie had something important to say. Or, Pawnee was alive with the Ulta-Sound of Music. Okay, I feel like I need to physically apologize for that one, but I womb’t. Won’t. Sorry.
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