Greatest ‘Parks and Recreation Episodes,’ Rated

Mistie Bugarin

My beloved tv display in the earth is Parks and Recreation. I appreciate it so substantially that I named my cat just after my desire spouse. (Of course, his name is Benjamin Wyatt the Cat.) And so, when it will come to ranking the most effective episodes of the series, […]

Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation

My beloved tv display in the earth is Parks and Recreation. I appreciate it so substantially that I named my cat just after my desire spouse. (Of course, his name is Benjamin Wyatt the Cat.) And so, when it will come to ranking the most effective episodes of the series, it is really hard and the only way I could do it (without just listing all of the operate from “Road Trip” by the relaxation of the series) was to separate it by time. And sure, there will be controversies since I picked my favourite episodes from each year, and certain, I will probably toss in an honorable point out or two since again, this is my preferred sequence.

The show, which has the character I am most like in this entire world Leslie Knope, was a highlight for Amy Poehler’s career, the 1st big detail she did submit-Saturday Night time Dwell, and altered the way so many of us viewed her brand name of comedy. It gave us figures like Ron Swanson, Chris Traeger, Ann Perkins, Andy Dwyer, April Ludgate, and so many a lot more, and was just a joy. So, let’s get into every single season and why this episode is my favored and why.

Year 1

Andy Dwyer singing The Pit

“Rock Show” is the ideal episode of a period that several persons want to skip when they’re watching Parks and Recreation. I feel they’re mistaken for it since it sets up so quite a few good moments all through the relaxation of the display (and specifically wraps up beautifully in the finale of the present when we get to see just how important Leslie Knope is to the town of Pawnee and the citizens she will help). But why I picked “Rock Show” alternatively of just the “Pilot” episode (which is my honorary mention considering that it provides us Ann and Leslie’s friendship) is simply because it is an episode that truly highlights some of the most effective sections of Andy Dwyer.

I’m talking about his singing. Due to the fact of course, this is the episode exactly where Andy Dwyer stands on stage and performs “The Pit,” a song that he wrote about slipping into the pit. It’s great.

Year 2

Leslie Knope calling Ben a jerk

My selection for season 2 should really be no shock to any individual. I practically stated my cat was named Ben Wyatt. So I am choosing, naturally, “The Grasp Strategy.” It is the initially time we see Ben and Chris, it is the episode that Leslie’s world got altered for the much better even with not being aware of what that would entail and it is 1 of the previous moments I had to see Mark Brendanawicz so seriously a win-win all close to.

Time 3

Drunk Leslie Knope

Inquiring me to decide on a preferred episode of period 3 is like inquiring me to select a beloved boy or girl. Actually, asking me to select a single episode out of the Rest of this series is likely to be difficult since from time 3 on, I adore this display much more than anything at all in this environment. It’s my convenience present and what I switch to when the globe feels too considerably.

That becoming mentioned, I do have to go with “The Fight” due to the fact it is a excellent episode of tv. It’s clear that Ben and Leslie have inner thoughts for just about every other but can’t act on it and their flirting boils above when Leslie and Ann are drunk battling in excess of Ann remaining out at the Snakehole Lounge as a substitute of researching to arrive and function for Metropolis Corridor. Every person is in various states of drunk simply because of Snake Juice that Tom produced and it’s actually just…a perfect episode.

Period 4

april as the moon in parks and rec

The finest episode of time 4 is difficult mainly because, like I reported, it is like picking a boy or girl following a even though. But “The Treaty” is 1 of the most quotable episodes of the collection. “The Moon shall sign up for your coalition” has actually just remaining a lasting impact on me adopted by Leslie screaming “What are you gonna do without tides, Peru?!” and that is not even bringing up her waving Ben’s head on a stick in front of his weeping mother. Or Andy inquiring if they gained. It is just stuffed with hilarious times and is a great episode if you’re a glutton for discomfort and like viewing Ben and Leslie battle rather of smooch.

My runner-up is definitely “Smallest Park” due to the fact Ben and Leslie combating around a very little park and then earning out in explained park? Perfection.

Time 5

ben and leslie kissing in parks and rec

You know an episode is a fantastic one when simply just searching at the title of it makes you cry and that is what “Leslie and Ben” does. Of course “Halloween Surprise” is higher on my checklist since it is Ben proposing to Leslie when she claims “what are you doing” and then repeats herself with tears in her eyes since Ben is on a single knee. But “Leslie and Ben” demonstrates not only how a great deal Ben and Leslie appreciate each and every other but how a great deal the individuals around her appreciate Leslie. They do this for her, they make it so she has a marriage that is exactly what she would have normally desired and it is so significant hearing Ben and Leslie say “I really like you and I like you” to each individual other.

I want to just one working day get married and have a photograph in front of a wildflower mural mainly because of this episode, it means so a great deal to me, and while I have other individuals I adore to watch in year 5, this is substantial on my record of all-time wonderful television episodes.

Year 6

ben and leslie

“Second Chunce” isn’t what most folks would decide on but it is the episode that I have a tattoo from and the episode that genuinely just served remind me what this present means to me. When Leslie is blinded by failure and needs to fight back to get her City Council seat back again, the people today in her everyday living stop her and Ben can take her to Paris and she says in a voiceover: “In moments of tension or moments of changeover, from time to time it can experience like the complete planet is closing in on you. When that occurs, you should really near your eyes, choose a deep breath, pay attention to the people today who appreciate you when they give you information, and recall what really matters.”

It is what will make Leslie my most loved and why I really like this collection so considerably. My honorable mentions for time 6 are a lot of. A person currently being “Flu Year 2” when Ben and Leslie come across out they’re heading to be mother and father as Ben is drunk on blueberry wine, the episode when Leslie screams about how much she loves Michelle Obama AT Michelle Obama, and “Moving Up: Portion 2” when Leslie realizes that she can transform the environment from Pawnee and receives a new occupation but as part of the greatest town in Leslie’s planet.

Period 7

leslie saying "i'm ready" in parks

What I enjoy about year 7 is that it does not truly feel like the conclude. The complete year feels like just a different until eventually episodes like “Leslie and Ron” and my most loved “One Previous Ride.” Indeed, they are separated into Aspect 1 and Element 2 but I’m counting it as a person. The finale did not experience like a real goodbye until finally Ben Wyatt tells a group of their close friends that Leslie is operating for governor. Mainly because the two experimented with so tricky to determine out which of them should really do it and he sees her attempting to make it an even decision concerning them and understands that this is Leslie’s dream.

Having to see how just about every character life their existence and obtaining Leslie standing in Pawnee all set to shift to Washington at the close, standing with her old pals and saying “I’m ready” as “The Conclusion of the Line” by the Traveling Wilburys performs is a perfect conclude for Leslie Knope and a fantastic episode of television.


As I stated, I’m guaranteed there are going to be people who want to battle this but actually? I really do not care. This is the demonstrate that signifies the world to me, the one particular I know the most about, and these episodes are what make a difference to me. So go on, get pleasure from, and if you have other faves convey to me due to the fact who does not enjoy a great episode of Parks and Recreation?

(highlighted graphic: NBC)

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