Top 12 Parks and Recreation Episodes (So Far)

One of the funniest comedies in the last few years, Parks and Recreation has a bunch of great episodes, here are my top 12 favorite so far:

#12.  The Camel   Season 2 Episode 9

When a mural is defaced because of its racial undertones, each department comes up with a new proposal for a new mural.  Each member of the parks department has their own crazy idea of what the mural should be.  The highlight is Jerry who starts off by saying “murnial”, and of course the rest of them razz him about saying that.  The subplot which involves Andy and Ron and an uncomfortable moan is really hilarious. 



Funny Quote:   Ron Swanson: “I got my first job when I was 9. Worked at a sheet metal factory. In two weeks, I was running the floor. Child labor laws are ruining this country.”


 #11.  Rock Show  Season 1 Episode 6

This is the only Season 1 episode on my list.  The season finale really set up the comedy that was to come in Season 2.  Leslie’s on a date with a much older man who was set up by her mother.  She ends up bringing the 60-something to Andy’s Rock Show.  Andy has just gotten his casts off, yet Ann has discovered he could have had them off a long time ago.  Season One really tried to find itself and finally did with this episode.


Funny Quote :  Andy to Ann explaining why he didn’t get his casts off earlier : “I really, really like it when you serve me food.”


#10.  Woman of the Year   Season 2 Episode 17

Leslie thinks she is Pawnee’s woman of the year, much to her dismay it is Ron who wins the award.  Leslie spends the whole episode trying to justify why they would give it to Ron, a man,  instead of her.  Ron has a lot of fun messing with Leslie about winning, but eventually he comes clean and presents the award to Leslie when he receives it.  Meanwhile, Tom is trying to find someone to help him invest in the Snakehole Lounge. 

Funny Quote:  Tom:  “All I want in life is to own a nightclub on every continent, have my own line of upscale sweat-suits and cologne called Tommy Fresh and I fell a thousand dollars short.”
#9.  Park Safety  Season 2  Episode 19
 Jerry says he was mugged in the park filling up hummingbird feeders, so Leslie makes sure the security is up to snuff.  Loud talking Park Ranger Carl, played by Andy Samberg, helps Leslie figure out what happened to Jerry.  Ron tries to teach the rest of the gang self-defense which ends with Andy getting hurt and April and Ann trying to take care of him. 
Funny Quote:  Ron:   “A schlemiel is the guy who spills soup at a fancy party. A schlamazel is the guy he spills it on. Jerry is both the schlemiel and the schlamazel of our office.”

#8.  Flu Season  Season 3  Episode 2

Leslie and Ben are going to present a proposal for the town’s businesses to participate in the Harvest Festival, but Leslie gets sick.  April, who was the first to get sick, is in the hospital torturing her nurse, Ann.  Chris also gets sick which results in some of the funniest scenes in this episode.  Chris’s body is like a “microchip” so being sick really freaks him out.  The best moment is him looking in the mirror, telling himself  “stop pooping!”  Leslie steals everyone’s flu medicine to make it to the presentation and gives a wonderful speech.  Afterwards, it shows why Amy Poehler is so great, she is awesome as Leslie, somewhat high, sick and confused all at the same time. 

Funny Quote:   

Leslie: “If I was sick, could I do this?”
Ann: “What are you doing?”
Leslie: “Cartwheels. Am I not doing them?”
Ann: “No.”

#7.  Ron & Tammy  Season 2 Episode 8

The pit is now filled in and the library has made a bid for it.  We learn that the library is the absolute worst place ever.  Luckily Ron’s ex-wife Tammy works there and Leslie thinks he can get her to back down.  Except Tammy has a strong hold on Ron, and he is powerless over her.  Andy has a new job, the shoeshiner in the office building.



Funny Quote:

Ron: “Every time she laughs, an angel dies. Even telemarketers avoid her. Her birth was payback for the sins of man. But you know the worst thing about her?”
Leslie: “She works for the library.”
Ron: “She works for the library.”



#6.  Greg Pikitis  Season 2 Episode 7

Greg Pikitis is a local high school kid who Leslie thinks is the one who vandalizes all of Pawnee every Halloween.  Leslie is determined to prove it is Greg and gets her cop boyfriend to help her along the way.  Greg even gets a woman to pose as his mother to throw Leslie off.   Meanwhile, Ann is throwing the lamest Halloween party ever until Tom shows up and rocks the house.


Funny Quote:

April: “I passed up a gay Halloween party to be here. Do you know how much fun gay Halloween parties are? Last year I saw three Jonas brothers make out with three Robert Pattinsons. It was amazing.”



#5.  Lil’ Sebastian  Season 3  Episode 16

Lil’ Sebastian has died and the town of Pawnee is in mourning.  A huge memorial service is planned for the little horse.  The season 3 finale leaves us with a couple cliffhangers.  One being Leslie has been asked to possibly run for public office, even though she is secretly having a relationship with Ben.  Ron, who’s eyebrows were singed off after lighting a torch at the memorial, runs into both his ex-wives Tammy, one of which we haven’t met yet.  A great highlight is Andy’s song he sings for Lil’ Sebastian, it is both hilarious and touching.

Funny Quote: 

Jean-Ralphio:  “I hope you brought a change of clothes because your eyes are about to piss tears.”



#4.  Pawnee Zoo  Season 2  Episode 1

Leslie does a harmless cute publicity stunt at the zoo by marrying two penguins.  Everything went well until the zookeeper points out that they are two male penguins.  Leslie then becomes a hero to the gay community and a conservative wants her to resign.  Leslie spends a fun-filled night at a gay bar and loves the attention that they are giving her.  She then must then go on Pawnee Today the next day and defend herself. 

Funny Quote: 

Marcia: “When you symbolically married those penguins on government property you took a stand in favor of the gay marriage agenda.”
Leslie: “That’s not what I intended.”
Marcia: “Then why else would you marry penguins?”
Leslie: “Because I firmly believed that it would be cute. And it was.”
#3.  Eagleton  Season 3  Episode 12
 The snobs of the neighboring town of Eagleton have put up a fence between their park and Pawnee’s dirt lot.  Leslie tries to reason with them to take the fence down, but that means talking to her former best friend Lindsay who is the head of the Eagleton Parks Department.  Lindsay is played to a tee by Parker Posey.  Her fight with Leslie is so hysterical and it lands Leslie in Eagleton Jail.  Ann comes to bail her out and it is a great episode to showcase their friendship.  The subplot is really great as well, it will be Ron’s birthday and everyone is messing with him to make him think that Leslie is going to throw some big party for him, which he doesn’t want.  In the end Leslie gives him exactly what he would want for his birthday, and it becomes a really great moment between her and Ron.


Funny Quote:  Ron: “Leslie has a lot of qualities I find horrifying. But the worst one by far is how thoughtful she can be.”

#2.  Telethon  Season 2  Episode 22


Leslie is hosting a diabetes telethon from 2-6 am on the local access channel.  She enlists everyone in the department to help entertain and answer phones.  Their big name is Detlef Schrempf, but Tom is in charge of getting him to the telethon on time and they get held up at the Snakehole lounge.  So while they are waiting for Detlef to get there Jerry plays the piano, Ron canes a chair, Andy’s band Mouse Rat performs and Leslie talks Mark into proposing to Ann and then tries to stop it after Ann doesn’t seem interested in him anymore.

Funny Quote: 

Tom:  “I can’t make it to the telethon tonight because I have no interest in being there.”
#1.  Practice Date  Season 2  Episode 3
Practice Date is one of my favorite episodes of television.  No show, in a long time, has made me laugh as hard as this one has.   Leslie is nervous about her first date with policeman Dave, so Ann is going to help her with a practice date.  Amy Poehler is a comic genius in this episode and her improv of that practice date is hilarious.  When she riffs on all the crazy things that have happened on her previous dates, it is priceless.  Rashida Jones is also great as the “mean” date that Leslie must endure to be prepared for anything to happen.  Leslie then gets drunk and goes to Dave’s house the night before the actual date and embarrasses herself.  Dave is willing to give her a second date, counting that as their first date, so now the pressure is off.  In the office, everyone is having a contest of who can dig up the most dirt on the other one.  There are some really great moments in this especially the introduction of Duke Silver.  I can’t say enough about this episode, I absolutely love it!
Funny Quote: 

Leslie: “What if he shows up with another woman? What if one of my sleeves catches on fire and it spreads rapidly. What if instead of tic tacs I accidentally pop a couple of Ambien and I have to keep punching my leg to stay awake?”
Ann: “Those are all insane hypotheticals and I promise you they won’t happen.”
Leslie: “They have happened. All of these have happened to me.”

2 responses to this post.

  1. […] ..give Parks and Recreation a try. It has similarities with 30 Rock: Work environment, strong (and witty and awesome) lead […]


  2. Posted by alicia on August 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    How is The Fight now on this list?


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