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.
#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.
Ann: “What are you doing?”
Leslie: “Cartwheels. Am I not doing them?”
#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.
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.
#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.
#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.
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.”
#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.
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.”