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The Best Episodes of Parks and Recreation

Every episode of Parks and Recreation ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Parks and Recreation!

In an attempt to beautify her town — and advance her career — Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, takes on bureaucrats, cranky neighbors, and single-issue fanatics whose weapons are lawsuits, the jumble of city codes, and the democratic process she loves so much.


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The best episode of "Parks and Recreation" is "Leslie and Ron", rated 9.5/10 from 4483 user votes. It was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and written by Michael Schur. "Leslie and Ron" aired on 1/20/2015 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "One Last Ride".

  • Leslie and Ron
    9.5/10 4,483 votes

    #1 - Leslie and Ron

    Season 7 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-01-20

    Leslie and Ron attempt to work out their differences.

    Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller

    Writer: Michael Schur

  • One Last Ride
    9.5/10 5,308 votes

    #2 - One Last Ride

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-02-24

    The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.

    Director: Michael Schur

    Writer: Amy Poehler, Michael Schur

  • Leslie and Ben
    9.2/10 3,060 votes

    #3 - Leslie and Ben

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 2013-02-21

    Leslie and Ben are getting married, and have to cram months of planning into two hours. Meanwhile, Ron's temper gets him in trouble.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Michael Schur, Alan Yang

  • Win, Lose, or Draw
    9.0/10 2,749 votes

    #4 - Win, Lose, or Draw

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2012-05-10

    It's election day in Pawnee, and Leslie and Bobby Newport are separated by a razor-thin margin. While everyone waits with Leslie for the race to be called, they ponder their futures, and their new opportunities.

    Director: Michael Schur

    Writer: Michael Schur

  • Flu Season
    8.9/10 3,344 votes

    #5 - Flu Season

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-01-27

    While planning for the local Harvest Festival, Leslie is struck with the flu and is forced to go to the hospital. Ron and Andy have a day of male bonding, and Tom hits the spa.

    Director: Wendey Stanzler

    Writer: Norm Hiscock

  • Andy and April's Fancy Party
    8.9/10 3,252 votes

    #6 - Andy and April's Fancy Party

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-04-14

    April and Andy host a dinner party for the Parks Department. Meanwhile, Ann tries to move on from Chris at a singles' party.

    Director: Michael Trim

    Writer: Katie Dippold

  • Ron and Diane
    8.9/10 2,756 votes

    #7 - Ron and Diane

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-12-06

    Ron, Diane, and Leslie attend a wood working awards dinner after one of Ron's handcrafted chairs is nominated, but the happy occasion is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Meanwhile, Jerry hosts a holiday party at his home with his wife, and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited.

    Director: Daniel J. Goor

    Writer: Megan Amram, Aisha Muharrar

  • The Fight
    8.8/10 3,235 votes

    #8 - The Fight

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-05-12

    When Leslie tries to get Ann a job at city hall, her lukewarm reaction causes their first-ever fight. Tom invites the entire department to the Snakehole Lounge to help him promote his new alcohol, "Snake Juice."

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Amy Poehler

  • Li'l Sebastian
    8.8/10 2,900 votes

    #9 - Li'l Sebastian

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-05-19

    Leslie and the parks team put together a memorial service for a dearly departed friend. Meanwhile, Tom makes a big life decision, while Chris reacts badly to a health problem.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Daniel J. Goor

  • Two Parties
    8.8/10 2,677 votes

    #10 - Two Parties

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-01-17

    Ben and Leslie's rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take on a very different tune.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: David King

  • Anniversaries
    8.8/10 2,548 votes

    #11 - Anniversaries

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-02-27

    Ben attempts to surprise Leslie with a special anniversary gift. Tom and Adam try to help Leslie bring positive light to the Pawnee-Eagleton merger, while April asserts her new authority as Donna’s boss.

    Director: Morgan Sackett

    Writer: Megan Amram

  • Harvest Festival
    8.7/10 2,901 votes

    #12 - Harvest Festival

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-03-17

    It's make it or break it for the Parks Department at the Harvest Festival which is full of surprises.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Daniel J. Goor

  • The Debate
    8.7/10 2,594 votes

    #13 - The Debate

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2012-04-26

    Leslie goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport in a debate. Ann, Tom, and Chris work in the media spin room, while Ron goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie's donors.

    Director: Amy Poehler

    Writer: Amy Poehler

  • Hunting Trip
    8.6/10 3,296 votes

    #14 - Hunting Trip

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-11-19

    Leslie tries to prove she can hang with the guys so she invites herself on Ron’s annual hunting trip, but things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, April and Andy bond in the office while everyone is away.

    Director: Greg Daniels

    Writer: Daniel J. Goor

  • Jerry's Painting
    8.6/10 2,704 votes

    #15 - Jerry's Painting

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-04-28

    Jerry’s contribution to Leslie’s community art show causes a stir. Ben moves in with April and Andy and attempts to teach them how to be adults. Meanwhile, Leslie is frustrated by Chris and his interoffice dating rules.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Norm Hiscock

  • Ron and Tammys
    8.6/10 2,723 votes

    #16 - Ron and Tammys

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-09-29

    Ron's first ex-wife, Tammy One, reenters his life and tries to control his every move. Meanwhile, Ben helps Tom balance the books at his new company, and Ann makes a PSA, with help from Chris.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Norm Hiscock

  • Halloween Surprise
    8.6/10 2,496 votes

    #17 - Halloween Surprise

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-10-25

    A new job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplates their future. Meanwhile, Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating, and Tom searches for a new business idea.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Michael Schur

  • The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip-Off Classic
    8.6/10 2,227 votes

    #18 - The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip-Off Classic

    Season 6 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-10-03

    Ben, Leslie and Chris meet with Eagleton city councilor Ingrid de Forest to discuss financial matters; Ann brings April to vet school orientation; Ron tries to get off the grid.

    Director: Nicole Holofcener

    Writer: Alan Yang

  • The Master Plan
    8.5/10 2,736 votes

    #19 - The Master Plan

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2010-05-13

    Leslie is disappointed when her new park plans are put on hold by a visit from two state auditors. April has plans for Andy at her birthday party, and Ann tries to piece together a romantic mystery.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Michael Schur

  • Freddy Spaghetti
    8.5/10 2,768 votes

    #20 - Freddy Spaghetti

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2010-05-20

    When Ben prevents Leslie from holding a children’s concert, she takes matters into her own hands. Mark makes some big decisions about his life, and Andy gets some unexpected romantic attention.

    Director: Jason Woliner

    Writer: Daniel J. Goor

  • Ron & Tammy: Part Two
    8.5/10 2,827 votes

    #21 - Ron & Tammy: Part Two

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-02-10

    Tom tries to get back at Ron by going out on a date with Ron's ex-wife Tammy, while Leslie tries to protect Ron from falling prey to her charms. Meanwhile, April is assigned to work with Chris.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Emily Kapnek

  • Road Trip
    8.5/10 2,727 votes

    #22 - Road Trip

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2011-05-12

    When Chris sends Leslie and Ben on a trip to Indianapolis, Leslie is afraid she won't be able to deny her feelings for him. Ron teaches a young student about his views on government. Meanwhile, Andy gets his feelings hurt by April after playing Tom's new game.

    Director: Troy Miller

    Writer: Harris Wittels

  • End of the World
    8.5/10 2,709 votes

    #23 - End of the World

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2011-11-03

    A local Pawnee group predicts the end of days, causing chaos in the Parks department.

    Director: Dean Holland

    Writer: Michael Schur

  • The Comeback Kid
    8.5/10 2,718 votes

    #24 - The Comeback Kid

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-01-12

    Leslie enlists everyone's help in staging an attention-getting event. Ben takes up a new hobby, while April and Andy adopt a pet.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Mike Scully

  • Bowling for Votes
    8.5/10 2,486 votes

    #25 - Bowling for Votes

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-01-26

    Leslie and Ben host a bowling night after receiving feedback about Leslie's campaign. April, Chris, and Jerry hold a competition to see who can raise the most funds.

    Director: Michael Trim

    Writer: Katie Dippold