Parks and Recreation

10 Worst Episodes of Parks and Recreation

Hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.

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#1 - Make My Pit a Park (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Indiana government worker Leslie Knope is given the assignment to convert an abandoned quarry pit into a community park. A documentary film crew follows Leslie through her mishaps and gaffes as she tries to make her assignment a reality.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 2853 votes.

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#2 - Canvassing (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Leslie decides that she and her committee need to go door-to-door to gain support for the park project as well as support for an upcoming town hall meeting, but their mission does not go as planned. Meanwhile, Tom wanders away from the canvassing group and uses his own creative recruitment tactics.

The episode was rated 7.25 from 2212 votes.

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#3 - The Reporter (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Leslie arranges for a reporter to do a story about her park project, but she and her committee have the worst time staying on topic. She then calls Mark to help her save the story, but it ends up hurting more than helping. Meanwhile, Tom does all he can to suck up to his boss.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 1891 votes.

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#4 - The Banquet (Season 1 - Episode 5)


During a banquet honoring her mother's public service, Leslie tries to convince a local zoning official to support her proposed park project. Meanwhile, Mark and Tom try to meet some ladies.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 1659 votes.

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#5 - Boys' Club (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Leslie attempts to break into the political "old boys' club," causing an ethical dilemma. Meanwhile, Andy plans a surprise for Ann.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 1761 votes.

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#6 - 2017 (Season 7 - Episode 1)


Leslie launches a competition with tech company Gryzzl for a large parcel of land, which she wants to turn into a National Park. April and Andy try to regain their spontaneity. Ben is recognized at a Bicentennial gala, where Tom delivers a speech in his honor.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 1276 votes.

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#7 - William Henry Harrison (Season 7 - Episode 3)

Leslie's team tries to strengthen her case that the Newport land should be turned into a National Park. Ron's team, fighting back, brings on a celebrity as a minority owner.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 1182 votes.

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#8 - Rock Show (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Leslie attends what she believes is a business meeting with an elderly local government bigwig, unaware that her mother has secretly set her up on a blind date. Andy plays his first gig since breaking both of his legs in the pit.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 1618 votes.

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#9 - Kaboom (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Leslie, Ann and the rest of the Parks Department volunteer to help the organization KaBOOM! build a playground for a neighboring town. After building an entire playground in one day, Leslie gets frustrated at the lack of progress with the pit, and takes some advice from Mark to cut through the red tape.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 1591 votes.

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#10 - Beauty Pageant (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Leslie gets to judge a beauty contest, but ends up having conflicting opinions on "the ideal woman" with the other judges. While on a date with Mark, Ann learns Andy has been living in the pit.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 1636 votes.

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