Parks and Recreation: Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Parks and Recreation: Season 5 (2012-2013)




Critic Consensus: Heartfelt yet hilarious and snarky yet good-natured, Parks and Recreation remains one of the best sitcoms around and only continues to improve.


Air date: Sep 20, 2012
Air date: Sep 27, 2012
Air date: Oct 4, 2012
Air date: Oct 18, 2012
Air date: Oct 25, 2012
Air date: Nov 8, 2012
Air date: Nov 15, 2012
Air date: Nov 29, 2012
Air date: Dec 6, 2012
Air date: Jan 17, 2013

Tv Season Info

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) does her best to improve Pawnee as a member of the city council, only to face frequent resistance from unhappy citizens, corporate interests and rival politicians. Elsewhere, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) decides to have a baby; Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) starts a new business venture; Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) tries to get over his depression; Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) dates a single mom; and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) work on a … More

Genre: Comedy
Network: NBC
Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2012
Creators: ,
Executive Producers: , ,
Producers: , ,


Amy Poehler
as Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones
as Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari
as Tom Haverford
Aubrey Plaza
as April Ludgate
Nick Offerman
as Ron Swanson
Chris Pratt
as Andy Dwyer
Rob Lowe
as Chris Traeger
as Donna Meagle
Jim O'Heir
as Jerry Gergich
Adam Scott
as Ben Wyatt
Ben Schwartz
as Jean-Ralphio
Jon Glaser
as Councilman Jamm
Adam Harrington
as Congressman Murray
Brad Hall
as Wreston St. James
Megan Mullally
as Tammy Two
Jason Schwartzman
as Dennis Lerpiss
John McCain
as Himself
Alison Becker
as Shauna Malwae-Tweep
Jenny Slate
as Mona Lisa
Christie Brinkley
as Gayle Gergich
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 5

Friend Ratings for Parks and Recreation: Season 5

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 5

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Leslie, and Parks as a whole, are going to face these new challenges with the same optimism and can-do spirit that made them so successful in the first place. And so far, I have little reason to doubt that they are up to the task.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
We Got This Covered

Seems a tad churlish to complain when Parks brought us such highs as Patton Oswalt's extended Star Wars story pitch, Leslie meeting dreamboat Joe Biden, a four-way bachelor party and Jerry's pseudo-retirement.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Television Without Pity

I legitimately clapped at the end of the episode.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Television Without Pity

Bottom line: It's a classic.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's filled with the witty humor and touching moments we have come to expect, while posing questions about our political, social, and personal systems.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013

In the last couple seasons it has strayed from its workplace roots, and, if its season-five premiere episode is any indication, has likely jumped the shark for most viewers.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 5

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Parks and Recreation: Season 5!

Discussion Forum

Discuss Parks and Recreation on our TV talk forum!


60% Bad Moms Jul 29
59% Nerve Jul 27

Top Box Office

83% Star Trek Beyond $59.3M
74% The Secret Life of Pets $29.6M
77% Lights Out $21.7M
12% Ice Age: Collision Course $21.4M
73% Ghostbusters $21.0M
94% Finding Dory $7.2M
36% The Legend of Tarzan $6.6M
39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $4.4M
5% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party $4.0M
68% The Infiltrator $3.3M
68% Central Intelligence $2.8M

Coming Soon

No Score Yet Suicide Squad Aug 05
No Score Yet Nine Lives Aug 05
95% The Little Prince Aug 05