Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (2011 - 2012)



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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
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Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) runs for a seat on Pawnee's city council in Season 4, but she'll need every bit of help she can get from her friends to beat her opponent, local golden boy Bobby Newport (recurring guest star Paul Rudd). Even worse, Leslie knows that she has to break up with Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) or risk a scandal, since government coworkers aren't allowed to date. Meanwhile, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) leaves the parks department to found an outlandish entertainment company, but the day-to-day responsibility of running a business soon turns his dream job into a disaster.


Patricia Clarkson
as Tammy One
Bradley Whitford
as Councilman Pillner
Paul Rudd
as Bobby Newport
Sean Hayes
as Buddy Wood

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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation Season 4

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

It's still not clear how Leslie's campaign and the various career changes for the other characters will impact the show going forward but as long as the series continues to maintain its emblamatic charm, we're in for another good year.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Parks and Recreation continues its streak of leaving a season on a strong note with "Win, Lose or Draw" - an episode that hit the right spots comedically while also, you know, sneaking up on me emotionally.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Funny and touching in all the best Parks and Rec ways.

Sep 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Parks and Recreation... once again proved itself the most consistently hilarious and heartwarming series around during its fourth year.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

We'd all be very, very sad if this were it for Parks, but if it is, at least they went out on a high note.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though... [it] is a whirlwind, it's a whirlwind with an end in sight, expertly helmed and penned by showrunner Michael Schur.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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With a cast as ostensibly close-knit and in-tune as these actors are, season four of Parks and Recreation illustrates just how far the series has come and could very well take it to even greater, and funnier, places.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 4


I have watched this show through over 10 times and I still laugh every time, it's truly perfection.

Aziz Ansari's swagaliciousness, Nick Offerman's strip-to-the-bones attitude, Aubrey Plaza's cynicism, and Chris Pratt's dopiness have really grown on me, much like how they have on the entire cast of characters. Amy Poehler's perfectionism and Rob Lowe's tidiness continue to entertain. Even Jim O'Heir's normalcy is beginning to intrigue me. I never much cared for Reeta. More alarmingly, Rashida Jones and Chris Scott are at risk of becoming plot devices. Their main gags are observing other people's quirks. Tsk, tsk. Rashida Jones is doomed to leave the cast soon, but I have higher hopes for Chris Scott. The show already did good work in normalizing the romance between Plaza and Pratt, and they take appropriate steps for doing the same for him and Poehler. The addition of Paul Rudd as Poehler's clueless, highly privileged political opponent added a soft, but slimy bite that I did not know I wanted for the show. Keep up the good work.

A good TV show is one that entertains, it's watchable and interesting, yet is only ever really seen when there is little else to do. A great TV show is one that engrosses. One that leaves people with an insatiable, never quite full appetite. It balances and juggles around with several elements to keep people focused, to capture their attention. The fourth season of Parks and Recreation does just this. Somehow managing to entwine original comedy with drama and emotion, this season could be considered the pinnacle of the entire show, demonstrating how the right writers and actors can collaborate to create something incredibly clever. There is a finesse, a perfection to this season, whether it be in the hysterically funny 'Sweet Sixteen' or the more mellow, almost poignant 'End of the World', this is the show that keeps on giving, and this season in particular demonstrates exceptional TV; not just good.


This bold season of the show finds Leslie running for public office, giving the show new thematic material to play off of.

'Parks and Recreation' never fails to bring humor and love to the screen. It might not always be extremely funny, but the story always takes us to these enjoyable and entertaining places! The characters keep developing in a such nuanced way -- and they always got these embarrassing and relatable sides. It's a beautiful show full of positivity and it really is something I recommend everyone to watch! Sure the humor isn't always top-notch -- but boy it's good. Overall personal rating for each episode: 74.4/100 Personal rating: 80/100 Critical rating: 80/100

They still got it! This season is awash in great comedy. Every character has fantastic moments, the relationships deepen, and the jokes are ratcheted up. Much of this season is taken up by Leslie’s run for City Council. There are many parodies of elections in general, as well as specific references to the American political scandals of the day. The campaign also brings in opponent Bobby Newport (played by the charmingly hilarious Paul Rudd) and his campaign manager Jennifer Barkley (played wonderfully by Kathryn Hahn). All the episodes are great, but standouts include “The Trial of Leslie Knope”, “Campaign Ad,” “Campaign Shake-Up,” and the final three episodes: “The Debate,” “Bus Tour,” and “Win, Lose, or Draw.” This season proves that Parks & Rec is constantly improving itself while still remaining true to its optimism.

Solid comedy for those who can deal with the 4th wall thing

89% on my Tomatometer.

One of this shows best seasons! Love this show I think I am addicted!

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