Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (2011 - 2012)

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Leslie Knope runs for City Council while Parks and Recreation runs its own campaign as one of the very best sitcoms on television, making a persuasive case with consistent hilarity and an ample dose of heart.

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User Ratings: 494

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 22, 2011

Return of the comedy starring Amy Poehler as the enthusiastic government official. Leslie struggles to hide her forbidden relationship with Ben, fearing it will threaten her chances of running for office in the future. Meanwhile, Ron deals with the arrival of his first wife, Tammy.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2011

Ben is tasked with helping Tom with his new business. Meanwhile, Leslie tries to keep Ron away from the controlling powers of his ex-wife Tammy.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2011

Leslie finally releases her book about Pawnee, but Joan claims to spot an error which leads to a shocking discovery.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2011

Leslie starts a wilderness group just for girls, in the hope of rivaling Ron's male club. Meanwhile, Ben receives a lesson in relaxation from Tom and Donna.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2011

Ben is angry when a Halloween party is thrown at his house without his permission. Tom acts as an MC for an event in Leslie's campaign, but uses it as a way to promote his company. Meanwhile, Ron and Ann give an unusual wedding gift to Andy and April.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2011

A local group predicts that the end of the world is near, prompting everyone to reflect on their lives. Tom decides to throw a huge party, while April helps Andy check items off his "bucket list."

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Air date: Nov 10, 2011

Leslie hosts a Model United Nations at a Pawnee high school; Ron searches for a replacement for Tom; Chris seeks Ann's advice on love after a date cancels on him.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2011

Leslie builds the smallest park in Indiana in hopes of attracting tourists; April and Ron encourage Andy to go to college; Tom and Jerry are tasked with redesigning the Parks and Recreation Department logo.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2011

Leslie goes on trial and defends her actions.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2011

Frustrated by how hard it is to get things done from inside the Parks Dept., Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office tries to come up with the perfect Christmas gift for Leslie.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation Season 4

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

For all of Ron Swanson's meme-worthy one-liners... and the surprisingly charming love story between April and Andy, Parks and Rec succeeds because the show exudes affection for the townspeople without idealizing them.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Sure, it's hard to maintain a finely tuned joke machine like 30 Rock or a creaky, but still seaworthy, ocean liner like The Office. But to my mind, what Parks is doing is even more difficult: consistently making us laugh while still drawing us in.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a testament to Amy Poehler's skills as an actress that Leslie's change has been gradual yet so dramatic.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's just a pleasure to hang out with these people in this world every week, and it's a pleasure to get to watch this show at the height of its powers.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny Parks and Recreation, but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

A show that has clear eyes and full heart enough to look at what, to most people, would be a bland bureaucratic office, and see something sweet and delicious.

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The show's grown into being about the characters rather than the department, and with that it's grown exponentially in both heart and ambition since it began.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

The show isn't just for political wonks, and the gift of season four is its ability to tell one long story over the course of the year while making every episode work as a stand-alone.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Four seasons in they've created the funniest show currently on television, and deftly established an expert mix of comedy, story and deeper character development.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

All the warm and fuzzy magic that once belong to Jim and Pam on The Office now belongs to Andy and April... though with Andy and April it has the added advantage of two of television's more unique characters.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's still the funniest show on TV. Tonight's premiere was no exception -- the show's outrageous wit was out in full force.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I've missed this sitcom. A lot. While I'm a big fan of Ben and Leslie and the relationship that was developing between them, this split was handled very well.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 4

  • Aug 15, 2020
    Perfect season, parks and rec in its prime
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Once again this show is thriving
  • Jan 24, 2020
    As usual, great and hilarious!
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Among the best of parks and rec. Its awesome watching well-written and established characters achieve their goals. Heart-warming and funny throughout. This season also fleshes out Adam Scott and Rob Lowe's characters. Welcome additions in season 3, truly feel part of the department in season 4.
  • Dec 19, 2019
    The show keeps its momentum, staying hilarious and heart full in its fourth season. My rating: A
  • Jul 20, 2019
    The shows success can be attributed not to the strength of the plot lines or complexity of its characters but rather to the simple fact that it was a pleasant enough series in an unpleasant world.
  • Jan 10, 2019
    THIS ENSEMBLE COMEDY SOMEHOW GETS EVEN BETTER. THE STRING OF GUEST STARS AS RESIDENTS OF PAWNEE HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT., AMY POEHLER SHINES.
  • Nov 17, 2018
    I have watched this show through over 10 times and I still laugh every time, it's truly perfection.
  • Mar 31, 2017
    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.
  • Aug 09, 2016
    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.

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