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.


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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
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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 congressional re-election campaign in Washington, D.C.


Rashida Jones
as Ann Perkins
John McCain
as Himself
Ben Schwartz
as Jean-Ralphio
Adam Harrington
as Congressman Murray
Brad Hall
as Wreston St. James
Jason Schwartzman
as Dennis Lerpiss
Jenny Slate
as Mona Lisa
Alison Becker
as Shauna Malwae-Tweep
Christie Brinkley
as Gayle Gergich
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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation Season 5

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Parks and Recreation is a rare gem -- a TV comedy that's sweet, good-hearted and even inspirational, but also completely hilarious.

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It seems almost redundant to say, but Parks and Rec remains funny, sharp and inventive.

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Is Pawnee better off than it was a year ago? For our characters, the answer is most definitely yes.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

We're absurdly lucky to have Parks and Recreation back for a full fifth season, considering its status as one of NBC's most critically beloved, yet under-watched series.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Bottom line: It's a classic.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

I legitimately clapped at the end of the episode.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

In spite of its willingness to embrace change, Parks and Recreation remains deeply aware that repetition is largely what drives viewers to keep tuning in.

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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