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…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 5


The Lix & Ben couple is one of the best aspects of the show, but Ben's head-down, pathetic pathetic, depressive nature (w/ cops being a perfect example) can be a lil much (WAY much, at times).


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

Whatever criticisms I make about the show's previous season must be close to unanimous among critics / fans, as each season seems to be even better, thanks to specific repairs. I have already spoken much praise for Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari, and even Jim O'Heir. The remaining cast members -- Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, and Retta -- have made far greater advancements in character development. On top of that, Councilwoman Knope (Poehler) can now tackle a broader range of political issues, which has actually sharped the focus of the show. In previous seasons, the fact that the show took place in some secondhand city in Indiana seemed trivial. Now, the issues at hand are of a distinctive Midwestern flavour, and Knope and her co-workers are coming to face a worse issue than an incompetent press or government: an incompetent population. I am impressed that the show has held onto its sweet nature, as it delves deeper into no-targets-left-standing satire.

Continuing to improve in its fifth season, Parks and Rec finds new characters and more wacky scenarios to keep things fresh.

It's the show of positivity! Humor, embarrassment, love and relatable aspects -- 'Parks & Rec' got them all! The attachment to "team Knope" is a stunning thing done by the writers. They never come of as forced nor badly written characters -- they just ARE. The humor continues and, as always -- none of the episodes are boring nor less great. Sure even more humor would be awesome too see -- but let's not push something that's already near perception shall we. Overall personal rating for each episode: 74.2/100 Personal rating: 80/100 Critical rating: 80/100

This show continues to be solidly entertaining.

Filled with great one-liners, well-rounded characters, hilarious gags, and even some political commentary, Parks & Recreation is still producing great material, even if they have a hard time living up to the height of some of the early seasons. Leslie finds herself in a quagmire of political gridlock, facing off against citizens and government employees alike. She squares off against some terrific guest stars, led by the terrific Jon Glaser as Jeremy Jamm. Leslie also has run-ins with Ron over political differences, but the show is very good about not letting affect their long-term friendship. The season as a whole is very strong, but there are some really good episodes. “Emergency Response” has a lot of good gags, and “Correspondent’s Lunch is very sharply written. “Article Two” features a terrific guest performance from Patton Oswalt, and “Are You Better Off?” ends the season in typical fashion, throwing lots of balls in the air. A consistently funny show from consistently funny people.

Less laugh out loud moments (season 2 had the most of them imo), but still very funny and entertaining overall. It's still a shown with the most likable characters ensemble I've ever seen. And the changes these characters go though each season feel so natural , great character development!

88% on my Tomatometer.

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