Parks and Recreation

NBC (ended 2015)





Parks and Recreation Fan Reviews (64)

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  • Incredible

    This is, along with the Office, the funniest, most enjoyable TV sitcom of all time. Not using a laugh, track like in the overrated "Friends", adds so much to the show's comedy, it's unbelievable.
  • Big Mistake

    Started watching this show after binge watching The Office; for the 3rd or 4th time. It became very apparent that this show is an attempt to replicate The Office;. but after watching 4 episodes I became very unhappy with this show. The lead woman who is supposed to be the Michael Scott of this show is not all that funny. The level headed guy is a pure ripoff of Jim Halpert, if I watched this show before I ever watched The Office maybe I would have liked it, but I just find it awful.
  • This is Disney, pie-in-the-sky, flying in the face of modern TV convention stuff. And it's brilliant.

    The beauty of Parks and Rec was the way it morphed a sunny worldview with a wicked sense of humour. This is a light hearted, feel good, fun for the whole family series with an anarchic comic spirit that seems more appropriate for The Simpsons or Futurama.
  • My favorite show, next to The Office

    I do admit that it took awhile for me to get into the show. Although after watching The Office, I gave in to it. After awhile of avoiding the show, I decided that I should give it a try, and it was the best decision I have made in terms of TV shows. It is absolutely amazing. This show showed character development and growth in each and every one of the characters. I fell in love with all the characters. I would say that Andy Dywer and April Ludgate were probably my favorite out of all of them.

    This show even made me reflect on myself. It taught me to persist on what I believe in; to continue even if I fail, because there is never an ending.

    The humor to this show ranged from dry to adult humor and, knowing myself, I know that I'm in love with dry humor, so it made me laugh a few times. Of course, the humor would never compare to The Office because that show could make me cry tears of laughter. It must also be because the humor wasn't as extreme as it was in The Office. Nevertheless, the show was amazing and the ending made me cry because of the nostalgia it gave me.
  • Fantastic Show

    Season 1 is a cop of attempt at redoing the office, and meh. Starting season 2, just gets better and better. Start from scratch and enjoy.

    Edit:; just finished, ending was great. Leslie Knope could be a contender to vie for Pirate King, baller character and show.
  • Brilliant show

    Character development and heartfelt moments are the strongest suit in this show. You'll find yourself becoming increasingly invested in the characters as the seasons go on. It's sad to see it go, but it ended gracefully.
  • I love Love LOVE this show! Will miss it dearly.

    I love Love LOVE this show! Will miss it dearly.

    Check out this cool Parks & Recreation intro with the characters of Family Guy: 1kHCM
  • Brilliant

    While I wasn't a fan of the first season, the rest of the seasons made up for that. It was comedy but it left a permanent affect on my being. These characters taught me a lot about failure and success.
  • What I want to say is...

    If there were only more Leslie Knopes in this world, it would be a much better place! I really needed to say that. And, of course, the show is great.
  • Great

    I was always more of a casual fan of this show than anything else. I liked different parts of it. My main problem with it is that I was never sure it was even about parks and recreation. The show made fun of politics a lot. There are right ways and wrong ways to do that, but I think that they did everything the way that worked best. I'm not sure yet if I'll get DVDs of this or not. But to everyone else, I hope that you enjoy it too because I had a fun time tune into it.
  • Best show of all time.

    My favorite show of all time. The most hilarious, lovable, brilliant, underrated cast ever. Their character relationships are developed and heartfelt. Everything about this show tickles me and warms me to the bone. So sad to see it end.
  • Something for (almost) everyone

    It's just lovable. Funny and smart and I'm very happy that shows like this exist.

    It might have overstayed its welcome a little bit though.
  • Old Chestnut

    As a mega fan of The Office "Parks" was a huge disappointment. The only reason I even gave it 3 stars is because Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is the best character I've seen since Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) was another strong character. The show just became stagnant and lacked depth as it went on. The show became politically cliche. The citizens are all idiots and the "do-gooder" councilwoman played by Amy Poehler cares about people so much that she knows whats best for the sheeple. She lives in a town of obese people, who love big gulps the size of popcorn buckets with greasy burgers and see life through there own idiotic self satisfying lenses. In one episode Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) goes to a pawn shop and tells the cashier he needs his help with something. The cashier said he had just what he's looking for and pulled out a bucket of guns to sell him. It was nauseatingly obvious the message they were pushing which I can stomach if the show is funny but it only had funny moments. It was not a show where I was excited for the next episode to air and it the story line was boring to follow. Good news is "Archer" will be back in Jan of 15'.
  • Quirky and fun

    Just so good. Wtf.
  • Wow, unbeleivable how they ruined this show.

    I have never seen anything like what the writers have done with this show. It went from suck, to good, to really good, to so so, to sucks butt.

    Leslie's political views and general life dogma couldn't possibly be any more ridiculous at this point. If in the next episode she was somehow lost at sea, the show would actually improve probably.
  • Office Spinoff?

    This show does a lot of things right but can't climb in the ratings too high on my scale because I feel like I'm watching The Office in a new setting. Leslie Knope is Michael Scott 2.0.

    Its not really a bad thing. The Office was great. But Parks and Rec seems to be a little ways off from creating its own identity.

    Of all the sitcoms to hook your boat to, The Office isn't a bad one though.
  • Used to like

    Most of season 1 (09)
  • How This Show Is Different From The Office

    Season 1, this WAS an Office copycat. Leslie Knope was an inept bumbler who took her job so seriously that no one took her seriously. Her employees, especially the guys, were straight men. But the show changed in its second season, starting with Leslie Knope.

    Unlike Michael Scott, Leslie charms her employees into loving their job as much as she. She's highly capable and enthusiastic. She's cute as hell. Unlike Michael's employees, each of Leslie's is uniquely developed, hilarious, and--key word--lovable, strong enough to carry an episode on their own. Most shows are lucky to have one Great character who sticks with you: Gustavo Fring from Breaking Bad, Coach McGuirk from Home Movies... IMO, Parks and Rec has at least three: Leslie, Ron, and Jenn Barkley.

    I stuck through Season 1 on Netflix because I had nothing else to do. It wasn't until "Hunting Trip," in Season 2, that I felt the show take a turn for the better. If you're a newbie, that's where I recommend you start. By the Season 2 finale, I felt so lucky to have stuck it out. Every episode from there to the end of Season 4 is hilarious. And I mean it. I love this show.
  • Pawnee 1st in friendship 4th in obesity

    I love this show it is one of my all time favorite comedies, i love the cast and just everything about it
  • kid yo

    Can I be april's dead pan kid? Please, or not I don't care.
  • What one might expect.

    At least it's generally what I expected. It's an okay show, but inconsistent in my opinion. Some episodes are hilarious and others, just corny and dull. Despite all that, parks and rec is still a fun show to wind down with at the end of the night, assuming you catch a good episode. You should more often than
  • Parks & Recreation: A Show to Grow On

    Having watched every episode of every season so far, I have to say that the show has had its ups and downs, mostly ups though. When I first sat down to watch it, I wasn't too impressed. Completely bored in fact with the utter lack of humor in the show. I was wondering how the show got the Golden Globe nominations it did. The acting and character development were abysmal. I was on my way to just quitting watching the show, but finding nothing else to do I piled on. The first season passed with barely a mark being made in my head.

    The second season was a vast improvement to the first. The laughs were far more frequent and Poehler really began to shine. To be honest, the only thing that kept me going till that point was Nick Offerman's character. But then, I had a whole bunch of reasons to keep watching. One of the best things that happened to the show was getting rid of Paul Schneider. His acting was - in a nutshell - weak. He was the thing holding the show down. It's no wonder that ever since his exit from the show the laughs have been getting better and the show just manages to hold your attention.

    Season three was the season Parks and Rec hit gold. Making Rob Lowe and Adam Scott part of the main cast was genius. This is around the time when I began to fall in love with the show. Everything about it just became infinitely more interesting.

    The remaining two seasons continued the high brought on by the change in cast. Everyone else just seemed to get better as well. Ansari became funnier, Offerman more bad-ass, Plaza more quirky, Pratt more silly, Jones more expressive and Poehler more effervescent.

    I was about to give up on the show, but I'm glad I plowed through the first season. If you got frustrated early on and decided to never watch the show again, I IMPLORE you to give it another go. Everything wrong with the show became everything right with it. Parks and Recreation - an incredible comedy to grow on.
  • I can't stand this show.

    This is the worst show I've seen since Always Sunny. All the actors except the shoe polisher guy are terrible. The young girl just has no emotion whatsoever and it's extremely annoying to listen to her. The blond bitch is annoying with her exagerated enthousiasm. And the Indian guy is just pure annoying. He's stupid as hell. I've only had like one chuckle ever with this show. If somebody likes this show, the only thing that comes to my mind is that you have a terrible sense of humor. Comedy Central is ruining my vacation by putting this show so many times a day. Every time i see this show is on i feel like hitting my head against the wall. Conclusion: this show is made by the devil to annoy smart people.
  • One of the few shows that make me laugh...

    The fact that ratings for this show exist with a score lower than 9 is surprising as this show naturally encourages me to laugh, a rare experience to be sure. I'm the kind of person that enjoys the comedies of Archer, the Office, Family Guy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, I'm all over the map... and this show appeals to my zany side, my clever side and the side of me that enjoys watching character development.

    I'd rate this show a 10/10 but there's the possibility a show could one day appear that will make me laugh harder.
  • Another show that was good briefly

    Parks and Rec was a so-so show to start with but by the end of the first season and the start of the second the character development was making the show worth watching. Leslie's misguided over enthusiasm was easy to over look due to her rigorous work ethic and competency, leaving me with the feeling that I could put up with the stupidity of government if there were people with dedication like that. Ron Swanson of course was brilliant and easily provided the funniest moments in the show. But as the season has drudged on the insertion of the producers and actors obvious love affair with the democrat party and Leslie's gushing over Joe Biden, inserting partisan politics into the show has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. At the same time they have subtly changed Ron's character into a charactiture of what it was, he is now portrayed as an obstinate, sometimes ignorant, reckless, foolish and misguided representative of some type of obstructionist party who needs to be dragged into understanding the "right" position on issues.

    By episode 10 of season 5 they had beaten any desire out of me to follow the show, and I sit here having just watched episode 22 of the last season of the office (not great either, just the sap in me finishing up the story lines), looking for something to entertain me and I still can't bring myself to click play on s5 episode 11.
  • You must be joking...

    As pathetic, moronic and stupid as "The Office". Hard to believe this is still running, I was never able to endure a whole single episode, Poehlers permanent stupid expression and clueless jokes are worse than a root canal.
  • I love it!!

    I love this show even more now that 30 Rock has died. It's great to sit back and just be entertained. Cheers.

    This is seriously my favorite show of all time. It has funny, original ideas and the characters all have a funny story line and character, and it's just hilarious. Like, how did Jerry get such a hot wife or how is Leslie not the President? It's just hilarious, don't know why this show is getting a 7.3.
  • The Best Show on TV

    It's not an Office clone. Get past the first season and you'll be hooked as it gets substantially better.
  • If you didn't like it, then go live in Eagleton

    This is one of the smartest and most addictive show on TV today.
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