Season Review-Parks and Recreation Season 5

Overall: 8-great

So, Parks and Rec. I loved the first half of the season, but was disappointed with the episodes after Leslie and Ben's wedding. The main criticism I have is the static nature of the show; nothing happens. Sure, it's enjoyable and it's just a comedy, but some stakes would be nice.

I'll keep this short, so what I did like was, of course, the fantastic characters. The Leslie-Ben relationship was fleshed out this year, and while not quite as awesome as Andy-April, it still was the subject of many fantastic storylines. Ron was great as always, as well as the supporting cast.

I look forward to what very likely is the last season.
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Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
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Leslie and Andy go to Washington on business--and to see Ben and April. Back in Pawnee, Ron is in charge of the employee barbecue, and Tom and Ann pretend to still be together. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
2.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Soda Tax (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Leslie faces threats and backlash if she votes in favor of a "soda tax," Ben tries to suck to his interns after he discovers that they're politically connected, and Andy's efforts to get in shape send Chris into a depression. (22 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
3.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: How a Bill Becomes a Law (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Leslie is forced to make a sacrifice to assure passage of a bill, Ron meets a single woman while fixing a pothole, and Ben and April are stuck in a parking lot and can't make it back to Pawnee. (22 mins.)
“ 7.5-good ” - whifferrack
 
4.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Sex Education (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Leslie gets in trouble with her initiative to teach safe sex to senior citizens, Ron tries to help Tom overcome his addiction to social media, and Ben and April suspect that the candidate they work for is a robot. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
5.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Halloween Surprise (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Leslie's future with Ben is on hold after he gets a new job offer, Leslie and Ann give Jerry a heart attack, and Ron's new relationship is in jeopardy because of his girlfriend's kids. (22 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
6.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Ben's Parents (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ben's parents ruin Leslie and Ben's engagement party, Chris becomes sad over their engagement, and Tom prepares a new business pitch for Ron. (22 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
7.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Leslie vs. April (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Leslie and April clash over a proposed dog park, Ben receives a slew of job offers, and Andy uses his detective skills to find out who stole his computer. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
8.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Pawnee Commons (2012)
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Leslie wants to reject a great park idea just because the designer comes from Eagleton, Tom begins his new business venture with a new fiscal approach, and Andy and April find a way to make Andy's new security job more exciting. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
9.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Ron and Diane (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Tammy shows up at an awards ceremony to sabotage Ron's new relationship, and four of Jerry's co-workers are shocked that he's throwing a Christmas party without them. (22 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
10.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Two Parties (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Leslie's bachelorette party is ruined after councilman Jamm backs out of a promise, and Chris throws Ben a bachelor party that everyone will remember. (22 mins.)
“ 8-great ” - whifferrack
 
11.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Women in Garbage (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Leslie and April volunteer to work on a garbage truck to fight sexism in city government, Ron has a frightening experience babysitting Diane's girls, and Andy and Ben try to teach basketball to Tom. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
12.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Ann's Decision (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Ann wants to find a sperm donor, Chris, Ron and Tom help Ben find a wedding caterer, and April replaces Leslie at a public hearing about a new park. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
13.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Emergency Response (2013)
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The department has to put together an last-minute fund-raising gala for the new park without Leslie, who has been called away on an emergency disaster drill. Meanwhile, Andy takes his police officer exam. (22 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
14.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Leslie and Ben (2013)
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Leslie and Ben decide to get married right after the gala, but a jealous and drunk councilman Jamm crashes the party and ruins the evening. (22 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
15.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Correspondents' Lunch (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Leslie discovers that a newspaper reporter has hacked her e-mail account, Ben begins his new job, and Anne decides that she wants Chris to be her sperm donor. (22 mins.)
“ 8-great ” - whifferrack
 
16.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Bailout (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Leslie runs into unexpected problems when she proposes a "bailout" of a failing movie rental store,... (22 mins.)
“ 7.5-good ” - whifferrack
 
17.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Partridge (2013)
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Ben and Leslie go to Ben's hometown in Minnesota so he can get the key to the city, an honor given to all former mayors of the town except Ben, councilman Jamm sues Ron for punching him, and Chris and Ann try to test their compatibility. (22 mins.)
“ 7-good ” - whifferrack
 
18.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Animal Control (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Leslie faces a roadblock while searching for a new head of Animal Control, Ann convinces Ron to go see a doctor, and Ben asks local fragrance mogul Dennis Feinstein for a charitable donation. (22 mins.)
“ 7.5-good ” - whifferrack
 
19.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Article Two (2013)
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A concerned citizen fights Leslie's efforts to removed some outdated Pawnee laws, and April and Ron are forced to take Chris's management training course. (22 mins.)
“ 6.5-okay ” - whifferrack
 
20.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Jerry's Retirement (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Leslie throws a last-minute retirement party for Jerry, Tom discovers that he's the new Jerry in the office, and Ann and Chris weigh their options for conception. (22 mins.)
“ 8-great ” - whifferrack
 
21.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Swing Vote (2013)
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After a bill to fund a local putt-putt course is introduced, Leslie and Ron compete for Jamm's swing vote. Meanwhile, Andy decides to retire from the band, and Ann tries to help Tom break up with Mona Lisa. (22 mins.)
“ 6.5-okay ” - whifferrack
 
22.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Are You Better Off? (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A group of citizens organizes a Leslie Knope recall, Andy finds a positive pregnancy test outside Ron's cabin, and Tom considers a lucrative offer to sell Rent-a-Swag. (22 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack