Parks and Recreation: Season 3

Parks and Recreation: Season 3

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Amy Poehler won a Golden Globe in this beloved comedy series as Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department who has bigger dreams for her small town of Pawnee, Indiana.


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Go Big or Go Home

Leslie and the Parks Department return to work after three... More months to discover that the budget crisis still looms. After unsuccessfully trying to have their budget restored by using Ann to charm Chris with a date, Leslie decides to make an all or nothing play by resurrecting the Pawnee Harvest Festival. Meanwhile, Ben restarts the youth basketball league and instates Ron and Andy to coach the only two teams. April returns from a vacation with a new boyfriend.


Flu Season

While planning for the local Harvest Festival, Leslie is struck... More with the flu and is forced to go to the hospital. Ron and Andy have a day of male bonding, and Tom hits the spa.


Time Capsule

Leslie wants to bury a time capsule that encapsulates life... More in Pawnee, but an odd suggestion from a local man causes unforeseen consequences. Andy seeks help from Chris about how to win back April.


Ron & Tammy: Part Two

Tom tries to get back at Ron by going out... More on a date with Ron's ex-wife Tammy, while Leslie tries to protect Ron from falling prey to her charms. Meanwhile, April is assigned to work with Chris.


Media Blitz

While advertising for the Harvest Festival, Ben has to deal... More with some troubling questions about his past. Meanwhile, Andy continues to try to win April back.



Ron and Leslie take a road trip to the big... More city in order to visit Ron's favorite place which happens to be a steakhouse, but Leslie has alternative motives for the trip.


Harvest Festival

It's make it or break it for the Parks Department... More at the Harvest Festival which is full of surprises.



Leslie takes the whole department camping in order to brainstorm... More new ideas. Meanwhile, Andy attempts a romantic gesture for April, while Ann gets nervous when Chris returns to Pawnee as the new city manager.


Fancy Party

April and Andy host a dinner party for the Parks... More Department. Meanwhile, Ann tries to move on from Chris at a singles' party.



Leslie tries an online dating service, but doesn't end up... More with a stranger as she expects. Also, Chris challenges Ron to a grilling competition as part of his plans to make Pawnee healthier.


Jerry's Painting

Jerry’s contribution to Leslie’s community art show causes a stir.... More Ben moves in with April and Andy and attempts to teach them how to be adults. Meanwhile, Leslie is frustrated by Chris and his interoffice dating rules.



Leslie's ex-best friend, Lindsay Carlisle Shay, launches an attack on... More Pawnee, banning residents from visiting a nearby park in the neighboring city of Eagleton with a large fence, causing Leslie to go to war with Eagleton. Meanwhile, everyone finds out that it is Ron's birthday, a fact that he went to extreme lengths to conceal.


The Fight

When Leslie tries to get Ann a job at city... More hall, her lukewarm reaction causes their first-ever fight. Tom invites the entire department to the Snakehole Lounge to help him promote his new alcohol, "Snake Juice."


Road Trip

When Chris sends Leslie and Ben on a trip to... More Indianapolis, Leslie is afraid she won't be able to deny her feelings for him. Ron teaches a young student about his views on government. Meanwhile, Andy gets his feelings hurt by April after playing Tom's new game.


The Bubble

Everyone in the office is unhappy when Chris decides to... More make some big changes in the parks department -- especially Tom who starts to question his career choices. Leslie is caught off guard when Ben has a meeting with her mom.


Li'l Sebastian

Leslie and the parks team put together a memorial service... More for a dearly departed friend. Meanwhile, Tom makes a big life decision, while Chris reacts badly to a health problem.

Parks and Recreation: Season 3 | Reviews

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

If there’s anything Parks And Recreation’s position on the government stands for, it’s the governing looking out for the governed. And as the show begins its sixth season, it looks out for its characters with a wider scope.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

It’s now just a waiting game to see if this patchy episodic specimen can gradually move past its Office-inspired roots and trudge toward developing its own individual, winning skin.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Parks doesn’t yet have the snap or clear character delineation of Steve Carell’s sitcom. But people forget: The Office seemed a little flat when it premiered in 2005.

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Parks and Recreation: Season 3 | Release Details

Parks and Recreation: Season 3 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix and Neon.