Parks and Recreation: Season 5

Parks and Recreation: Season 5

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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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Ms. Knope Goes To Washington

Leslie and Andy visit Ben and April at their new... More jobs in Washington D.C., and Leslie feels overwhelmed by the city -- especially after meeting two of her idols. Meanwhile, Ron throws a "thank you" barbeque for the entire Parks and Recreation staff.


Soda Tax

Leslie decides to wage war on obesity in Pawnee in... More her first mission as city councilor by passing a city-wide soda tax. Meanwhile, Andy tries to get in shape for his police-entrance exam, and Ben struggles to connect with the interns in his office.


How a Bill Becomes a Law

Leslie helps a local swim team get more practice time... More by working on a new law that extends the hours at the community pool; Ron finds himself filling a pothole for a local woman (Lucy Lawless) as part of Chris' new plan to solve citizens' problems around the city; April and Ben take a road trip to Pawnee.


Sex Education

An STD outbreak amongst Pawnee seniors prompts Leslie to conduct... More a sex education class. Meanwhile, Ron helps Tom adjust to life without technology after his gadgets are taken away, and Ben and April meet Congressman Murray for the first time.


Halloween Surprise

A new job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplates... More their future. Meanwhile, Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating, and Tom searches for a new business idea.


Ben's Parents

Leslie is nervous about meeting Ben's divorced parents. Tom prepares... More to pitch his new business to Ron with Jean-Ralphio's help. Chris rides an emotional rollercoaster.


Leslie vs. April

Leslie gets upset when April tries to get Lot 48... More made into a dog park. Meanwhile, Tom enlists Ben’s help as he tries to launch his new business venture, and Andy hones his crime scene investigation skills.


Pawnee Commons

Leslie and Ben meet with an architect from their rival... More town, Eagleton, about designs for a new park.


Ron and Diane

Ron, Diane, and Leslie attend a wood working awards dinner... More after one of Ron's handcrafted chairs is nominated, but the happy occasion is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Meanwhile, Jerry hosts a holiday party at his home with his wife, and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited.


Two Parties

Ben and Leslie's rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take... More on a very different tune.


Women in Garbage

Leslie is at a loss for words after the speech... More she prepared for a special event is stolen. Meanwhile, Ben begins his new job at the Sweetums Charity Foundation, and Ann summons the courage to ask an important question.


Ann's Decision

Ann tries to get to know herself as Leslie meddles... More in one of her biggest life decisions. Meanwhile, things go south when Ben enlists the guys to help choose a caterer for the wedding.


Emergency Response

Leslie and Ben organize a black tie gala to raise... More money for their park, but their plans are derailed when a city-wide emergency response drill is called. Meanwhile, Andy prepares to take his Police Academy Exam and Ron fills in for Leslie on Pawnee Today.


Leslie and Ben

Leslie and Ben are getting married, and have to cram... More months of planning into two hours. Meanwhile, Ron's temper gets him in trouble.


Correspondents' Lunch

Leslie's speech she prepared for a special event is stolen.... More Ben begins his new job at the Sweetums Charity Foundation. Ann summons the courage to ask an important question.



Leslie is determined to help a local video store stay... More in business, while Chris offers Tom advice on how to deal with a difficult employee. Elsewhere, Ann resorts to blackmail to get April to be her friend.



Leslie accompanies Ben on a trip to his hometown which... More has offered him a key to the city. Ron deals with a lawsuit filed against him by Councilman Jamm. Ann and Chris take a parenting compatibility quiz.


Animal Control

Leslie decides to give the Animal Control Department a much-needed... More makeover. Ann tries to get Ron the medical attention he needs. Ben, Tom, and Andy recruit donors for their charity foundation.


Article Two

Leslie works to get rid of outdated laws from the... More original town charter. April and Ron receive management training from Chris. Ben finds himself in a bidding war against Ann to win a present for Leslie.


Jerry's Retirement

When Leslie finds out Jerry is retiring, she struggles with... More the proper way to commemorate the occasion. Chris and Ann prepare to have a baby together. Tom worries he will become the office punching bag once Jerry leaves.


Swing Vote

Leslie deems Ron's budget-cut proposals unacceptable. Andy and Ben celebrate... More a big donation made to their charity. Ann tries to solve Tom's girlfriend troubles.


Are You Better Off?

Leslie celebrates her first year as a city councilwoman. Retired... More Special Agent Burt Macklin is recalled to action. April gets some life-changing news. Tom debates a big business opportunity.

Parks and Recreation: Season 5 | 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 5 | Release Details

Parks and Recreation: Season 5 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix and Neon.