The 20 Best Episodes of ‘Parks and Recreation’

NBC’s Parks and Recreation may be over, but we will always cherish out memories of the town of Pawnee, Indiana. We’ve watched as Leslie Knope tirelessly worked to improve a town that’s slogan used to be “First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity.” Best parks and rec episodes took a farcical look at the relationship between small-town governments and their often ill-informed citizenry; it showed the hypocrisy of elected officials when it comes to their personal and professional lives. It provoked debate about government overstepping its bounds and infringing on personal freedoms. By using comedy, the show explored hot-button issues such as sex education, gay marriage and the difference between a pony and a miniature horse. Leslie Knope and her friends may be moving on, but like the citizens of Pawnee, we’re all better off for having known them. Here are the best episodes of the series.

#20 “Ron and Tammy: Part II,” Season 3

Tom’s plan to exact revenge on Ron for dating his ex-wife backfires bringing the toxic twosome together. Ron and the “manipulative, psychotic library-book pedaling, sex-crazed she demon,” driven by their libidos, spend a night together on a Bonnie and Clyde scale. Leslie finds the newly-married couple behind bars the next morning with Ron sporting a kimono and sporting cornrows. The staff stages an ineffectual intervention where Ron views of video of himself warning him that if he’s reconciled with Tammy his only choices are get rid of Tammy or “lobotomy and castration.” The honeymooners plan to hole up in Ron’s cabin for 11 days subsisting on only Gatorade and peanuts as they try to conceive. April fills in as Chris’ assistant, and Ann wonders if Chris will ask her to move to Indianapolis.

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