• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 20, 2011
    60
    Poehler has great skill at delivering outrageous lines in a droll deadpan. That sets the tone for a cast, including Lowe and Scott, with similar abilities. Too many of the sketches, though, cross that fine but visible line between bemused absurdity and slapstick.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 24, 2011
    100
    Parks, in a sense, is Li'l Sebastian: shaggy, small-boned, charming and lovably stupid. [31 Jan 2011, p.39]
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 19, 2011
    80
    Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 19, 2011
    83
    The cast is phenomenal, the writing inventive and genuinely funny, and you could pick just about any character--Andy or Ann, or Ron or Tom (Aziz Ansari) and almost mistake them for the show lead instead of Poehler. But still not quite in the same league as the show that precedes or the one that follows.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 19, 2011
    100
    What makes these episodes feel extra-special is the sense of purpose to them. There's a big story being told here--not one that requires you to watch every episode (though your funny bone will thank you if you do), but one that seems to raise the stakes for everyone involved, and which makes the jokes funnier, the characters richer, in the process.
  6. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 4, 2011
    80
    It consistently pokes fun at our culture and foibles in ways that are clever and sometimes sharp but never mean.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Swanson
    Jan 19, 2011
    75
    This season, the writers have taken her even further away from the cliche of the incompetent boss--currently being flogged to death by The Office. Leslie is now both realer and more amusing, the humor of her character stemming from the fact that she's good in a profession that no one, including her boss and her subordinates, seems to care too much about.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Apr 7, 2011
    10
    Ron Swanson is the greatest character on TV. This show is just flat out GREAT! Amy does a great job. I hope this replaces the office Time for a MEAT TORNADO Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    10
    I only just jumped on the Parks & Rec bandwagon after burning through both seasons on DVD, and I gotta say: this show is AMAZING. Amy Poehler is at her absolute best and all of the characters are so quirky and lovable. From Rashida Jones to Aziz Ansari to Chris Pratt and now Rob Lowe. The writing is amazing each episode has me in stitches. Give it a try- you'll love it. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2011
    10
    This show is hilarious. Hands down, funniest show on TV. The dry, sarcastic delivery mixed with timely digs at government makes the show pitch perfect. Full Review »