Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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Are You Better Off? 

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.


Dean Holland


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Lucy Lawless ... Diane Lewis
Jason Schwartzman ... Dennis Lerpiss
Ben Schwartz ... Jean-Ralphio
Jenny Slate ... Mona-Lisa
Alison Becker ... Shauna Malwae-Tweep


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.

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2 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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At the beginning of the episode after Donna talks about her apartment in Seattle, a very brief shot of April making a funny face is shown. See more »


When Andy asks Leslie if she's pregnant his sunglasses go from being on to being off even though you never see him remove them. See more »


Kathryn Pinewood: Now you want to rob our children of fun by attacking the Sweetum school lunch program. Literally taking candy away from babies.
Leslie Knope: Those school lunches are incredibly unhealthy. You somehow convinced the school board that napkins are vegetables.
Kathryn Pinewood: They're made from plants.
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References Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) See more »


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S5: A bit too comfortable and familiar, but still fun
24 June 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The fourth season of P&R had a good consistent structure which came from the political office campaign; this allowed it to have a forward motion, but did not limit it to just doing this. With the fifth season there is not quite as strong a structure to give it this good backbone, and instead the plots feel a bit too baggy and comfortable with themselves. There are some general threads and plenty of good individual moments or episodes, but it is never a great thing when weddings and pregnancies start being driving forces in narrative, since often it is a bit too obvious – particularly for a comedy which has its best moments when it pushes out reality into sillier and more imaginative aspects.

The use of Jamm, and the ongoing strength of the characters continues to make it work, and the writing is best when it plays to them rather than the relationship threads which are here. Throwaway character lines from the stronger characters are consistently funny, and some of the character arcs are enjoyable (eg seeing April be more than her previous character), and for sure there is enough in this fifth season to keep it funny and entertaining. The performances are a big part of this, with Poehler, Jones, Offerman, Plaza, Pratt, and others all continuing their strong ensemble work – O'Heir, Retta and others may have more one-note characters, but they are very good at them. Glaser's Jamm is fun throughout the season, and generally the various guests stars are good, even if some of the very big names is more about having politicians showing up.

There is a bit too much comfort about this season, and too many threads which seem obvious and a little pleased with themselves, but generally it works well, and has plenty of good laughs, however it doesn't bode too well for the next two seasons when it is starting to lean very much in this direction.

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