It’s been nine years this week since Parks & Recreation first arrived on our screens. To celebrate the sitcom, here’s part one of our look at its best episodes…
Greg Pikitis (2.7)
After a shaky first season, this is the first episode to fire on all cylinders. Leslie tries to bring down her nemesis, high-school prankster/criminal mastermind Greg Pikitis (PIKITIS!) before he pulls something big on Halloween. Also, witness the birth of Andy’s alter ego Bert Macklin, FBI agent.
Ron and Tammy (2.8)
The previously-mentioned demonic second wife of Ron arrives – and is brought to demented life by Nick Offerman’s real-life wife Megan Mullally. A fantastic start to the Ron vs Tammy(s) saga. Meanwhile, Andy gets his first job: as a shoeshiner at City Hall.
94 Meetings (2.21)
Due to an oversight by April, Ron has a whopping 93 meetings in one day. Meanwhile, Andy and April’s growing affection hits a wall when Andy becomes uncomfortable with their age difference. There are also laughs to be had from Leslie’s quest to save a historic building.
The Master Plan (2.23)
Chris and Ben arrive, as City Hall faces a huge financial crisis that Leslie has to solve. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang celebrate April’s 21st birthday – and Andy finally decides to ask her out. A really important episode for the show moving forward.
Freddy Spaghetti (2.24)
As City Hall is closed, Leslie skirts the regulations to hold a children’s concert. Leslie and Ben’s chemistry is there from the off and Andy and April’s feelings for each other come to a head. Plus, Mark finally leaves (sorry, Mark, you’re just not that funny).