Saturday, February 03, 2024

Parks and Recreation - Season Five

Sharon and I finished watching season five of Parks and Recreation in December. We finished watching season one in August of 2023, season two and season three in September of 2023 and season four in October of 2023.

Season five has twenty-two episodes. It aired from September 20, 2012 to May 2, 2013. The series stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe, with supporting performances from Jim O'Heir and Retta. Amy Poehler received her fourth consecutive nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Season five focuses on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her staff at the parks and recreation department of the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. Although it does not having an overarching storyline like season four, this season details the aftermath of Leslie's role as a Councilwoman in Pawnee and her rivalry with councilman Jeremy Jamm (Jon Glaser). Other storylines include Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza)'s career move to Washington D.C., Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones)'s attempts to get pregnant, the progress in Ben and Leslie's relationship, Andy's (Chris Pratt) attempts at becoming a police officer, and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) meeting single mother Diane (Lucy Lawless).

Portions of the season premiere "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington" and the later episode "Leslie vs. April" were shot in Washington, D.C. in July 2012. These episodes featured cameo appearances from senators Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain, and then Vice President Joe Biden. The tenth episode of the season, "Two Parties", featured scenes shot in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium and St. Elmo Steak House in December 2012. This episode included cameos from Indianapolis Colts players Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne and owner Jim Irsay, Indiana Pacers players Miles Plumlee and Roy Hibbert, and Newt Gingrich.

After feeling like a number of season four episodes jumped the shark, I feel like season five settled back down to earth. I continue to enjoy the show.

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