Parks and Recreation (Season 5) (2012)

The fifth season of NBC’s hit sitcom is just as solid and consistent as the previous seasons, which is remarkable in of itself. After all it takes a lot of effort and talent to keep a sitcom about government entertaining, not to mention keeping the characters fresh without changing their personalities. It’s a tricky balancing act but luckily the show’s runners were clearly on top of their game here, with a number of stand-out episodes like “Sex Education,” “Halloween Surprise” and the rousing finale “Are You Better Off” that continue this show’s winning streak. In the lead, Amy Poehler is still as charming and hilarious as before, and her chemistry with co-star Adam Scott remains so strong that their dynamics provide a solid bed on which the show can rest.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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