Following the events of the previous season finale, it didn’t seem like “Parks and Recreation” called for another season… and this final season doesn’t exactly dispel that perception. Set two years in the future for no discernible reason, all 12 episodes feel like an extended series finale, which has the unfortunate consequence of making the entire season feel heavy-handed and melodramatic. As usual, the performers are terrific and share considerable chemistry, and while much of the writing is clever and funny, the tone is all over the place. There’s a sense that everyone is distracted, and it makes the whole thing feel forced and unnecessary, but there’s enough good will left over from the stronger previous seasons to carry the viewer throughout.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)