Parks and Rec is surprisingly romantic… but which are the best romantic relationships on the show, and which are the worst?
Parks and Recreation is a show that predominantly celebrates friendships and the importance of a community. The central character is Leslie Knope, an ambitious woman who is a great friend to her coworkers. The show takes ever-so-slight jabs at working for the government and the futility of any attempts to change how things work.
There is also room for a whole lot of romance and passion on Parks and Rec. Some couples are the epitome of relationship goals, while others were created solely for comedic purposes. Just as the show’s characters are quirky, so are the relationships that they form.
10 Leslie And Ben
Leslie and Ben are hands down the best couple on Parks and Recreation. Leslie is a kind and warm person who definitely deserves a man who brings her chicken soup when she is sick and who is willing to compromise for the relationship. Ben has sacrificed his own career on several occasions to be with Leslie, which led many to think that Leslie doesn’t really deserve him.
Leslie is a great match for Ben. In her, Ben found someone who embraces him exactly as he is. She even got him a replica of the Iron Throne!
9 Jerry And Gayle
Jerry was the guy that the gang always made fun of at the office, which was pretty cruel considering he is a really sweet person. While the endless bullying doesn’t sit well with fans, they can console themselves with knowing that Jerry has an amazing wife and daughters that truly adore him.
His coworkers should go to him with relationship advice, since he has one of the most successful relationships on the show. His bombshell of a wife clearly still adores him after being married to him for years.
8 April And Andy
April and Andy might not be the most conventional couple out there, but they make it work. Andy brings humor and optimism to her life, while April lets him be who he is without becoming his caretaker. April doesn’t really trust people, so it really makes sense she paired up with Andy, a man who is incapable of lying.
It’s hard to say whether these two are actually relationship goals or not. They accept each other’s quirks, but they certainly aren’t what the average person would want from a relationship – although that can also be their charm as they grow up together.
7 Ann And Chris
Chris and Ann might not have the chemistry that other couples on the show share, but considering they decided to have a kid together and raise it as a family means that they are quite a successful couple. Even though Ann could have ended up with so many other characters, getting back with Chris made the most sense.
If it wasn’t for Chris’s infinite appreciation of Ann, the show would lose so much of Chris’s most memorable Ann Perkins quotes. And everybody loves those!
6 Ron And Diane
Ron didn’t really know how to pick his partners until Diane came along. She is independent and shares Ron’s values. The only character inconsistency of hers is that she was jealous of Ron and Leslie’s friendship. While it’s true that Leslie and Ron make for a great on-screen duo, there has never been any chemistry between them. A woman like Diane would never feel threatened by Leslie.
Diane brought out the best in Ron. Behind his cold and cynical exterior, there hides a very loving and caring man.
5 Tom And Lucy
The writers of Parks and Recreation didn’t really know how to spin Tom’s personal life. He is a Barney Stinson type, so it would make sense for him to stay happily single. He did, however, want a committed relationship, even though he had a lot of growing up to do. For a while, he dated Ann, which was just wrong, to put it simply.
His best relationship was the one he had with Lucy, a good-looking woman from Cuba who believes in firm handshakes. They had their ups and downs, but definitely worked out in the end.
4 Ann And Mark
Mark was introduced as an emotionally unavailable man who doesn’t really care for the women he dates. With Ann, he tried to break this pattern and he really tried to make it work, but karma got him in the end. Ann broke up with him because they lacked passion. She told him that they clearly aren’t meant for each other because they never fought (among many, many other things).
Mark showed some growth while dating Ann. The fact that he wanted to propose to her says a lot.
3 Ann And Andy
Ann and Andy are the first couple we meet in Parks and Rec. It’s clear that they are a highly dysfunctional couple who complement each other in their negative traits perfectly: she is a codependent caregiver, while he is a man-child who still held on to his dreams of making it big with his band. They lived together for two years before they broke up.
Later on in the series, Andy tells Ann that he nearly forgot that they used to date. Fans of the show often wonder how these two got together in the first place.
2 Tom And Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa was arguably one of the most annoying characters on Parks and Rec. At first, it was funny to see Tom and Mona Lisa date because they kind of deserved each other – both being shallow and materialistic. Tom eventually came up with a plan to have her break up with him: Ann told her that he was broke.
If it wasn’t for this disastrous relationship, Tom wouldn’t have matured one bit. While with her, he realized what he doesn’t want in a partner and he also started treating women with more respect.
1 Ron And Tammy Two
There was not a single successful thing about Ron’s relationship with Tammy 2. Their time on screen was still incredibly entertaining to watch because there was clearly a lot of passion hiding under all that hate. Ron literally sensed her presence without seeing her.
This is a couple that made it their sole purpose to make each other as miserable as possible. After Ron told her she aged horribly, they had a loud fall-out at the diner, followed by a passionate make-out session as if they were teenagers. They might have been the worst, but they were also the funniest by far.
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