Parks and recreation remains one of the most fondly remembered comedy series of the 2010s. With its mix of humor, related characters and generally healthy mood, Parks and recreation gathered an extremely dedicated audience, who still follow the projects from the series ’cast and crew. While the show ended in 2013, there are still stories behind the scenes that have been shared over the years.
Since cast by Parks and recreation was stacked with good comedic actors, many of the stories behind the scenes focus on improvisation with the cast. Some of the best lines in the series came from these impromptu moments, which still elicit laughter from any viewer watching Parks and recreation years after the series ended.
10 Chris Traegers Flu Pep Talk
Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) is the health-conscious, optimistic mayor of Pawnee, Indiana. Unfortunately, even the healthiest among the population can still get the flu. In Season 3, Episode 2 “Influenza Season”, Chris falls ill and is hospitalized during a flu outbreak in Pawnee.
At one point, Chris tries to give his body a pep talk, which was largely improvised by Lowe. The line that everyone remembers is the intensely said “Stop. Pooping.“Brilliant.
9 Donna does not drink water?
Donna Meagle (Retta) is a character whose presence only grows during Parks and recreation. From a background character to a fabulous real estate mogul, Donna always brought slut and snot to the case. She also brought an amazingly improvised line.
In Season 4, Episode 14 “Campaign Shakeup”, Donna just falls by the wayside “Do I look like I’m drinking water?Retta proves once again that her comedy chops were some of the best (and most underused) in the series.
8 Leslie Knope: Master debate
Sometimes, in Parks and recreation, the impromptu remarks do not always come from the actors who say them. In season 4, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) has a moment where she calls herself “the master debate“The line did not come from Poehler himself, but from Chris Pratt, who fed her the line to say. It was good enough to stay in the episode.
Thus, in her sunshine voice, the audience makes Leslie Knope call herself a “master debate“forever. It’s just too much fun.
7 The line that changed Leslie’s character
However, Amy Poehler’s improvisational abilities made it possible to change the course of the series. Most audiences do not like to talk about Parks and recreation season 1, and felt that the series really found its voice and tone in season 2. A line in season 1 ended, according to creator Mike Schur, changing the course of Parks and recreation irrevocably. In a Reddit AMA, Schur said that around the third or fourth episode of the series, Poehler improvised a talking head segment.
Schur wrote that Leslie talked about breaking the glass ceiling and remembered that Poehler improvised “[S]he became super cocky and looked back at the men who swept up and improvised something along the lines of: ‘Am I breaking into the boys’ club? I do not know. I mean, just look at all the bitches cleaning up after me. ‘“The improvisation totally changed how the character was seen by the author’s room after it.
6 Andy Does Roadhouse
Parks and recreation season 4, episode 20 “The Debate” sees Leslie debate against others about the city council post she is running for. Meanwhile, the donor watch party for Leslie’s campaign has had its cable cut. To keep the donors entertained, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) decides to stage his favorite movie Road house to keep them engaged.
The whole segment is completely funny and totally improvised. The script apparently just said “Pratt does Road house“and it was up to Chris Pratt how he interrupted it. It’s absolutely comedy gold that leaves the audience as invested as Donna apparently was during the performance.
5 April threatens a trainee
April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) was one of the most iconic characters of Parks and recreation with her dead-eyed gaze and deadpan delivery. She could also be incredibly intimidating to people who have not respected her friends at all. Since a well-connected intern does not respect Ben (Adam Scott) while both worked in Washington, DC, April takes it upon himself to teach the intern some manners.
In a beautifully improvised threat at the end of season 5, episode 2 “Soda Tax,” she describes how she would stick out the intern’s eyes so his congressman’s uncle had to hire a sighted dog to drive him around. Plaza does it with the perfect tone and just a completely empty expression that is both unsettling and funny.
4 Andys diagnosis
Parks and recreation season 3, episode 2 “Influenza season” is one of the best episodes of the series, without a doubt. While Chris Trager is “Stop. Pooping. “line is truly iconic. Andy Dwyer wins for one of the best and funniest lines in the series, which was completely improvised by Chris Pratt. Michael Schur has written that he was” furious “as a writer because the line was so good .
Leslie, ill with the flu, is being led out of his office. Andy, who is trying to help, says “I wrote your symptoms into the case up here and it says you could have ‘network connection issues’.“It’s still one of the best lines in the series.
3 Everyone gets spilled on snake juice
Parks and recreation had a lot of good “talking head” segments where characters talk as if they are being interviewed by someone. Who is interviewing them? The audience never gets an answer on that front. The most iconic example of the style being used for its comedy potential is in Season 3, Episode 13 “The Fight”. The entire Parks department is wasted on Snake Juice, which was invented by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari).
Everyone improvised their segment from Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) dancing wearing the April hat to Ben Wyatt, who just said random funny words to himself to Leslie, who drunkenly roared about her fight with Ann (Rashida Jones). The whole thing is perfectly improvised by the actors.
2 “Why are you naked?”
This is a legendary story that is familiar to fans of Parks and recreation. In Season 2, Episode 6 “Kaboom”, Ann invites her ex-boyfriend Andy home to her for his help. Andy, however, thinks that Ann will find each other again and shows up at her house completely naked. Chris Pratt decided to give up the flesh-colored underwear he was wearing, which came with the episode.
Amy Poehler’s real surprise is very real. It’s hard to say if Rashida Jones is screaming “Why are you nakedwas improvised or written into the episode. Either way, it’s a bit of a hassle-free comedy. Either way, do not do what Pratt did on a movie set, even if it’s for the sake of the comedy.
1 The Filibuster
Parks and recreation had some legendary guest stars through the seasons, but no one could top Patton Oswalt’s performance in the series. In Season 5, Episode 19 “Article 2”, Oswalt plays Garth Blundin, a native Pawnee who takes the city’s strange traditions very seriously. As Leslie tries to abolish some of the older and conflicting rules of the city charter, Garth stages a filibuster in which he pitches his Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star wars crossover mixed with Greek mythology for the sake of good order.
Oswalt improvised it all, which clocked it at about eight minutes. The whole scene has remained one of the best and most legendary instances of improvisation in the last decade.
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