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The Best Improvised Line On Parks And Recreation According To The Writers

Looking back, it's incredible to consider just how stacked the cast of "Parks and Recreation" truly was. The show boasted the likes of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt as main cast members. Whenever you've got that much raw talent on a show, they're bound to show off their acting prowess whenever it comes to improvising lines — especially in a series as outrageous and wacky as "Parks and Recreation."

In fact, some of the most memorable and quotable scenes from the series were improvised. As reported by BuzzFeed, moments like Chris Traeger's (Rob Lowe) delirious pep talk to himself while battling the flu and the cast's slew of drunken interviews while partying at the Snakehole Lounge in the Season 3 episode "The Fight" were the result of improvisation. And that is just to name a few. Fans of the show will have their own picks for their favorite improvised moment in "Parks and Recreation," and for the writers of the series, the best-improvised line in the entire show came from Chris Pratt in the Season 3 episode "Flu Season."

According to writer Michael Schur, one of Chris Pratt's improvised lines is the best in the series

In the episode, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) catches the flu but refuses treatment because she does not want to stop working. As she's being led out of the office, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), who is sitting at a computer, pops his head up and says, "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here, and it says you could have 'network connectivity problems.'"

While at a panel for the Paley Center for Media, showrunner and writer Michael Schur revealed that he believes Pratt's improvised line is actually the funniest line in the entire series. "As a writer, it made me furious," explained Schur. "I think it's the funniest joke that's ever been on our show, it's my favorite joke in the show." Considering the fact that Schur is responsible for not just "Parks and Recreation," but also served as a writer on "The Office" and the creator of "The Good Place," his praise certainly means a lot. 

It's clear that Schur has a high level of admiration for Chris Pratt's improv skills, and it's admirable that he was able to put aside his pride as a writer and admit that Pratt improvised the best line in the entire series.