There have been multiple office comedies but ‘Parks and Recreation’ struck a chord with many with its one-of-a-kind Pawnee community led by bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Now, some five years after the hit NBC political sitcom said goodbye to its audience, we discuss why Chris Pratt left ‘Parks and Recreation’ had less screen time in season 6?
What began as a guest star role, quickly turned into the main cast credit, and Chris Pratt’s character gained a loyal following throughout the show’s seven seasons. However, there was a reason that despite being adored for being a lovable idiot, fans saw less of him towards the end of the series.
- What was the show about?
- He was never supposed to be the main cast
- Why was Chris Pratt’s absence felt in season 6?
What was the show about?
‘Parks and Recreation’ as a show helped its millions of viewers escape from the mundane world by providing them with a more comforting version of the same world. Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, this American mockumentary-cum-political satire series aired on NBC from April 9, 2009, to February 24, 2015, consisting a total of 125 episodes.
‘Parks and Recreation’ is set in a fictional town of Pawnee filled with interpersonal relationships and quirky characters that make the show look like another version of ‘The Office’. The sitcom ran from 2009 to 2015 and was nominated for several Emmys and Golden Globes during its run.
You can watch the re-runs of ‘Parks and Recreation’ on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu.
Cast of the show
While Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope with unparallel attachment to her hometown Pawnee, Rashida Jones stars as Ann Perkins, a nurse and political outsider, who with time becomes involved in the Pawnee government. Aziz Ansari is seen as Tom Haverford, Leslie’s underachieving subordinate with underlying entrepreneurial interests. Nick Offerman stars as Ron Swanson, the parks and recreation director and a libertarian, who strives to make the department as ineffective as possible.
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, a cynical intern who eventually becomes the perfect assistant to Ron. In the show, Chris Pratt plays Andy Dwyer, a goofy, immature but lovable slacker who is also Ann’s ex-boyfriend.
Chris Pratt was never supposed to be the main cast
Surprisingly, Chris Pratt was supposed to only be in six episodes in ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 1, but the showrunners loved Chris Pratt so much that he was promoted to a main cast member in season 2.
Not just the audience, Pratt became his cast members’ favourite right off the bat with many saying that he was a wonderful guy to work with. Amy Poehler once said that Pratt’s audition was the best one she had ever seen. Writer Dan Goor revealed that Pratt improvised his lines during the audition and he was “so funny and so perfect”.
As the show progressed, in a few years, Andy’s character developed as well. He showed his serious side after he started working in Pawnee’s City Hall before becoming Leslie’s and Ben’s assistant. At some point in the show, Pratt’s character also tried to train to become a police officer. As far as his personal life is concerned, Andy settled down with Aubrey Plaza’s April Ludgate and the two had two children in the series finale.
Why was Chris Pratt’s absence felt in season 6?
In the sixth season, it was shown that Andy attended a meeting for the Sweetums Foundation and ultimately made the decision to stay there for charity work. In real life, at that time, Chris was juggling the series with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, which ultimately helped the actor to be able to film both projects at the same location.
By mid-season, Chris wrapped up the filming and was back on the show for more screen time while the writers explained his character’s adjustment and him losing 50 pounds (thanks to ‘Guardians of Galaxy’) to quitting beer.
Later in an interview, Chris Patt revealed that he loved the show so much that he never wanted to leave it.
I would never f—— leave this show”, Pratt said Friday during NBC’s portion of the Television Critics Assn.
Press tour reported “Variety”.
In another interview, Pratt revealing his candid thoughts said,
“It never once occurred to me. That was never a possibility. That would never happen. I would never ever leave this show”.