When Pratt first appeared as Andy Dwyer in the first season of “Parks and Recreation” in 2009, he was Ann Perkins’ (Rashida Jones) lazy boyfriend with two broken, fully cast-wrapped legs who asked Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) to pass him his “itch stick” (via YouTube). The character would evolve, falling in love with April (Aubrey Plaza) and finding employment as a kids’ TV show host as Johnny Karate.
Andy was originally intended to be on the show for a six-episode arc, but show creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur soon realized they had cast an actor who could bring much more to the role than they intended. “Almost at the point of the audition we were like, ‘Oh, we have to reconceive this, because this guy’s the funniest person we’ve ever seen. We’re not letting that guy go,”‘ Schur told Entertainment Weekly. He added that even alongside comedic talents like Poehler, Plaza, and Aziz Ansari, “Pratt is very often the best improviser in the cast, which is really saying something.”
Pratt played Andy until the show’s series finale in 2015, just as his film career was taking off and he was making box office juggernauts.