The untold truth of Parks and Recreation

After premiering in 2009, Parks and Recreation quietly became a cult favorite thanks to its cast of quirky, eclectic characters and hilarious one-liners. Even today, the show, which ended its run in 2015, is earning more and more fans, thanks to streaming programs like Netflix and Hulu.

But how much do you really know about the Emmy-winning comedy? Here's a few fun facts that might win you some points at your next trivia night.

Chris Pratt was only supposed to be a guest star

Chris Pratt played lovable goofball Andy Dwyer, a role that originally wasn't supposed to last more than a handful of episodes. But according to GQ, because Pratt played the character with such "wide-eyed, open-hearted glee," producers decided to keep him on the show through its season finale.

Towards the end of Parks and Recreation's run, Pratt's star in Hollywood rose exponentially, thanks to roles in movies ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy to the Osama bin Laden drama Zero Dark Thirty. But despite becoming a mega-movie star in the process, Pratt never once thought about ditching the show that made him famous. "That was never … That would never happen. I would never f**king ever leave this show!" Pratt said at a Television Critics Association press event in 2015, according to IGN.

Jim O'Heir (aka Jerry/Gary/Larry) originally auditioned to be Ron Swanson

Jim O'Heir played the character everyone else loved to make fun of, Jerry Gergich. While it's hard to imagine O'Heir in any other role, believe it or not, he originally auditioned to play Ron Swanson. "You never know who's going to be in a room for an audition, so I always try to be prepared," Gergich told Uproxx. "I had heard Greg Daniels was going to be in the room. That adds to the pressure. I put in a lot of time into the audition process. I think my take was stern like Nick, but I feel like I was more affable."

The role, of course, went to Gergich's eventual co-star, Nick Offerman. In retrospect, Gergich admitted they made the right choice. "The thought of anyone else playing the character other than Nick Offerman is beyond absurd," he said. "I would like to see the tape now, just to see how I did it. But I remember laughing a few times, which is very much not who Ron turned out to be."

Nick Offerman can actually play the sax

Speaking of Ron Swanson: fans know that the stern, yet tender character had a stage name on the show, the slick and sexy saxophonist Duke Silver, leader of the Duke Silver Trio. What many may not know is that Offerman actually can play the sax in real life.

Series creator Mike Schur told Pop Sugar, "The Duke Silver saxophone playing is also a real-life Nick Offerman thing. Nick really plays the saxophone, that's really him playing in the episode from season two … There's no end. We could probably just base episodes around Nick Offerman's real-life skills and have a long and happy run."

Funny enough, writers didn't know about Offerman's hidden talent when they wrote it into the show. "It's funny, there's a real simpatico with the writers and myself," Offerman said, according to

Octavia Spencer auditioned for the role of Donna Meagle

According to Laughspin, Retta wasn't the only actress who auditioned to play the hilarious Donna Meagle. "My manager called and said they were casting a pilot," Retta revealed. "Octavia Spencer and a lot of other of my 'types' were there."

Of course, Spencer's career turned out just fine. About three years after Parks and Recreation premiered, she won an Oscar for her role on The Help. A few years after that, she was nominated for a second Oscar, for Hidden Figures. Plus, if Twitter is indication, Spencer and Retta are friends in real life. Which, ugh, where is their TV show?!

The show was almost called Public Service

According to the New York Times, NBC struggled to find a title for the show in the months leading up to its 2009 premiere. At one point, they were considering going with Public Service instead of its eventual title, Parks and Recreation. In an email to the Times, then-co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, Ben Silverman, said they scrapped the idea after they realized they "[couldn't] make fun of public service." "[We were] worried because we don't want to seem mean about it," Silverman said in an e-mail.

They were prepared in case Joe Biden lost the 2012 Election

Former Vice President Joe Biden famously guest starred on a November 2012 episode of Parks and Recreation, which aired just after he and Former President Barack Obama were re-elected to the White House. According to the New York Times, the episode was filmed back in July that year, forcing the writers to add a small line for Amy Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, to say in the event that Biden, you know, lost.

"It was a very, very slight adjustment," series creator Michael Schur said.

Biden, of course, got re-elected, and won raves from the cast and crew. "He's a great improviser," Poehler told the Times. "Leslie kept harassing him and he took it all in stride."

Amy Poehler was responsible for the show's unexpected time jump

At the end of season 6, Parks and Recreation unexpectedly jumped three years into the future. The sudden lapse in time was jarring for a number of reasons, particularly because Poehler's character had become pregnant with triplets. As it turns out, babies played a key role in the move.

"I saw Amy Poehler at Aziz Ansari's birthday party and she was like, 'I'm not working with babies,'" Retta told Vulture. "So I told them we're doing a time jump so I don't have to work with babies."

Retta continued, "She was like, 'I just had two kids. I've had my share of babies for the last three years. I'm not doing another year of babies. Especially triplets.'"

The decision wound up opening doors, creatively, for the show. "It seemed like a way to skip the slightly tired sitcom stories of, 'They're new parents and their sleepless nights are so crazy!'" Michael Schur told Yahoo!. "We could skip the pregnancy, the birth, all that stuff. And also just in general, the idea of Leslie taking a new job, we'd already seen that… So it was like, 'Oh, we can skip three years of that!'"

Nick Offerman really loves woodworking

Nick Offerman's character, Ron Swanson, is an avid carpenter on the show. Interestingly enough, Offerman actually has his own woodworking business, Offer, which he runs with his lookalike dad Ric. The company is based out of Offerman's wood shop in East Los Angeles; the shop offers everything from tables to storage to bedroom sets and even boats.

Offerman even wrote a book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, in which he talks about his love of woodworking.