Improvised scenes in TV shows are common, but that doesn't always mean they make it into our collective memory or even the final cut. That said, there are some unscripted TV moments that are just too good to forget. There's nothing new about improvisation, and it's not limited to television.
There are a ton of actors with an improv background, both in comedy and drama. It's a technique used more and more today because it offers such range, allowing actors with the skill to be part of the writing process as well.
You might be surprised just how many ad-libbed TV lines there are – it's pretty much standard practice these days. Sometimes entire scenes are unscripted, and in rarer cases, a particular character might never have scripted lines, given the actor's penchant for on-the-spot comedy.
Here are some of the most famous improvised TV scenes and lines that you probably had no idea were ad-libbed.
One Of Andy Dwyer's Funniest Line From 'Parks And Recreation' Was Improvised
In "Flu Season," an episode filled with no shortage of memorable lines (think Rob Lowe forcefully telling himself in a mirror to "STOP. POOPING!"), Chris Pratt gets credit for the funniest line and delivers it perfectly as Andy Dwyer.
When Leslie is showing signs of the flu at work, Andy tries to help from his desk in Dwyer-like fashion: "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems."
Pretty Much Everything The Janitor Says On 'Scrubs' Was Improvised
Neil Flynn, who played the unforgettable janitor on Scrubs, had an insane line pretty much every time he was on screen. According to Buzzfeed, the writers didn't even need to write lines for him.
A Rare Moment of Levity From Daryl In 'The Walking Dead'
In "Remember," a later episode in Season 5, the gang finds themselves in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, giving Carol an opportunity to dress like a normal human for once. Daryl, however, is not a fan of her soccer-mom attire and tells her, "You look ridiculous."
Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, confirmed in an Entertainment Weekly interview that this was an improvised line, telling the mag, "Carol is my girl. I like to f*ck with her as much as possible. It just kind of came out."
Michael And Oscar Share A Steamy Kiss On 'The Office'
In "Gay Witch Hunt," Michael Scott does his best to prove to his employees just how not homophobic he is, and the best way to do that (in his mind) is to kiss Oscar. While the script did have Michael kissing Oscar, it was supposed to be on the cheek, and that is, of course, not how it played out on camera.