The Office (US)
The Office is an American mockumentary sitcom television series that depicts the everyday work lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013, lasting a total of nine seasons. It is based on a British show of the same name.
The everyday lives of workers at a paper company are caught on camera by a camera crew for a documentary. Some of these workers are Michael Scott, the boss, who isn't too bright or funny. Dwight Shrute, a salesman who takes his job very, very, seriously. Jim Halpert, a salesman who is the office cool guy and prankster. And Pam Beesly, the receptionist who is engaged but who is also the crush of someone else in the office. With these characters, the daily antics of this branch is anything but normal.
Why It Rocks
- The acting is great for almost all the characters.
- The characters have good personalities:
- While Michael Scott is ignorant and crude he is one of the most kind hearted characters to date and easily Steve Carell's most iconic and beloved character.
- Dwight is also one of the best characters in the show due to his serious personality and Rainn Wilson's performance, in fact many people consider that he carried the show after Carell's departure.
- Jim is very likeable and he provides most of the funny moments in the show, especially his pranks against Dwight.
- Pam is shy, growing assertive but amiable, and artistically inclined.
- While he became pretentious and weird as the show went by, Ryan has very hilarious moments and he can even be relatable for some people.
- Kevin is a funny comic relief.
- And even Creed, who we barely know about and has a very mysterious personality, steals every scene that he's in.
- Many actors that we recognize today got their start, or became popular after starring in the show.
- It's very well structured.
- Despite being an american remake of the british sitcom, the show manages to be unique in it's own way.
- Proper character development for most of the cast.
- It's hilarious content is so amazing, that you could watch it over and over again, and still cry from laughter like Jim’s pranks on Dwight.
- The show is filmed with a single camera and has no laugh track making it more realistic. It also proved that sitcoms don't need a laugh track to work.
- Due to it's nature as a mockumentary, the way the characters (especially Jim) break the fourth wall is quite funny.
- The iconic theme song and opening sequence.
- The documentary style is also quite useful and ingenious since the characters have interviews with the filming crew where they express themselves and it helps the viewer to understand how they feel and think.
- Many memorable quotes and memes, like "NO GOD PLEASE NO!" and the now widely famous "That's What She Said!"
- Plenty of hilarious and now iconic scenes like the Fire Drill cold open and the "Prison Mike" monologue.
- Jim and Pam’s relationship is very cute and one of the best parts of the series.
- The series finale is perfect and heartwarming to watch as it concluded many storylines for the characters.
- It declined in quality especially after Steve Carell left the series at the end of the season 7 with many people saying it should have ended after that.
- As pointed in GQ#2, Michael Scott can be very obnoxious in some episodes and he does a lot of bad stuff such as: constantly harassing Pam, making racist and sexist comments, his weird obsession with Ryan, and obviously: his treatment of Toby, etc. Luckily, his character started growing in his last episodes.
- It has some plot holes.
- Some bad episodes like "The Banker" and "The Farm".
- The series is also known for its plenty of cringeworthy episodes that can be hard to watch for some audiences such as Dinner Party, Gay Witch Hunt, Diversity Day and the infamous Scott's Tots episode.
- Some of the characters can be unlikable particularly Nellie Bertram and Jan Levinson.
- Ed Helms' character Andy became very annoying in the last 2 seasons.
- Not only did the show become one of NBC’s highest rated shows; but also one of the most streamed shows on Netflix as of late 2018 and gained a big fan following making it easy to binge watch before it left in January 2021.