The Office Review


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Kaden Fields, Multimedia Editor

It’s every teenager’s favorite show. Simply the holy grail of entertainment in its purest form. The characters and wholesomeness of “The Office” is what has categorized itself as a comedy classic. Though it was parodied or some can say ripped off from the 2001 UK show with the same title starring Ricky Gervais, it had never really come close to the comedy and heart the US version had, which aired in March of 2005.

The unique personalities of the characters, most notably Michael and Dwight, create a weird relationship that works so well with the setting and plot of the story. In “The Pilot” the viewer is introduced to what we can consider now to be the main character, Michael. Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, is the poster boy of this series, the bread and butter, and one of the weirdest characters you’ll ever grow to know.

Though to say he is the glue that holds this show together would be just wrong, as characters such as Jim, Pam, and Andy have their own sub-plots that affect the rest of the episodes. Jim being my favorite character and the most relatable.

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“The Pilot” showcases the awkwardness and quirky nature the series holds as it shows serious, ridiculous, and hilarious interactions. A thing you see very quickly in The Office are these cutaways that shows like “Family Guy” similarly do. By breaking the fourth wall the characters talk to the audience explaining things or telling stories with subtle humor involved. This show and the pilot doesn’t take itself seriously.

Furthermore, The mockumentary style sitcom had really varied criticism in the beginning, specifically the first season. But the show was sat on several critics’ year-end top TV series lists, winning several awards, such as a Peabody Award in 2006, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award for Carell’s performance, and four Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006.

Lastly, the shows only real flaw is the repetitiveness. Though there are constantly major plot points that drag you back into its hold. Also, the show really dies off for me after season seven when a major and controversial event takes place (not too many fans were happy about it).  

All in all, “The Office”’s warm and goofy atmosphere captures the different personalities people conjure in society and how we interact with one another. The comedic and at times dramatic plots hit home in ways that feel relieving and understandable in such a prominent way that you’re left thinking about it for days to come. No show has been able to capture deep human interaction or nature while keeping realistic funny quirks and moments. This rollercoaster of a show is one to be remembered and a ride that’s sad to get off of.