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Back when the idea was first introduced, the notion of an American version of the hit British series The Office seemed like quite a gamble to a number of people. These days, however, the American version of the program is much more notable and celebrated than the British series. Although the original series was a massive critical and cultural success, audiences were unsure whether the specific type of humor the show introduced would tickle the funny bones of American television watchers. The style of the show was unique, and the characters were not funny in the broad, conventional way that most sitcoms portray them. However, the version of The Office that has graced American television screens for eight successful seasons has carved its own niche, and it has become a comedy classic in its own right.

Key to the success of The Office for many years was the performance of the talented Steve Carell as office boss Michael Scott. While the character of Michael Scott is very similar to Ricky Gervais' David Brent from the British series, Carell's portrayal masterfully makes the sensibility of the original show palatable to American audiences. A very complicated character, Scott can be bumbling and inarticulate one moment, turn into a hurtful monster the next, while finally settling into the type of persona that just wants to please people. It is hard to think of anyone else being able to perform this role as well as Steve Carell, who added nuance, likability and pathos to the part. While there are certainly other aspects of the show that have made it successful, Carell's performance ensured that the show would become a hit and last for many years on American television.

Sadly, Steve Carell left the show after its seventh season to pursue other projects. However, the show's core characters have been able to pick up the slack and deliver a program that is just as funny as it was in its first few seasons. Thankfully, another reason for the show's massive success is its talented writing staff. Thanks to their efforts, the show has been able to continue successfully in the absence of the Michael Scott character.

Two of the most important writers on The Office are also a couple of its most beloved cast members. Paul Lieberstein has served as Executive Producer, Show Runner and Head Writer, but he is, perhaps, best-known for his portrayal of hapless human resources director Toby Flenderson. Mindy Kaling, who plays bubbly customer service representative Kelly Kapoor, is also a writer on the show. In fact, while audiences get to see most of the supporting characters in many of the show's scenes, Lieberstein and Kaling's characters are deliberately given work spaces off screen so that their real life counterparts can dedicate time to writing.

Thanks to the many talented people who have worked on the show over the years, the American version of The Office has become a staple of comedy television in the United States, and it will likely continue to appear on television screens for many more years in syndication. It has almost completely overshadowed its British predecessor while ensuring its place in television history. Although the future of the program is in doubt, it will be back for another season that will surely bring laughs to millions of Americans.

The Office is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (206 episodes). The series first aired on March 24, 2005.

Where do I stream The Office online? The Office is available for streaming on NBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Office on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, iTunes, Peacock online.

9 Seasons, 206 Episodes
March 24, 2005
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer
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The Office Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.

  • In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.

  • As the office anticipates the premiere of the documentary, Jim convinces Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther, to hold tryouts for an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager. Meanwhile, Angela brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away.

  • As the office anticipates the premiere of the documentary, Jim convinces Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther, to hold tryouts for an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager. Meanwhile, Angela brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away.

  • Dwight pursues a lifelong ambition, while Andy attempts to gain a bigger reputation.

  • Dwight pursues a lifelong ambition, while Andy attempts to gain a bigger reputation.

  • The office holds a paper-airplane competition. Meanwhile, Andy takes on his first acting role and gets help from a local talent agent (Roseanne Barr); Jim and Pam access their new relationship skills learned from couples counseling.

  • The staffers must use the stairs while the elevator is temporarily out of service.

  • Everyone in the office is thrilled when promos start running on TV for the documentary. MLB Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard guest stars.

  • A glimpse into Dwight's life at his family beet farm.

  • Part 2 of 2. Pam interviews for a job in Philadelphia with a manager who seems alarmingly familiar. Angela assists Dwight on his mission to clean his elderly Aunt Shirley.

  • Part 1 of 2. Andy is back.

  • The staffers pair up as fake couples to take advantage of a Valentine's Day discount at a mall. Elsewhere, Erin tells Pete that she'll break up with Andy when he returns, but Pete doesn't believe her.

  • Pam's warehouse mural is marred.

  • Dwight is responsible for hiring a part-time salesman to be Jim's substitute, so he looks to his circle of friends and family. Pam anticipates who her new deskmate will be; Erin searches for her birth parents with Pete's assistance.

  • Dwight tries to prevent Darryl from switching to Jim's start-up company. When Jim misses his daughter's first recital, Pam is horrified. Nellie makes a confession about Pete and Erin.

  • The staff is excited when Clark brings an espresso maker to the office. Meanwhile, Dwight and Clark pretend to be a father-and-son duo to secure a sale. Darryl lands an interview at Jim's company.

  • When Pam unknowingly brings lice into the office, Meredith is blamed and Dwight is on a mission to obliterate the insects. Elsewhere, Jim courts a potential associate in Philadelphia, and three staffers snoop into Darryl's love life.

  • When the office holiday party is a flop, Dwight throws a traditional Schrute German Christmas.

  • Angela seeks comfort from Dwight after she comes to know the details of her husband's affair with Oscar. Meanwhile, Jim requests a favor from Stanley and Phyllis.

  • Dwight confronts his inability to sell to women. As a result, the lady staffers offer him advice so he can close the deal with an important female client.

  • Money problems plague Andy's family; when Dwight guests on a local radio show, the staffers prank him; Kevin discovers a big secret about Oscar.

  • The staffers exit the office to a rented bus when the building is deemed unsafe. Meanwhile, Nellie offers support to Andy in the adoption process, and Jim uses pie to help Pam feel better.

  • Andy brags about his discovery that he's related to the First Lady - Michelle Obama. Nellie tries to convince Pam that Jim's cheating.

  • Jim and Pam attend Pam's ex-fiance's wedding. Dwight attempts to defy Nellie's mandatory charity initiative by supporting the Taliban and agreeing to live by their severe laws. Clark hits on Erin.

  • In the final season opener, Jim and Dwight feel threatened when two young employees arrive and the staffers dub them as new versions of Jim and Dwight. Meanwhile, Andy returns from leadership training and seeks revenge on Nellie; Oscar considers adopting Angela's cat; and Kevin saves a turtle.

  • This special retrospective episode includes interviews with writers, producers and actors from the award-winning series. Plus, unforgettable moments.

  • Dwight offers free family portraits for the staffers. Andy poses as a janitor but has secret intentions; and Robert considers taking on a new business endeavor.

  • Andy attends a local fund-raiser for Sen. Lipton and makes quite a splash. Elsewhere, Dwight learns a fact about auctions, and Darryl mentors Nellie on how to eat a taco.

  • When Andy returns from his romantic journey, his manhood is threatened. As the staffers give him unsolicited romantic advice, he battles Nellie for the manager's position. Meanwhile, Kelly can't decide between two men.

  • Robert forces the staffers to throw a welcome party for Nellie, but the party planners have a different agenda. Meanwhile, Andy and Erin rehearse how Andy will break up with Jessica.

  • Andy makes a decision that shakes things up when he takes a road-trip odyssey dedicated to romance. Elsewhere, Nellie arrives at the Scranton branch with eyes on the manager position.

  • The Florida team puts the last details on the new Sabre store. Back in Scranton, a red-faced Andy arrives at work with a humiliating injury.

  • Dwight and Todd Packer have a power struggle in Tallahassee to become Nellie's vice president. Meanwhile, Jim receives an unwanted visitor; and Andy forces the Scranton staffers to work after hours.

  • Dwight and his team arrive in Tallahassee on a quest to win over Sabre's special-projects bigwig. Back in Scranton, some desk jockeys push for raises, but Andy avoids his managerial duty to address the issue.

  • Dwight is awarded a special assignment at Sabre's Florida headquarters and he and Andy must choose which Scranton staffers will accompany them. Elsewhere, Pam returns from maternity leave.

  • Jim returns from jury duty, only to have to deal with Dwight's annoying questions about the details of the case. Elsewhere, Angela and her senator beau welcome their baby.

  • Robert considers selling his luxurious home. Meanwhile, Kevin presents the idea that Robert should throw an office pool party; and Erin flirts with Dwight in an effort to make Andy jealous.

  • Oscar enters a trivia contest and Andy tries to recruit the whole office to get involved. Elsewhere, Dwight journeys to Sabre headquarters in a quest to land a different job.

  • Andy tries to make everyone's holiday wishes come true. Meanwhile, drama spills over at the office party when Robert California tries to drown his sorrows.

  • Robert California tries to help his wife get a job. Elsewhere, Dwight pumps up the proceedings by opening a gym in the building.

  • Andy intends to inspire the group by taking them on a field trip to Gettysburg. Some of the employees stay back at the office where Robert California forces them to come up with the company's next big idea.

  • Pam enlists Dwight to get Jim to admit he think's Pam's maternity leave replacement is pretty. Meanwhile, Robert hopes to join Kevin, Andy, and Darryl's band.

  • Dwights starts a doomsday device that counts down employees' mistakes, however, it could potentially get everyone fired.

  • Erin desperately tries to plan the exact Halloween party that Robert and Andy have in mind. Jim and Pam disagree on the existence of ghosts, and Dwight and Robert's son bond.

  • Andy hosts a garden party to impress Robert California. Andy's parents (Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace) and his brother (Josh Groban) come to the party and make things extremely awkward for him.

  • The warehouse workers quit after winning the lottery, leaving the upstairs staff to temporarily take over while fantasizing of winning too.

  • Robert challenges the Scranton branch to double their sales. Meanwhile, Pam seeks help for her pregnancy from an unexpected friend.

  • The Scranton branch is baffled by a list left by Robert with everyone's name in one of two unlabeled columns. What could it mean?

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