The Office

The Office

  • TV-14
  • 2005
  • 9 Seasons
  • 8.9  (421,028)

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.

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Finale, Pt. 2
27. Finale, Pt. 2
May 16, 2013
In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.
Finale, Pt. 1
26. Finale, Pt. 1
May 16, 2013
In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.
A.A.R.M., Pt. 2
25. A.A.R.M., Pt. 2
May 9, 2013
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.
A.A.R.M., Pt. 1
24. A.A.R.M., Pt. 1
May 9, 2013
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.
Livin' the Dream, Pt. 2
23. Livin' the Dream, Pt. 2
May 2, 2013
Dwight pursues a lifelong ambition, while Andy attempts to gain a bigger reputation.
Livin' the Dream, Pt. 1
22. Livin' the Dream, Pt. 1
May 2, 2013
Dwight pursues a lifelong ambition, while Andy attempts to gain a bigger reputation.
Paper Airplane
21. Paper Airplane
April 25, 2013
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.
Stairmageddon
20. Stairmageddon
April 11, 2013
The staffers must use the stairs while the elevator is temporarily out of service.
Promos
19. Promos
April 4, 2013
Everyone in the office is thrilled when promos start running on TV for the documentary. MLB Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard guest stars.
The Farm
18. The Farm
March 14, 2013
A glimpse into Dwight's life at his family beet farm.
Moving On, Pt.2
17. Moving On, Pt.2
February 14, 2013
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.
Moving On, Pt. 1
16. Moving On, Pt. 1
February 14, 2013
Part 1 of 2. Andy is back.
Couples Discount
15. Couples Discount
February 7, 2013
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.
Vandalism
14. Vandalism
January 31, 2013
Pam's warehouse mural is marred.
Junior Salesman
13. Junior Salesman
January 31, 2013
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.
Customer Loyalty
12. Customer Loyalty
January 24, 2013
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.
Suit Warehouse
11. Suit Warehouse
January 17, 2013
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.
Lice
10. Lice
January 10, 2013
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.
Dwight Christmas
9. Dwight Christmas
December 6, 2012
When the office holiday party is a flop, Dwight throws a traditional Schrute German Christmas.
The Target
8. The Target
November 29, 2012
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.
The Whale
7. The Whale
November 15, 2012
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.
The Boat
6. The Boat
November 8, 2012
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.
Here Comes Treble
5. Here Comes Treble
October 25, 2012
To celebrate Halloween in the office, Andy invites his college a cappella group to perform. But a confrontation with his frenemy Broccoli Rob reaches an all time high note.
Work Bus
4. Work Bus
October 18, 2012
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's Ancestry
3. Andy's Ancestry
October 4, 2012
Andy brags about his discovery that he's related to the First Lady - Michelle Obama. Nellie tries to convince Pam that Jim's cheating.
Roy's Wedding
2. Roy's Wedding
September 27, 2012
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.
The New Guys
1. The New Guys
September 20, 2012
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.
Retrospective
0. Retrospective
May 16, 2013
This special retrospective episode includes interviews with writers, producers and actors from the award-winning series. Plus, unforgettable moments.
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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.

The Office is available for streaming on the NBC website, 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, Apple TV, Comedy Central and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    March 24, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (421,028)