As a human being, I have my Netflix queue fully stocked. I’ve watched hundreds of episodes from numerous shows, and currently consider myself fairly knowledgeable in the realm of what-to-watch. I’m here to tell you to watch The Office, the best show on the planet.
The Office started in England, but was brought to the U.S in 2005. The show was adapted by Greg Daniels and stars Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, and many more. This hilarious work themed show is filled with humor, love, and practical jokes. It’s based on a paper company called Dunder Mifflin. Dunder Mifflin Scranton, a small surprisingly successful branch of the company, is where the show takes place.
The show is based on the idea that a crew is filming Dunder Mifflin for a documentary on what happens in an average American workplace. Characters, knowing they are on camera, show their true colors. They make real bosses cringe, praying that what happens on the show doesn’t occur in the workplace.
Michael Scott, regional manager at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, is a relaxed boss to say the least. To quote Michael, “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” Michael is shown as ill-suited for his job, making the mistake of injecting personal feelings into work situations and his lack of common sense makes for a hilarious time at the office. You’ll hardly hear an episode without “That’s what she said” or a hilarious song parody from Michael. While Michael is seemingly not the best person, he always has good intentions and the show would not be the same without her.
Dwight K. Schrute, assistant to the regional manager, is Michael’s nerdy wannabe sidekick. His loyalty and sales ability at Dunder Mifflin are astounding. This local beet farmer and fan of mustard colored shirts is a volunteer sheriff on the weekends, and he’ll tell you that…numerous times. His rule-following attitude and willingness to tell Michael makes him a hilarious person to pull pranks on. To quote Dwight, “Before I do anything I ask myself, would an idiot do that? And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.” “Michael says, “K-I-S-S, keep it simple stupid”, Great advice, hurts my feelings every time.”
My favorite character in the show is Jim Halpert: a dorky, witty, paper salesman. Jim is most known for being Dwight’s deskmate and crushing on Pam Beesly. While he admits his job is boring, Jim makes the show interesting by pulling hilarious pranks on Dwight. My favorite prank was when he put Dwight’s office supplies in Jello. When asked about his job on camera Jim says, “Right now, this is just a job. If I advance any higher in this company, then this would be my career. And, well if this were my career? I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.” Throughout the show, we see Jim’s brainiac side as he thinks of clever ways to prank Dwight and how little he has to try at his job.
While there are many memorable characters in the office like Pam, the receptionist, and Ryan, the temp, the best way to explain the show is to watch it. I highly recommend this show for everyone. This is my favorite show because it appeals to all genres. It’s purely funny and something everyone should be required to watch.
By Caroline Steinmetz’17