Every family has those certain relatives. You know, the grandpa with a tendency to say incredibly offensive things, the second cousin that makes you slightly uncomfortable, or the sibling that holds a special place in your heart. Well, these relatives all come together to make up The Office.
Set in Scranton, PA, this mockumentary follows the personal and “professional” lives of the employees of the paper company Dunder Mifflin. If you have ever worked in an office setting, you are bound to recognize these very… let’s say “interesting” characters. Enter Michael Scott, the very essence of the show. Scott, played by Steve Carrell, is the ridiculous, overbearing boss who never seems to grasp what is appropriate in the workplace. However, behind the endless “that’s what she said” jokes, there is a genuine man that deeply cares about everyone in the office. Along with Michael Scott, you are guaranteed to identify with some aspect of all the quirky employees of Dunder Mifflin. With lines like “I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do,” there is no wonder as to why The Office is arguably one of the most relatable and quotable shows even three years post-finale.
Though largely based on its laughs, the show definitely has its tender moments. If the dry comedy hasn’t already hooked you, then watching the epic Jim and Pam love story unfold will. These characters help maintain the perfect balance of hilarity and meaningfulness. One moment you are crying with tears of laughter and the next with tears of heartbreak.
But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Before you know it, you have already reached the bittersweet conclusion of the show you hold dearest to your heart. Once it’s all over, you will be lost. Then, it quickly dawns on you that there are nine wondrous seasons just waiting for you to relive. As an added bonus, you can also binge the shows that it helped pave the way for, like Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, and 30 Rock.
Thanks to its unmatchable humor and unusual set of characters, The Office will continue to be influential in future comedy productions. Ultimately, it creates authentic individuals that you can relate to in the most special of ways. You may see them in your family and oftentimes, yourself. The Office is your family; much like with your family, you accept its antics, loving it all the more for it.
(Warning: Watching this show may result in the following side effects: face ache from smiling too much, occasional cringing, binge-watching 14 episodes in one day, and enormous swells of happiness.)