There’s a sort of hipster shibboleth that you’re supposed to claim that the two-season British original of The Office was, hands-down, the best. Say that, and you’re in with all of the cool critics. While it was sort of funny, I never warmed to it the way that I have since latched on to the American version, which I now consider one of my most favorite TV series of all time.
I guess I won’t be invited to their snooty parties. That’s fine with me; I’d rather be hanging out with Jim, Dwight, Michael, Pam, and the rest anyway.
I’ve seen the entire nine-season run of The Office several times through now, as it’s one of my constant “comfort foods” in my TV time. Sometimes I even listen to episodes in the car, because by now my brain can fill in the visuals. The delightful mix of insanely awkward moments, sincere emotion, and hilarious corporate antics have always made me feel that I’d gladly get a job at Dunder Mifflin if it was with people like these.
So let’s go through the seasons, one at a time, and see the evolution of the characters, the company, and the show.