Some might argue that comparing art is a fruitless exercise. They'd probably be right. Pitting one work against the other in some kind of quality competition certainly goes against the spirit of any true artistic endeavour but sitcoms aren't really art and nobody likes fruit. Obviously, I'm kidding. Fruit is healthy as well as delicious. And sitcoms can occasionally be Art with a capital 'A.' Now, with that pretentious bit of rationalizing out of the way, what version of The Office is better? U.K. or U.S.?
The basic success of a television comedy is almost always directly related to how funny audiences find the main characters. Viewers need a consistently good reason to tune into a show, and an overwhelming majority of the time, that reason comes from the lead actors. After a certain level of success is achieved, however, a funny thing starts to happen. The hardcore fans not only start to get really excited about the supporting staff and the recurring players, they start to cite them as the very reason for the comedy’s overall greatness.
Office romances can be tricky, and there were no shortages of those on The Office. So when it came time for us to analyze our favorite Office romantic relationships, we decided to narrow it down to three factors. Humor, likability and longevity. Were they funny as a couple? Did the relationship lead to some of the more amusing moments in the series? Were they likable? Because funny is important, but we want to like them together too.
For almost a decade, we’ve watched these characters outfit themselves in some of the wildest, wackiest and most unintentionally stupid costumes one can imagine. They’ve made poor hairdying choices. They’ve repeatedly turned to the same pair of jeans, and they’ve busted out some costumes that clearly belong in another century. We could sit here and argue all day about what the funniest, but here are some of the most memorable.
Earlier today, we pointed out that NBC was making a night out of the finale of The Office, first with an hour-long "retrospective" special set to air at 8:00 p.m., and then following that up with the hour-long series finale. Well, tack an extra fifteen minutes onto the Dunder Mifflin festivities. NBC announced today that the series finale will run an extra fifteen minutes over the hour.
When a series has been on the air as long as The Office, it can be hard to imagine the stars doing anything else. But The Office is coming to an end, and the employees of Dunder Mifflin are headed back out on the job hunt. The series has already spawned several big stars who aren’t hard to keep track of, but if you’re wondering where you can see your other Office favorites in the future, here’s a peek at life after The Office for some of the stars.
Bringing Michael back into the mix for the big reunion show might cause some reminiscing, and some awkward reaction shots when they play back some choice scenes from over the years (I'm basing this off a lot of years of watching Top Chef reunion shows). But if we're lucky, we might get a few shots of what happens behind the reunion episode, where Michael is returned to the fold of the people he loved-- and might not have that much to say to him
NBC is going to make a night out of The Office finale next week. Not only will they fill the nine o'clock hour with the one-hour finale, but prior to that, an Office retrospective will air. While there's no official description posted for the special just yet, it's probably safe to assume by the title that the hour-long special, which will air at eight, will give us a look back at nine seasons worth of work-place humor and personal drama at Dunder Mifflin ahead of the series' closer.
Carell will appear on screen for a cameo during next week’s series finale. Exactly how long his part might be or whether there will be any real character development is unclear, but regardless of those answers, this news, if true, should bring a smile to plenty of fans’ faces. After all, many see a direct correlation between a perceived decline in quality after Season 7 and the main character’s exodus.
May is finally upon us, and we're just a couple of weeks The Office will close its doors for good. The series finale is scheduled for May 16, and while NBC has yet to post an official episode description to clue us in on the plot of the series closer, we do have some photos from the last episode. They don't actually spoil much, but all the same, proceed with caution.
There's less than a month to go until all fifteen episodes of Arrested Development Season 4 become available to Netflix subscribers, and somehow we're still hearing updates about the returning series' guest stars. The latest bit of news puts The Office star John Krasinski among the growing list of guest stars set to make an appearance in the series.
NBC has been busy shoring up stars for The Office’s epic Season 9 and series finale, and on Thursday the network announced some big names who will be returning or appearing in the hit comedy’s very last episode. Some of the names are expected and some are brand new; either way, if you want the finale to be a surprise, stop reading now.
Is Steve Carell going to be back for The Office finale after all? Nothing has been confirmed yet, however the latest rumors do hint that there may be a chance that we'll see Michael Scott back at Dunder Mifflin, which suggests the situation is a bit more promising than it was a few months back.
Spoilers ahead! Remember how Andy became obsessed with the feedback he was getting over the documentary promo? Well, it looks like The Office is taking that even further, with Andy setting his sights on Hollywood and superstardom. Apparently, his own frequent refreshing of his banjo video has resulted in him believing he's a hot commodity and should be pursuing talent agents. And once again, he's neglecting his work responsibilities, but what else is new?
After nine seasons, The Office will come to an end this spring. The event is not going unacknowledged or uncelebrated by the cast of the series. In fact, John Krasinksi, who plays Jim Halpert on the show, has produced a 10-episode webseries, which pays tribute to the series by revisiting some of the show's guest stars from throughout its near-decade-long run.