“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.”
— Michael Scott
It was March 24,2005 when the US remake of the British show, The Office premiered on NBC. Not many people were excited for the remake , and when the ratings for the first season were low, no one expected a second season. Fast forward to 2020, and the show has become one of the admired and beloved sitcoms of all time, with nine seasons, positive reviews from many critics, a Golden Globe, 4 Primetime Emmy Awards and an extremely accomplished alumnus.
Recently the show celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. With the world battling Coronavirus and everyone under lockdown, people are turning to the show for comfort, and why wouldn’t they? The hilarious antics of the employees of Dunder Mifflin under the management of the immature and enthusiastic regional manager, Michael Scott, provide comfort and relief to the viewers under these difficult circumstances.
The show is immortalised for its contribution to pop culture. With iconic quotes and memorable characters it has become one of the most bountiful contributors to the present day internet humour. The show also served as a breakthrough for many wonderful actors. For example, Steve Carrell has went on to star in The Big Short and the Emmy-nominated Apple TV original ‘The Morning Show’ featuring Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon. John Krasinski portrayed an action hero in the Amazon original, Jack Ryan, and even directed The Quiet Place. Krasinski also launched and hosted an eight-episode web series called Some Good News during the pandemic, where he discussed several feel-good stories and also reunited The Office cast, which was something the world really needed.
The show also served as a starting point for many accomplished writers, like the New York Times Best-Seller writer Mindy Kaling, Emmy-Nominated B.J. Novak and co-creator of Parks and Recreation, Greg Daniels. The writers were heavily involved with the show, and some of them including Novak, Kaling, Mike Schur and Paul Lieberstien even had recurring roles in the show.
The Office significantly changed pop culture. It bought back single-camera sitcoms, which are shows that are shot like a TV drama, with one camera at a time, allowing it to use various locations and settings and to look more “movie-like.” It also thrived in a time where shows with laugh tracks like Friends were preferred by the audience. It proved to the audience that they could laugh even when the TV didn’t tell them to.
It is indeed surprising to know that a show which ended almost nine years ago could be so relevant amongst the younger generations. Many people relate to the show as it is real and shows the viewer the reality of a normal 9-5 job rather than being a fantasy depiction of real life. Many consider the show to be therapeutic, and see it as a form of escapism. It is regarded as one of the best shows of all time.