I haven’t watched the finale of the Office yet. I’ll watch it on Hulu sometime this weekend, because seriously, who has cable and watches TV anymore? Do they make calls on their home phones on the commercial breaks too?
But even so, I’ve been feeling plenty reflective on the show and it’s 9 seasons. Seemed worthy of a post.
I didn’t buy into the Office hype early on. Plenty of my friends did, but me and my lady just never got around to watching it. This was a mistake.
About the time season 3 was winning Emmy’s, someone loaned us the Season 1 and 2 DVD’s and we caught up fast. The Office quickly became my favorite comedy on TV, and as of now, will probably go down as my favorite of all time. Here’s why:
- The Office challenged the way comedy sitcoms were supposed to work. The writers trusted their jokes enough to not use laugh tracks, and it worked. Enough so to pave the way for other comedy sitcoms to do the same.
- The Office was about characters, and I love characters. It’s never been about riveting plot lines, action, slapstick jokes — it’s always been about the characters in the story, which is why it’s always been so compelling.
- It drew people together. Friends got together to watch this show. That’s cool and very important.
- It gave me hope in humanity that we liked it as much as people liked Friends, becuase man, I did not like Friends.
Finally, the thing I hear most about the Office is “it’s not as good as it used to be.” I understand this sentiment, but it’s an unfair judgment of the show. Every new show gets a honeymoon stage, and the Office was no different. The Office is not my favorite comedy on TV right now, and it hasn’t been for a while. It was replaced by 30 Rock, which was replaced by Parks and Recreation, which has no been replaced by Modern Family.
Why? Because those shows are new and shiny, and interesting to me in a way that a show I’ve already seen. The Office was funny every episode, even if it’s just for a few laughs. The Office was also funny every season, even if it wasn’t as funny as season 3.
Much love to the Office. You’ll be missed.