The Office (U.S. TV series)
by Ricky Gervais
|Developed by||Greg Daniels|
|Theme music composer||Jay Ferguson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||201 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–42 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||March 24, 2005– May 16, 2013|
|Related shows||The Office (UK)|
The Office is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013, lasting nine seasons. It is an adaptation of the original BBC series of the same name and was adapted for American television by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. It was co-produced by Daniels's Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions (later Shine America), in association with Universal Television. The original executive producers were Greg Daniels, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it was filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track. The series debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement and aired 201 episodes over the course of its run. The Office initially featured Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and B. J. Novak as the main cast; the series experienced numerous changes to its ensemble cast during its run.
The Office was met with mixed reviews during its first season, but the following four seasons received widespread acclaim from television critics. These seasons were included on several critics' year-end top TV series lists, winning several awards such as a Peabody Award in 2006, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award for Carell's performance, and four Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. Later seasons were criticized for a decline in quality, with many seeing Carell's departure as a contributing factor. However, earlier writers oversaw the final season and ended the series' run with a positive reception. The series finale was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers, preceded by an hour-long series retrospective. Since its debut, the series has frequently been listed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
In December 2017, it was reported that NBC was considering a revival of the series. It would debut during the 2018–19 television season and would feature a mix of original (excluding Carell) and new cast members.
- 1 Production
- 2 Characters
- 3 Season synopsis
- 4 Product placement
- 5 Reception and legacy
- 6 Other media
- 7 Proposed spin-offs
- 8 References
- 9 External links
List of showrunners throughout the series' run:
Greg Daniels served as the senior series showrunner for the first four seasons of the series and developed the British series for American television. He then left the position when he co-created the comedy series Parks and Recreation with fellow Office writer Michael Schur and divided his time between the two series. Paul Lieberstein and Jennifer Celotta were named the series showrunners for the fifth season. Celotta left the series after the sixth season and Lieberstein stayed on as showrunner for the following two seasons. He left the showrunner spot after the eighth season for the potential Dwight Schrute spin-off, The Farm, which was eventually passed up by NBC. Daniels returned to the showrunner position for the ninth and final season. Other executive producers include cast members B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Novak, Daniels, Lieberstein and Schur made up the original team of writers. Kaling, Novak, and Lieberstein also serve multiple roles on the series, as they play regular characters on the show, as well as write, direct, and produce episodes. Credited with twenty-four episodes, Kaling is the most prolific writer on the staff. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who created the original British series, are credited as executive producer and wrote the pilot and the third-season episode, "The Convict." Merchant later directed the episode "Customer Survey" while Gervais appeared in the episodes "The Seminar" and "Search Committee."
Randall Einhorn is the most frequent director of the series, with 15 credited episodes. The series also had several guest directors, including Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, both of whom are fans of the series, and filmmakers Jon Favreau, Harold Ramis, Jason Reitman, and Marc Webb. Episodes have been directed by several of the actors on the show including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, and Brian Baumgartner.
Development and writing
Prior to the second episode airing, the writers spent time researching in offices. This process was used for Daniels's other series King of the Hill and Parks and Recreation. The pilot is a direct adaptation of the first episode of the original British series. Daniels chose to go this route because "completely starting from scratch would be a very risky thing to do" owing to the show being an adaptation. He had briefly considered using the idea for "The Dundies" as the pilot episode. After the writers knew who the cast was, they were allowed to write for the actors, which allowed the show to be more original for the following episode, "Diversity Day". Following the mixed reaction toward the first season, the writers attempted to make the series more "optimistic" and to make Michael Scott more likable. They also established the supporting characters of the series more, giving them actual personalities. They also made the lights in the office brighter, which allowed the series to differentiate itself from the British series.
A common problem with the scripts, according to Novak, is that they tend to run too long for the regular 22-minute time slot, leading to several cuts. For example, the script for the episode "Search Committee" was initially 75 pages—10 pages too long. A complete script is written for each episode; however, actors are given opportunities to improvise during the shooting process. Fischer said, "Our shows are 100 percent scripted. They put everything down on paper. But we get to play around a little bit, too. Steve and Rainn are brilliant improvisers." This leads to a large number of deleted scenes with almost every episode of The Office, all of which are considered part of the show's canon and storyline by Daniels. Deleted scenes have sometimes been restored in repeats to make episodes longer or draw back people who have seen the episode before to see the bonus footage. In an experiment, a deleted scene from "The Return" was made available over NBC.com and iTunes, explaining the absence of a character over the next several episodes. Daniels hoped that word of mouth among fans would spread the information, but he eventually considered the experiment a failure.
According to Jenna Fischer, the series used an unusual casting process that did not involve a script. The producers would ask the actors several questions and they would respond as the characters they were auditioning for. NBC programmer Kevin Reilly originally suggested Paul Giamatti to producer Ben Silverman for the role of Michael Scott, but the actor declined. Martin Short, Hank Azaria, and Bob Odenkirk were reported to be interested in the part. In January 2004 Variety reported that Steve Carell, of the Comedy Central program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was in talks to play the role. At the time, he was already committed to another NBC midseason replacement comedy, Come to Papa, but the series was quickly canceled, allowing his full commitment to The Office. Carell later stated that he had only seen about half of the original pilot episode of the British series before he auditioned. He did not continue watching for fear that he would start copying Gervais's characterizations. Other people who were considered or auditioned for the role included Ben Falcone, Alan Tudyk, Jim Zulevic, and Paul F. Tompkins. Rainn Wilson was cast as power-hungry sycophant Dwight Schrute, and he watched every episode of the British series before he auditioned. Wilson had originally auditioned for Michael, a performance that he described as a "terrible Ricky Gervais impersonation"; however, the casting directors liked his audition as Dwight much more and hired him. Seth Rogen, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt, and Judah Friedlander also auditioned for the role.
John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer were cast in their respective roles as Jim and Pam, the central love interests. Krasinski had attended school with B. J. Novak, and the two were friends. Fischer prepared for her audition by looking as boring as possible, creating the original Pam hairstyle. In an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Fischer recalled the last stages of the audition process for Pam and Jim, with the producers partnering the different potential Pams and Jims (four of each) together to gauge their chemistry. When Fischer finished her scene with Krasinski, he told her that she was his favorite Pam, to which she reciprocated that he was her favorite Jim. Adam Scott and John Cho both auditioned for the role of Jim, and Kathryn Hahn also auditioned for the role of Pam.
The supporting cast includes actors known for their improv work: Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Melora Hardin, and David Denman. Kinsey had originally auditioned for Pam. The producers thought she was "too feisty" for the character, but they called her back for the part of Angela Martin, which she won. Flannery first auditioned for the part of Jan Levinson-Gould, before landing the role of Meredith Palmer. Baumgartner originally auditioned for Stanley, but was eventually cast as Kevin. Ken Kwapis, the director of the pilot episode, liked the way Phyllis Smith, a casting associate, read with other actors auditioning so much that he cast her as Phyllis. At the beginning of the third season, Ed Helms and Rashida Jones joined the cast as members of Dunder Mifflin Stamford. While Jones would later leave the cast for a role on Parks and Recreation, in February 2007, NBC announced that Helms was being promoted to a series regular.
Four of the show's writers have also performed in front of the camera. B. J. Novak was cast as reluctant temp Ryan Howard after Daniels saw his stand-up act. Paul Lieberstein was cast as human resources director Toby Flenderson on Novak's suggestion after his cold readings of scripts. Greg Daniels was originally unsure where to use Mindy Kaling on-screen in the series until the opportunity came in the script for the second episode, "Diversity Day", where Michael needed to be slapped by a minority. "Since [that slap], I've been on the show" (as Kelly Kapoor), says Kaling. Michael Schur has also made occasional appearances as Dwight's cousin Mose, and consulting producer Larry Wilmore has played diversity trainer Mr. Brown. Plans were made for Mackenzie Crook, Martin Freeman, and Lucy Davis, from the British series, to appear in the third season, but those plans were scrapped due to scheduling conflicts.
The Office was filmed with a single-camera setup in a cinéma vérité allowing the look of an actual documentary, with no studio audience or laugh track, allowing its "deadpan" and "absurd" humor to fully come across. The primary vehicle for the show is that a camera crew has decided to film Dunder Mifflin and its employees, seemingly around the clock. The presence of the camera is acknowledged by the characters, especially Michael Scott, who enthusiastically participates in the filming. The characters, especially Jim and Pam, also look towards the camera when Michael creates an awkward situation. The main action of the show is supplemented with talking-head interviews or "confessionals" in which characters speak one on one with the camera crew about the day's events. Actor John Krasinski shot the footage of Scranton for the opening credits after he found out he was cast as Jim. He visited Scranton for research and interviewed employees at actual paper companies.
In order to get the feel of an actual documentary, the producers hired cinematographer Randall Einhorn, who is known for directing episodes of Survivor, which allowed the show to have the feel of "rough and jumpy" like an actual documentary. According to producer Michael Schur, the producers to the series would follow the documentary format strictly. The producers would have long discussions over whether a scene could work under the documentary format. For example, in the fourth-season episode "Did I Stutter?," a scene featured Michael going through a long process to go to the bathroom and not pass by Stanley. The producers debated whether that was possible and Einhorn walked through the whole scene in order to see if a camera man could get to all the places in time to shoot the whole scene. Despite the strict nature in the early years of the series, later seasons seem to have loosened the rules on the format, with the camera crew often going into places that actual documentary crews would not, which also changed the writing and comedy style of the series. This inconsistency has received criticism from critics and fans.
Problems playing this file? See media help.
The theme song for The Office was written by Jay Ferguson and performed by The Scrantones. It is played over the title sequence, which features scenes of Scranton, various tasks around the office and the main cast members. Some episodes of the series use a shortened version of the theme song. Starting with the fourth season, the theme song is played over the closing credits, which previously rolled in silence. The exteriors of buildings in the title sequence are actual buildings in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and were shot by cast member John Krasinski. The mockumentary format of the show contains no laugh track, and most of the music is diegetic, with songs either sung or played by the characters or heard on radios, computers, or other devices. However, songs have been played during montages or the closing credits, such as "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John ("The Dundies") and "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton ("E-mail Surveillance"). Featured music tends to be well known, and often songs reflect the character, such as Michael's attempt to seem hip by using "Mambo No. 5" and later "My Humps" as his cell phone ringtone. Daniels has said that it does not count as film score as long as it already appeared in the episode.
The Office employs an ensemble cast. Many characters portrayed by The Office cast are based on the original British series. While these characters normally have the same attitude and perceptions as their British counterparts, the roles have been redesigned to better fit the American show. The show is known for its generally large cast size, with many of its actors and actresses known particularly for their improvisational work. Steve Carell stars as Michael Scott, regional manager of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch. Loosely based on David Brent, Gervais's character in the British series, Scott is a well-intentioned man whose attempts at humor, while seemingly innocent to himself, often offend and annoy his peers and employees, and in some situations lead to reprimanding from his superiors. Rainn Wilson portrays Dwight Schrute, who, based upon Gareth Keenan, is a salesman and the assistant to the regional manager, a fictional title created by Michael. John Krasinski portrays Jim Halpert, a salesman and, in later seasons, co-manager who is often known for his wittiness and his hijinks on Schrute (often accompanied by Pam Beesly). Halpert is based upon Tim Canterbury, and is known to have feelings for Pam, the receptionist. Pam, played by Jenna Fischer, is based on Dawn Tinsley. She is shy, but in many cases a cohort with Jim in his pranks on Dwight. B.J. Novak portrays Ryan Howard, who for the first two seasons is a temporary worker but is promoted to sales representative in the third season. He later ascends to the position of vice president, North East Region and director of new media until his treachery was exposed for corporate fraud and he was fired. After this, he gets a job in a bowling alley and then briefly works for the Michael Scott Paper Company. After all this, and a stint in rehab, he eventually ends up again as the temporary worker at the Scranton branch.
The accounting department features Angela Martin, an admittedly uptight and hypocritical woman who wishes to keep things orderly and make sure situations remain as serious as possible; Kevin Malone, a lovable, but dim-witted man who revels in juvenile humor and frequently indulges in gambling and M&Ms; and Oscar Martinez, who is intelligent but often patronizing and whose homosexuality and Hispanic heritage made him a favorite target for Michael's unintentional off-color comments. Rounding out the office are the stern salesman Stanley Hudson, who barely stood for Michael's constant references to his Black American heritage (he also doesn't like to take part in time-wasting meetings and sometimes sleeps in them or works on crossword puzzles); eccentric quality assurance representative Creed Bratton; the kind and caring saleswoman Phyllis Lapin-Vance, who marries Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration across the hall from the office; Andy Bernard, a salesman introduced in season three after the closing of the Stamford, Connecticut, branch of Dunder Mifflin and the merging of the two; the bubbly and talkative customer service representative Kelly Kapoor; the promiscuous alcoholic supply relations representative Meredith Palmer; human resources representative Toby Flenderson, who is admittedly hated by, and often the target of abuse by Michael Scott; warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin; warehouse dock worker and Pam's ex-fiancé Roy Anderson, who was fired in the third season; and Michael's former love interest and former vice president for regional sales for Dunder Mifflin Jan Levinson (Jan Levinson-Gould until her divorce in season 2).
Toward the end of season five, the bubbly and naive Erin Hannon is introduced as Pam's replacement at reception following Pam's short stint at the Michael Scott Paper Company and her subsequent move to sales. A story arc at the end of season four has Holly Flax transferred to the office as Toby's replacement. She acts as a love interest for Michael, as they share very similar personalities. Jo Bennett is the CEO of Sabre and Gabe Lewis, introduced in the middle of season six, is a Sabre employee who is assigned to the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch as the regional director of sales. In season nine Clark Green and Pete Miller joined as two new customer service representatives to attempt to catch up on the ignored customer services complaints that Kelly had dismissed while she worked at Dunder Mifflin. Clark is later moved to sales.
Initially the actors who portray the other office workers were credited as guest stars before they were named series regulars during the second season. The show's large ensemble has been mainly praised by critics and led to the series winning two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Carell was reportedly paid $175,000 per episode starting with the third season. Krasinski and Fischer were paid around $20,000 for the beginning of the series. Starting with the fourth season, the two started getting paid around $100,000 per episode.
A typical episode for a half-hour time slot runs 20-and-a-half minutes. The final episode of season two introduces the first of what would be several super-sized episodes that are approximately 28-minute running time for a 40-minute time slot. Season three introduces the first of occasional hour-long episodes (approximately 42-minute running time; suitable for being shown as two separate normal episodes).
The first season consists of six episodes.
The series starts by introducing the office's workers via a tour given by the branch manager Michael Scott for both the camera crew and a first-day temp Ryan Howard. The audience learns salesman Jim Halpert has a crush on receptionist Pam Beesly, who helps him play pranks on co-worker Dwight Schrute, even though she is engaged to Roy, who works in the building's lower-level warehouse. News spreads throughout the office that Dunder Mifflin's corporate headquarters is planning to downsize an entire branch, leading to general anxiety, but Michael chooses to deny or downplay the realities of the situation in order to maintain employee morale.
The second season is the series' first 22-episode season, and has its first 28-minute "super-sized" episode.
Many workers seen in the background of the first season are developed into secondary characters, and romantic relationships begin to develop between some of the characters. Michael makes out with and then spends the night with his boss Jan, but does not have sex with her. Dwight and Angela become romantically involved, but keep the relationship a secret from everyone else. Kelly develops a crush on Ryan, and they start dating. When Roy sets a date for his wedding to Pam, Jim grows depressed and considers transferring to the Stamford, Connecticut branch, but tells Pam in the season finale that he loves her, even though Pam still insists she will marry Roy. The two kiss, but Jim transfers to the Stamford branch soon after. The general threat of downsizing continues throughout the season as well.
The third season consists of 17 half-hour episodes, four 40-minute "super-sized" episodes, and two one-hour episodes.
The season starts with a brief flashback to the last episode of season 2, "Casino Night", when Jim kissed Pam and confessed his feelings for her. Jim briefly transfers to Stamford branch after Pam confirms her commitment to Roy. Corporate is later forced to merge the Stamford branch and staff into the Scranton branch. Michael takes this merger very seriously. Included in the transfer to Scranton are Karen Filippelli, with whom Jim has developed a relationship, and the anger-prone Andy Bernard. The rest of the Stamford branch are irrelevant considering they all quit within the first few episodes of them being there. Pam is newly single after calling off her marriage and relationship to Roy prior to the merger, and Jim's unresolved feelings for her and new relationship with Karen lead to shifting tensions amongst the three. Meanwhile, Michael and Jan's relationship escalates which causes them both to behave erratically on the job. On the other hand, Dwight and Angela continue their steamy secret relationship. In the season's finale, Jim, Karen, and Michael interview for a corporate position that turns out to be Jan's, who is fired that day for poor performance. Jim wins and rejects the offer off-screen, opting instead to return to Scranton without Karen and ask Pam out on a date, which she joyfully accepts. In the final scene, we learn Ryan has been awarded Jan's job due to his business school credentials.
NBC ordered a full fourth season of 30 half-hour episodes, but ended with only 19 due to a halt in production caused by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The season consists of 9 half-hour episodes, and 5 hour-long episodes to make up the 19 total episodes of material created.
Karen has left the Scranton branch after her breakup with Jim and becomes regional manager at the Utica branch. A self-employed Jan moves herself and her candle business in with Michael, until the dissolution of their relationship midway through the season. After Dwight's crude (though well-intentioned) method of euthanasia of Angela's ailing cat without her permission, she leaves him for Andy, leading Dwight into depression. Ryan, in his new corporate life in New York City, attempts to modernize Dunder Mifflin with a new website for online sales; he also learns that his boss, David Wallace, favors Jim, and thus Ryan attempts to sabotage Jim's career. Ryan is soon arrested and fired for committing fraud related to the website's sales numbers. Toby, embarrassed after accidentally revealing affection for Pam and resting his hand on her leg, announces he is moving to Costa Rica, and is replaced by Holly Flax, who quickly shows fondness toward Michael. In Holly's first full episode, she is led to believe, by Dwight, that Kevin is suffering from some sort of intellectual disability. Pam decides to follow her artistic interests and attends a three-month graphic design course at the Pratt Institute in New York City. In the season finale Andy proposes to Angela, who reluctantly agrees. Phyllis then catches Dwight and Angela having sex in the office.
Jim proposes to Pam at a gas station halfway between them because he could not wait. Pam ultimately returns from New York to Scranton, where Jim has bought his parents' house for the two of them. Having avoided jail and only been sentenced to community service, Ryan dyes his hair and starts working for a bowling alley. Michael initiates a romance with Holly until she is transferred to the Nashua, New Hampshire, branch and the relationship ends. When Andy is made aware of Dwight and Angela's continued affair, both men leave her. Newly hired Vice President Charles Miner implements a rigid managerial style over the branch that causes Michael to resign in protest. Michael opens the Michael Scott Paper Company, enticing Pam and Ryan to join as salespeople, and though his business model is ultimately unsustainable, Dunder Mifflin's profits are immediately threatened. The members of the Michael Scott Paper Company enjoy throwing cheese balls into each other's mouths and they have a morning cheer to boost morale. In a buyout of the Michael Scott Paper Company, the three are rehired with Pam promoted to sales and Ryan returning as a temp. During the chaos, new receptionist Erin is hired to fill the vacancy originally left by Pam. The season ends with a scene that obviously announces Pam's pregnancy.
The sixth season consists of 26 half-hours of material, divided into 22 half-hour episodes and two hour-long episodes.
Jim and Pam marry and have a baby named Cecelia Marie Halpert. Meanwhile, Andy and Erin develop mutual interest in one another, but find their inherent awkwardness inhibits his attempts to ask her out on a date. Rumors of bankruptcy begin to surround Dunder Mifflin, and by Christmas, Wallace announces to the branch that Dunder Mifflin has accepted a buyout from Sabre Corporation, a printer company. While Wallace and other executives are let go, the Scranton office survives due to its relative success within the company. In the season finale, Dwight buys the office park. Michael agrees to make an announcement to the press regarding a case of faulty printers. When Jo Bennet, Sabre CEO, asks how she can repay him, Michael responds that she could bring Holly back to the Scranton branch.
The seventh season consists of 26 half-hours of material, divided into 21 half-hour episodes, one "super-sized" episode, and two hour-long episodes.
This is the final season for Steve Carell, who plays the lead character Michael Scott, as Carell wanted to move on after his contract expired during this season. Beginning with this season, Zach Woods, who portrays Gabe Lewis, was promoted to a series regular. Erin and Gabe have begun a relationship, much to Andy's chagrin, and Andy attempts to win Erin's affection back. Michael's former girlfriend, Holly, returns to Scranton to fill in for Toby who is doing jury duty for the "Scranton Strangler" trial. Michael and Holly eventually restart their relationship. After the two get engaged, Michael then reveals he will be leaving Scranton to go to Colorado with Holly in order to support her elderly parents. Angela starts dating the senator, while Pam and Jim are still adjusting to parenthood. After Michael's replacement (Will Ferrell) is seriously injured, Jo creates a search committee to interview candidates and choose a new manager for the office.
The eighth season consists of 24 episodes.
James Spader reprises his role as Robert California, the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin/Sabre. Andy is then promoted to regional manager and works hard to make a good impression on Robert, and asks Dwight to be his number two. Pam and Jim are expecting their second child, Phillip, at the start of the season, to coincide with Fischer's real-life pregnancy. Angela is pregnant with her first son, also named Philip, with State Senator Robert Lipton (although it is implied that Dwight Schrute is actually the child's biological father). Darryl starts falling for new warehouse foreman, Val. Dwight is tasked with traveling to Tallahassee, Florida, to assist Sabre special projects manager Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) in launching a chain of retail stores, along with Jim, Ryan, Stanley, Erin, and new office temp Cathy Simms. Cathy is also revealed to have ulterior motives for the trip, as she intends to seduce Jim, but fails. Robert later kills the retail store project, and Erin decides to stay in Florida as an elderly woman's live-in helper. Andy goes to Florida and wins back Erin, but this allows Nellie to claim the manager position as her own. Robert tells Andy that he has been demoted back to a salesman, but he refuses to accept the news, which causes him to be fired. Andy becomes motivated to begin a Dunder Mifflin comeback and joins with former CFO David Wallace to buy Dunder Mifflin back from Sabre, putting Sabre completely out of business and giving Andy the manager position once again.
The final season consists of 25 episodes.
Andy, recently returning from Outward Bound manager's training, reverts to his arrogant earlier season personality, abandoning both Erin and the office to travel around the Caribbean with his brother. In his absence, Erin strikes up a romance with new customer service rep Pete, who along with Clark, another new character, replaces Kelly, who left for Ohio with her new husband (Ryan also moves to Ohio for "unrelated reasons").
Meanwhile, Jim receives an exciting opportunity from an old college friend who offers him a job at Athlead, a sports marketing company based in Philadelphia. Darryl also jumps on board, but the distance and dedication to Athlead hurts Jim's relationship with Pam.
Angela also must deal with her husband's infidelity with Oscar. She also deals with her lingering attraction to Dwight, who inherits his family's beet farm. Dwight receives more good news when David Wallace handpicks him to be the new manager after Andy quits to pursue an acting career, which quickly ends when he embarrasses himself at an a cappella singing competition that turns into a viral web sensation. Dwight later makes Jim his assistant to the regional manager and the two officially end their grudge.
After Jim reconciles with Pam, choosing to stay in Scranton over Philadelphia, Dwight professes his love for Angela and finally marries her. In the series finale, taking place one year after the release of the documentary, the employees reunite for Dwight and Angela's wedding, for which Michael returns (with help from Jim who was the person Dwight first asked to be his best man) to serve as the best man.
Kelly and Ryan run away together, Nellie now lives in Poland and "adopts" Ryan's abandoned baby, Erin meets her birth parents, Andy gets a job at Cornell, Stanley retires to Florida, Kevin and Toby are both fired with the former buying a bar and the latter moving to New York City to become an author, and Oscar runs for State Senate. Jim and Pam, at her persuasion, move to Austin to open a new branch of Athleap (previously Athlead) with Darryl (Dwight "fires" them to give them both severance packages), and Creed is arrested for his many crimes.
The Office has had product placement deals with Staples and the Olympic balers, as well as mentioning in dialogue or displaying clear logos for products such as Sandals Resorts, HP, Apple, and Gateway computers, and Activision's Call of Duty video game series. In "The Merger", Kevin Malone uses a Staples-branded shredding machine to shred a Staples-branded CD-R and many other nonpaper items, including a salad. As with HP, Cisco Systems, a supplier of networking and telephone equipment, pays for product placement, which can be seen on close-up shots of the Cisco IP telephones. Some products have additional branding labels attached; this can be clearly seen with the HP photo printer on Toby's desk in season 6, and less noticeably with the Cisco phones. In "The Secret" Michael takes Jim to Hooters to discuss Jim's feelings for Pam.
Many products featured are not part of product placement agreements, but rather inserted by writers as products the characters would use to create realism under the guise of a documentary. Chili's restaurants were used for filming in "The Dundies" and "The Client," as the writers believed they were realistic choices for a company party and business lunch. Though not an explicit product placement, the producers of the show had to allow Chili's to have final approval of the script before filming, causing a scene of "The Dundies" to be hastily rewritten when the chain objected to the original version. Apple Inc. received over four minutes of publicity for the iPod when it was used as a much-desired gift in "Christmas Party," though the company did not pay for the placement. The travel website TripAdvisor.com was featured during Season 4 when after a visit to Dwight's "agritourism" bed and breakfast, Schrute Farms, Jim and Pam post an online review about their stay. The show reportedly approached the travel review website about using their name on the show and TripAdvisor set up a review page for the fictional B&B, which itself received hundreds of reviews. The appearance of Second Life in the episode "Local Ad" was rated eighth in the top ten most effective product placements of 2007.
Reception and legacy
Critical reviews and commentary
Before the show aired, Ricky Gervais acknowledged that there were feelings of hesitation from certain viewers. The first season of The Office was met with a mixed response from critics with some of them comparing it to the short-lived NBC series Coupling, which was also based on a British version. The New York Daily News called it "so diluted there's little left but muddy water," and USA Today called it a "passable imitation of a miles-better BBC original." A Guardian Unlimited review panned its lack of originality, stating, "(Steve Carell) just seems to be trying too hard.... Maybe in later episodes when it deviates from Gervais and Merchant's script, he'll come into his own. But right now he's a pale imitation." Tom Shales of the Washington Post said it was "not the mishmash that [Americanized version of Coupling] turned out to be, but again the quality of the original show causes the remake to look dim, like when the copying machine is just about to give out."
The second season was better received. James Poniewozik of Time remarked, "Producer Greg Daniels created not a copy but an interpretation that sends up distinctly American work conventions ... with a tone that's more satiric and less mordant.... The new boss is different from the old boss, and that's fine by me." He named it the second best TV show of 2006 after Battlestar Galactica. Entertainment Weekly writer Mark Harris echoed these sentiments a week later, stating, "Thanks to the fearless Steve Carell, an ever-stronger supporting cast, and scripts that spew American corporate absurdist vernacular with perfect pitch, this undervalued remake does the near impossible—it honors Ricky Gervais' original and works on its own terms." The A.V. Club reviewer Nathan Rabin expressed its views on the show's progression: "After a rocky start, The Office improved immeasurably, instantly becoming one of TV's funniest, sharpest shows. The casting of Steve Carell in the Gervais role proved to be a masterstroke. The American Office is that rarest of anomalies: a remake of a classic show that both does right by its source and carves out its own strong identity."
The series has been included on several top TV series lists. The show placed #61 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. Time's James Poniewozik named it the second-best TV series of 2006, and the sixth-best returning series of 2007, out of ten TV series. He also included it on his "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME" list. The show was also named the best show of 2006 by BuddyTV. while Paste named it the sixth-best sitcom of 2010. In 2013 the Writers Guild of America placed it at #66 on their list of 101 Best Written TV Series.
The show has some superficial similarities to the comic strip Dilbert, which also features employees coping with an inept superior. John Spector, CEO of The Conference Board, says that both show the impact a leader can have, for good or bad. Dilbert creator Scott Adams also touts the similarities: "The lesson from The Office and from Dilbert is that people are often dysfunctional, and no amount of training can fix it." A labor-affiliated group praised the episode "Boys and Girls" for what it considered an unusually frank depiction of union busting on American television. Metacritic, a review aggregation website, graded only the first, third, sixth, and final seasons. However, it denoted that all four of them received "generally favorable reviews" from critics, awarding a 61, 85, 78, and 64 score—out of 100—to each of them, respectively. It later named it the thirteenth most mentioned series on "Best of Decade" top-ten lists.
The last few seasons were criticized for a dip in quality. The sixth season received criticisms for a lack of stakes for the characters. Other critics and fans have also criticized the dragging out of the Jim and Pam romance. The Office co-creator Ricky Gervais wrote in his blog, referring to "Search Committee," particularly Warren Buffett's guest appearance, "If you're going to jump a shark, jump a big one," and compared the episode to the Chris Martin episode of Gervais's other series, Extras (although he later said on his website, "I fucking didn't [diss The Office], that's for sure"). Some critics said the series should have ended after the departure of Steve Carell. In an IAmA interview on Reddit, Rainn Wilson felt that the eighth season possessed some mistakes "creatively," such as the chemistry between Spader and Helms, which he called "a bit dark" and argued that the show should have gone for a "brighter and more energized" relationship. Despite this, there are later-series episodes that have received critical acclaim, including "Stress Relief," "Niagara", "Garage Sale", "Goodbye, Michael", "Dwight Christmas", "A.A.R.M.", and "Finale".
The series received 42 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, with five wins. It won for Outstanding Comedy Series in season two, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Greg Daniels for "Gay Witch Hunt"), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Blitz for "Stress Relief"), and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (David Rogers and Claire Scanlon for "Finale"). Many cast and crew members have expressed anger that Carell did not receive an Emmy award for his performance in the series. Despite this, Carell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical in 2006. The series was also named the best TV series by the American Film Institute in 2006 and 2008, won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2006 and 2007 and won a Peabody Award in 2006.
Premiering on Thursday, March 24, 2005, after an episode of The Apprentice on NBC, The Office brought in 11.2 million viewers in the U.S., winning its time slot. When NBC moved the series to its intended Tuesday night slot, it lost nearly half its audience with only 5.9 million viewers. The program averaged 5.4 million viewers, ranking it #102 for the 2004–05 U.S. television season. "Hot Girl," the first season's finale, rated a 2.2 with a 10 audience measurement share. Episodes were also rerun on CNBC.
As the second season started, the success of Carell's hit summer movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin and online sales of episodes at iTunes helped the show. The increase in viewership led NBC to move the series to the "Must See TV" Thursday night in January 2006, where ratings continued to grow. By the 2005–06 season, it placed #67 (tied with 20/20). It averaged 8 million viewers with a 4.0/10 rating/share among viewers ages 18–49, and was up 80% in viewers from the year before and up 60% in viewers ages 18–49. The series ranked as NBC's highest rated scripted series during its run. The highest rated episode of the series was "Stress Relief," which was watched by 22.9 million viewers. This episode was aired right after Super Bowl XLIII. While later seasons dropped in the ratings, the show was still one of NBC's highest rated shows, and in October 2011 it was reported that it cost $178,840 per 30-second commercial, the most for any NBC scripted series.
|Season||TV season||Timeslot (ET)||Premiered||Ended||Viewership rank||18-49 rank||Viewers
|1||2004–05||Thursday 9:30 pm ("Pilot")
Tuesday 9:30 pm
|March 24, 2005||11.20||April 26, 2005||4.80||102||82||5.40||2.5/6|
|2||2005–06||Tuesday 9:30 pm
(September 20 – December 6, 2005)
Thursday 9:30 pm
(January 5 – May 11, 2006)
|September 20, 2005||9.00||May 11, 2006||7.70||67||N/A||8.0||4.0/10|
|3||2006–07||Thursday 8:30 pm||September 21, 2006||9.10||May 17, 2007||7.90||68||28||8.30||4.1/11|
|4||2007–08||Thursday 9:00 pm||September 27, 2007||9.70||May 15, 2008||8.07||77||8.04||2.8|
|5||2008–09||September 25, 2008||9.20||May 14, 2009||6.72||52||9.04||3.1|
|6||2009–10||September 17, 2009||8.20||May 20, 2010||6.60||41||11||8.73||4.5/11|
|7||2010–11||September 23, 2010||8.40||May 19, 2011||7.29||53||11||7.73||4.0/10|
|8||2011–12||September 22, 2011||7.64||May 10, 2012||4.49||78||29||6.51||3.4/9|
|9||2012–13||September 20, 2012||4.28||May 16, 2013||5.69||88||41||5.06||2.6/7|
The city of Scranton, long known mainly for its industrial past as a coal mining and rail center, has embraced, and ultimately has been redefined by the show. "We're really hip now," says the mayor's assistant. The Dunder Mifflin logo is on a lamppost banner in front of Scranton City Hall, as well as the pedestrian bridge to The Mall at Steamtown. The Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company, whose tower is shown in the opening credits, plans to add it to the tower as well. Newspapers in other Northeastern cities have published travel guides to Scranton locations for tourists interested in visiting places mentioned in the show. Scranton has become identified with the show outside the United States as well. In a 2008 St. Patrick's Day speech in its suburb of Dickson City, former Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Bertie Ahern identified the city as the home of Dunder Mifflin.
The inaugural The Office convention was held downtown in October 2007. Notable landmarks, some of which have been settings for the show, that served as venues include the University of Scranton, the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and the Mall at Steamtown. Cast appearances were made by B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, Melora Hardin, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Bobby Ray Shafer, and Andy Buckley. Writer appearances, besides Novak and Kaling, were made by Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, Jennifer Celotta, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Justin Spitzer, Anthony Ferrell, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, and Jason Kessler. Not present were writer-actor Paul Lieberstein (who was originally going to make an appearance), Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer.
On an episode of The Daily Show, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, reportedly a devoted fan of the show, jokingly told Jon Stewart he might take Dwight Schrute as his running mate. Rainn Wilson later accepted on Dwight Schrute's behalf while on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After the airing of "Garage Sale", where the character of Michael Scott decides to move to Colorado, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper issued a press release appointing Scott to the position of director of paper distribution in the Department of Natural Resources.
The show is often paid tribute by the band Relient K. Band member Matt Thiessen is a fan of The Office, and during concerts will often perform a self-described "love song" about the series, titled "The Ballad of Dunder Mifflin," followed by him and the band playing the show's opening theme.
Aside from NBC, The Office has gone into off-network syndication in the United States. It previously ran on local stations and TBS. After a few years absent from conventional television, it was announced in December 2017 that Comedy Central had picked up the entire series, for its second syndication cycle. Comedy Central started airing The Office on January 15, 2018. In the United Kingdom, the show was named in listings magazines (but not onscreen) as The Office: An American Workplace when it was originally aired on ITV2.
Episodes from The Office were among the first shows available for download from the iTunes Store beginning in December 2005. In 2006, ten internet-exclusive webisodes featuring some of the characters on The Office aired on NBC.com. "Producer's Cuts" (containing approximately ten additional minutes of material) of the episodes "Branch Closing" and "The Return" were also made available on NBC.com. The Office also became available for download from Amazon.com's Unbox video downloads in 2006. Sales of new The Office episodes on iTunes ceased in 2007 due to a dispute between NBC and Apple ostensibly over pricing. As of September 9, 2008 The Office was put back on the iTunes Store, and can be bought in HD and Regular format. Netflix also offers the show for online viewing by subscribers, in addition to traditional DVD rental. The Office is also available on Microsofts Zune Marketplace. On December 13, 2017, Comedy Central announced that they had acquired all nine seasons of the show from NBCUniversal in a non-exclusive deal, and some episodes will be made available to stream on Comedy Central's official website and mobile app after January 15, 2018.
Of the 12.4 million total viewings of "Fun Run", the fourth season's premiere, 2.7 million, or 22%, were on a computer via online streaming. "The Office", said The New York Times, "is on the leading edge of a sharp shift in entertainment viewing that was thought to be years away: watching television episodes on a computer screen is now a common activity for millions of consumers." It was particularly popular with online viewers, an NBC researcher said, because as an episode-driven sitcom without special effects it was easy to watch on smaller monitors such as those found on laptops and iPods. Between the online viewings and those who use digital video recorders, 25–50% of the show's viewers watch it after its scheduled airtime.
The show's Internet success became an issue in the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Daniels and many of the cast members who double as writers posted a video to YouTube shortly after the strike began, pointing out how little, if any, they received in residuals from online and DVD viewing. "You're watching this on the Internet, a thing that pays us zero dollars," Schur said. "We're supposed to get 11 cents for every two trillion downloads." The writers were particularly upset that they weren't compensated for the Daytime Emmy Award-winning summer webisodes "The Accountants", which NBC considered promotional material despite the embedded commercials.
The show's success has resulted in expansion outside of television. Characters have appeared in promotional materials for NBC, and a licensed video game—The Office—was released in 2007. In 2008 two games were introduced via Pressman Toy Corp: The Office Trivia Board Game and The Office DVD Board Game. In 2009, The Office Clue was released, and The Office Monopoly was released in 2010. Other merchandise, from T-shirts and a bobblehead doll of Dwight Schrute to more office-specific items such as Dunder Mifflin copy paper and parodies of the Successories motivational poster series featuring the cast are available. Dunder Mifflin has two websites, and the cast members maintain blogs both as themselves and in character.
Several members of the cast maintained blogs. These include Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, and Brian Baumgartner, who posted regularly during the season. Rainn Wilson wrote in character on "Schrute Space" on NBC.com, which is updated periodically. However, he stopped writing the blog himself. It is unknown whether Creed Bratton authors "Creed Thoughts," the blog attributed to his character.
Home video releases
|Season||Region 1 release date||Region 2 release date||Region 4 release date||Episodes||Discs||Bonus features|
|1||August 16, 2005||April 10, 2006||August 16, 2006||6||1||Deleted scenes from all episodes, five commentary tracks by cast and crew on select episodes.|
|2||September 12, 2006||January 28, 2008||April 4, 2007||22||4||Deleted scenes from every episode, ten commentary tracks by cast and crew on select episodes, The Accountants webisodes, Faces of Scranton video, blooper reel, 17 fake public service announcements, Olympics promos and "Steve on Steve" promos.|
|3||September 4, 2007||July 21, 2008||August 20, 2008 (Part 1)
April 22, 2009 (Part 2)
|25||4||Deleted scenes, eight commentary tracks by cast and crew on select episodes, "Kevin Cooks Stuff in The Office", 2006 NBC Primetime Preview, Toby wraparound promos, Dwight Schrute music video, Joss Whedon interview, blooper reel, Lazy Scranton video, and a 58th Annual Emmy Awards excerpt. A special edition for Target called the "Nifty Gifty" set also contains footage from the Museum of TV festival and script facsimile.|
|4||September 2, 2008||June 14, 2010||September 2, 2009 (Part 1)
December 2, 2009 (Part 2)
|19||4||Deleted scenes, outtakes, Second Life footage, The Office Convention invitation, The Office Convention: Writer’s Block Panel, "Goodbye, Toby" music video, four commentary tracks by cast and crew on select episodes.|
|5||September 8, 2009||February 7, 2011||September 29, 2010 (Part 1)
March 2, 2011 (Part 2)
|28||5||Deleted scenes, outtakes, ten commentaries by the cast and crew, "The Academy of Art and Sciences presents, 'The Office,' Summer Olympic promos, Super Bowl promos, Kevin's Loan webisodes, and The Outburst webisodes.|
|6||September 7, 2010||January 30, 2012||August 4, 2011 (Part 1)
November 9, 2011 (Part 2)
|26||5||Deleted scenes, outtakes, gag reel, cast and crew commentaries, two extended episodes, minisode The Podcast, "Welcome to Sabre" corporate welcome video, promos.|
|Overtime||November 16, 2010||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||The Accountants, Kevin's Loan, The Outburst, Blackmail, Subtle Sexuality and The Mentor webisodes, The Podcast minisode, The Office Convention: Cast Q&A, Paley: Inside The Writer's Room, Subtle Sexuality commentary with Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, and Ellie Kemper, Blackmail video commentary with Creed Bratton, Subtle Sexuality music video, Dwight Schrute music video, Lazy Scranton video, Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin ad and fake PSAs.|
|7||September 6, 2011||September 3, 2012||August 22, 2012 (Part 1)
November 7, 2012 (Part 2)
|26||5||Deleted scenes, blooper reel, "The Third Floor" webisodes, cast and crew commentaries on five episodes, producer's extended cuts of "Training Day" and "Search Committee," Threat Level Midnight: The Movie (A Michael Scott Joint)|
|8||September 4, 2012||April 7, 2014||February 13, 2013 (Part 1)
August 8, 2013 (Part 2)
|24||5||Deleted scenes, blooper reel, "The Girl Next Door" webisodes, producer's extended cuts of "Angry Andy" and "Fundraiser"|
|9||September 3, 2013||September 15, 2014||February 13, 2014 (Part 1)
June 19, 2014 (Part 2)
|25||5||Deleted scenes, gag reel, rare audition footage|
A spin-off to the series was proposed in 2008, with a pilot episode expected to debut as the Super Bowl lead-out program in 2009. However, The Office's creative team instead decided to develop Parks and Recreation as a separate series.
Another spin-off starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute running a bed-and-breakfast and beet farm, titled The Farm, was proposed in early 2012. In October 2012, however, NBC decided not to go forward with the series. A backdoor pilot episode was produced, which aired during the ninth season as "The Farm".
- "Shows A-Z - The Office on NBC". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
- VanDerWerff, Todd (May 17, 2013). "How The Office became one of the greatest television series about the American dream". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Sheffield, Rob (September 21, 2016). "100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Best TV Shows: Hollywood's 100 Favorite TV Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. September 16, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Petski, Denise (December 18, 2017). "'The Office' Revival Eyed At NBC". Deadline. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- Sepinwall, Alan (September 29, 2011). "How a Parks and Recreation pitch becomes a joke, part 1: Inside the writers room". HitFix. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Sepinwall, Alan (January 16, 2009). "The Office, "Duel" & 30 Rock, "Flu Shot": Silent but deadly". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- Goldberg, Lesley (March 22, 2012). "'The Office' Shakeup Continues as Search for New Showrunner Begins". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- Schneider, Michael (June 12, 2011). "Aziz Ansari hired for 'Office' spinoff – Entertainment News, Los Angeles, Media". Variety. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Carter, Bill; Elliot, Stuart (May 14, 2012). "Comedies Lead the Way for the Next TV Season". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- Littleton, Cynthia (July 20, 2010). "Novak keeps his 'Office' job". Variety. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Ausiello, Michael (September 15, 2011). "Scoop: Mindy Kaling Gets Major Office Promotion — But There's a Twist!". TVLine. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Paumgarten, Nick (October 3, 2005). "Fender Bender". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "Full cast and crew for "The Office"". IMDb. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
- Goodman, Tim (March 24, 2005). "Miracle time – Americanized 'Office' is good". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Hibberd, James (January 19, 2011). "Ricky Gervais to reprise David Brent role on NBC's 'The Office'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "The Office: Search Committee, 7.25–7.26". OfficeTally. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Susman, Gary (January 10, 2007). "Fightin' Dwight Schrute". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams Both Directing The Office". IGN. January 11, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Total Film Exclusive: JJ Abrams directing the US Office". Total Film. September 15, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Interview with Joss Whedon". The A.V. Club. August 8, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
- "Greg Daniels, Part II: Long Skinny Notebooks, and The Five-To-One". heywriterboy.blogspot.com. June 21, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- "In Conversation: Greg Daniels, Executive Producer/Showrunner of The Office (U.S.)". heywriterboy.blogspot.com. June 20, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- Daniels, Greg (Writer). 2006. "The Dundies" [Commentary track], The Office Season Two (US/NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- Novak, B.J. (Writer). 2006. "The Dundies" [Commentary track], The Office Season Two (US/NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- Whipp, Glenn (June 21, 2011). "'Office' table read asks: Are you experienced?". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- Fischer, Jenna. The Office: Your Questions Answered! TVGuide.com, February 16, 2006. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- "Greg Daniels talks about The Office deleted scenes". OfficeTally. February 25, 2007.
For the writers, in our minds, those scenes have happened. We wrote them, we shot them, and at the last minute, I cut them in the editing room, but we're relying on them anyway for the mythology of the show.
- "Jenna Fischer, Keeping It Real at 'The Office'". npr.org. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
- Carter, Bill (September 17, 2006). "The Whole World Is Watching, and Ben Silverman Is Watching Back". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
- Susman, Gary. "Daily Show's Carell may star in Office remake." Entertainment Weekly, January 29, 2004. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Carell, Steve (Actor). 2005. "Pilot" [Commentary track], The Office Season One (U.S./NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- Wilson, Rainn (Actor). 2005. "Pilot" [Commentary track], The Office Season One (U.S./NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- Hiltbrand, David. "B.J. Novak gives at 'The Office' and out of it". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 2, 2009.
- Krasinski, John (Actor). John was also a high school buddy of B. J. Novak and thus scored an audition leading to the role of Jim Halpert. 2005. "Pilot" [Commentary track], The Office Season One (U.S./NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal
- Fischer, Jenna. "The Office Presents: "Valentine's Day"." TVGuide.com, February 9, 2006. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Labrecque, Jeff (August 5, 2013). "'The Office' audition tapes: Watch Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and more try out for Dunder Mifflin". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Chun, Wing. "The B.J. Novak Interview". Televisionwithoutpity.com. pp. 4–5. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
[Daniels] hired people who he knew were improv people who could bring their own ideas to the role
- Murphy, Joel. One on one with... Angela Kinsey. Hobotrashcan.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Armstrong, Josh E. "Five Questions with The Office's Kate Flannery". Conversational Ball. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- "Hot Fun in the Summer". Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2006.
- Wolk, Josh. "The Drudge Report: A Visit With 7 More Office Mates." Entertainment Weekly, February 24, 2006: 24–25.
- Nordyke, Kimberly. Helms gets promotion at Office. The Hollywood Reporter'.' Retrieved February 1, 2007.
- Johns, Anna. July 11, 2006. British cast to appear on American version of The Office, TVSquad.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Daniels, Greg. The Office: Live Blog, November 2006. Blog.NBC.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Mitovich, Matt. July 10, 2006. The Office's U.K. Mates to Cross Over Archived February 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., TVGuide.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- An American-Style 'Office' With a Boss From Heck The New York Times, retrieved February 22, 2008
- Booth, William (March 20, 2005). "With 'Office,' NBC Goes Off the Beaten Laugh Track". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- Soykan, Hattie (March 31, 2017). "61 Facts You Might Not Know About The Office". BuzzFeed. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- Todd VanDerWerff (July 25, 2011). "Michael Schur walks us through Parks And Recreation's third season (Part 1 of 4) | TV | The Walkthrough". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- White, Cindy (June 1, 2011). "What We Want from The Office in Season 8". IGN. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- McNutt, Myles (April 28, 2011). "Goodbye, Michael". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
- "The Office (2005) – Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
- Marchese, John (October 21, 2007). "Scranton Embraces The Office Infamy". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2008.
- Blankenship, Mark (January 25, 2007). "Office Songs in the Unhip Keys of Life and Karaoke". The New York Times. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
- The Man Behind The Office's Favorite Suck-Up, Dwight Schrute ABC News, retrieved January 27, 2008
- The Office Transfers to a New Cubicle The New York Times, March 20, 2005, retrieved January 28, 2008
- An American-Style Office With a Boss From Heck The New York Times, March 24, 2005, retrieved January 28, 2008
- Hawaii, The Office & Lost in Space Castings Archived January 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Variety, retrieved February 1, 2008
- Hardin, Melora (2005). The Office season 2 DVD commentary for the episode "Performance Review" (DVD). Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
- "'The Office' Bags Ensemble Cast Prize at SAG". BuddyTV. January 31, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Rice, Lynette (October 5, 2007). "'The Office' finally paying off... quite literally". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Novak, B.J. (Actor/Writer). 2005. "The Alliance" [Commentary track], The Office Season One (U.S./NBC Version) [DVD], Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- "NBC Celebrates May with Series Finales of Coveted Classics – 'The West Wing' and 'Will & Grace' – And Offers Fans a Super-Sized Thursday Night of Comedies, the Miniseries '10.5: Apocalypse' And Can't-Miss Season Finales" (Press release). NBC. April 20, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- "NBC Decks the Halls for the Holidays with Season-Flavored Movies, Specials and Series" (Press release). NBC. November 29, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- story by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, teleplay by Greg Daniels, directed by Ken Kwapis (March 24, 2005). "Pilot". The Office. Season 1. Episode 1. NBC.
- written by Paul Lieberstein, directed by Greg Daniels (November 8, 2005). "The Client". The Office. Season 2. Episode 13. NBC.
- written by Jennifer Celotta, directed by Paul Feig (November 12, 2005). "E-mail Surveillance". The Office. Season 2. Episode 15. NBC.
- written by Greg Daniels, directed by Ken Kwapis (January 5, 2006). "Booze Cruise". The Office. Season 2. Episode 17. NBC.
- written by Steve Carell, directed by Ken Kwapis (May 11, 2006). "Casino Night". The Office. Season 2. Episode 28. NBC.
- written by Michael Schur, directed by Tucker Gates (November 9, 2006). "Branch Closing". The Office. Season 3. Episode 35. NBC.
- written by Jennifer Celotta, directed by Ken Whittingham (October 11, 2007). "Launch Party". The Office. Season 4. Episode 58/59. NBC.
- written by Paul Lieberstein & Michael Schur, directed by Ken Kwapis (May 17, 2007). "The Job". The Office. Season 3. Episode 51. NBC.
- Serpe, Gina. Strike Support: Office, Stars Call In Sick. E! News, November 7, 2007. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Carter, Bill. "No Pause Button: TV Studios and Writers Play Catch-Up After Strike." The New York Times, February 13, 2008 Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- written by Mindy Kaling, directed by Joss Whedon (November 1, 2007). "Branch Wars". The Office. Season 4. Episode 58. NBC.
- written by Michael Schur and directed by Craig Zisk (October 4, 2007). "Dunder Mifflin Infinity". The Office. Season 4. Episode 53. NBC.
- written and directed by Greg Daniels (September 27, 2007). "Fun Run". The Office. Season 4. Episode 53. NBC.
- "Goodbye Toby Episode Recap". NBC.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- "The Office Scores Post-Super Bowl Slot. Archived October 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." New York Post. December 4, 2008. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
- written by Jennifer Celotta and directed by Dean Holland (January 15, 2009). "The Duel". The Office. Season 5. Episode 84. NBC.
- written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Paul Feig (March 19, 2009). "New Boss". The Office. Season 5. Episode 92. NBC.
- written by Charlie Grandy and directed by Steve Carell (April 23, 2009). "Broke". The Office. Season 5. Episode 97. NBC.
- written by Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling and directed by Paul Feig (October 9, 2009). "Niagara". The Office. Season 6. Episode 104/105. NBC.
- written by Warren Lieberstein and Halsted Sullivan and directed by Paul Lieberstein (May 20, 2010). "Whistleblower". The Office. Season 6. Episode 126. NBC.
- "The Office Season 7 programming notes". OfficeTally. February 1, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- Ausiello, Michael (June 28, 2010). "Steve Carell on 'Office' exit: 'It's a good time to move on'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Michael Ausiello (June 16, 2010). "Exlusive: 'The Office' promotes 'Gabe' to series regular". EW.com. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Hibbard, James (July 6, 2011). "Done deal! James Spader joins 'The Office'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- Sepinwall, Alan (September 23, 2011). "Season premiere review: The Office – The List: Winners and losers". HitFix. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Hochberg, Mina (July 14, 2011). "The Office's Jenna Fischer Confirms That Baby No. 2 Is On the Way for Pam and Jim". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- written by Dan Greaney and directed by Charlie Grandy (December 1, 2011). "Mrs. California". The Office. Season 8. Episode 161. NBC.
- written by Amelie Gillette and directed by David Rogers (February 9, 2012). "Special Project". The Office. Season 8. Episode 166. NBC.
- Rosanthal, Phil (December 6, 2006). "Office makes pitch to viewers: Watch and buy". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 1, 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
- "NBC's The Office Warehouse Features Vertical Baler From Olympic Wire and Equipment in "Safety Training" Episode on April 12". Marketwire. April 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
- Mersereau, Marilyn (October 18, 2007). "Grey's Anatomy, 24,The Office and Cisco's Human Network". The Official Cisco Blog. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
- "Hooters product placement". Brandspotters.com. February 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- "Chili's Grill & Bar Product Placement". Brandspotters.com. February 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- "The Dundies" [Commentary track], The Office Season Two (US/NBC Version) [DVD], 2006, Los Angeles, CA: Universal.
- "The Client" [commentary track], The Office Season Two (US/NBC Version) [DVD], 2006, Los Angeles, CA: Universal
- Kehaulani Goo, Sara (April 15, 2006). "Apple Gets a Big Slice Of Product-Placement Pie". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
- Miller, Stuart (March 28, 2010). "For a B&B That Doesn't Exist, the Online Reviews Keep Coming". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Bierly, Mandi (December 26, 2007). "TV's best product placements (and the ones that got away)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- Wolk, Josh. "The Office bosses on bringing the Brit hit to NBC," Entertainment Weekly, March 14, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Ficket, Travis (June 19, 2009). "The Office Flashback: "Pilot" Review – TV Review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- Shales, Tom (March 24, 2005). "The Office: NBC's Passable Duplicate Of the Brit Hit". Washington Post. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Timms, Dominic. U.S. version of The Office scores ratings victory. Guardian Unlimited, March 29, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Wollaston, Sam. You just can't get the staff. Guardian Unlimited, June 15, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Fickett, Travis (June 1, 2007). "The Office: Season 3 Review – TV Review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- Poniewozik, James. "Best of 2005: Television." Time, December 6, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Harris, Mark."2005's 10 Best Shows." Entertainment Weekly, December 22, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Rabin, Nathan. "Inventory: Eight Sure-Fire Fiascoes That Unexpectedly Succeeded." The A.V. Club, March 29, 2006. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- "The New Classics: TV". Entertainment Weekly. June 18, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- Poniewozik, James. Top 10 Returning TV Series. Time. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Poniewozik, James (May 5, 2008). "The Office (American)". Time. Time Warner. Retrieved May 5, 2008.
- "Top Ten Comedies on TV: #1 The Office". BuddyTV. December 3, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Jackson, Josh (April 29, 2010). "The 10 Best Sitcoms on TV Right Now". Paste. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
- "101 Best Written TV Series List - 51-75". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- Jones, Del (September 26, 2007). "Taking Office lessons from the world's greatest (inept) boss". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
Jon Spector, CEO of The Conference Board, an organization that tries to improve business effectiveness, likens The Office to the 18-year-old comic strip Dilbert that appears in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries. Both The Office and Dilbert show how leaders have enormous impact for good—and how they can 'screw things up,' Spector says ... 'Michael puts himself in a position of responsibility, where most people feel uncomfortably vulnerable,' says Noah Rowles, CEO of Los Angeles software company Iolo Technologies. 'He takes ownership of his flock. The lesson learned is that people would much rather follow someone who is passionate and dedicated than someone who may be perfect on paper but otherwise uncommitted to achieving success as a group.'
- "Unionbusting at The Office?". American Rights At Work. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2007.
- "The Office: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "The Office: Season 3". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "The Office: Season 6". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "The Office: Season 9". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- "The Best TV Shows of 2009 ... and the Decade". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- Sepinwall, Alan (September 10, 2011). "Review: The Office struggles to find its center post-Steve Carell". HitFix. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
- Poniewozik, James (May 21, 2010). "Office Watch: Wait 'Til Next Fiscal Year". Time.
- Leitch, Will (May 21, 2010). "The Office Recap: The Holly Hint". New York. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
- Cindy White (May 28, 2010). "The Office: Season 6 Review". IGN.com. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- Weinman, Jaime (December 4, 2009). "Jim Halpert sucks and we're just now realizing it – TV Guidance". Macleans.ca. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Gervais, Ricky. "Week one hundred and sixty-nine – May 2011". Rickygervais.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- "'The Office' should punch out with Carell". The Michigan Daily. September 5, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season". AOLTV. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Wilson, Rainn (October 16, 2012). "IAM Rainn WILSON – Dwight From the Office and the Founder of SoulPancake – AMA!". Reddit AMA. Reddit. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- Poniewozik, James (December 8, 2009). "1. The Office, "Stress Relief"". Time. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- BuddyTV. "BuddyTV Slideshow | TV's 50 Best Episodes of 2009". Buddytv.com. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- For various reviews, see:
- Sepinwall, Alan (March 25, 2011). "Review: 'The Office' - 'Garage Sale': More than decent proposal". HitFix. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
- John Kubicek. "BuddyTV Slideshow | The 50 Best TV Episodes of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- For various reviews, see:
- For various reviews, see:
- Reiher, Andrea (January 2, 2013). "The Best TV Episodes of 2012: 'The Good Wife,' 'The Office' and 'Big Brother'". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- White, Cindy (December 7, 2012). "The Office: 'Dwight Christmas' Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
- For various reviews, see:
- Sepinwall, Alan (May 9, 2013). "Review: 'The Office' – 'A.A.R.M.': The Teapot Dome Affair". HitFix. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- Giant, M. (May 10, 2013). "A.A.R.M." Television Without Pity. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- Mullins, Jenna (May 10, 2013). "The Office Recap: An Engagement, a Dunder Mifflin Farewell and the Jim-Pam Tribute That Left Us in Tears". E! Online. E!. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- For various reviews, see:
- Sepinwall, Alan (May 16, 2013). "Series finale review: 'The Office' – 'Finale': That's What We All Said". HitFix. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Cornet, Roth (May 17, 2013). "'Finale' Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Poniewozik, James (May 17, 2013). "The Office Watch: That's What She Said". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Lowry, Brian (May 17, 2013). "'The Office' Finale". Variety. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "The Office". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Zakarin, Jordan (September 19, 2011). "Rainn Wilson Tweets Steve Carell Emmy Snub Anger". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "The Office Emmys post, 2011". OfficeTally. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- "AFI AWARDS 2006". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- "AFI AWARDS 2008". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- "The Office". The Peabody Awards. May 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- Deans, Jason. U.S. remake of The Office loses half its audience. Guardian Unlimited, March 31, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- "Hollywood Reporter: Final audience and ratings figures for 2004–05". Hollywood Reporter. April 27, 2005. Archived from the original on July 8, 2006. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
- Lower the lights for NBC's The Office. Archived May 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Media Life Magazine, April 27, 2005. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Ryan, Maureen (February 23, 2006). "Office promotions pay off in a big way". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
“Because of the relationship we have with [the feature-film division of NBC Universal], within the company we knew that Steve had been identified as a big star and we'd be crazy to let him go,” said Angela Bromstad, president of NBC Universal Television Studio, the production company behind The Office. Hence the second-season pickup of the show.'
- 2005–06 primetime wrap., hollywoodreporter.com, May 26, 2006. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- "The Office ratings". TV Series Finale. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (February 2, 2009). "Updated: The Office Draws 22.905 Million Viewers Following the Super Bowl". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- Steinberg, Brian (October 24, 2011). "Chart: 'American Idol,' NFL Duke it out for Priciest TV Spot". Advertising Age. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
- "The Office Nielsen Ratings". OfficeTally. October 10, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- "Final audience and ratings figures for 2004–05". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- "2005–06 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- "2006–07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- "Season Rankings (Through 5/18)". ABC Medianet. May 20, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (September 26, 2008). "Thursday, September 25: A Paler Shade of Grey's Boosts ABC". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (May 15, 2009). "Ratings: ABC, Grey's Anatomy Win "Finale Thursday"; But Decline Continues". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Season Rankings (Through 5/24)". ABC Medianet. May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (September 18, 2009). "Updated NBC Primetime Ratings Results for September 17, 2009". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (May 21, 2010). "TV Ratings: Grey's Anatomy Rules Finale Thursday; Bones, FlashForward, CSI, Parks, 30 Rock, Ref Rise". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2010-05-28). "Full Series Rankings For The 2009-10 Broadcast Season". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- Seidman, Robert (September 24, 2010). "TV Ratings Thursday: The Big Bang Theory Scores at 8pm; Grey's Anatomy Tops Night With Young Adults; My Generation Premiere Stalls". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (May 20, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Big Bang,' 'The Office,' 'Grey's,' 'Mentalist' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 27, 2011). "Full 2010–2011 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (September 23, 2011). "Thursday Finals: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'The X Factor,' 'Parks & Recreation' and 'Whitney' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (May 11, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Office', 'Secret Circle', 'Grey's' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2012-05-25). "Full 2011-2012 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- Bibel, Sara (September 21, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings:'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'Wipeout', 'The Next' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (May 17, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Hannibal', 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Vampire Diaries', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Office' Retrospective Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Patten, Dominic (2013-05-23). "Full 2012-2013 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- Wildermuth, Renate (October 7, 2007). "Office Visit". Times Union. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Sagers, Aaron (October 24, 2007). "Pennsylvania city relishes attention from hit TV series". The Morning Call. Pop Matters. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
The tower looks exactly the same as it does on TV, although company President Douglas Fink says there are plans to add a Dunder Mifflin logo to one of the tower's black circular insets ... Fink adds that the attention from the show has led to a greater awareness of his business.
- Lussier, Germain (September 21, 2007). "The Office fanatic's guide to Scranton". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Falchek, David (March 17, 2008). "Prime minister of Ireland attends Lackawanna event". Republican & Herald. Retrieved April 3, 2008.
He identified Scranton as the birthplace of senators Robert Casey Jr. and Joseph Biden and the branch office of Dunder Mifflin, a reference to the NBC sitcom based in the city.[dead link]
- "The Office Convention, Scranton PA". Times-Shamrock Communications. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
- Stelter, Brian (May 12, 2008). "McCain's TV Preferences Emerge: Office Farce, Not Soap". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
Mr. McCain seemed to set himself up again last Wednesday when, in an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, he jokingly proposed Dwight Schrute, a sycophantic character on the NBC sitcom The Office, as his running mate.... But Mr. McCain’s fondness for The Office seems sincere. The next day he seemed slightly star-struck upon meeting B.J. Novak, a writer and actor on the show, at a gala sponsored by Time magazine. Mr. McCain started rattling off the details of 'Dinner Party,' a recent episode that he apparently enjoyed and remembered.
- "Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new Director of Paper Distribution in the Department of Natural Resources". Colorado.gov. April 1, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- "Relient K's ode to 'The Office'". OfficeTally. November 4, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (December 13, 2017). "Comedy Central Picks Up Off-Network Syndication Rights To 'The Office'". Deadline. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "THE OFFICE: AN AMERICAN WORKPLACE". ITV.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- Grossberg, Josh. NBC Universal Ditches iTunes. Eonline.com, August 31, 2007. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- Staff (December 13, 2017). "Comedy Central® acquires "The Office" from NBCUniversal". Comedy Central Press. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Stelter, Brian (March 10, 2008). "Serving Up Television Without the TV Set". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2008.
- Stelter, Brian (May 12, 2008). "In the Age of TiVo and Web Video, What Is Prime Time?". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
Many of the top-rated broadcast shows now have 20 percent to 25 percent ratings gains when DVR viewing is calculated. In urban areas, the gains are even greater. In Los Angeles, fully half the 18- to 49-year-old viewership for some shows, including The Office and another NBC sitcom, 30 Rock, happens on a time-shifted basis.
- Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, and Paul Lieberstein (November 6, 2007). The Office is Closed (online video). YouTube. Event occurs at 00:36. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
- Fritz, Ben (June 19, 2007). "Office sets videogame deal". Variety. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- "The Office". MSN Games. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- "Games & Puzzles". Pressman Toy Corporation. Archived from the original on August 18, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
- "NBC's The Office: T-Shirts, Books, Mugs and Caps". NBC. Retrieved April 4, 2008.
- Szalai, Georg (November 28, 2011). "'The Office's' Dunder Mifflin Paper Company to Become Real". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "Motivational Posters". NBC. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2008.
- Dunder Mifflin Paper, the main website, and Dunder Mifflin Infinity, the intranet. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
- "Brian Baumgartner's TV Guide blog!". OfficeTally. July 13, 2006.
- Interview: Rainn Wilson (March 14, 2006). The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC.
- Creed Thoughts. Archived March 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. NBC.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
- "Traveling Salesmen" and "The Return", originally aired as separate half-hour episodes, share one commentary track.
- "The Office – A look at the 'Rental-Ready' Disc Case Art for The Office – Season 4 DVD". tvshowsondvd.com. August 3, 2008. Archived from the original on August 23, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
- "The Office Season 5 DVD Buying Guide". OfficeTally.com. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- "The Office – Universal's Formal Season 6 Press Release Reveals DVD and Blu-ray Bonus Material". TVShowsonDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- "The Office DVD news: Announcement for The Office – Overtime: Digital Shorts Collection". TVShowsonDVD.com. Archived from the original on September 3, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Lambert, David (June 14, 2013). "The Office - Finalized Street Date for 'Season 9: The Farewell Season' on DVD, Blu-ray". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- Juarez, Vanessa (April 2, 2008). "NBC's new lineup: 'The Office' gets a spinoff; 'Friday Night Lights' and 'ER' return". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
- "Spinoff of The Office coming next season on NBC". CBC News. April 3, 2008. Archived from the original on December 26, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
- Bianco, Robert (August 4, 2009). "'Parks' is like a bad day at 'The Office,' even with likable Poehler". USA Today. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
- HitFix Staff (January 25, 2012). "Dwight Schrute 'Office' spin-off starring Rainn Wilson in the works at NBC". HitFix. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- Ausiello, Michael (October 29, 2012). "NBC Nixes Dwight-Centered Office Spin-Off". TVLine. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "NBC to Air "Office" Spin-Off "The Farm" on Thursday, March 14". The Futon Critic. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
| The Office
Super Bowl lead-out program