The Office


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*pretty long post, you have been warned.

The Office.

My favorite TV comedy series, ever.

And also one of the most secular shows I’ve ever seen.

I’m on Season Seven of this long running comedy show and I’ve enjoyed it enough that it’s about time I post about it, even though I wouldn’t recommend it to a lot of you–my old Baptist friends would actually be quite appalled if they tried watching this show, so, to all my dear old friends–or all with super high standards or can get offended very very easily— just skip this one altogether, okay, just take my word for it. And yes, my Mom knows we’re watching this, and yes, I do really like this show.

Confusing? I suppose so, so expect a super long, rambling/picture filled post here with my disclaimers and then favorite things about the US’s version of The Office (and yes, I’m going to give the British version a try because it’s the original and Martin Freeman is in it—moving on.)

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The show follows the lives of a unique and bizarre group of coworkers and their fun loving boss Micheal Scott, who all work for a paper company called Dunder Mifflin, while being filmed ‘documentary’ style. Micheal enjoys being in the camera’s light and the main characters are ‘sat down’ and asked questions by the never seen documentary camera crew as the day goes by to get their point of view or to explain some of the whacky situations that constantly crop up. This is a fun and clever way for a comedy to be filmed. And in many ways it makes it feel more real, as though the characters are actually looking right at you. Even though situations can be exaggerated (it needs to be, so that it’s funny), this is also a very real picture of the typical Americana work life and ethic.

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I’m going to go through my disclaimers now so I can move on to the fun stuff; as I said above, this is a very secular show. None of these characters are Christians, so most of them display behavior as any unbeliever would, some worse then others.  Because this is secular show, there are often crude jokes or sexual innuendos that are often untasteful (I’ve watched every episode before re-watching them with Kayla and there have been two that I didn’t let her watch period.) I would not recommend this for anyone under sixteen years old. And, depending on your families standards, you may find this show just completely offensive, which I can understand.

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However, Kayla and I enjoy the show and a lot of things just slide off our backs; we eat the meat and spit out the bones. We laugh our heads off, we bond and make inside jokes with each other related to the show, we adore the characters and then we just shrug away the off-colored jokes, or that one line or that really kissy scene and move on. We know, “that’s inappropriate” or “yeah, never do that” and “now we know how to avoid a situation like that” ect because we’re mature. In a scary sense, there are lots of people in the world who are just like Michael and Packer and Ryan and Creed ect and I actually feel better prepared for going into my adult years having a taste of how many actual adults will act and behave. I also have hope that there are also people like Pam and Jim out there who will treat you decently and will act tastefully and are playful and also trustworthy.

So, the world isn’t completely lost.

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Now, it would take weeks to try to correct or point out all the negative things I’ve come across, so I’ve just given you a large general warning. So I can say, I told you so.

Now it’s time to explain why I’m even watching this show. Because, yes, for me it’s been worth it.

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As most of you already know, my whole family has been going through a pretty traumatic family experience the past three years that has left me and my sister and Mom all exhausted, used up and feeling pretty dead. And one of the best medicines in the world is laughter. I knew we needed something funny to watch really badly, so I started borrowing The Office from the library because I knew it was a great comedy show. While my mom couldn’t stand Micheal after the first two episodes (and believe me, he does get nicer as the series continues), she let me and Kayla continue watching it.

And it’s served it’s purpose; I’ve laughed so hard, you wouldn’t believe. Kayla and I have eaten many of our dinners in our parents’ room on their bed watching four or five episodes at a time while giggling and laughing; I think we’ve been able to bond over the characters very well. I also can text her saying, “Pam! Pam! Pam! Pam!” or “Wassup, big tuna?” and she’s totally able to get my references. It’s really helped lift our spirits in many ways.

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I think what I enjoy best about the show is the unique characters and how they interact with each other; watching their growing, shifting relationships, and the messes that happen when different personalities clash and the whacky things that often spiral out of the control. The thing about these characters is that they are very real; everybody knows a Dwight or a Micheal or a Jim or a Stanley, ect. You will recognize or identify with somebody in this cast of characters, and that’s often what makes it so fun.

So, I’m going to now give quick recaps on the four main characters who are my favorites; Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam.

First person to talk about is, of course, Michael Scott, the regional manager.

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Micheal’s a real jerk in the first season or two (first season only has six episodes) but he becomes a nicer and just a tad bit more sensitive as the seasons go by. He can be annoying and self-filled (you can tell by how self conscious he is around the cameras), procrastinates and often distracts others from their work and often has the maturity level of a nine year old (this is where some of the hilarity comes in). He also thinks he’s absolutely hilarious and desperately needs everyone’s approval and friendship. He’s the character that makes you really wince but at the same time learn to love dearly. the whole show glides with this character up until Season Seven, and he honestly has some of the best lines of the entire series. I personally like Michael, he’s grown on me, even though he can be really annoying.

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Ahhhh, Dwight Schrute, Assistant to the Regional Manager. Dwight is a very serious character, very serious at his sales, very serious about being Michael’s right hand man, very serious about pretty much everything. He owns a beet farm, loves Battlestar Galactica and Lord of the Rings, loves his weapons and volunteer deputy’s job very seriously, is a dorkish but confident salesman who’s enduring loyalty to Michael is often times touching to see. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that Dwight is my favorite character. Outside of Jim and Pam, I would love to spend a day with Dwight, I think we would be good friends. He can very sweet when he wants to be, in two of the halloween episodes he dressed as a Sith and as the Joker. So, yeah, we would be good friends. I’d go paintballing with him any day.

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Jim Halpert is charming, fun, stays on top of his game, has had a long lasting crush on Pam Beasley forever and likes to prank Dwight. The two are pretty much enemies because they are so different from on another. Some of the best scenes of the entire show is the conversations and pranks that fire between Jim and Dwight. Jim was my first favorite character but during the third season he was cold to Pam for a while and that’s when Dwight stole the show for me. I was glad when Jim got back to his old self, though. The facial expressions he gives the camera as reactions to the weird stuff going on around him are priceless. Jim is pretty much my second favorite character.

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The most Christ-like character out of the lot would e Pam Beasley, as she is very sweet and long suffering with her coworkers and especially with her boss, Micheal. She eventually falls in love with Jim and, I’m serious, they are the cutest couple ever. She likes to help Jim with his pranks on Dwight, she’s one of the few in the Office who’s learned how to communicate to Michael in a way that he’s able to understand,  and she and Dwight have even had their precious moments. I really like Pam, and I’m pretty sure she’s Kayla’s favorite character.

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Seeing these four characters interacting in and out of the workplace is hilariously awesome. You basically can’t have Michael without Dwight and you can’t have Dwight without Jim and you can’t have Jim without Pam… and you can’t have Pam without Jim and you can’t have Jim without Dwight….

You’re seeing where I’m going.

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When you have them alongside characters like Andy, Angela, Ryan, Kelly, Creed, Meridith, Stanley, Phyllis, Oscar and Kevin, you have the making for some of the best moments in comedy.

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The show also has some very touching, emotional moments, which helps add depth to the characters. It’s been lots of fun watching them all grow.

So, to wrap this post up, what are some things I’ve learned or was reminded of because of The Office?

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Never judge someone before you’ve met them, you might end up marrying them.

Real friends are more than just friends. They are family.

True love is worth waiting for.

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And laughter is a very good thing.

~Jamie

19 thoughts on “The Office

  1. OH MY GOODNESS WHEN DID YOU CHANGE YOUR BLOG LAYOUT WAS THIS RECENT OR AM I JUST DENSE?!
    I’m probably just dense.

    Anyway, thanks for all the stuffs about the Office! I’ve been watching a little more of it, now that I’ve gotten past the documentary style. All the bad jokes kinda bug me, so I’ve basically been watching it for whether or not Pam breaks up with Roy and marries Jim and they live happily ever after because they would make an adorable couple. I ship them.

    I’ve watched a little of the British version. It’s most glorious point is Martin Freeman and you’ll recognize alot of the jokes.

    I like Pam better than her British self.

    Pam is my favorite. She’s so incredibly sweet.

    1. LOL, uuuuhhhhh, it was quite recenly, maybe ten days ago or so? I don’t remember. Anyway, I’m takng your reaction as a good reaction! Lol

      Pam is very very sweet, I wish I could be as sweet as she is. I ship Jim and Pam, too, I ship them VERY HARD! :d

      I’m looking forward to seeing the British version, I’m going to give it a chance even though I’m pretty positive I’m going to forever love the US version the most.

      I LOVE MARTIN FREEMAN I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM IN THE OFFICE I’LL SPEND THE WHOLE TIME PRETENDING IT’S REALLY JOHN WATSON BEFORE HE ENLISTS IN THE ARMY AND MEETS SHERLOCK lol!

      ~Jamie

  2. Martin Freeman was in the UK Office?! I must check it out!

    Great review of the show! One of your better reviews. Still have not even seen an episode, but I will have to watch it sometime.

    The picture with the names on their heads is one of my favorites, I saw it on your Tumblr a while and laughed so hard!

    What I like to think about comedies similar to this and Seinfeld, it is basically a guide on everything NOT to do in life. Just a heads up about Seinfeld, there are a few episodes with inappropriate content, but shouldn’t be anything worse than the Office but it is hilarious!

    There is a similar TV series named “2012” filmed documentary style that follows the people who worked on getting the London Olympics together but they are completely incompetent. It’s also hilarious! But its a mini series that lasted about 15 episodes.

    -James

    1. That’s exactly what I said! 🙂

      Wow, thank you, I didn’t expect that! 😀

      LOL, that is actually the second episode of the first season and I made my Mom watch it because I thought it was so funny!

      HAHA, EXACTLY! Thank you for the warning, I shall be careful. 😀

      Oooooh, that sounds really funny, I’ll see if I can’t track it down! Thanks for the recommendations!

      ~Jamie

  3. Hi Jamie, I have always like The Office too. It’s a little nutso at times, but a good laugh is good for the soul.
    Love you lots, Mary

  4. My first thoughts: this is going to be funny.
    And it was 🙂 This is a really cool review and I love reading your thoughts about this show!
    I like how you were able to see the good in it when it and enjoy it for that, sometimes thats a hard thing for me to do.
    And I love the stuff you learned and was reminded of from it, Great points and so true!
    Blessings~ Holly

  5. Jamie! I fell of the world lately as far as visiting here. 😦
    This post made me laugh. Out Loud. And I have never seen the show, so you did a super job describing it for me, and also convincing me to put it on my to watch list {along with Star Wars, The Avengers and Sherlock} 🙂 🙂 {The list gets longer every time I visit you. 😀 }
    The office looks hilarious. The lines would have me laughing. They did, when I saw them here. Thank you for posting this…this was very, very funny 😀

    “The Only Thing that Could Make this Day Better, is Ice-cream.” 😀

    In Him,
    Faith.

    PS, is this the show you mentioned to me where the man hides pepper spray and guns in his cubicle? And gets to use them? 😉 Or was that something else? ‘Cause that episode must have been hilarious! 😀

    1. I have the biggest grin on my face right now, I’m so glad this made you laugh out loud!!! It really is a hilarious show!! And you are very welcome.

      LOL, Michael has the best lines!

      Yes, this is the same show; and yes, actually that episode was very interesting. Dwight loves hiding his weapons all over the Office, they’ve made for several comedic moments. 🙂

      ~Jamie

  6. Ahhhh! Kinda new favorite post!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 OFFICE!! 😀 Pam is the best!! And Jim is so awesome!! And Dwight and Jan and everyone!!! I love it!!!

    LOL! The part at Jan and Micheals dinner party where Pam was like, “I don’t care what they say about me, I just want to eat. Which… I realize is a lot to expect… at a dinner party.” was like one of the funniest moments EVER! That made me laugh SO hard!!!!!!! 😄 The WAY they say things too!!!!

      1. LOL, remember when Jan started playing that CD by her former assistant?! That was so funny and awkward for everyone, I fetl so bad for Jim and Pam!

        ~Jamie

  7. “Identity Theft is Not a Joke, Jim!”

    “Every so often, Jim dies of Boredom.”

    😀 😀 🙂

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