Let's Write About "The Office" Before Anyone Else Can

While not an original premise, I think it is safe to say that the American version of The Office had far greater success and longevity than their UK counterparts. I think that you would be hard-pressed to find a television show that has more of a pop-culture presence in 2021 than The Office. Whether it is through memes, viral clips, t-shirts, or Instagram captions reading: "Dwight you ignorant slut," this show has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. It is a fair bet to say that a lot of people in America have heard of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Beginning in 2005, The Office found immense success as it ran for nine seasons with roughly 200 episodes. The first season only consisted of six episodes, and the show runners learned quickly that they would need to change up their writing and characters in order to outlast their predecessor from the UK. The Office quickly began developing their characters and creating multiple dimensions to them. If Michael Scott had remained an uncouth jerk past the first season, the show wouldn't have lasted. Only by adding layers to his character did he become a loveable, but still extremely cringy protagonist. On top of the changes made to Michael himself, he was surrounded by a diverse and large cast of characters. Each side character had their own backstories and certain degrees of development. Who knew from episode one that we would later learn about the affair between Oscar the accountant and Angela the accountant's senator husband? Or the great care and pride that Kevin Malone takes in crafting his signature chili? The Office made us care about the side characters, which is why when Michael left at the end of season 7, the show still carried on. Although many will argue that the show dropped off because of this. We as the audience were sucked into Dunder Mifflin Scranton and this is also due to the cinematography. Shot as a "mockumentary," the show is filmed under the clause of a documentary crew is filming a regional paper company for PBS in order to show what an average office is like. This style of course leads to interviews in which the cast members are talking directly to us, the audience, or rather the documentary crew. The mockumentary style, the incredible cast of characters, along with countless unforgettable moments are all the key components that make The Office one of the most popular television shows of our time, and the reasons that it has cemented itself so firmly into our very culture.


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