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why we love the office | all in a day’s work

WHO WOULD’VE EVER GUESSED that a paper-company branch office in a Scranton, Pa., industrial park could be so exciting? When The Office debuted on NBC in 2005, the sitcom joined the long television tradition of workplace comedies, in which a handful of kooky characters toil away side by side, week after week, spending their hours either supporting one another or driving one another crazy. Series like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi practically perfected this formula: with a little bit of wackiness, a little bit of wisecracking and a whole lot of healthy camaraderie. But while many of those other sitcoms invited us into places we couldn’t ordinarily go, The Office was set in a common cubicle farm—the kind many Americans see every day. For nine seasons and 201 episodes, the…

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a meeting of the bosses

BY THE TIME THE AMERICAN VERSION OF THE OFFICE SIGNED OFF in 2013, it had become one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. The show would go on to be just as popular in syndicated reruns and is now such an integral part of popular culture that subscription services fight for the streaming rights. That’s all pretty amazing, given that before the show launched in 2005, many TV connoisseurs were certain it would be a disaster. American TV producers had successfully adapted British series before The Office. All in the Family and Sanford and Son, just to name two, were among the biggest hits of the 1970s. But plenty of those adaptations had bombed too, including three different versions of John Cleese and Connie Booth’s classic farce Fawlty Towers. Even…

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role call

Michael Scott Steve Carell The bumbling, inappropriate, awkward regional manager-slash-screenwriter was never one to ignore a double entendre, and managed to offend nearly everyone he encountered. While he spent his work hours unwisely (most of them distracting others, about 40 percent procrastination and maybe 1 percent critical thinking, per Jim), he was still somehow both good at his job and beloved—well, tolerated—by his employees. The self-proclaimed World’s Best Boss was constantly searching for true love and eventually left Scranton to start a family with former HR rep Holly. No one knew if Michael would return for the series finale, but in the end he came. (That’s what she said.) Dwight Schrute Rainn Wilson Dunder Mifflin’s assistant regional manager—sorry, assistant to the regional manager—is a rule follower with a matter-of-fact demeanor (never forget the…

2
where’s what

Buffalo Company picnics usually mean potato-sack races and pie-eating contests, but the Buffalo staff are put through slightly different paces during the season 5 meetup—namely, their dismissals. In a comedy sketch called “Slumdunder Mifflionaire,” Michael and Holly reveal that the branch will be closing. For $500,000, can you name anything more awkward? Binghamton Robert California drunkenly closes this “fine branch” during an Australian-red- and Columbian-white-fueled one-man saturnalia (in vino veritas!), leaving the Scranton and Syracuse branches vying for the defunct office’s customers. Utica After breaking up with Jim and leaving Scranton, Karen lands in Utica as regional manager. When she tries to woo former colleague Stanley to the branch, Michael declares war (a prank war), enlisting Jim and Dwight for his harebrained scheme. Dwight promises: “We will burn Utica to the ground!” Scranton The Electric City is…

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the cold opens

10. ‘Gossip’ Season 6 kicked off in 2009 with the “Internet sensation of 2004.” Michael, Dwight and Andy have recently discovered parkour, or at least their version of it, which includes slightly opening the refrigerator, kicking the women’s bathroom door, riding each other and jumping 20 feet down into a refrigerator box. “They are doing parkour,” explains Jim, “as long as point A is delusion and point B is the hospital.” 9. ‘Costume Contest’ What won’t Stanley notice? It turns out that Dunder Mifflin’s favorite grump is so locked into his crossword puzzles that the answer is many things, whether it be shirtless Andy, Kevin pretending to be Phyllis, or a mustached Pam. But don’t even think about sneaking in a slow clock, because he knows when it’s quitting time. 8. ‘Fun Run’ Michael may…

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phyllis smith

PHYLLIS VANCE NEE LAPIN IS A woman with more secrets than you might imagine (like that baby she gave away, for starters). But actress Phyllis Smith (left, in character) is a woman with her own intriguing past—she was a cheerleader, dancer and longtime casting professional before she began her nine-year tenure with Dunder Mifflin. We recently caught up with Smith to discuss her pre-Office résumé. You began your career as a St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader, is that right? PHYLLIS SMITH I did it for a season. I had danced for many years. I went to L.A. with a small vaudeville show. Once that ran its course and I was in my 30s, I knew it was time to hang up my G-string and look for other things. Is that when you moved into…