On May 16 America will say goodbye to good friends and family. We will sorely miss the practical jokes we wish our workplace allowed and the coworkers we wish we had. We will say goodbye to the grossly mismanaged paper company whose employees can best be described, on a good day, as unmotivated. We will say goodbye to an average, mundane American office glamorized by characters we all grew to love.
On May 16, after nine seasons and just over 200 episodes, America will sadly say goodbye to The Office on NBC. Over the past nine seasons spent together we have experienced what I think is the single greatest American love stories of all time (sorry, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler), some of the best office pranks (stapler in jello anyone?), and careers that were made right before our eyes. John Krasinski has starred in multiple movies and has even expanded his talents into writing and directing; Rainn Wilson is a verifiable funny man; and Steve Carell has become a bona fide movie star. The show was also a leader in providing online add-ons such as the immensely popular digital shorts.
But hopefully not lost is the show’s origin. In 2001 Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created a 12-episode (and Christmas special) British show titled The Office, which served as the creative inspiration for its American counterpart.
So in preparation of life without new episodes of Dwight’s beet farm or Jim and Pam’s unforgettable romance, run to your local KDL branch and relive some of the moments that helped America fall in love with Dunder Mifflin and Scranton, Penn., or check out the British version and see if you can catch the origins of the characters many of us will never forget.
Posted by: Aaron