I will wager you 10,000 Schrute Bucks and 2 million Stanley Nickels that “The Office” is one of the best comedic TV shows of all time.  How can I make such a claim? Because from consistently well-timed jokes to great character writing, “The Office” has continued to raise the bar and exceed expectations for what a quality TV shows looks like.

It’s a show that is in a class all its own.

When it premiered on American television via NBC on March 24, 2005, virtually no one could have predicted what a success it would be. It was a game-changing show in a new millennium just recovering from the departure of classics like Seinfeld, Frasier, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, etc.

From its clever and hilarious roots on British TV, it was destined for greatness when it was adapted by Greg Daniels. Paying homage to the original, Season 1 of the American version introduced us to beloved characters like Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, and Dwight Schrute. These became more than characters to those of us who tuned in from the beginning, they became family.

With the series finale getting ready to air on May 16, 2013, we look back on the top 10 greatest episodes of “The Office” that made us laugh, cry, appreciate the quirks of Michael Scott, get creeped out by Creed, disgusted by Meredith, secretly wish we were Dwight, and fall in love with love thanks to Jim & Pam.

10.   Season 5, Episode 21: Michael Scott Paper Company

The name says it all. A paper company started by Michael Scott after he defected from Dunder Mifflin. As if starting his own company weren’t enough of a recipe for hilarity and disaster, they moved into the same business park as Dunder Mifflin. Let the awkwardness ensue.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DVU9LXWuTg]

 

9. Season 1, Episode 2: Diversity Day

Our first introduction to the absolute ignorance and insensitivity of Michael Scott. The guy just wanted to be liked and make friends, who can blame him? Probably shouldn’t have been really racist towards his co-workers though. That would have helped.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aVUoy9r0CM]

 

 

8. Season 2, Episode 1: The Dundies

Chosen because of the opportunity they gave Michael Scott in this episode to do and say awkward & hilarious things in a Chili’s to just about everyone in The Office.  He really ran with this one 🙂

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa8dVtAfZQ]

 

 

7. Season 3, Episode 15: Phyllis’s Wedding

Scrantonicity needs to learn something other than Police covers.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s93EZfNvOyw]

 

6. Season 6, Episode 12: Scott’s Tots

Michael Scott promised an entire class of 3rd graders that if they graduated high school he would pay their tuition. Time to pay up! (Oh wait, he doesn’t have it!)

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7iA5aJXQvo]

 

5. Season 7, Episode 24: Search Committee

Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, James Spader…….

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC3-C8Ke214]

 

4. Season 9, Episode 22: A.A.R.M.

I literally cried twice watching this episode. At the time this article was written the series finale hasn’t aired yet, so who knows? I may cry three times on that day. All I know is that this episode brought a lot of closure, and reminder us all why we have loved The Office for the past 8 years.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8TfentUGTU]

 

3. Season 7, Episode 21: Goodbye Michael

Will Ferrell & Steve Carrell? Wha???? Anchorman Reunion anyone?

The last episode of a legend. Michael Scott, we will never forget you. (After all, you guys voted him into the Final Four of the Golden Age of TV bracket!)

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS1jjvRiZG4]

 

2.  Season 4, Episode 9: Dinner Party

I had a hard time not making this number 1. From the minute they set foot in the home of Michael Scott & Jan Levinson, Jim & Pam are in for a night they will never forget, and neither will we 🙂

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H8Gcvkqwjk]

 

1.  Season 6, Episode 4: Niagra

Jim & Pam Wedding. Enough said.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imy2bNOE444]

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my list! Give me your thoughts & feedback below 🙂

 

– Corey

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