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.
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.
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 🙂
7. Season 3, Episode 15: Phyllis’s Wedding
Scrantonicity needs to learn something other than Police covers.
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!)
5. Season 7, Episode 24: Search Committee
Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, James Spader…….
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.
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!)
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 🙂
1. Season 6, Episode 4: Niagra
Jim & Pam Wedding. Enough said.
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