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The US Office season 10: everything we know so far

The Office US‘ last episode aired on the 16th May 2013. Five years on, the chairman of NBC entertainment, Robert Greenblatt has revealed that he has been in contact with the show’s creator, Greg Daniels, about a potential new season.

What’s the release date for the new season of The Office?

It’s not entirely certain that it’s happening, because NBC have yet to announce anything official. Early reports indicated it could be arriving towards the end of this year – season 10 was thought to be running between 2018-2019 on NBC – but it could be 2019 before we see new episodes.

Is there a trailer for season 10?

No trailer as of yet. Old bloopers from previous episodes? Yes.

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What should we expect?

There are talks of a Christmas special as part of the series. John Krasinski told IndieWire about the idea in March 2018.

“I think the UK thing that I always have pitched and wanted to do is that Christmas special thing, where we do a Christmas special this year and then two years from now, or three years from now, we do another one,” he said. “I love that idea, coming back finding out where everybody is. I would totally be down for that.”

Despite being in constant competition with paper supply companies like Staples, Dunder Mifflin will still be in business.

How many episodes will there be?

A full series order hasn’t been confirmed, so neither has the episode count. The last season was around 25 episodes lasting between 20-40 minutes.

Any new cast members?

TVLine‘s source reported that there would be a mixture of old and new cast members in a new season, and John Krasinski is said to be returning. Steve Carell (Michael Scott) will not be part of the 10th season. Steve told Entertainment Tonight: “I kind of don’t want to do it because I love the show so much. I think people would be disappointed, I really do.”

They really shouldn’t reboot. The finale showed us how everyone ended up & most importantly we realized THE OFFICE IS NOT THE OFFICE WITHOUT STEVE CARRELL.

— xandria (@obliviscentes_) December 22, 2017


It is unclear whether stars like Jenna Fischer (Pam) will return.

I dunno if this is me or the wine but man Jim is so freaking hilarious. Major props to the whole US Office TV show.

— Karine Palascak (@karinepalascak) June 19, 2015

Ed Helms revealed to E! that he misses the show. “I miss those people so much. I miss that whole world. It was just such a fun, fun universe.”

Has filming begun?

The US Office team are keeping us guessing – but we’ll keep this page updated with any further developments.

Words: Katura Barrows



The Office depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013. This wiki is about the show, and anyone can edit! Not sure where to start? Pick a page at random! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Make a new page!

Jim Halpert

Pam Beesly

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Employee of The Month

Meredith Palmer for not getting married (Like Wikipedia:George Clooney!) and for being Mrs. Claus. The sole supplier relations representative of the office, Meredith is the somewhat quiet, alcoholic mother and has two kids (“The Office: The Accountants”). Meredith doesn’t want to go to rehab (“Moroccan Christmas”) and is addicted not only to alcohol, but also pornography (“Moroccan Christmas”). Meredith doesn’t mind male strippers (“Ben Franklin”) has burnt her face (“Weight Loss”), has said that, “I hate that bitch ; I’m going to cut her face,” (“Goodbye, Toby”), and has flashed Michael (“Christmas Party”). She has had sex with Creed (“The Promotion”), and has also bartered sex for steaks and discounts on supplies (“Business Ethics”). Meredith has also had her bad luck with health. She has been hit by a car, gotten Rabies (by a bat in the office), and also enjoys humping Todd Packer (“Christmas Party,” “St. Patrick’s Day”). Read more…

Did You Know?

  • That Angela Kinsey first auditioned for Pam Beesly’s part but got tickled first?
  • That Meredith has a shirt with holes where her nipples are supposed to be?
  • That Steve Carell won the 2010 People’s Choice Award for best Comedy Actor?
  • That Kate Flannery auditioned for Jan Levinson?
  • That Hide killed the boss of the Yakuza on purpose when he lived in Japan?
  • That the computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set are wired for the internet. Cast members have admitted that when they’re in the background of scenes they are often checking email and surfing the net.
  • That the exterior shot of the building the office is “in” is actually in Scranton, Pennsylvania across the street from a bar which is coincidentally named “The Office”.
  • That the show had to stop production in November 2007 because of a writer’s strike. The show’s star Steve Carell (himself a WGA member) supported the writers, and refused to cross the picket lines even for non-writing duties. Carell went so far as to call in sick to the network on the first day of the strike, citing a case of “enlarged balls” as the reason he couldn’t come in.
  • That Oscar wasn’t supposed to be gay.
  • That the fictional company Dunder Mifflin became an actual member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce before it was discovered. It now occupies its own dedicate page in their website.
  • That throughout the series, each time we see Creed at his desk he is playing Spider Solitaire; Meredith is playing Klondike.

Selected Episode

“Gossip,” was the first episode of the sixth season and was written and directed by Paul Lieberstein. When Michael is left out of the gossip loop when finding out that Megan and another intern are dating, he eventually finds out that Stanley is cheating on his wife, which he tells everyone. Hoping to make people not believe what he said, he spreads fake gossip around the office. Meanwhile, everyone learns that Pam is expecting, Andy and Dwight practice “Parkour,” the office prepares for the summer interns to leave, and Michael tells people Kelly is anorexic and Toby, is a virgin (despite having a kid). Read More….

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About The Office Wiki

The Office, also known as The Office: An American Workplace is a 30 minute-long sitcom produced by the Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions in association with NBC. It is based on the British series of the same name that was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and was adapted for American audiences by producer Greg Daniels. The pilot first premiered on television on March 24, 2005. WARNING: Dunderpedia contains spoilers on episodes of the The Office TV show. Information from episodes which have aired in the United States is acceptable for publication on this site, as is all other versions of the office.

The cast of The Office US are reuniting for a new series — but there’s a catch.

The show officially ended back in 2013, with rumours and dismissals of a revival being in circulation for years without ever producing a result.

Now, a reunion of sorts is finally happening, as The Office US actresses Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) are launching a spin-off comedy podcast.

Titled Office Ladies, the podcast will see the ladies break down an Office episode and share behind-the-scenes trivia, while also answering fan questions.


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Related: The Office US showrunner thinks series could return for “one-off special”

“I’m excited to be working with my best friend Angela Kinsey,” Fischer said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly).

“So many memories are flooding in as we go back and watch the episodes – many of which I haven’t seen since they aired. As we close in on the 15th anniversary of the show, it seemed like a great time to share our stories and behind-the-scenes trivia with fans.”

Kinsey added: “The Office was such an amazing chapter of our lives and it means so much to us that we get to share some of our memories of filming it with our audiences.

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Related: The Office star doesn’t think the show should return to TV

“There’ll be lots of behind-the-scenes stories and lots of us just being BFFs.

“So come on! What are you waiting for? Snuggle up next to me and Jenna on the sofa and let’s rewatch The Office together!”

We’re sold.

Office Ladies will premiere on October 16.

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By now most viewers are familiar with the constantly-shifting cycle of shows and movies that come with any streaming service. One month your favorite service can have all of your favorite movies all in one place. The next all of those classics can disappear and be replaced by B-grade rom-coms. All of this is part of the gamble that comes with streaming subscriptions. However, even when account for the fact every streaming service is bound to leave remove some shows each year, Netflix has lost a remarkable number of staple licensed shows this year.

“Staple licensed shows” refers to any network or cable show that would likely attract a big audience. Classics like The Office or Cheers certainly fall into this category. Over the years, Netflix has lost some bigger titles. Last year saw the removals of big shows such as M*A*S*H, Chuck, several Cartoon Network shows, and Psych among others. But between the end of Netflix’s deals with Scripps Network and 21st Century Fox as well as the loss of mainstream hits like 30 Rock, Scrubs, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and How I Met Your Mother, there have been a big of big-name losses this year. A total of 108 shows have left Netflix this year, over 40 of which can be considered big shows. This information is based on the “What’s Leaving Netflix” information Netflix sends out each month.

Despite this loss, the full list of shows on Netflix has likely increased, thanks to the streaming service’s aggressive push for original content. At the end of 2016, Netflix had released 55 new seasons of original shows as well as 57 new and original movies and specials. The year isn’t even over, and the streaming service has already almost tripled that number. So far in 2017, there have been 164 new seasons of Netflix-branded shows as well as 135 movies and specials. The numbers for this year are based on Netflix’s monthly “New on Netflix” email newsletters, but those numbers may possibly go up as Netflix is a fan of dropping select titles without warning.

From pop culture events like 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, and Marvel’s The Defenders, critical gems like Dear White People, BoJack Horseman, She’s Gotta Have It, and Lady Dynamite, and breakout hits like Ozark, Big Mouth, and Mindhunter, this has been an especially great year for Netflix original shows. That relatively brief list doesn’t even take into account the streaming service’s stellar collection of docuseries and strategic push when it comes to the world of anime. Netflix has also added several buzzy licensed shows to its library this year, from The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story to Riverdale and Better Call Saul. However, as we look into Netflix’s bright future and wave of successes, it’s equally important to look at what we’ve lost over the course of 2017.

Below is every show that left Netflix sometime this year. Many of these titles, especially the bigger-named one, have found their homes on other streaming services, particularly Hulu. If you want to know where you can stream any of the below shows, you can click that show’s link and find out where it’s streaming.


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January started off on a bit of a sour note for Netflix. That was when Scripps Network, the parent network of HGTV, the Food Network, and the Travel Channel, announced that all Scripps content would be removed from Netflix. That left the streaming service with a huge reality-tv gap in its programming, losing 10 food-based and home renovations shows. In addition to that, Netflix also saw the loses of Columbo, Murder She Wrote, a season of Law & Order: SVU, and Saved By the Bell this month.

Angry Birds Toons: Season 1
Chopped Collection: Collection 2
Columbo: Seasons 1 – 7
Cupcake Wars: Collection 2
Fixer Upper: Season 1 – 2
Flip or Flop: Season 1
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters International Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters International Renovation Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1
Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 1 – 3
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Thirteenth Year
Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 – 12
Property Brothers: Season 4 – 5
Saved by the Bell: Seasons 1 – 6
You Live in What?: Season 3


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Grounded for Life: Seasons 1 – 5
Unlikely Animal Friends: Season 2


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Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 – 7
Robin Hood: Season 1 – 3
Survivors: Series 1 – 2


April was another big blow as well the beginning of the end of Netflix’s formerly close-knit relationship with Fox. This was when several Fox, FX, and 21st Century Fox shows started to leave the streaming service, and seasons of these shows continued to depart from Netflix in the months to come. However, most of these titles are now on Hulu if you need your Buffy or X-Files fix.

Ally McBeal: Seasons 1 – 5
American Dad!: Season 6
Angel: Seasons 1 – 5
Better Off Ted: Season 1
Bones: Seasons 1 – 4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1 – 7
Dollhouse: Season 1
Firefly: Season 1
House, M.D.: Seasons 1 – 8
Legit: Season 1– 2:
Lie to Me: Season 1
Roswell: Seasons 1 – 3
The Riches: Seasons 1 – 2
Wilfred: Season 4
The X-Files: Seasons 1 – 9



American Dad!: Season 7 – 10
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Seasons 1 – 5
Bob’s Burgers: Season 1 – 4
Good Luck Charlie: Season 1 – 4
Graceland: Seasons 1 – 3
Kickin’ It: Season 1 – 3
Scrubs: Season 1 – 9


Photo: ABC

Bob the Builder: Season 1
CSI: NY: Seasons 1 – 8
The Good Guys: Season 1
Killer Couples: Season 1
Las mágicas historias de Plim Plim: Season 1
Murder Files: Season 1
Private Practice: Seasons 1 – 6


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Futurama was another Fox deal casualty. As it currently stands, only the Comedy Central seasons are on the streaming service. However, the show in its entirety is on Hulu.

Futurama: Seasons 1 – 6
Los Heroes del Norte: Seasons 1 – 2
MacGyver: Seasons 1 – 7


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American Dad!: Seasons 1 – 4
Babe Winkelman’s Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4
Changing Seas: Seasons 3 – 6
Close Quarter Battle: Season 1
The Delivery Man: Season 1
The Heavy Water War: Season 1
The Hunt: Season 1
Hunter X Hunter: Seasons 1 – 5
Justice League: Seasons 1 – 2
Justice League Unlimited: Seasons 1 – 2
The League: Seasons 1 – 7
The New Frontier: Season 1
Revenge: Seasons 1 – 4
The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1
Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries: Season 1
Young Justice: Seasons 1 – 2


Photo: Youtube

A Gifted Man: Season 1
Army Wives: Season 1 – 7
The Batman: Season 1 – 5
Better Off Ted: Season 2
CSI: Miami: Season 1 – 10
The Deep End: Season 1
Last Man Standing: Season 1 – 5
Persons Unknown: Season 1
Raising Hope: Season 1
Sons of Tucson: Season 1
Terra Nova: Season 1
Wilfred: Seasons 1 – 2


Photo: NBC

The departure of 30 Rock from Netflix was one that hurt. However, though the Tina Fey show’s departure left with Malcolm in the Middle, My Name is Earl, and Prison Break, there was nothing out of the ordinary at play. According to a statement from Netflix, the licenses to all of these titles had just expired and the service was in the process of reconsidering renewing them.

30 Rock: Seasons 1 – 7
The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1 – 5
Bones: Seasons 5 – 11
The Cleveland Show: Seasons 1 – 4
David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates: Season 1
Family Guy: Seasons 9 – 14
Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1 – 5
Lie to Me: Seasons 2 – 3
Louie: Seasons 1 – 5
Malcolm in the Middle: Seasons 1 – 7
My Name Is Earl: Seasons 1 – 4
One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 – 9
Prison Break: Seasons 1 – 4
The Wonder Years: Seasons 1 – 6


Fox Television

Black Books: Series 1 – 3
Cristela: Season 1
Gringolandia: Seasons 1 – 3
How I Met Your Mother: Seasons 1 – 9
Legends: Seasons 1 – 2
Jessie: Seasons 1 – 4
Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2


Photo: Everett Collection

America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: Animals with Attitude: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: It’s Tough Being a Kid: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: Playtime Ain’t for Wimps: Season 1
America’s Funniest Home Videos: New Collection D: Nincompoop Nation
Che: Parts 1 – 2
Dance Academy: Series 1 – 3
Dollhouse: Season 2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 – 11
La Viuda Negra: Season 1
Terriers: Season 1
Touch: Season 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Seasons 1 – 2


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What’s Leaving Netflix in November 2017

As expected, a number of movies and television shows will be departing from Netflix over the course of the next month.

All nine seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” and all four seasons of “Jessie” will be taken off the streaming service in November, along with “Goosebumps” and “Legends.”

“Twilight,” “V for Vendetta,” and “The Matrix” are among the movie titles leaving on Nov. 1. Later in the month, “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “Sky High” will no longer be available to stream.

Below is a full list of the movies and TV shows leaving this month.

Nov. 1
Back to the Secret Garden
Black Books: Series 1-3
The Brothers
Christmas With the Kranks
Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Hard Candy
The Legend of Hell House
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Newton Boys
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas
V for Vendetta

Nov. 3
Do I Sound Gay?

Nov. 5
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Sky High

Nov. 8
The Heartbreak Kid

Nov. 11

Nov. 13
: Seasons 1-9

Nov. 15
The Human Centipede: First Sequence
: Seasons 1-4
We Are Still Here

Nov. 16
The Break-Up
Cristela: Season 1
Dream House
Joan Rivers: Don’t Start With Me

Nov. 17
Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2
Somewhere Only We Know

Nov. 22
The Warlords

Nov. 25
Gringolandia: Seasons 1-3

Nov. 30
The Gambler
Legends: Seasons 1-2

All The Shows Netflix Has Canceled

Netflix has made a huge push in recent years to not only stream content but to become a leader in content creation. From original TV shows to movies (including the 2019 awards show favorite “Roma”), Netflix has become a go-to source for many viewers in search of quality programming.

But as the streaming platform evolves, not every new show the streaming service introduced has stuck around for the long haul. Whether the show had run its course or the show’s viewership wasn’t up to snuff, here’s a list of all the original Netflix shows that came to an end.

Be sure to stream the ones you can before they’re gone for good! And stay tuned to the end of the list for some of your Netflix favorites that are definitely coming back for more seasons.

“The Get Down”

The hip-hop musical was unfortunately met with production delays from the very beginning. That, coupled with a large budget, probably has a lot to do with why the show was canceled after just one season. But the show’s director is confident that “The Get Down’s” story will live on — thanks to the fans.

“As for the real future of the show, the spirit of ‘The Get Down,’ and the story it has begun to tell … it has its own life. One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters,” he wrote on Facebook.

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“Hemlock Grove”

“Hemlock Grove” came to an end after three seasons in 2015. Thankfully for fans, the show creators knew going in that the third season would be the final season, so they were able to deliver for fans.

“We are so grateful to the fans of ‘Hemlock Grove’ who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons,” executive producer Eli Roth said in a statement. “We are looking forward to taking the last and final season into some dark and unexpected places, and to giving viewers the killer finale you’d come to expect from ‘Hemlock Grove.’”

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“Bloodline” ended after its third and final season, which aired in 2017. But, according to Netflix president of content Cindy Holland, the show had a great run.

“‘Bloodline’s’ season three will be the show’s final season,” she said in a statement released to Variety back in 2016. “Together, with our collaborative partners at Sony Pictures Television, they created a seductive show that Netflix viewers worldwide love and continue to discover.”

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“Haters Back Off!”

The show created by YouTuber Miranda Sings may have been canceled after two seasons on Netflix, but considering the YouTube channel has over five million followers — there’s a chance fans could see the show live on in some capacity on YouTube in the future.

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“The Killing”

“The Killing” has had an interesting lifespan. It first existed as an AMC production and was previously canceled — twice. Then, Netflix continued to create new episodes when it took ownership of the series. Then the show was ended in the way it was meant to be before leaving Netflix.

Showrunner Veena Sud told The Week, “After coming back from the dead twice, it absolutely feels like a victory lap,” she said. “Not only were we able to come back twice, but this final season is how I wanted to end the story of Sarah Linden from the very beginning.”

What an interesting ride for fans!

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Back in 2015, Netflix canceled “Lilyhammer,” which starred Steven Van Zandt as a mob boss who relocates to Norway after flipping on his crew, and it seems as though it was due to some difficult business matters.

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“Netflix Presents: The Characters”

The sketch comedy series that offered stand-up comics the chance to write and star in their own episodes was canceled after just one season, likely because of low viewership. However, there are plenty of stand-up comedy specials available to watch on Netflix as a way to make up for it!

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According to ScreenRant, Netflix didn’t heavily market “Atelier,” a show surrounding a woman trying to make it in the Japanese fashion industry, which could have left the show with low viewership numbers.

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“Hibana: Spark”

This was yet another international show that Netflix seemed to have a hard time selling to a broad audience. As a result, it ended after one season.



Low viewership led to the cancelation of this show that followed the life of a sheriff in small-town Wyoming. The show streamed on Netflix for three of its six total seasons after being dropped from A&E after season three.


“House of Cards”

The sixth season of “House of Cards” will be its last due to the sexual assault allegations that were brought against Kevin Spacey. The sixth season, which became available in November 2018, continued without Spacey.

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has said ahead of the release, “We are excited to bring closure to fans.”



After “Sense8” was canceled, there was an onslaught of responses from fans. They didn’t want to see the show go, and Netflix heard their pleas. The show’s not continuing with a final season, but it will return for a two-hour final episode.

“Your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!),” the show’s creator announced in a tweet.

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The drama starring Kathy Bates was canceled after just one season back in February of 2018. As Variety reports, the show was far from a critical favorite, with a 23 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Gypsy” was canceled after only one season on Netflix, and Decider has some thoughts as to why. They hypothesize that “Gypsy” and “GLOW,” another Netflix series, were vying for the same audience — and “GLOW” majorly won out.

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Judd Apatow’s “Love” ended after a three-season run on Netflix.

“ our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,” Apatow said.

So at the very least, there’s a happy(ish) ending in it for fans.

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“Everything Sucks”

The coming-of-age tale “Everything Sucks” will not be returning to Netflix. Show creators and fans alike were disappointed to hear the news.

“We’re super proud of the show we made — and very proud that it found an audience of very passionate fans, for many of whom it became an important personal touchstone: either reflecting their current life, or an echo of their own teenage years. We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won’t be continuing to tell these stories,” the show’s executive producer, Jeff Pinkner, said.

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“Lady Dynamite”

The autobiographical comedy series from Maria Bamford will not be continuing on after two seasons on Netflix. But there are no hard feelings about this from the show’s creator, who tweeted that, “we didn’t get much but what we got was great in every way.”

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In 2017, Netflix pulled the plug on the show based on the book “Girlboss,” which followed the life of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Vanity Fair that canceling a show can happen for “a mix” of reasons, but “mostly, it is how many people watch.” So, for “Girlboss,” it could be the case that the viewership just wasn’t what Netflix had hoped for.


“Seven Seconds”

In April 2018, Netflix canceled “Seven Seconds,” the show revolving around the death of a teenage African American boy, after just one season. But it seems as though this was meant to be a standalone season from the beginning.

“We loved working with Veena, Regina and the cast and crew of ‘Seven Seconds,’” said Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content, Netflix in a statement. “Together they created a compelling, timely and relevant crime drama. The first season is a complete, stand-alone story that we are proud to feature on Netflix for years to come.”

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“Marco Polo”

“Marco Polo” was canceled after just two seasons and, according to the New York Times, budget could have had a lot to do with it. The company reportedly poured $180 million into the making of this series — so if it was underperforming, even slightly, the need to pull the plug would make sense.


“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

This award-winning hit Netflix show decided to call it quits. After four seasons — which included a split final season, the second half of which will air starting in January 2019 — the Tina Fey-created series will come to an end. Before you get too sad, however, there’s reportedly a movie in the works that would serve as the show’s final goodbye.

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In this case, it was the talk show host herself who chose not to continue on with the show. Chelsea Handler posted a tweet explaining her decision:

“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me,” she wrote. “From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation. For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of ‘Chelsea,’ and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”

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“The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale”

The funny show that made fun of the latest pop culture news hosted by none other than — Joel McHale — won’t be coming back to Netflix now that its initial run is over.

Free Period Productions

“The Break With Michelle Wolf”

This blend of sketch, live-comedy and guest interviews was canceled by Netflix after just one season.

Cats in Pants

“A Series Of Unfortunate Events”

The series naturally came to a close after three seasons. Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Count Olaf, told TVLine that the seasons covered the books the series was based on, leaving nothing behind.

“We’re three seasons, all in. We’ve intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books,” he said.

Paramount Television

“Voltron: Legendary Defender”

Season 8, which hit Netflix in December 2018, will be the final season for this animated series. The show centers around five heroes who fly on robotic lions and “protect the universe from evil,” according to Netflix.

DreamWorks Animation Television

“Orange Is The New Black”

This hit series has had a great run, but it will not be returning to Netflix after its seventh season. The seventh season is scheduled to air in 2019. The series was one of the first scripted Netflix originals, and it will be sorely missed.

The show’s creator penned a send-off writing, “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison,” Jenji Cohan reportedly said in a statement. “I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but… fade to black.”


“Iron Fist”

The most recent Marvel series to be released on Netflix has come to an end after just two seasons. Netflix announced it was canceling “Iron Fist” shortly before cutting even more from the Marvel universe. According to SyFy, “Iron Fist” being the first to go makes sense, and it was widely viewed as the least popular series.

Marvel Television

“Luke Cage”

The second Marvel series on the chopping block came as more of a surprise. Netflix has also canceled “Luke Cage” after two seasons just one week after announcing the cancellation of “Iron Fist.” Mike Colter, who played Luke Cage, however, isn’t letting this get him down.

“I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and I thank you amazing fans. As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my daughter this week. A lot of great memories. Time to make more,” he wrote on Twitter.

Marvel Entertainment

“All About The Washingtons”

This scripted comedy series will not be returning to Netflix after lasting just one season. The show was originally created by ABC, but landed a spot on Netflix when ABC passed on the show, according to Variety. It starred Joseph Simmons, a.k.a Rev Run, and his real-life wife Justine Simmons, who played fictionalized versions of themselves. The plot centered around their fictional family and post-retirement life.

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The next of the Marvel shows to bite the dust was “Daredevil.” Netflix announced that after three seasons, the beloved show would not be continuing.

“Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streaming service said in a statement released to Deadline. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note.”

— Daredevil (@Daredevil) November 30, 2018

“American Vandal”

The comedic true-crime “mockumentary” will not be returning to Netflix for its third season, according to a statement from Netflix.

“‘American Vandal’ will not return for a third season,” the streaming service shared. “We’re very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix, and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor.”

However, there could be good news for fans of the series — according to Deadline, the production company behind the show, CBS, is “fielding incoming interest in the Funny Or Die show from other potential buyers.” So, there’s hope this show could continue on another platform in the future.

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“The Good Cop”

After first becoming available to stream in September 2018, Netflix announced that the show would not be returning for a second season in November 2018, according to TVLine.

In “The Good Cop,” Tony Danza played the role of a former NYPD officer living with his now-NYPD detective son, played by Josh Groban. Netflix thanked the producers for bringing this father-son moment to screens in their official statement.

“‘The Good Cop’ will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator Andy Breckman and his fellow producers, writers, the incredible crew and especially stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban for bringing this classic odd couple father-son story to Netflix.”

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“Jessica Jones”

The Marvel show’s third and final season will air on Netflix in 2019. The news of the “Jessica Jones” final season didn’t come as a surprise to TV insiders, given that Disney is launching a competing streaming service and owns the Marvel franchise. While it’s possible the show will continue on another platform in the future, fans of the female superhero show will certainly lament the show’s demise.

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“The Punisher”

Another Marvel show to meet the same fate as “Jessica Jones,” it was announced in February 2019 that the second season of “The Punisher” would also be its last on Netflix. The show based on a Marvel character who seeks revenge for the death of his family may see future seasons on Disney’s streaming platform after its Netflix cancellation, but that remains to be seen. The first and second seasons are currently on Netflix.

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It’s not all bad news for Netflix fans. Some of the most beloved shows have gotten renewed for even more seasons, including “Narcos,” the show that follows Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The show “reset” into “Narcos: Mexico” for what would have been its fourth season, and it looks like season two of the respun series is already in the works.


“Santa Clarita Diet”

The show about an average couple who experience a change that leads them “down a road of death and destruction — in a good way,” according to Netflix, got picked up for a third season. So you won’t be saying goodbye to this show just yet. Seasons one and two are available to stream now, by the way.

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Netflix has committed to a third season of “GLOW,” though its release date hasn’t been announced. The series follows a fictional women’s wrestling group, and you can binge on seasons one and two as you wait for the third.


“Nailed It!”

This hilarious cooking show is for anyone who’s ever experienced a Pinterest fail in the kitchen! The show’s third season aired in December, and Netflix has yet to announced whether a fourth season will air or not.

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The true crime show about serial killers is signed on for a second season. It’s expected sometime in 2019, so enjoy your nightmare-free sleep until then!

“Who’s ‘us,’ kemosabe?”

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“The OA”

The supernatural-psychological show that had fans on the edge of their seats in season one is slated to return for a second season in 2019.


“Alexa & Katie”

The show focusing around to high school-aged best friends returned for a second season in December 2018. Not only is Alexa entering high school, but she’s also battling cancer. Thank goodness she’s got Katie by her side through it all!


“Altered Carbon”

Set in a world where a human’s mind can be digitized and stored, a prisoner is given a new body and must solve a mystery to earn his freedom. This plot was interesting enough to stick around for a second season, though apparently, it’ll have a brand-new cast to accommodate its shifting storyline.

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Tackling topics of such as bullying amongst teens, the Netflix series “Insatiable” has been granted a second season.

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“13 Reasons Why”

This show follows a teenager who’s on a journey to find out why his classmate, Hannah, decided to end her life. It’s been given the green-light for a third season on Netflix in 2019.

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“Black Mirror”

A fan favorite, this series that explores the good and bad aspects of technological advances will move forward with its fifth season in 2019.


“The Crown”

Following the dramatized events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, “The Crown” is a fan-favorite that’s getting renewed for a third season on Netflix.

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“Designated Survivor”

If you’re feeling a little confused, it makes sense! ABC had pulled the plug on the Kiefer Sutherland drama after its second season, but Netflix decided to scoop it up this fall and bring it back for a third season (the timing of its release is TBD).


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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best DVD and Blu-ray deals

Sorting through the wide, overwhelming slate of Amazon Prime Day deals is a nigh-impossible task. If you’re looking for deals on media like DVDs and Blu-rays, you’re in luck — we’re compiling all of the best deals on physical media in one place to make the sifting a bit easier for you. No matter whether you’re looking to pick up that 4K Blu-ray you’ve been eyeing or a beautiful video game art book to spruce up your coffee table.

There are plenty of DVDs and Blu-rays up for grabs this year — if you missed Tom Hardy’s Oscar snubbed performance in Venom or the conclusion of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, you’re in luck. You can also pick up The Office before it leaves Netflix in… 2021? Plenty of time, but just in case!

The best deals on physical media are listed below. Most of the titles were only available on the first day of Prime Day, but some DVDs and Blu-rays are showing up in lightning deals throughout day two. We’ll keep updating this post with new deals and let you know when they sell out.

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35 Surprising Facts About The Office

In 2005, a group of Americans were tasked with adapting Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s beloved British series The Office. They rose to the high expectations and managed to create a successful comedy that ran for nine seasons.

Here are 35 things you might not have known about the workplace sitcom.


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The show’s producer, Greg Daniels, was inspired by his time on Saturday Night Live and wanted to hire a writer-performer. Other writer-performers who were later added include Mindy Kaling (Kelly) and Paul Lieberstein (Toby). Michael Schur, who wrote and produced the show, played Dwight’s cousin, Mose.


For instance, Adam Scott auditioned for the part of Jim Halpert. Seth Rogen was in the running to play Dwight Schrute. Eric Stonestreet, who is now on Modern Family, auditioned for Kevin. Before getting cast as Angela, Angela Kinsey auditioned for Pam. Bob Odenkirk was originally cast as Michael Scott but was replaced by Steve Carell when the show he’d been working on, Come to Papa, was canceled. In a late-season episode, Odenkirk played a very Michael Scott-like manager looking to hire Pam.

See Also: 12 Outrageous Fan Theories About The Office


One reason Adam Scott could have easily played Jim: John Krasinski’s audition for The Office didn’t go too well. First of all, he was supposed to audition for Dwight, but he convinced the casting directors to let him read for the part of Jim. Secondly, he got into some trouble in the waiting room. A man eating salad in the room asked him if he was nervous. Krasinski answered, “You know, not really. You either get these things or you don’t. But what I’m really nervous about is this show. It’s just I love the British show so much and Americans have a tendency to just really screw these opportunities up. I just don’t know how I’ll live with myself if they screw this show up and ruin it for me.” The man responded, “My name’s Greg Daniels, I’m the executive producer.” Still, Krasinski managed to get the part.


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Krasinski met with several employees at different paper companies to research his role, and he filmed a visit he took through Scranton, Pennsylvania. The footage of his trip through the city was actually used in the show’s opening credits sequence and, according to Rainn Wilson’s memoir, The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room, would go on to play a role in helping production with set decoration and design details.


Phyllis was a casting agent for the show before she got the part of Phyllis. She was reading the script with some auditioning actors when director Ken Kwapis decided that she was the one who should play the role.


Even if they weren’t writers, Daniels wanted to make sure his actors had a background in improvisation. He has said, “Improv is a good tool to make it seem more natural.”



The pilot was shot with essentially the same script as the pilot from the British show. Many viewers questioned this decision, but it had to be done considering NBC bought an adaptation. Daniels believes that the show really branched out into its own entity in the second season.


It was hard for the cast and crew to have faith early on. During the first season, NBC executives would bring a lot of pessimism to the set. According to Krasinski, they would say things like, “This episode is so good—unfortunately, it’s the last one we’re going to do.”


One thing that helped save the show was iTunes. Around the second season, when NBC made the show available on the platform, it took up four of the top five slots for downloaded television shows. That’s when the people behind the show learned that their audience skewed young, rather than the white-collar workers they thought would be watching.


When it came to the show’s opening theme music, series creator Greg Daniels gave the cast four versions of the song and let them vote on the winner. The now-iconic song came from a demo by composer Jay Ferguson, which was then re-recorded by musician Bob Thiele Jr. and a group later dubbed The Scrantones, who made an appearance on the episode “The Booze Cruise.”


In 2015, Rainn Wilson revealed that a number of hit songs were given consideration for the show’s opening theme, including “Better Things” by the Kinks and “Float On” by Modest Mouse. But the one the cast really wanted was “Mr. Blue Sky” by the Electric Light Orchestra. Those plans were dashed, though, when production found out that it was already the song for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Heather Locklear comedy, LAX.


The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is located at 1725 Slough Avenue. That’s not a real street in the actual Scranton, Pennsylvania, though—it’s a reference to the original version of the show, which takes place in Slough, England.


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They even had Internet, which helped the cast feel like they were in a real-life office.


In an attempt to boost ratings after the first season, the producers pivoted the show’s style away from the British version to make Michael Scott more likable and make the episodes more optimistic. According to Novak’s DVD commentary track for “The Dundies,” the first episode of the second season, they also made the lights in the office brighter to help complete that tonal shift.


The show’s first season was shot in a real-life office in Culver City, California, so when they transitioned to a sound stage for the second season, the crew had to rebuild it and stock it with supplies to make a perfect replica. They did make Michael’s office a little bigger to accommodate cameras, and since they were on a sound stage, they could control the weather.


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In the season two episode “Performance Review,” Michael reads papers from his suggestion box, including one from “Tom,” who wrote, “We need better outreach for employees fighting depression.” Then, he’s reminded that Tom killed himself. During a 2007 Office Convention, a group of writers proposed that this suicide was why the documentary crew showed up in Scranton. They wanted to document how the office was dealing with the suicide before turning to simpler storylines.


The writers had a clear vision for how Jim’s proposal to Pam would look. They wanted to shoot it at an actual rest stop on the Merritt Parkway, but it would have cost $100,000. Plus, they wouldn’t be allowed to use fake rain, which was important to the scene. So, the crew built a replica of the Parkway and a rest stop. The shot ended up costing $250,000. Daniels described the scene as “the most expensive and elaborate shot we’ve ever done, but it’s also sort of the highlight of five years of storytelling.”


In 2011, the company, owned by Staples, announced that they would start selling Dunder Mifflin paper. At the time, their director of innovation explained, “Paper…is a race to the bottom as paper usage is going down. We’re looking for different pop culture phenomena and external brands that we can tie to these mundane product categories to differentiate. That’s really how initially pairing copy paper and Dunder Mifflin came about.”


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In the season three episode, “Gay Witch Hunt,” the script only called for a hug. Nunez recalled, “We were just supposed to hug, and he kept hugging me. And that particular take he came in really close, and I’m like, ‘Where is he going with this?’ Oh, dear, yes here we go.”


In season five, Pam closes her dorm door on a camera person, who lets out an audible sigh. That was an impromptu moment from the director of photography, Randall Einhorn.


Remember when Michael bungled the office’s pizza order by getting pies from Pizza By Alfredo rather than the popular Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe? Well, you can head to Alfredo’s Pizza Café right now if you’d like—it’s a real place, right in Scranton. (Its similarly named competition is purely a product of Hollywood.) To get that authentic Pennsylvania feel, the show’s production incorporated real-world businesses and restaurants from the area when writing scripts. So if you want some calamari, you can go to Cooper’s Seafood, one of Kevin’s favorites. You can also swing by Poor Richard’s for a pint, or head to the Steamtown Mall, where you can see a display featuring the original burgundy “Welcome to Scranton” sign from the show’s opening credits.


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On the opposite end of the spectrum, Schrute Farms is a very fictional place with very real reviews on TripAdvisor—more than 1100 of them. Though all the reviews are full of obvious Office-isms, the site still covers its bases with a warning at the top that reads: “This is a fictional place, as seen on NBC’s The Office. Please do not try to book a visit here.”


When Steve Carell left the show after seven seasons, he was still adored by the cast and crew. Up until that point, he had always been number one on the call sheet. So, when he left, they “retired” the number one, and it didn’t appear on the call sheet again.


Lieberstein, who was showrunner at the time, said, “The Andy character is very different from Michael, but one of the things they have in common is that they both put people first and relationships first.” The writers also considered promoting Darryl, but decided that he was “too rational and smart to be the manager,” so he couldn’t cause as many disasters.


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The writers liked him so much that they asked him to expand the role. ” has a way of taking on his character so fully, even in rehearsal, that it’s changing the mood on the set,”Lieberstein said. “Everyone is discovering who they are with this new energy.”


The showrunners didn’t even tell network executives that Carell was going to appear in the finale. According to Daniels, “We shot the Steve stuff and we kept it out of the dailies and didn’t tell them about it. At the table reading, we gave the Steve Carell lines to Creed.”


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After The Office ended, Dwight was supposed to get a spinoff called The Farm on NBC, but the network passed on the show in 2012. According to Rainn Wilson, “The timing was wrong.”


Although The Farm never happened, nor did a proposed Andy Bernard show based on An American Family, you can view Parks and Recreation as a kind of spinoff. It was developed by the same producers and was originally going to be a spinoff before Rashida Jones got cast after playing a separate character on The Office.



In the season 5 episode “Stress Relief,” Michael arranges a CPR training session for his staff that quickly devolves into a very Scranton-y debacle. But even if no one at Dunder Mifflin learned anything, someone at home actually did. On the show, it’s said that the chest compressions should be done to the beat of the popular Bee Gees song, “Stayin’ Alive,” and this tip helped an Office fan from Arizona perform successful CPR on a woman he found slumped over in the seat of her car. She regained consciousness after about a minute of CPR and was brought to the hospital, where she was later discharged.


One of The Office’s trademarks is the way the characters would seamlessly break the fourth wall and communicate their feelings to the audience by doing nothing more than looking directly into the camera. These Office “stares” became such a hit that they even became the subject of a fansite that allows you to search through more than 800 different emotions—boredom, sadness, anger, and loneliness, to name a few—and watch a brief YouTube clip of an Office character perfectly embodying it with nothing more than a glance. Lose hours of productivity by experimenting with The Office Stare Machine here.


Though the show is always the subject of reboot rumors, Steve Carell has said on multiple occasions that bringing back The Office isn’t on his mind, telling Esquire: “Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago.”


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He starts with a goldfish and ends up with a black beta. Maybe he’s not good at keeping fish alive? At least it’s good practice for falling into a koi pond.


Obviously cutting your teeth with a comedy legend like Conan O’Brien helps when you’re starring in your own show. Mindy Kaling (1999), John Krasinski (2000), and Ellie Kemper (2005) were all interns for the NBC late night host before hitting it big.


According to Nunez, the cast and crew always shot “tons” of footage. A lot of it ended up as DVD extras, but the actor claimed that each episode could have been much longer. “Even the awkward scenes, where nothing is happening, where everyone is just uncomfortable, could go on longer and become even funnier, because the level of discomfort just rises,” he said.


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For their goodbye scene at the airport in Carell’s last episode, Jenna Fischer was told by production to, “Just say whatever you would want to say to Steve. Just say goodbye and we’ll tape it and when you’re finished, just give each other a hug and go your separate ways.’” Fischer later revealed in 2018 that, “Those were real tears and a real goodbye.”

Timeline of events prior to and during The Office.

1920s Edit

  • 1920
    • Robert Dunder is born.

1940s Edit

  • 1949
    • Dunder Mifflin is founded.

1950s Edit

  • 1951
    • November: Helene Beesly is born.

1960s Edit

  • 1962
    • Phyllis Vance is born.
  • 1964
    • March 15: Michael Scott is born.


  • Michael appears on a children’s TV show, Fundle Bundle, along with future Scranton news weather-caster Chet Montgomery.
  • Michael’s mother marries a man named Jeff; Michael acts as ring-bearer but wets his pants in the process.
  • Michael has a series of terrible birthday parties.
  • 1972
    • Robert Mifflin kills himself.
  • 1973
    • Andy Bernard is born.
  • 1977
    • January 20: Dwight Schrute is born.
  • 1978
    • October 1: Jim Halpert is born.
  • 1979
    • March 25: Pam Beesly is born.

1980s Edit

  • 1980
    • February: Kelly Kapoor is born
  • 1985
    • Ed Truck is promoted to Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.
    • October: Jim’s father takes him to the Natural History Museum in New York to celebrate his 7th birthday.
  • 1986
    • May 1: Kelly Erin Hannon is born
  • 1988
    • Todd Packer is hired at Dunder Mifflin.

1990s Edit

  • Dwight starts working at Dunder Mifflin as a salesman.
  • Phyllis starts working at Dunder Mifflin as a saleswoman.
  • Pam starts working at Dunder Mifflin as the receptionist.
  • Angela starts working at Dunder Mifflin as an accountant.
  • Oscar starts working at Dunder Mifflin as an accountant.
  • Kelly starts working at Dunder Mifflin as a customer service rep.
  • 1990
    • July: Creed is hired at Dunder Mifflin.
  • 1992
    • Michael is hired at Dunder Mifflin as a salesman.
  • 1995
    • Andy Bernard graduates from Cornell
    • Roy Anderson qualifies to play in the Scranton All City football 1st Team
    • April: Kelly Kapoor is admitted to Berks County Youth Center
  • 1996
    • Stanley Hudson is hired as a salesman
    • Toby Flenderson is hired at Dunder Mifflin as a Human Resources Representative
    • Michael wins his first Salesman of the Year award
  • 1997
    • Valley View High School students Pam Beesly and Roy Anderson begin dating.
    • Pam Beesly graduates High School.
    • Michael wins his second Salesman of the Year award.
    • Meredith is hired at Dunder Mifflin.
    • Devon is hired at Dunder Mifflin.
  • 1998
    • Jim starts working at Dunder Mifflin as a salesman.
  • 1999
    • Michael makes a promise to a group of third graders that he will pay their college tuition. The school names a library after him. Scott’s Tots is founded.

2000s Edit

  • 2001
    • Ed Truck retires and Michael is appointed Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.
    • Jim is enamored with Pam and they begin a friendship.
    • Darryl begins working as a warehouse associate at Dunder Mifflin
    • For Halloween, Michael goes as OJ Simpson.
  • 2002
    • Roy and Pam are engaged.
    • Kevin starts working at Dunder Mifflin.
    • For Halloween, Michael goes as Monica Lewinski.
  • 2003
    • For Halloween, Michael goes as Monica Lewinski again.
  • 2004
    • Tom Peets, an accountant suffering with depression, kills himself.
    • For Halloween, Michael goes as Janet Jackson’s boob.
    • Andy becomes regional director in charge of sales at Dunder Mifflin Stamford
  • 2005
    • Spring: The documentary crew arrives at the office. Ryan Howard is hired at the Scranton branch as a temporary employee. Rumors of downsizing begin to circulate (“Pilot”). Michael delegates to Dwight the task of picking the office health care plan (“Health Care”).
    • May: Michael challenges the warehouse workers to a basketball game (“Basketball”). Jim hits it off with Katy, a purse saleswoman who visits the office; they begin dating (“Hot Girl”).
    • June: Michael closes on a new condominium and meets Carol Stills, his realtor (“Office Olympics”).
    • September: Ryan accidentally sets a cheese pita on fire in the kitchen, earning him the nickname “Fire Guy”. Ryan gets into business school (“The Fire”).
    • October 31st: Michael reluctantly fires Devon on orders from corporate on Halloween (“Halloween”).
    • November: Michael and his boss Jan have a non-sexual one-night stand after closing with a major client (“The Client”). Also, Dwight and Angela hook up at Jim’s party (“Email Surveillance”). They continue to see each other secretly.
    • December: Michael fouls up Secret Santa by buying a $400 iPod for Ryan after it was established that there was a $20 limit (“Christmas Party”).
  • 2006
    • January: Pam and Roy set a date for their wedding for June 10, 2006. The same night, Jim breaks up with Katy (“Booze Cruise”).
    • February 14th: Michael accidentally reveals his hookup with Jan to the other regional managers at a meeting in New York (“Valentine’s Day”).
    • March 15th: Michael’s birthday is ruined by Kevin’s skin cancer scare. Michael runs into Carol at a skating rink and makes a good impression (“Michael’s Birthday”).
    • April: Tensions occur between Jim and Pam when she learns he complained (but later redacted it) to Toby about her planning her wedding during work (“Conflict Resolution”).
    • May: Jim and Pam share a kiss. Pam resolves to still marry Roy. Jim is offered-and accepts a promotion at the Stamford branch. After being rejected by Jan, Michael invites Carol to the business park’s casino night, which turns into their first date. (Jan changes her mind, and also attends the casino night) (“Casino Night”).
    • Summer: Pam calls off her wedding with Roy. Jim transfers to Stamford. Ryan becomes a full employee of Dunder Mifflin (“Gay Witch Hunt”).
    • September: Oscar is “outed” by Michael and takes a three-month paid vacation and car offered by Jan in return for not suing the company (“Gay Witch Hunt”).
    • October: Former Scranton branch manager Ed Truck dies in an accident (“Grief Counseling”). Michael proposes to Carol unsuccessfully. Pam realizes her feelings for Jim (“Diwali”).
    • November: The Stamford branch is closed when Josh accepts a job offer from Staples. Jim, Andy, Karen, and three others transfer to Scranton; one gets fired on the first day. Jim and Karen start dating in the weeks after he returns to Scranton (“The Merger”). Andy sets his sights on Angela (“The Convict”).
    • December: Carol breaks up with Michael. Michael invites Jan to accompany him on his Sandals Jamaica vacation in January; she accepts (“A Benihana Christmas”).
  • 2007
    • January: Upon his return from vacation, Michael accidentally releases a compromising photo of himself and Jan in Jamaica. (“Back From Vacation”).
    • March: Oscar returns from his vacation and joins the Party Planning Committee per Angela’s request. Dwight quits his job at Dunder Mifflin and works as a sales associate at Staples. Michael begins to miss Dwight and gets him back. Michael starts to get Annoyed by Andy giving him constant attention and confronts him about it. Jim and Pam plan to prank Andy by hiding his phone. Andy has a rage attack over the prank and is sent to anger management (“The Return”).
    • April: Phyllis marries Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration) and takes a six-week honeymoon. Pam and Roy get back together at the wedding (“Phyllis’ Wedding”). Roy attempts to assault Jim after Pam tells him of her kiss with Jim a year before. Roy is fired. Pam and Roy’s relationship ends again (“The Negotiation”).
    • May: David Wallace recruits Michael for Jan’s job, and Jim and Karen interview for it as well (“Beach Games”). Jan is fired after a breakdown and moves in with Michael. Ryan Howard becomes the new Vice President for the Northeast Region and Director of New Media, and part of his duties include Jan’s old job. Karen leaves Scranton and transfers to Utica (where she is later promoted to regional manager) after Jim abandons her in New York on his way to ask out Pam. Jim and Pam begin dating secretly (“The Job”).
    • September: Jim and Pam go public with their relationship (“Dunder Mifflin Infinity”). Michael accidentally hits Meredith with his car and holds a charity fun run. Dwight and Angela end their relationship after Dwight euthanized Angela’s cat Sprinkles (“Fun Run”).
    • October: Dunder Mifflin Infinity is launched with initial success (“Launch Party”). Michael takes a second job as a telemarketer to finance Jan’s exorbitant spending habits. Michael attempts to declare bankruptcy (“Money”).
    • November: Jan tries to sue Dunder Mifflin. Michael testifies in the deposition, defending the company (“The Deposition”). Soon after, Michael and Jan’s relationship ends after a disastrous dinner party at Michael’s condo (“Dinner Party”).
  • 2008
    • Winter: Michael stays at Schrute Farms due to his separation with Jan (“Chair Model”).
    • April: Dunder Mifflin Infinity is in trouble, due to sexual predators in the ill-advised social network. Ryan orders the Scranton branch to list sales they make on the phone as website sales to improve its reputation. Ryan is revealed to be into the New York club scene and a cocaine user after a surprise visit by Dwight and Michael (“Night Out”). Ryan begins plotting to fire Jim (“Did I Stutter?”). Ryan is exposed for misleading the shareholders (fraud) and was arrested.(“Goodbye, Toby”)
    • May: Toby leaves for Costa Rica, replaced by Holly Flax. At the farewell party, Andy (taking advantage of fireworks Jim purchased) proposes to Angela, who accepts, then immediately begins an illicit affair with Dwight. Jan is revealed to be pregnant via artificial insemination. Michael and Holly hit it off even as Michael agrees to help Jan through the birthing process (“Goodbye, Toby”). Pam takes a leave of absence to attend a three-month design program at the Pratt Institute in New York (“Weight Loss”).
    • July: Pam leaves for art school. Ryan returns to Scranton, and under the same temp agency, is hired by Michael back to Dunder Mifflin as the replacement receptionist for Pam’s short-lived first replacement, Ronni (whom Michael thought was too boring) (“Weight Loss”).
    • August: Jim proposes to Pam at a rest stop between Scranton and New York, and she accepts (“Weight Loss”).
    • Fall: Jan has her baby and the office holds a baby shower (“Baby Shower”). Holly and Michael begin dating but she is transferred back to the Nashua branch after her relationship with Michael is discovered (“Crime Aid”)(“Employee Transfer”).
    • November: Pam fails art school and decides to return to Scranton rather than stay for another three months (“Business Trip”). Toby returns to Dunder-Mifflin Scranton as HR rep from under Michael’s nose, Jim and Pam move into his parents’ house after he buys it from them as a surprise for Pam (“Frame Toby”). Dwight and Angela continue hooking up even though Angela is engaged to Andy.
    • December: Phyllis reveals Dwight and Angela’s relationship to the entire office except Andy (“Moroccan Christmas”).
  • 2009
    • January: Seventeen days after Angela’s infidelity becomes public, Michael tells Andy, who then challenges Dwight to a duel. The wedding is called off and Dwight throws away the Dwight bobblehead Angela gave him for Valentine’s Day three years ago (“The Duel”). Dwight pretends to burn down the office building as a safety lesson. Stanley has a heart-attack. Michael holds a roast of himself to raise morale. Pam’s parents separate (“Stress Relief”).
    • February: Pam travels with Michael and the other DM branches to share his success secrets; at the Utica branch, Karen is revealed to be eight months pregnant and married. This grants Pam closure in the former Karen/Jim relationship (“Lecture Circuit Part 1”). In taking an impromptu detour to Nashua, they discover Holly has a serious relationship with a salesman at the branch. Michael finds a letter to him on Holly’s computer and has Pam read it for him as to not break Holly’s trust. Pam discloses to Michael that it’s not over and she still has feelings for him (“Lecture Circuit Part 2”). On Valentine’s Day, Michael develops a crush on a woman next to him in a blood drive van in front of the building, and finds her glove after she leaves. He throws a singles event to try to bring her out, but is unsuccessful (“Blood Drive”).
    • March: On March 4th, Michael is inspired by Willy Wonka and accidentally gives Blue Cross of Pennsylvania five 10% off coupons (“Golden Ticket”). Outside-hire Charles Miner becomes Ryan’s replacement and on a trip to Scranton dissolves the Party Planning Committee and cancels Michael’s 15th anniversary party. Michael travels to New York to complain to David Wallace about Charles when he is unable to get him on the phone the whole day, and after reaching a settlement, Michael declares that he quits (“New Boss”). He gave his two weeks notice and tries to steal clients for a new company. He is caught by Charles and must leave. Pam follows him, and Ryan is hired from a bowling alley as his salesmen (“Two Weeks”). Michael Scott founds The Michael Scott Paper Company (“Dream Team”). Erin Hannon is hired as Pam’s replacement (“Michael Scott Paper Company”).
    • April: The Michael Scott Paper Company goes under. Michael is able to get his old job back and has Pam and Ryan rejoin as salesmen (“Broke”).
    • May: Pam finds out she is pregnant after a volleyball injury at the company picnic. During a standup routine at the picnic, Holly and Michael accidentally reveal that the Buffalo branch is closing (“Company Picnic”).
    • Summer: It is revealed that the branches at Camden and Yonkers had been closed (“Company Picnic”).
    • September: Most of the Scranton office discovers that Pam is pregnant after Michael begins spreading rumors about everyone, after none of them include him on the rumor-mill spurred by the summer interns (“Gossip”). Jim becomes a co-manager of the office (“The Meeting”).
    • October: The office, led by Dwight, revolt against Jim (“The Promotion”). Jim and Pam marry (“Niagara”). Dwight and Andy convince Michael that his insurance salesman is in the mafia (“Mafia”) and the office holds a haunted Halloween for the community (“Koi Pond”).
    • November: Dwight continues to try to overthrow Jim (“Double Date”) and it is found out that Dunder-Mifflin will be insolvent by the end of the year. The office participates in a murder game and since Scranton is still making profits (“Murder”), Michael is invited to the shareholder meeting and makes up a 45 Day, 45 point, 1 point per day plan. (“Shareholder Meeting”).
    • December: The ten years are up since Michael made a promise to a group of kids to pay their tuition, however he cannot pay and goes with Erin to explain. Dwight almost overthrows Jim, but fails, after Jim takes Dwight’s idea in creating a rigged employee of the month program (“Scott’s Tots”). The office has a Christmas Party and Michael and Phyllis are santas. Dunder-Mifflin is purchased by Sabre, leading to the firing of Dunder-Mifflin’s upper management (“Secret Santa”). Dunder Mifflin changes its focus from paper to printers. (“Sabre”).
    • Additionally, Jim, after realizing that he will have a family soon, sells his Saab 9-2x and Pam’s Toyota Yaris for a brand new silver 2010 Subaru Outback which he shares with Pam. However, it is not known when specifically he bought it, but it most likely occurs between “Company Picnic” and “The Promotion”, which is the end of S5 and beginning of S6.

2010s Edit

  • 2010
    • January: Gabe Lewis joins the Scranton Branch as the new VP in charge of operations in the northeast (“Sabre”).
    • February: Jo Bennett, CEO of Sabre decides to keep only one Regional Manager and puts Michael back on sales. Both Michael and Jim are unhappy with this decision and switch jobs (“Manager and Salesman”).
    • March: Pam gives birth to Cecelia Halpert and goes on maternity leave (“The Delivery”). Darryl Philbin is promoted and becomes Head of Shipping and Distribution, taking Jim’s old office (“St. Patrick’s Day”). Sabre’s policies create problems between the salespeople and the rest of the staff (“New Leads”).
    • April: The office celebrates “Secretary’s Day” and Pam returns from maternity leave (“Secretary’s Day”)
    • Summer: Michael hires his nephew, who is extremely incompetent. Michael physically abuses him and is forced to go through counseling sessions with Toby (“Nepotism”).
    • September: Pam is “promoted” to Office Administrator (“Counseling”).
    • October: Dunder Mifflin hires Danny Cordray as a new traveling salesman (“The Sting”).
    • November: Ryan decides to get investors for the WUPHF Empire. But fails to continue empire and all investors opt out (“”).
    • December: Toby takes a leave of absence to be a juror on the case of the Scranton Strangler and is once again replaced by Holly (“Classy Christmas”).
  • 2011
    • January: Todd Packer is hired as a permanent salesman at the Scranton branch but is tricked into going to Tallahassee to take a fake job at corporate (“Todd Packer”).
    • February: Michael Scott becomes engaged to Holly Flax (“Garage Sale”) and moves to Boulder, Colorado to start a new life, and care for Holly’s parents (“Goodbye, Michael”). Michael is replaced by Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell (“Training Day”).
    • Deangelo suffers an accident (“The Inner Circle”) and is replaced by Dwight Schrute (acting manager) (“Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager”) and eventually Robert California (“The List”).
    • Gabe is transfered back to Tallahassee (“Search Committee”).
    • Robert California becomes CEO of Sabre and names Andy Bernard the new Regional Manager of the Scranton Branch (“The List”).
    • August: The warehouse crew of the Scranton Branch win the lottery and quit. New employees are hired to replace them (“Lotto”).
    • September: Andy hosts a garden party in order to impress his parents (“Garden Party”).
    • October: The office hosts another halloween party in which Andy reveals his relationship to Erin (“Spooked”)
    • November: Cathy Simms is hired as Pam’s temporary replacement since Pam is pregnant (“Pam’s Replacement”).
    • December: Andy introduces his girlfriend Jessica to the office (“Christmas Wishes”)
  • 2012
    • January: Angela gives birth to her first child, Philip. (“Jury Duty”)
    • February: Sabre decides to open a chain of retail stores. Dwight is put in charge of assembling a team to work in Tallahassee for three weeks (“Special Project”).
    • March: Dwight is offered to be the new VP of Sabre Retail, but the whole project was a scam planned by Robert California and Nellie Bertram, VP of Special Projects, and Dwight would be the scapegoat. Jim stops Dwight from giving his presentation and Todd Packer is fired instead. The project is scratched (“Last Day in Florida”). Erin Hannon quits to stay in Florida. Andy goes after her. Nellie moves to Scranton and usurps Andy’s job with Robert’s blessing (“Get the Girl”).
    • Spring: Robert California accidentally closes the Binghamton branch, which ignites a sales war between the Scranton and Syracuse branches. (“Turf War”). Jo Bennett decides to liquidate Sabre, Dunder Mifflin is bought by David Wallace, who becomes the new owner, CEO and CFO and makes Andy manager once again. Andy allows Nellie to stay as Head of Special Projects (“Free Family Portrait Studio”).
    • Summer: Kelly Kapoor quits and moves to Ohio, Ryan follows her. Clark Green and Pete Miller are hired as customer service reps. (“New Guys”)
    • November: After a family crisis, Andy abandons his job for three months without telling David to sail his family’s boat to the Caribbean (“The Boat”). Nellie commissions Pam to paint a mural in the warehouse as a new special project (“The Target”).
    • December: Jim starts working part-time at Dunder Mifflin in order to open a business in Philadelphia (“Dwight Christmas”).
  • 2013
    • January: Clark is promoted to Junior Salesman (“Junior Salesman”). The warehouse mural is vandalised by a warehouse employee who then attempts to attack Pam and is promptly fired (“Vandalism”).
    • February: Pete begins dating Erin (“Moving On”).
    • March: The promos for the documentary start being released (“Promos”).
    • April: Jim returns to Dunder Mifflin full-time. Andy Bernard quits to pursue a career in the entertainment business. Dwight Schrute becomes the new Regional Manager (“Livin’ the Dream”).
    • May: Darryl Philbin quits to work for Athlead full-time. The documentary crew conclude their 8 year filming period with Dunder Mifflin and premieres The Office: An American Workplace on PBS (“A.A.R.M.”).
    • Summer/Fall:Devon White is rehired, Kevin and Toby are fired, Stanley retires (“Finale”).
  • 2014
    • May: Dwight and Angela get married.
    • Jim and Pam are fired by Dwight for the severance.
    • Jim and Pam move to Austin after Pam sells their house as a surprise for Jim (“Finale”).

‘The Office’ to Leave Netflix in 2020, Stream Exclusively on NBCUniversal’s Forthcoming Service

The Office is moving its streaming home.

The NBC cult favorite will leave Netflix when its current deal with the streamer expires at the end of 2020. NBCUniversal’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer platform will then be the exclusive streaming home for all nine seasons of the comedy starting in 2021. NBCU’s streaming platform will retain exclusive domestic streaming rights to The Office for five years, paying $100 million per year to stream the series and outbidding Netflix for the rights. Producers Universal Television held the auction, which sources describe as “arms length” in process. That means that Universal Television and potential bidders, like sibling company NBCU streaming and Netflix — were kept far apart in a bid to ensure a fair auction and that profit participants got the best deal for the series.

Sources say Universal was shopping The Office and had considered numerous deals, including sharing it with Netflix in a non-exclusive pact with the right to take it back after a year.

The Office has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal DTC and digital enterprises, said Tuesday ina statement. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”

NBCU’s streaming platform will control domestic streaming rights to The Office. The multiple international streaming deals will remain in place for the time being.

The move was expected as multiple media behemoths — including NBCUniversal parent Comcast, WarnerMedia and Disney — are all launching streaming services of their own and need library programming to bolster their inventory. (That is, of course, similar to how Netflix originally started as a subscription streaming service on which to watch licensed film and TV library offerings.)

The move also comes with a significant financial loss as NBCU could have opted to take a page from Warner Bros. and license The Office to Netflix for a sizable fee. Warners last year added a year to Netflix’s deal for the mega-hit Friends in a pact worth $100 million. That deal keeps Friends on Netflix through the end of 2019, with WarnerMedia’s streaming service expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year. Friends is also expected to leave Netflix after that deal expires as WarnerMedia’s Kevin Reilly previously told reporters that it “wasn’t a good idea to share” such crown jewels as Friends.

“We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021,” Netflix wrote.

As for The Office, the Universal TV comedy starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Mindy Kaling and from executive producer Greg Daniels, NBCU says the series is the No. 1 show across all subscription video on demand services. It was streamed more than 52 billion minutes and, in April of this year, was viewed nearly twice as much as the next most-viewed program on SVOD. (Streamers including Netflix do not release viewership data.)

“The Office is one of our most prized series, and we are thrilled it has found an exciting new home where generation after generation will continue to discover and rediscover Michael Scott’s most cringe-worthy moments, Jim and Pam’s will-they-or-won’t-they, and the incredible quirky ensemble that makes each episode a masterclass in comedy,” said UTV president Pearlena Igbokwe.

NBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming service is set to launch in 2020 and will feature TV and film franchises from within the company as well as homegrown original programming and content from outside studios.

Can You Be Addicted To Watching ‘The Office’? Here’s Why You Actually Can’t Get Enough

A few weeks ago, I tweeted that I was looking for fans of The Office who can’t stop, won’t stop rewatching the series, and that they should email me if they’d like to contribute to an article about their obsession. By the next morning, I had 32 messages in my inbox with subject lines like, “I will rewatch The Office until I’m dead” and “YES I WATCH THE OFFICE ON REPEAT AND I HAVE NO SHAME.” I’d noticed that rewatching The Office seemed to be a very common activity, with fans posting about their rewatches on Twitter and memes about it popping up on Instagram. But why? Through emails from fans and talking to experts in psychology and media, I set out to find out why exactly rewatching The Office is such A Thing.

I get loving The Office. That part is totally understandable. After Season 1, NBC re-ran the entire six-episode season, and flipping around my parents’ non-cable TV while bored one evening led me to find what is now my favorite comedy of all time. I watched every episode that aired that night. I was hooked.

I watched the show through to the finale, but for me and other fans, viewing The Office didn’t end when the show did in 2013. In the time since it premiered, Netflix has taken over, and now fans like me can relive “Your dentist’s name is… Crentist?” whenever we want. And whenever we want is, apparently, all the time.

Reading the responses to my question of “Why are you the way that you are?” as Michael Scott so elegantly put it, was like watching an episode of the show — I laughed, I cried, I recognized references and classic quotes. And, after viewing the over 40 emails I eventually received, it was clear that comfort, more than anything else was the reason people keep tuning back in. But, while nearly everyone expressed that they craved something familiar, the reasons for needing that comfort varied.


Some fans say they watch to relieve stress. “I swear I’m not a crazy person — just a girl who works on Capitol Hill, who relies on The Office to relieve me of all stressors before bed, while cooking, doing laundry, or just enjoying a quiet sunday afternoon,” writes 24-year-old Mckinley.

Others talk about how it helped them cope with anxiety or mental illness. “It gives me 20 minutes of drowning out all of my anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts,” says Anna, 25. “I tried 15 medications, none of which provided any relief from my depression, but The Office has. The fact that I can still laugh over Michael Scott burning his foot on his George Foreman’s grill gives me hope that beneath all of these depressed feelings the real me is still there.”

Another fan, Sara, who is now 22, explains that the show helped her through a death she experienced when she was 15: “I had just lost a member of my family to cancer and had no real coping skills or support system, so I legitimately spent a huge portion of that summer watching every season on Netflix.”

Others said The Office was there for them through trauma or heartbreak. “Sometimes I go a month or two without watching, but I mostly started it as a way to kind of distract from trauma I was experiencing when I was young,” writes Kathleen, 20. And Sahra, also 20, explains, “I watched the series for the first time the summer I graduated high school. I was going through my first heartbreak and as silly as it sounds The Office was there for me.”

“I mean, I quoted the queen Pam Beesly Halpert in my wedding vows. I am truly a freak.”

And, of course, there are much lighter reasons why fans watch the series, too. Erin, 26, bonds with her family over the show: “Every Christmas my family sits down after opening gifts and we watch every Office Christmas episode.”

Then, there are the love stories. “Growing up, I remember hearing people say, ‘There’s a lid for every pot’, and The Office demonstrates this idea well,” writes 28-year-old Randyl. “Of course, like many, I loved Jim and Pam … but the Michael/Holly and Dwight/Angela romances were what made me truly believe that there’s someone out there for everyone.”

And the show, for many fans, has moved beyond something we just watch to something that’s a part of our everyday lives — it’s even included in some of our major milestones. “I mean, I quoted the queen Pam Beesly Halpert in my wedding vows,” Jamie, 30, writes. “I am truly a freak.”

Like that last comment, some of the responses were self-deprecating, but it’s clear that there’s no need to be. If you think you’re weird for having seen the entire series 15 times, there’s someone else out there who quoted The Office in their high school yearbook. (It was me. I am that person.) But why this show? It’s easy to say it’s because of the characters or the jokes or the familiarity, but a lot of shows can provide that. Why is The Office the one where the connection is so strong?


Pamela Rutledge, the director of the Media Psychology Research Center, has an idea that goes deeper than just loving Michael’s one-liners or Jim and Pam’s love story. “The Office is an ensemble production, which means there are multiple psychological access points and emotional hooks to enter the world,” she tells me via email. “People can identify with all sorts of situations in the context of office politics and interpersonal relationships.” In other words, while you might relate to Jim’s job anxiety one day, the next time you’re watching, you might really connect with Kelly’s situation with Ryan (if so, sorry about that).

Rutledge further explains that watching the show can actually have a physical effect on your mind and body: “Anxiety that might be generated by personal associations is alleviated through humor which changes our body chemistry, reducing stress and improving our sense of well-being.” This speaks to the many responses from people who said watching The Office improves their mental health or helped when they were going through a tough time.

And, basically, the the more episodes of The Office you watch, the more you’ll want to watch episodes of The Office. “Familiarity increases liking,” Rutledge continues. “When we know something well, we don’t need to watch the whole thing — any snippet triggers the effect.”

This could be why this GIF alone is enough to bring a tear to your eye:


But it’s not just about the emotional experience and our subconsciouses getting used to the show. There is something particular about The Office’s writing and production that sets it apart. Bustle Associate TV Editor Martha Sorren thinks the setting of the show provides a soothing quality that keeps people coming back.

“I have a theory that the contained set is a large part of why people rewatch The Office,” she says. “You always know exactly what it’s going to look like, who sits where, and what’s going to happen when. It’s a neutral resting place for your brain because everything always looks the same. There’s no work for your mind to do, and therefore it’s the truest form of relaxation TV.”

Greg DePaul, who teaches Sitcom Writing at the New School and wrote the movies Bride Wars and Saving Silverman, also mentions the workplace setting, but thinks the show being incredibly detail-oriented is part of what makes fans rewatch.

“There’s a bajillion short sitcoms and plenty of workplace comedies with light subject matter and relatable characters. The Office endures because the writers and actors strenuously focused on the small stuff,” he says. “They have entire episodes about otherwise trivial stuff like who took whose office supplies and how employees react during a fire drill. … That’s a staple of good comedy — observing what’s funny around us in the everyday world and highlighting it. The Office does that better than other shows.”

“Even if I’ve seen an episode 100 times, I notice something new every time.”

DePaul adds that the timing was right for a show like The Office to become so ubiquitous because of advances in technology — streaming, being able to watch a show on a phone or laptop from literally anywhere — that didn’t exist until recently. (This is also shown in the ages of the fans who responded to my inquiry; many would have been in middle school or younger when the show premiered.) Fifteen years ago, you could only catch old shows when they re-aired on TV.

“Now you can avoid what’s hot this week and watch anything from the last 60 years of TV,” DePaul says. “The fact that The Office keeps compelling people now — after it’s over — shows its strength among a massive range of choices.”

Sometimes, though, it’s the range of choices that makes people keep watching The Office. One fan, Alli, 21, mentioned “option paralysis” — scrolling and scrolling through Netflix but not actually landing on anything because of the sheer number of options. She writes about being faced with trying a new show: “What if I don’t like it? Do I want to potentially waste my time when I could watch something I know for a fact I like?”


This is very true for a fan who already knows the show, and with The Office, it’s very easy for a person to become this level of fan — quickly. Just like I got immediately hooked on a random night at home, anyone can get roped in at any point, even now, five years after the show ended. Khal Davenport, a senior editor at Complex, started watching in the middle of the series, but it didn’t matter. “There aren’t a huge number of shows that are able to progress a story but be as accessible as it is for first-time viewers,” he tells me, adding that streaming was the reason he was able to catch up.

The show is layered, so what viewers get from it can vary on every viewing. “Even if I’ve seen an episode 100 times,” Brittany, 24, writes, “I notice something new every time in the way someone reacts, or even what someone is doing in the background.”

It really has it all, and that just becomes more and more apparent each time you watch. “The Office just hits the right buttons,” Davenport says. “If you want some absurdist quirky shit, you’ve got that. If you want bonafide love stories, it has that. If you want heartwarming friendships or just hilarious comedy, they’ve got you.”


The Office becoming such a rewatch phenomenon has to do with a perfect storm of things — timing, technology, characters, humor, comfort, coping. And now that we live in a time where we can have the feelings it gave us (and continues to give us) over and over again, why wouldn’t we take it up on that whenever we can?

The Office is always there and it’s always unchanged (yes, even if that revival happens, the original series is still the same). Alli, the same fan who mentioned “option paralysis”, tells me she hasn’t even watched the finale, because it leaves something untouched. “I like knowing that there’s one episode that is still totally foreign to me. I’ve come close to watching it a few times, but I’m just not ready for it all to be over!”

We might not all go to such lengths, but if it was possible for the show to truly disappear out of our lives (or, you know, leave Netflix), it would be a major blow. Usually with TV shows, you might think that one viewing is enough; with The Office, a lot of people really need it.

“In one episode Jim asks Pam what movie she would take to a stranded island with her that she could watch forever and never get sick of,” writes Emily, 23, summing up the entire situation with a reference, like any true fan should. “I would pick all seasons of The Office.”

She’s far from the only one.