It’s hard to believe that the U.S. version of The Office is nearly two decades old, and with that age comes some harsh realities of rewatching the celebrated comedy series. Throughout 188 episodes over nine seasons, The Office emerged as the premier comedy series in the United States, airing exclusively on NBC and helping solidify a string of iconic comedy series in its wake such as Parks & Recreation and Community. Running for almost a full decade between 2005 and 2013, The Office was bound to face some areas of scrutiny due to cultural and comedic evolutions that make certain aspects of the show difficult to swallow today. Despite its flaws, The Office still remains one of the most-watched shows of all time, taking the crown for the most-streamed show of 2020 with a staggering 57,000,000+ minutes streamed for the entire year. Workplace environments and protocols have certainly transformed in recent years to protect individual boundaries and power dynamics, which is the core reason why some parts of The Office may feel outdated or classic watching in 2023. Still, there is something to be said about how popular the show remains ten years after its ninth and final season, even if there are specific harsh truths that become more apparent in retrospect.
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Written by: Geoff Cork
Narrated by: Geoff Cork
Edited by: Gul Dukat
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