I first watched The Office a number of years ago and recently began watching it for a second time. I think I can appreciate this show even more now that I’m older and have spent time writing complete stories.
The Office is one of the best comedies of all time and one of the best written comedies as well. While I’m still working my way through the fourth season, I can’t help but appreciate the nuanced storytelling and subtle exposition. So many jokes are told in a simple look or camera focus. A quick cut to a minor character reveals more depth and humor than most sitcoms deliver in an entire episode.
Furthermore, the characters are fascinating. By that, I don’t mean that each character is necessarily delightful on their own, but rather that their relationships with other characters really flesh them out. As C.S. Lewis put it so adroitly, “In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.” The office brings that out masterfully through a variety of relations, both friend and foe.
All of that being said, I recall that later years were lacking. I dread revisiting those episodes. In fact, I never watched the final season because it had become such a bore by that time. And yet, the first few seasons have been such a delight to revisit that I have to rate the series on those episodes alone.
5 out of 5 stars