Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Office clocks out
After an impressive nine-season run (a rarity for modern scripted sitcoms), NBC's surprise hit The Office will close shop tonight at 9pm. For a sitcom with an inauspicious start as a sure-to-fail remake of a British TV classic, The Office became a staple of Thursday night television for the last decade. The audience's interest in Dunder Mifflin's unhinged work ethic and Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley's ultimate will-they-won't-they relationship kept the show a mainstay of American popular culture and dorm room posters. The success of The Office can be seen as one of the biggest factors behind the rise of the single-camera sitcom and the "mockumentary" format aped by Parks and Recreation and Modern Family.
Though the past few years have unarguably been weaker, in part because of the departures of Steve Carell and early showrunner Greg Daniels, the show looks to close out on a high note that pays reverence to its long history and ensemble cast. Pop culture website HitFix put together a great article about how The Office beat the odds and weathered a few sparse years; it's worth a read before Scranton Business Park hits the lights one final time.
If you want to catch up on The Office, we have the first seven seasons on our shelves, as well as the British series.
The Office: Season 1 – HU DVD 4011
The Office: Season 2 – HU DVD 4012 - 4015
The Office: Season 3 – HU DVD 4016 - 4019
The Office: Season 4 – HU DVD 4020 - 4023
The Office: Season 5 – HU DVD 4024 - 4028
The Office: Season 6 – HU DVD 4029 - 4033
The Office: Season 7 – HU DVD 4034 - 4038
The Office: Series 1 (UK) – HU DVD 8581 - 8582
The Office: Series 2 (UK) – HU DVD 8583
The Office: The Special (UK) – HU DVD 8584