Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Ode to The Office: Goodbye Dunder Mifflin

You guys are going to think this post is nuts. But, I'm writing it anyways :).

If you haven't already guessed, my favorite TV show of all time is The Office. The series finale is tonight. After 9 seasons the show is sadly coming to an end. The show's quality has wavered the past couple years (I 'like to pretend the Robert California thing never happened), and it's definitely the right time to bow out.

That doesn't stop me from being sad about it though. I've watched the first five seasons on DVD at least 20 times and have gone through every episode on Netflix 2-3 times this year alone. If' I'm in a rut The Office is a guaranteed way to get me smiling again.

The show debuted in spring of 2005 when I was in college. At the time I had no interest in it. When I was home on winter break I caught the first Christmas episode. The one where Michael buys the iPod for Secret Santa. To this day that's one of my very favorite episodes. The only other episode I think I saw while in school was The Negotiation; the one where Michael wears a woman's suit to work.

It wasn't until I graduated that my love affair with the show really started. I wasn't working and applying for job after job gets tiring after a while. So, for motivation I turned on The Office. I found a bunch of episodes on YouTube and a few more on a Japanese website. After the first few episodes I was hooked. I couldn't stop watching. And haven't since!

I've gotten in to TV shows before, but not on this level. Like, I feel like I know the characters. Which I totally understand equates to an unhealthy obsession. Even though the show is a sitcom, I've cried while watching more times than I care to admit (oh, who am I kidding... Jim asking Pam out for the first time, Jam's subsequent wedding and birth of Cece, Michael's proposal to Holly and of course when Pam meets Michael at the airport before he moves to Colorado).

Anyways... I am having a hard time knowing that my favorite coworkers won't be back entertaining us on Thursday nights in the fall. I have my box of Kleenex ready and waiting for 7pm to roll around tonight. And what makes it even worse is even though the past couple seasons haven't been as good, the last two episodes have been ahhhmazing. I'm mad they didn't slack off and write crappy ones- because then it'd be so much easier to say goodbye. Damn you writers and your wonderfulness.

So, thank you The Office. Thank you...

  • For Jim's pranks. My personal favorite is the future faxes. I stole that little gem and pranked a few of my former coworkers with that one once, ha!
  • For "that's what she said." I know the joke isn't a Michael Scott original, but I'm pretty sure he's the first person I heard say it.
  • For confirming that mixed berries is the best kind of yogurt.
  • For showing us the evil that is Human Resources.
  • For warning millions about the dangers of cooking bacon in a Foreman grill.
  • For teaching me how to do an "air five."
  • For throwing the most epic office parties ever.
  • For telling us identity theft is not a joke. Millions of families suffer every year.
  • For creating the most perfect love story TV has ever seen.
But most of all, thank you for all the laughs, tears and moments that warmed my heart. Thursdays won't be the same without you.

Some Dunder Mifflin tributes from around the web:

Best Dundies Ever- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (TV Line)

Question of the day:
  • If you watch The Office, what's your favorite episode?
I have a hard time picking just one. It's probably a tie between Christmas Party, The Injury and Office Olympics. All from season 2, which can almost do no wrong in my book!


  1. Ugh, I am not emotionally prepared for tonight! I love how it's wrapping up though!

  2. I could have written this post word for word! Season 2 is my favorite. "Bushiest Beaver" and "My middle name is Kurt, not Fart".

  3. I swear we are twins, every time I read anything you write I feel like you're in my brain. If you ever come to St. Louis, let's meet up!

    LOVE the Office, and I'm so sad to see them go, especially Pam and Jim.


  4. Okay I've never really watched the office, but I think I might start.

    And Ashley's comment above about the "Bushiest Beaver" and "My middle name is Kurt, not Fart." Had me laughing so hard.

    So sorry your show is ending, I'm a hardcore "Revenge" fan.

  5. I'm going to miss the show, too! If it would have ended at the end of last season, I would have been disappointed (like you said, that whole Robert California thing was bad...) I feel like they're giving the show a proper send off.

    I didn't start watching until 3-4 years ago. My husband and I caught the one where they're playing the murder mystery game and Michael Scott says in his fake southern accent: "There's been a murder in Savannah". We were so confused. We didn't know who anyone was, LOL. We've since caught up :)


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