‘The Office’ Turns 15: Celebrate With the 15 Best Episodes to Watch While You’re Stuck Inside

by Jeremy Spirogis
Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin in

March 24, 2020, marks the 15th anniversary of the pilot episode of the American TV present The Office. Adapted from the British sequence of the identical title, the NBC sitcom launched a completely new model of office comedy, and none of us have been the identical since. Many of us could also be self-quarantining proper now, which supplies you the right excuse to look at an episode…or 15. Here are our strategies. (All 9 seasons are on Netflix by way of the top of 2020.)


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You have to start out at the start. Michael reveals the digicam crew round, as a straightforward technique to introduce the characters and their dynamics. Everyone feels a bit totally different than later: Michael is extra of a jerk, Jim is extra checked out, Dwight isn’t as weird, and Pam is extra reserved.

“Diversity Day”

Though The Office is finally an ensemble comedy, we don’t actually meet anybody other than the aforementioned essential characters within the pilot, together with Ryan and Jan. So the second episode of the primary season can also be one which’s good to return to, because it introduces most of the supporting characters we come to like.

“Office Olympics”

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At the beginning of the second season, the friendship between Jim and Pam turns into much more of a focus. When they maintain an workplace Olympics, it actually shines by way of. And Michael getting the gold within the “closing ceremonies” is a shining instance of the present’s coronary heart.

“Casino Night”

Everyone who’s ever seen the present is aware of why this episode is an enormous deal. Yes, there are rather a lot “event” episodes on this checklist, however this one is particular as a result of Jim tells Pam he loves her, and so they share their first kiss. It’s fairly a technique to finish season 2.

“The Merger”

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It takes lower than half a season for Jim and Pam to finish up again within the workplace collectively. “The Merger” in season three brings new characters Andy and Karen into the Scranton workplace, which actually modifications up the dynamic. Plus, there’s a ridiculous and offensive rap video starring Dwight and Michael.

“Product Recall”

This season three episode is the one which options the notorious “bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica” chilly open. It additionally comes again round ultimately. Plus, there’s an enormous paper catastrophe (which for as soon as, isn’t actually Michael’s fault).

“Local Ad” (Season 4)

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Season Four begins off with a bunch of double episodes which, whereas enjoyable, aren’t actually the place they present succeeds (with a couple of exceptions). The first single episode of the season, “Local Ad,” is a very sturdy one. They make a business, and it actually reveals off the touching facet of the present.

“Dinner Party” (Season 4)

One of the most well-liked episodes of season 4, if not the whole present, is when Michael and Jan have a cocktail party, and their colleagues be taught what their life collectively is admittedly like. It’s a concurrently darkish and hilarious gem of an episode.

“Goodbye, Toby”

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Season Four ends with Michael lastly assembly his match. Toby’s substitute, Holly, comes into the image. Their chemistry is apparent, however Michael is distracted when he learns Jan is pregnant. And it ends with fairly a cliffhanger.

“New Boss”

Season 5 is primarily recognized for the storyline involving Michael beginning his personal paper firm. But we additionally must name out “New Boss,” which options Idris Elba in a visitor look that we’ll always remember. Plus, Michael celebrates his 15th anniversary at Dunder Mifflin, so it’s excellent for this checklist.

“Niagara” elements 1 and a pair of (Season 6)

Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin in 'The Office'
Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin in ‘The Office’ | Byron Cohen/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

For some followers, season 6 was the place issues began to go down hill. The entrance of the Sabre storyline wasn’t precisely well-received. But earlier than that, there’s the two-parter “Niagara,” the place Jim and Pam get married. This episode is price rewatching merely for Jim’s story of his plans and the “Forever” dance.

“Garage Sale” (Season 7)

It took Michael and Holly some time to lastly come collectively. Once they did, followers had been hooked on their romance. And their finest second was within the Season 7 episode “Garage Sale,” when Michael and Holly determine to maneuver to Colorado collectively and he proposes with a room filled with candles, setting off the sprinklers.

“Garden Party” (Season 8)

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As the primary season with Michael and the one that includes the oft-maligned Florida storyline, Season Eight doesn’t have a whole lot of brilliant spots. But the fourth episode, “Garden Party,” is among the higher ones. Josh Groban performs Andy’s adored brother, and Dwight throws an over-the-top social gathering.

“Finale” (Season 9)

If you begin with the pilot, it’s important to finish with the finale. The hour-long sequence ender options Dwight and Angela’s marriage ceremony, the return of Michael, numerous superstar visitor stars, and a becoming conclusion to the present as a complete. Happy anniversary, The Office!

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