Tonight marks the end of an era. The Office airs its last episode tonight. The television series, adapted from the British version in 2005, has been on the air for 9 years and has been a Nerdy Pop favorite since we started. Although the series has had its highs (Jam Wedding! Dwight Pranks!) and lows (Jam Fighting. Michael Leaving.) we'd still like to give it a proper send off. Below Auddie P and S.E. Andres discuss the TV series' impact on their lives.
I had always been a dry humor person, and it was easy to find indie movies that I'd love. Christopher Guest gives me my favorites. So when The Office came along, it was an instant must. My oldest brother told me to watch the second episode after he raved about the first and said I'd love it. (This is exactly how I got into It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer, as well.) And I did. I couldn't get enough, despite how different the first season was. As I found out, it was essentially the first season of the original British version with different actors that acted in the same manner and had similar looks. But I loved it, and I loved every background character that appeared. I wasn't as vocal about my love for it until we watched it junior year together in Auddie's apartment (before I left to go to English Theory Club, of course). My fondness for The Office exceeded its humor. I connected to the characters. It was like each one was a different part of my personality: Meredith's love of alcohol, Jim's pranking, Pam's gapes, Dwight's entirety (I love bears, I grow beets, and I LOVE Battlestar Galactica), Creed's random musings, Angela's control. I'm starting to think I am more complex than I might be.
I remember the first time I watched the Office. Season 2 was airing and the episode was Take Your Daughter to Work Day. If you're familiar with this episode you should understand why, from that moment, I was not exactly hooked. I was so confused by Dwight's strange behavior, Pam's desperate attempts to get the kids to like her and Creed's unusual feet. I didn't understand the show at the time. I found no humor in its awkwardness and ended up wondering what the big fuss was about.
Fast forward a couple months to me passing time at S. E. Andres's apartment and he and his roommate pop in season one. This time I got it and I was hooked. Over the next few weeks I became obsessed, binge-watching before it was a thing. I got caught up with the show in time for the season three premiere, as did my roommates.