Just like clockwork, every Fall the big 4 networks come out and debut their new primetime schedule. 3 hours a night, 21 hours a week, 84 hours combined for all of the networks. Dozens of shows premiere a year, the majority of which fail, so many of them being sitcoms. Sitcoms that failed to connect with people, characters and storylines that just didn't mean much to the viewer and get cancelled. So nowadays, when your sitcom lasts for 9 seasons, you probably did something right.
This May, the US version of The Office will have its series finale, on its own terms. It wasn't cancelled, the writers and cast decided on their own that the time has come to conclude this show. For those that possibly don't know The Office was based on a UK show, that while successful, was only on for two seasons. It was one of the first sitcoms in the US to be filmed without a live studio audience and without a standard 3 camera setup The Office's premise is that it is a documentary about regular people working at a paper company in Scranton, PA.
Part of what made the show special was, at the time, the entirety of the cast were total unknowns. Much of the cast would actually be made up of the writers and producers of the show itself. Most of the cast that is, except the company's manager, Michael Scott. He was played by a then just breaking out Steve Carell. He would become iconic as the always awkward, sometimes inconsiderate, but mostly friendly boss Michael Scott that everyone would grow to love, and quote. He would play the character so well, that his career continued to skyrocket, unfortunately until he had to move on to bigger and better things.
Along the way though, through seven years viewers watched as Jim and Pam went from friends with feelings for each other, to dating, then married and parents twice over. People have watched Jim and Dwight fight each other, prank each other and also in times of need help each other. The show has helped make stars out of Jim Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, and Rashida Jones among others. Some would even say if it wasn't for The Office, NBC wouldn't have its other Thursday night hit show Parks and Recreation, also filmed documentary style.
So by the time May 16th rolls around and The Office is ready to close, we should know all about the "documentary" that has been filming for 9 years, and learn a little bit more about the fates of Jim and Pam, Dwight, Andy, Meredith and everyone else viewers of The Office have grown to know and love for almost a decade.