Paper Pushers

Britton Smith, Staff Writer

From Jim’s immature but clever pranks to Michael’s inappropriate demeanor, we all know and love The Office. Over the years, it has been subject to countless parodies, even the KISD scheduling video. But after eight witty seasons, The Office looms toward its end. September 20th marks the beginning of the emotional good-bye.

One of the primary factors that has kept The Office believable and entertaining all these years is the incredible cast that has been chosen, and how talented every single member is. Not only that, almost all of the original cast still plays a roll on the show.

The recurring faces that appear week after week really work to solidify the day-to-day life and monotony of the modern office place, and from there the possibility for craziness arises as we all have seen. If the show received a handful of new characters every season, too much of the show would have to be focused on developing those characters’ personalities. Or worse, they wouldn’t ever become fully developed characters, leaving the audience bored and apathetic.

Because we see the same faces week after week, we grow bonds with the characters and find ourselves really caring about the imaginary lives and struggles of the workers who frequent their dysfunctional office.

While the American version of The Office aired on March 24, 2005, it was already a few years old across the pond in England. Made by and starring Ricky Gervais, The Office originated as an awkward, dry British workplace. Soon after, American broadcasting decided to give it a go with Steve Carrell, and it was a hit.

Seven years and eight seasons later, the iconic show is still going strong, and will surely end with a bang.

Pam and Jim are married and have kids, Andy resides as ruler of Dunder Mifflin, Scranton branch, and Dwight is (probably) the father of Angela’s baby. What else could be to come?

Perhaps the struggling paper company will finally go under. Or what if Michael Scott comes back to end the series exactly where it began, an emotional “full circle” effect? One thing is for certain; we will all be eagerly waiting to see the outcome come September 20th.