Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”

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Like many of the series I’ve written about this week, I haven’t checked in on The Office for a bit. Thursdays are always busy for me and the series isn’t in a position where it MUST be written about each week. I thought about writing something during Michael Scott’s goodbye, but so many other people … Continue reading

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The Office, “Threat Level Midnight”

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Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here andhere, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on … Continue reading

The Office, “The Sting”

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If The Office‘s writers wants to send Michael Scott off into the sunset and I believe that they do (this is American television, after all), they would be smart to not only give him an emotionally satisfying conclusion but also make sure that he finishes strong…intellectually? I guess that’s the word I’m looking for. By … Continue reading

The Office, “Sex Ed”

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Thus far this season, The Office has only briefly hinted at any departure for Michael (the spanking, the counseling) and chances are the only reason I think those moments are hinting at said departure is because we know he’s leaving. If we didn’t, those would probably seem like normal Michael behaviors. But I think it’s … Continue reading

The Office, “Andy’s Play”

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Though it has taken me a few extra days to get to writing up “Andy’s Play,” the episode has been in my mind ever since Thursday night, as it is certainly the best episode of this young season and probably the most enjoyable effort since “Niagara.” Yeah, I said it. The writers said before the … Continue reading

Season Premiere — The Office, “Nepotism”

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Going into Steve Carell’s final season as Michael Scott, The Office is in a unique position. Though last season was definitely the worst thus far and Year 7 is rarely a whirlwind resurgence for a slumping long-running comedy, Carell’s departure suggests that the series’ writers will be faced with doing some of the things that … Continue reading