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The Office | 10 Year Anniversary Podcast


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“Prison” Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType), candle maker Jessica Liese (@HaymakerHattie), and Second Life enthusiast Akiva Wienerkur (@Keev26) have taken time away from the Finer Things Club to talk about the sitcom The Office. Only a couple of days after the 10-year anniversary of the pilot episode (March 24, 2005), the trio tackle a large amount of questions, including:

  • What are each person’s favorite characters, story lines, and episodes?
  • What was the exact moment each person had a turning point on Michael Scott as a character?
  • What are the highest-rated episodes on IMDB, and are those rankings sound?
  • Who is the best version of both Andy Bernard and Ryan Howard?
  • What are the questionably-named titles that actors from The Office have starred in after the show ended?
So put down the fettucini alfredo you’re carbo-loading, log out of your WUPHF account, and enjoy!

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  • Ross Kiely

    Was briefly excited as I thought this might be about the superior UK version

    • Chlsea_1905

      I was disappointed until I found out it was the vastly successful American version. Even Ricky Gervais made an appearance in this version, right?

    • Mike Bloom

      I need to rewatch the British series soon. Unfortunately I don’t remember gleaning too much from my first viewing of it. Aside from the fact that “Free Love Freeway” is a kickass song.

  • Matt Geoghegan

    First a podcast about Community, and now one about The Office? Mike Bloom, you’re killing it

    • Craig

      Was going to come by and say the exact same thing. Finally we are getting some comedy show talk on this site.

  • Craig

    Cool podcast idea! Great to hear Akiva on something outside of the Seinfeld casts.

    The Office holds a very special place in my tv watching history, as it is the first comedy show that I watched every episode within 48 hours of the original airdate from premiere to finale (With the exception of Basketball in season 1, which I didn’t know existed until a couple months later). It’s fun to be on the ground level of a show that starts out with low ratings but grows into a huge hit.

    I haven’t finished listening to the whole thing yet, but once I do, if I have anything of note to say, I will come back.

    • Chlsea_1905

      totally agree with you Craig. Scrubs and The Office were the first comedies I watched from the beginning. Seinfeld is still number one but unfortunately I was too young to appreciate it when it originally aired. The Office was so different than anything on the air at the time and I was instantly hooked. It so hard to explain but the monotony of working at Dunder Mifflin combined with Michaels “unbridled enthusiasm” and Jim and antics was just something that worked so well. I’ve watched every episode, listened to all the commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, so yeah, I’d say I’m a fan. : )

  • Antonio Mazzaro

    I was a big BIG fan of a few seasons of The Office, but it got to a point where I felt it was so poorly written (midway through Season 8) that I jumped out and any attempts I’ve made to jump back in reveal that I am still angry about the decline. But I really enjoyed this podcast, thanks everyone.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      And my favorite secondary character is Creed, even though I think the gag ran its course.

      • Matt Geoghegan

        I think Creed makes me laugh in 100% of the scenes he’s in

  • heymikeymike

    I recently did an entire rewatch of The Office and didn’t hate the latter seasons as I did when first watching them. That being said, Season 2 & 3 were the heydays and I feel the show started to go downhill mid-season 4.

    Holly was a very welcome character and I loved the chemistry with Michael. It’s funny to see them also costar in a little movie called Dan In Real Life.

    Darrel was one of my favorite side characters until they relied on him too much. Less is def more with him, and once they brought him upstairs, that felt a little shark-jumpy.

  • I’m really enjoying this show, good job everybody!

  • Matthew Gregg

    Never was the biggest fan of the Office but it did have its moment that I can look back fondly on. During its airing I was easily a much bigger fan of both Scrubs and Malcolm in the Middle though the later was on a little bit earlier. Even Greg Garcia shows I was more prone to watching such as Raising Hope and My Name is Earl.

    • Anna

      Currently rewatching Malcolm in the Middle now and just recently finished them both

      PSR should start a sitcom series and review older shows like these, I would love to hear them!

  • Rachel Wagner

    Dwight is always been my favorite!

  • Rachel Wagner

    I mean Carrell was just nominated for an Oscar so I think he’s doing ok. For me the jumping the shark point was actually the wedding. It wasn’t funny and I said at the time ‘if they cant make that funny than forget it’. I was done.

  • Caitlyn Gabbert

    Top 3 favorite episodes: Dinner Party, Fun Run, & Niagra or the Finale!

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    I want to defend Robert California a little bit here. I actually really liked him as a character, and James Spader is marvelous. Yes, it was a very different tone than we were used to on The Office, but I thought that’s what made it fresh and new, was that it was so different. Also, I think James Spader got a little screwed, to be picked, because our expectations of who the new manager would be, were so high after having huge name actors like Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey be “potential bosses”, the audience, most of them, probably felt greatly disappointed. Personally, I’ve been a Spader fan for a while, but, he is not exactly known for his comedy chops.