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Iconic quotes from the cast of ‘The Office’

The Office has been THE show of our generation. The series may have ended in 2013, but its comedy continues to shape culture to this day. Just last year, Netflix deemed The Office its most popular content, proving that even 10 years later we will always go back to the show.

The Office is set in a seemingly bland office in Scranton Pennsylvania, but the characters and antics that ensue make the show fantastical, yet deeply relatable. From Jell-O pranks to The Office Christmas parties to the Dundie Awards, The Office provides us all with a sense of community.

The characters in the American show are borrowed from its British parent––a dimwitted boss, a shy receptionist, an office prankster, a brown-nosing “assistant to the regional manager”––they are all characters we journeyed with for nine seasons. Each character is so outrageous and vastly different from one another, but this is why we love them so much. 

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Who wrote The Office?

The original British version of The Office was written by Ricky Gervais, Greg Daniels, and Stephen Merchant in 2001. This mockumentary-style show was not particularly popular among viewers when first airing on BBC, but has since become one of the most beloved British comedies. 

The US adaptation followed suit, first airing in 2005. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant initially hired four main The Office writers for the American version––Michael Schur, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling. That’s right. Your beloved show was written by none other than Kelly Kapoor, Ryan Howard, and Toby Flenderson. 

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Pam Beesly

Pam Beesly (played by Jenna Fischer) is one of the most important characters in The Office, so there’s no denying that she served up some of the best lines of the series. 

In season 3, episode 23 “Beach Games,” Pam inspires us all to muster up the courage to try something new and scary. 

“Hey. I wanna say something. I’ve been trying to be more honest lately, and I just need to say a few things. I did the coal walk. Just… I did it. Michael, you couldn’t even do that. Maybe I should be your boss.”

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“The Dundies,” the first episode of season 2, is easily one of the best episodes of the series, and Pam’s drunk speech at the local Scranton Chilies is what makes it so iconic.  

The Office can always count on her to successfully clear the phone lines.

When Michael and Jan host the longest and most uncomfortable dinner party, Pam says what everyone is thinking. 

 “I don’t care what they say about me, I just want to eat. Which I realize is a lot to ask for…at a dinner party!”

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Quotes from the cast of The Office: Jim Halpert

Jim Halpert (played by John Krasinski) is known for his antics and he loves to shake things up in the office with his charm, subtle sarcasm, and office pranks.

When Jim impersonates Dwight, he proves that he is the master of pranks. The calculator watch, the briefcase, the bobblehead–– it all ties together so perfectly.

“Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.”

That’s the professor we want.

When Jim reacts to Dwight’s full-blown drug investigation. 

“Last week, Dwight found half a joint in the parking lot. And as it turns out, Dwight finding drugs is more dangerous than most people using drugs.”

Let’s be honest, we were always rooting for Jim and Pam. It was a huge reason we were so invested in the show. Their wedding episode in season 6 was well worth the wait.

“Four years ago, I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, which was just to wait. For a really long time, that’s all I had. I just had little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think even then I knew that I was waiting for my wife.”

We’re not crying, YOU’RE crying.

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Michael Scott

Michael Scott (played by Steve Carrell) is a man that needs no introduction. There is no denying that he was the belle of the ball. In The Office, Michael Scott is filled with complexity and at times can be chauvinistic, and culturally insensitive, but this character is more than the sum of his parts. This layered personality made for some great quotes, both inspirational and downright absurd. 

When Michael (and Wayne Gretsky) give some much-needed motivation.

In “The Convict” episode in season 3, Prison Mike steps in to scare the office straight. This ludicrous scene has even gone to inspire The Office memes, gifs, and parodies all across the internet. 

“The worst thing about prison was the dementors!”

Michael and Dwight prove that they are straight outta Scranton. 

Quarantine has got us feeling more and more like Michael Scott every day. 

At least there’s a Michael Scott quote for literally every life situation.

In The Office “Christmas Party” episode in season 2, Michael doesn’t quite understand the meaning of Christmas. 

Throughout Michael’s seven seasons on the show, he went through the biggest transformation but repeatedly used one phrase as often as he could:

“That’s what she said”

Both the characters and viewers were upset when Michael left in the 7th season. The series went on without Michael, but he re-appeared in the show’s finale at Dwight and Angela’s wedding. Within minutes, he utters his iconic line, “That’s what she said,” and suddenly everything came full circle.

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute (played by Rainn Wilson) is one of the most memorable TV characters. With his know-it-all personality and outlandish comments, we can’t get enough of him. 

He is both humble AND self-aware.

In the “Classy Christmas” episode in season 7, Dwight proves he is a master of disguise.

“I have a wig for everyone in the office.” 

 

Dwight’s wigs are still in fashion today, and he is serving up some serious Billie Eilish vibes.</