Iconic quotes from the cast of The Office

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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. 

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.”

“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!”

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.

When Dwight confuses Justin Bieber with a crime-fighting beaver. 

“Who is Justice Beaver?”

I mean, considering Justin’s new album is called Justice, maybe Dwight is psychic?!

Justice Beaver! 😆 from r/DunderMifflin

In “The Injury”, season 2 episode 12, Michael Scott burns his foot on his George Foreman, but Dwight proceeds to crash his car and get a concussion. It turns out concussion Dwight is a lot nice, and weirder. 

Dwight may have the brains in The Office, but Mose has the speed.

Together, they make the ultimate dream team. 

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Angela Martin

While Angela (played by Angela Kinsey) was outwardly rude to almost everyone in The Office (including Dwight), she has a heart of gold and some of the best one-liners of the series. 

In The Office, Angela was many things, but she was mainly a cat lady. 

She was way ahead of her time.

Underneath her hard exterior, she has a soft side. When Dwight proposes in season 7, episode 19, she wants to know that he truly loves her for HER.

“I just needed you to marry me because you wanted to marry me.”

Dwight and Angela may have kept their love hidden for a large portion of the series, but we all knew they were destined to be together. 

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Kevin Malone

Kevin Malone (played by Brian Baumgartner) is the charmingly oblivious accountant in The Office, and he has become one of the most beloved side characters of the series.  

In the season 5 “Casual Friday” episode, Kevin decides to save some time and energy by abbreviating his sentences. He takes the term “small talk”, a bit too literally. 

“Me think, why waste time say lot word, when few word do trick. When me President they see. They see.”

Kevin may be oblivious, but he knew about Jim and Pam before anyone else. 

In season 7, episode 19, Michael proposes to Holly, and they announce that they’re moving to Colorado. Kevin’s reaction is too pure for this world.

“All of us?”

We all felt the same pain when we witnessed Kevin drop an entire pot of his famous chili. 

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Andy Bernard

Andy Bernard (played by Ed Helms) joined the Dunder Mifflin office after transferring from the Stamford branch, and whether he’s bragging about Cornell, or avoiding work at all costs, we can’t help but be on his side.

One of the more profound Andy moments is in the series finale when he reminisces on his time in the office, realizing they are the “good old days.”

He reminds us that women are very into theatre guys.

Our final Andy moment isn’t just a quote, but an entire performance. His performance in Sweeney Todd is not one to be forgotten. Andy is constantly reminding us that he is the king of cringe. 

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Erin Hannon

In The Office, Erin Hannon (played by Ellie Kemper) is a sweet and naive receptionist that began working at Dunder Mifflin in season 5, when Pam left to work for the “Michael Scott Paper Company.” Although Erin came in at a later season, she left a strong impression on viewers.

Erin doesn’t take BS from anyone and she reminds us of that in season 6 episode 20, “Happy Hour.”

In season 8, episode 18, “Last Day in Florida,” Erin has an interesting approach to making tea. 

She is not only a receptionist, she is a singer-songwriter. 

Last but not least, Erin proves she is always a team player.

“Planking is one of those things where, hey, you either get it or you don’t… I don’t, but I’m so excited to be a part of it.”

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Ryan Howard 

While Ryan (played by B.J Novak) might be an arrogant temp, he still has relatable moments in The Office.

He makes us miss our college days. 

“I miss the days when there was only one part I didn’t want to go to.”

When Ryan makes a rookie mistake. 

When Ryan expresses his love for Kelly––in his own type of way,

“I want to marry you, Kelly Kapoor. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday and probably.”

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Kelly Kapoor

Kelly Kapoor (played by Mindy Kaling) is one of the chattiest characters in The Office, so she is bound to have some great one-liners. 

Kelly is an expert at texting etiquette. 

When she finally put Ryan in his place: 

Kelly is all of us during quarantine:

Quotes from the cast of The Office: Honorable Mentions 

Toby Flenderson

Toby (played by Paul Lieberstein) is the community punching bag and the sole Human Resources employee of Dunder Mifflin. He is constantly trying to make others listen to his voice of reason, but the employees simply do not care. 

Stanley Hudson

In The Office, Stanley (played by Leslie David Baker) plays no games and has no time for Michael’s antics.

Meredith Palmer 

Meredith (played by Kate Flannery) is definitely one of the craziest characters in The Office, but we love her because she literally has no shame. 

Phylis Lapin

Phylis (played by Phyllis Smith) is a sweet and loving character and is very much the motherly figure in The Office. She cares about her coworkers and is always there to impart wisdom. 

Jan Levinson-Gould

Jan (played by Melora Hardin) is a force to be reckoned with, both in the office and out. She is most definitely a boss, but outside of work, her manic behavior runs rampant. 

In season 4, episode 13, “The Dinner Party,” Jan dances to her former assistant’s album one minute, then proceeds to throw a Dundie at Michael’s 10-inch TV. She is completely unhinged, and it makes for one great episode. 

Roy Anderson

Roy (played by David Denman) and Pam definitely were not meant for each other, but at least he tried to relate to Pam and her love of art.

Roy may not have ended up marrying Pam, but he found the woman of his dreams and had a major glow-up.

Karen Fillipelli

Much to the dismay of Pam, Karen (played by Rashida Jones) began a relationship with Jim in the earlier seasons of the show. She is a businesswoman climbing the corporate ladder, like Jan, but much more personable. 

We love Karen because she always called out Jim when necessary. 

If you want to binge some of the best (and worst) episodes of The Office, check out our episode rankings. If you re-watch the entire series now, it may just be enough to get you through the rest of quarantine.

The Office cast now: what are they up to?

When The Office aired in 2005, it changed the nature of comedy forever. The show kick-started the careers of actors like Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, Ed Helms, and Mindy Khaling. The Office ran for eight years, and all of the actors say being a part of the show is one of the best experiences of their lives

Now that it’s almost eight years later, what is the cast of The Office up to now?

The Office cast now: what is Steve Carell up to?

After a break from the big screen, Steve Carrell made his comedy return in 2020 in the film Irresistible. The film is a political satire directed by Steve Carell’s longtime friend Jon Stewart. With these two working on a film together, Irresistible is sure to be a hit. Watch the Irresistible movie trailer here.

The Office cast now: what is John Krasinski up to?

It’s no secret that John Krasinski has been keeping busy and working on multiple projects since The Office ended. In 2018, John Krasinski directed and co-wrote A Quiet Place, acting as the lead and co-starring with his wife Emily Blunt. In March of 2020, he started Some Good News on YouTube to highlight good news around the world. With the pandemic spreading all over the globe, this is something the world needed, including the amazing cast of The Office virtual reunion! It just proves that the wholesomeness of Jim exists in John Krasinski

The Office cast now: what are Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey up to?

In 2019, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey premiered their podcast The Office Ladies where they rewatch all episodes of The Office and provide commentary. This is gold to The Office superfans all around the world because it provides a behind the scene look at some of the best moments in TV history. 

In the most recent podcast release, the ladies are covering the infamous “Dinner Party” episode. Jenna Fischer refers to this episode as one of the best of the series and she’s not wrong. To get an inside scoop on the filming of this episode, listen to The Office Ladies podcast here. 

The Office cast now: what is Ed Helms up to?

Ed Helms is well known in Hollywood and has won several awards for his role in both The Office and The Hangover. A few days ago, Ed Helms posted a trailer for his new show, Rutherford Falls, to be released on Peacock TV on April 22. The sitcom follows two friends living in a small town whose worlds are turned upside down over the moving of a historic statue. 

The Office cast now: what is Mindy Kaling up to?

Mindy Kaling is truly the definition of a triple threat in Hollywood. She has acted in several roles since The Office, written over five books (including Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?) and is single-handedly raising two children.

Mindy Khaling went on to create, produce and star in her own show, The Mindy Project, which ran for 6 seasons on Fox. She plays a young OB/GYN who has had tremendous luck in her career, but not her love life. You can watch this quirky and clever comedy on Hulu Premium

In 2020, Mindy created the show Never Have I Ever, and it is loosely based around her experience as a first-generation Indian-American teenager. Rolling Stone describes the show as a “very kind, warm, smart show to visit”, and you can watch the first season on Netflix. 

As if Mindy Kaling isn’t busy enough, she created the show The Sex Lives of College Girls set to be released on HBO Max sometime in 2021. While we eagerly wait for the release of the show, you can learn more about it here.

On her Instagram, Mindy Khaling recently posted an ode to Kelly Kapoor: 


 
 
 
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This is the type of energy we need in 2021. 

Where to watch The Office in 2021

As if 2020 couldn’t have gotten any worse, The Office was officially removed from Netflix at the end of the year. The show was widely popular on the streaming platform and was Netflix’s most viewed licensed TV show, according to People

Social media mourned the loss of the The Office on Netflix, and even months after the removal, fans are still rightfully upset. There are many reasons why we need The Office to come back for good.


 
 
 
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While The Office may not be on Netflix, there is some good news: all 9 seasons of The Office are available to stream on Peacock TV for the foreseeable future. So if you want some Dunder Mifflin in your life, you may just need to try out a new streaming platform. It’s a small price to pay to see all of your favorite moments in The Office.

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