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.”
— Alison Bee 🇨🇦🦉🍁🍂 (@nerdmomglitter) December 21, 2018
“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.
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) March 4, 2018
The Office can always count on her to successfully clear the phone lines.
fav girl i miss you pam beesly pic.twitter.com/AvddQoL3yC
— • (@pambeeslvs) November 1, 2020
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!”
Mood: Dwight when he isn’t invited to Michael’s dinner party pic.twitter.com/gaFDITONKA
— Tammy Silverthorn (@TamSilverthorn) April 11, 2018
I can’t believe Jim was gonna leave Pam at the dinner party
— Maddie Poppe (@MaddiePoppe) January 16, 2019
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.”
My philosophy professor seriously put “bears, beats, & Battlestar Galactica” as the first 3 answer options on an exam question 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jtKk6kdT2L
— Lauren (@_lauren134) November 15, 2016
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.”
Little late but @alyssa_janelle4 ‘s tweet made me think of that episode of the office when dwight finds the half joint in the parking lot. Then michales makes fun of it like “I’m half baked gonna smoke a doobie with my brothers, with my doobie brothers, oooh munchies” 😂 pic.twitter.com/9S069mG6sg
— Dutch (@dutcher_noah) November 11, 2018
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.”
nothing can ever top jim and pam’s wedding they just set the bar too highpic.twitter.com/uh8a2UmEKY
— vick (@pambisly) September 27, 2020
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.
“You miss 100% of the shots you dont take
-michael Scott pic.twitter.com/44HfdQLlVu
— Zordon (@ChuckBrown863) January 26, 2019
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!”
“I AM HERE TO SCARE YOU STRAIGHT!”
Prison Mike on The Office (2006) pic.twitter.com/bxVjkDt0h1
— filmartbox (@filmartbox) February 18, 2020
Where do I sign up?! I’ll be prison Mike for a month for unlimited festival tickets! #ravehumor #edmhumor #ravememe #ravememes #edmfunny #memes #wooklife #wooks #festival #musicfestival pic.twitter.com/wpw13R1Acz
— Festival Addicts (@fstvladdicts247) January 8, 2020
— Josh Sobo (@JoshSobo) July 15, 2014
Michael and Dwight prove that they are straight outta Scranton.
the greatest rap song of this generation pic.twitter.com/zEi628PqrB
— Dwight K. Schrute (@DwightSchrute_) March 15, 2021
Quarantine has got us feeling more and more like Michael Scott every day.
For every life situation there’s a Michael Scott quote 😂. pic.twitter.com/0fPVAqxA0s
— Jonny Alves (@JonnyLFC93) January 1, 2021
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.
S2 E10 “Christmas Party”
Unbelievable. I do the nicest thing that anyone’s ever done for these people and they freak-out. Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame. pic.twitter.com/OGwA8W7Z23
— The Aggie Fan Dan™ (@USUtheRightBlue) July 8, 2019
omg here are the pictures Michael Scott took with his digital camera at Dunder Mifflin’s Christmas party pic.twitter.com/0tG1lWFh11
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 25, 2017
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”
THATS WHAT SHE SAID
— letícia (@leticiaf_crf) June 10, 2020
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.
Michael Scott showing up at Dwight’s wedding and being his best man has got to be one of my favorite moments. pic.twitter.com/NJt4wKvS9z
— Maddie (@callmemaddie7) August 17, 2018
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.
— The Office Quotes (@TheOfficeQuotez) September 9, 2015
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>>>> pic.twitter.com/Aixce283UK
— The Office Quotes (@OGofficetweets) February 18, 2015
Dwight’s wigs are still in fashion today, and he is serving up some serious Billie Eilish vibes.
I see no difference pic.twitter.com/FqqWQj5u4G
— Dwight K. Schrute (@DwightSchrute_) March 18, 2021
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?!
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.
Why is this dude running like Mose Schrute??? pic.twitter.com/bxPpwNSZKd
— Brandon Szubinski (@bszubs11) July 20, 2019
Together, they make the ultimate dream team.
Dwight, Mose, and Zeke. The original Super Team pic.twitter.com/wz3xD38ApU
— “Salary Cap Guru” Traw (@Whatshis40) June 22, 2020
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.
THE OFFICE CHARACTER RANKING 🏆
Angela Martin (19.2%) pic.twitter.com/IE1WB8LQuf
— kaia (@godinthischiIis) June 28, 2020
— Dave Reid (@Dav3403) June 4, 2016
She was way ahead of her time.
angela from the office was way ahead of her time pic.twitter.com/j6Xmh9uSod
— KING NATE 👑 (@nateandco_) December 20, 2020
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 – the office pic.twitter.com/HyTFKE2pnc
— rt your otp (@faveship) September 13, 2015
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 Malone Quotes (@KevMaloneQuotes) November 5, 2020
Kevin may be oblivious, but he knew about Jim and Pam before anyone else.
Kevin: Are you kidding me, Pam & Jim are TOTALLY hooking up! All they do is smile; they’re just keeping it a secret. Right?
Oscar: I don’t know, there is no evidence of intimacy. They’ve been in remarkably good moods. It could be other things..
Kevin: Are you KIDDING ME? pic.twitter.com/icnGwa4vUv
— Kevin Malone Quotes (@KevMaloneQuotes) January 13, 2021
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.
Hands down, Kevin’s Famous Chili is The Office’s best cold open pic.twitter.com/0Tg8JofmsW
— Mark Kunz (@MarkAKunz) March 14, 2021
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.
— Aaron (@AnonymousAaron) October 17, 2019
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.”
Here, I quote (one of the most profound cinematic moments) Andy Bernard (The Office) :
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them “
— Batmacha (@Paulslogic) January 26, 2021
He reminds us that women are very into theatre guys.
— The Dundies Podcast (@dundiespodcast) March 27, 2018
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.
Friday the 13th Part 6 was pretty good. I get why people like it.
— Mr. Cord (@cordisbored) August 5, 2020
Watching Sweeney Todd on Netflix and can only picture Andy Bernard signing it pic.twitter.com/YUeUR3HBSW
— Quincy (@LukeQuincy) April 8, 2019
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.”
When your mom says ‘clean your room’ (actually I wouldn’t know bc I dont have a mom) pic.twitter.com/7w76KlD1uu
— Erin Hannon (@ErinHannon_) June 26, 2015
In season 8, episode 18, “Last Day in Florida,” Erin has an interesting approach to making tea.
I just had a moment where I thought “hm, yeah tea could be nice right now” then looked ahead of me, saw the half-drank Gatorade bottle… and flashed to Erin from The Office saying she boiled Gatorade to make tea. pic.twitter.com/tLQvreEOku
— alanna ☻ (@alannadoucette) November 28, 2020
She is not only a receptionist, she is a singer-songwriter.
Underrated moment in The Office (US) #1: when Andy & Erin write and rehearse a song welcoming the new buyers of the company, and then realise they have been pronouncing said buyer company wrong all along. Gabe putting away the camera slowly… 😂 pic.twitter.com/JvOd4TC7cI
— B. (@schrute_swanson) December 19, 2020
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.
On this day. Ryan and Kelly from The Office hooked up… pic.twitter.com/P0w3qTil5X
— Mikey V (@___MikeyV) February 13, 2018
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.
— The Office on Peacock (@theofficetv) May 31, 2018
When she finally put Ryan in his place:
— The Office on Peacock (@theofficetv) February 2, 2017
Kelly is all of us during quarantine:
u know in the office where when kelly gets bored she sometimes will just scream “i’m dying!!!!” and no one pays any attention to it… ya i felt that
— rach ™ (@guerillllagirl) June 19, 2018
Kelly from The Office randomly screaming because she’s so bored is me every day in Human Growth and Development pic.twitter.com/rgGBGnumOh
— jill (@jillpetersen_) February 24, 2016
Quotes from the cast of The Office: Honorable Mentions
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.
When I ask my students to introduce themselves in the discussion forums with a GIF, I always use this GIF of Toby from The Office as my example in the assignment instructions. It makes me laugh every time I look at the module. pic.twitter.com/K2eZ0M6eac
— Ashley Acosta-🦊 (@ashleya_f) December 14, 2020
For my fans of The Office… Toby Flenderson is the Scranton Strangler. And I’ll tell you why… pic.twitter.com/DYuUb1q3NY
— Spencer McClure (@spencermcclure_) March 11, 2018
In The Office, Stanley (played by Leslie David Baker) plays no games and has no time for Michael’s antics.
My favorite moment in The Office’s entire run is Stanley laughing at Scott’s Tots pic.twitter.com/26Dd5OTlKy
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) October 2, 2020
I went back and watched The Office “did I stutter!?” episode last night and…Stanley was 100% right.
Michael had just asked the only Black employee to help with something “urban.” I woulda yelled at Michael too 😂😂😂😂
I blame Toby 🤷🏾♀️
— brittany packnett cunningham is on extended break. (@MsPackyetti) September 17, 2020
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.
— The Office on Peacock (@theofficetv) September 12, 2018
I can’t believe how much dust we pay the most iconic character on The Office wow. pic.twitter.com/MU2jOqxEtb
— Alexis “Bring Back Bunheads” Wilson (@sassyblackdiva) November 4, 2019
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.
— The Office on Peacock (@theofficetv) August 22, 2018
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.
— shay | BLM! (@folkloreclosure) April 18, 2020
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) March 17, 2021
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.
— Aaron Frey (@Aaron_Frey) December 20, 2020
Roy may not have ended up marrying Pam, but he found the woman of his dreams and had a major glow-up.
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.
— Jillian Kaye (@pbandjillian) October 27, 2018
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.
TRAILER DROPPING for my new show on @PeacockTV #RutherfordFalls!
I’m beyond proud to be a part of this project with my co-creators Mike Schur and Sierra Teller Ornelas and to share this breakthrough moment in Native representation in television. Stream it April 22 on @PeacockTV! pic.twitter.com/vB7Bonrk50
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) March 16, 2021
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:
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.
I miss The Office on Netflix every single day. pic.twitter.com/98GJZ2w2cI
— Paloma Villicana FOX5 (@PalomaVillicana) March 16, 2021
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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