Sunday, May 19, 2013

The "Office" Finale

   I have been watching the Office for the past three years, and have seen every episode twice. The show lost a lot of viewers and some humor when Steve Carell left the show, but it has been decent since and I've continued to watch. When I heard that the show had one last season, I was looking forward to a proper end and conclusion to the show. The season was bittersweet, in the fact that it was more drama than funny (at times) and kind of made me hate Andy's character (played by Ed Helms). But in the last few episodes, I could start to see what originally got me hooked on the Office: the humor, the characters, and the chemistry. As a fan of the Office, I can say that the last episode was the best I had ever dreamed it could be, and I'd like to pay homage to a show that inspired me a lot. It inspired me to write better dialogue, and that a simple subject--like a normal office--can be made into something brilliant.

   Pam: "I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder-Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?"

  The Office has been on since I can remember watching TV. Watching it end, is like watching the end of an era. I can't believe it's gone, but it'll always be remembered for being the brilliant show it was.

   Andy: "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."



  1. Hi, Spencer!

    First, glad to have you back to blogging. Your gifted words have been missed, my (not as young anymore) friend.

    About "The Office". If you want a real treat (and I am a big fan of the American version), go out on Netflix or wherever you catch a series you haven't seen (assuming you haven't already seen it, which I probably shouldn't do), watch the one or two season of the British version, which we Americans picked up and rewrote, with different characters that were, in many ways, just the same. To me, both version have, as you pointed out, some of the smartest writing on television.

    I must admit, I was never a "regular" watcher of the series (hence I did not know Steve Carell had left the show). Honestly, though it was a show with a plethora of characters who stood on their own and made me laugh, I can't imagine the American version with Steve (just as I wouldn't be able to imagine the British version without Ricky Gervais).

    That being what it is, there is a reference you may know (although it's origin would have been before your time---from the show "Happy Days", starring now-legend director Ron Howard in his late teens): it's called "jumping the shark", and it refers to a moment in Happy Days' long-running history on an episode where Fonzie jumped an above-ground swimming pool full of sharks. The reference is that the show by that time had lost so many stars and had floundered so badly that it had "jumped the shark".

    I have a theory about comedies, and I've never seen it miss: as soon as a comedy contains more drama than comedy (especially a significantly larger amount) it had jumped the shark.

    In some ways I am glad I never became a devoted, every-week viewer because every show of The (American) Office I've seen has been, in a word, classic.

    Let me recommend a show that is current in its (I think) 2nd or 3rd season: Modern Family. Talk about smart writing, brilliantly played by a cast of character from whom you just can't pick a favorite (or the funniest), I think you would enjoy it a lot, if you aren't already.

    Let me finish by saying it again: great to see you around the blogosphere, young man. You are a treat to read (and I don't think it would be a stretch at all for you to start thinking of a career in writing sitcoms yourself---you seem to have the eyes, ears, a writing skills for it)!

  2. In my opinion, I think the best written show out there is Arrested Development. There are some genius writers behind that show for sure. I know the jumping the shark reference, coincidentally from Arrested Development. Henry Winkler guest stars on Arrested Development, and there is one episode where he literally jumps/hops over a shark: . Thanks for commenting, I'm glad to be back blogging as well!