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The Emotional Rollercoaster of Life as a Fan of "The Office"

By Courtney Enlow | TV Reviews | May 16, 2013 | Comments ()


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When "The Office" first started, it really was superb.

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In the beginning, we could all agree that it was great. It was our common denominator, something we all shared.

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I mean, remember watching Jim and Pam fall in love?

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I mean, THIS?

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I had seven small heart attacks.

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Everything was wonderful. But, then the branches merged, and there were just a lot of people.

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Which was great and all. We all liked Andy (at first) and it is a testament to Rashida Jones's adorability that we liked Karen as much as we did.

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And then this happened and I cried a million.

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So, despite a slight loss of interest, we were all still pretty much on board. But, then, things started to...change.

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But, still, I stayed true. Largely out of loyalty.

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And good things were still happening. Yay for Jam babies!

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But, mostly, things didn't get better.

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See, Paul Lieberstein took over. You know. Toby.

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Turns out Michael was right about Toby all along.

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Because he ruined the show.

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I couldn't even believe Catherine Tate and James Spader were joining.

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But that joy was short-lived.

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So, by this point, the show had basically stopped being the show we loved.

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Which character took most shocking leap from wonderful to kind of a douche?

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I mean, Ryan, did you even know the journey your role would take?

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Oh, wait, Will Ferrell was on this show?

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I legitimately forgot.

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And Kathy?

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Let's just pretend that never happened.

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Lets be on the realz and just sum up seasons six through eight.

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But, what's this? Greg Daniels will return?

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The show gets good again!

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Sure, it still should have ended when Michael left.

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But at least everything got better. And everything worked out for PB & J, and even Dwight and Angela!

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So, goodbye, "The Office." We may not have ways gotten along, but I'll miss you so much.

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  • Mini comment diversion: Favorite moment?

    Aside from the kiss, I'd say the cold-open with the fire. I've never laughed harder in my life. Specially at Creed's face:

  • The lowest point was when they introduced the fucking Sabre thing. Yeah it'd been chugging along for a while, but that piece of shit plot change was goddamn terrible and worst, it went nowhere. Everything they did with it was awful.

    The worst part of that was just how much screen time they gave Andy. I like Ed Helms, I really do, but that characters was one huge vacuum. There was nothing there, ever. He was badly written and never should've become as important as he did.

    And when did it get better, for me? When Andy disappeared for an eternity. After that it was just so much better. Not as good as it had been, but watchable.

    Anyway. I'll be glad to see it's over, though I'll definitely miss the characters. It was a fun trip to take with so many weirdos.

  • Steph

    My daughter graduates from high school in two days and one of my favorite tv shows is ending. This is just too much change all at once. In the words of Michael Scott "This is gonna hurt like a mother f*cker".

  • I don't watch it anymore, I can only hate watch one formerly beloved sitcom at a time (HIMYM, you TROLL). But there was a long time that no other group of people made me cackle and smile as much as these office drones. I'll watch the finale.

  • mairimba

    *sniff*

  • Rocabarra

    I too wished the show had finished when Michael left, and the show quickly became a hatewatch for me after, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Now I wish I could stop tonight from ever coming because I'm not ready to say goodbye to the last eight years of Thursday nights. I'm just not ready.

    But, since I can't even delay the inevitable, at least I can hope that Michael Scott will make one last appearance. It would simultaneously rip apart my heart and make me whole again.

  • PerpetualIntern

    That last gif is glorious.

  • PaddyDog

    I stopped watching as soon as Catherine Tate came on board. I have never regretted that decision.

    I do however, regret that there is no picture available of La Famille Klingonfree because I shall forever see them in my mind's eye as bobbleheads.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [basking in a PaddyDog appearance]

  • $27019454

    co-basking

  • BAM

    **Slow Clap**

    Regardless of the quality of the last few seasons, it will always have a special place in my heart. Kind of like LOST.

  • $27019454

    In my family we have discussions/arguments about who is the most morally corrupt character. Granted, we stopped watching when Spader arrived because I love Spader and I knew it would suck he was on the Office, so I didn't. And plus, yeah, just ennui, so I don't know the pain of those last seasons. BUT (to the point!) we agree it is a tossup among Ryan the Fuckhead, Stanley the Wretched Loathsome Beat and Angela the Sociopathic HellBitch.

    We also agree hands-downdowndown that Dwight is the most memorable, balls-out, iconic, funniest character ever. That actor just got in character and NEVER LEFT. We all have Dwight bobbleheads...which I realize as I write this, is just sad-ish. Wait. I meant we have the toy bobblehead. Not that our heads are Dwight bobbleheads. That would be weird. WeirdER, I should say.

    I just revealed way more than I wanted to about my family.

  • $27019454

    And Creed. Just...Creed.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The more I read your comments, the more I am looking forward to Little J becoming a teenager because your family discussions sound AWESOME!

  • $27019454

    Needless to say I cannot wait till they are old enough to watch Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    I'm glad it's finally ending, but i'm also going to miss it. It was my favorite comedy on TV for many years. I can still rewatch season 2 through 4 forever and always laugh my ass off. Season 1 and 5 were also great, but the ones after that was really hit and miss. Mostly miss. Like everyone else i feel like the show should have ended when Michael left, but i still tune in every time it's on. Maybe it's because i still have a crush on Pam...

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    Yeah. Webcam girls have it good. They only have to stick a pineapple up their ass to earn that money, but you're right. We all benefit.

  • Maguita NYC

    I too felt the show should have ended with Michael's departure, and haven't watched an episode since. Everybody keeps telling me the last few weeks have been amazing and The Office has gotten its quirky rhythm back, but I just couldn't.

    However, tonight I will be watching starting with the Retrospective at 8 p.m. Hope they deliver, hope they make me cry, hope to see Michael one more time. Should I watch though last week's ep beforehand?

  • Tinkerville

    Definitely watch last week's beforehand. You won't regret it. It had me sobbing in the best of ways and slapped tourniquets on all the bleeding messes the past couple of seasons caused.

  • Maguita NYC

    Darn it! Screw work, I'm gonna have to watch this before 8 p.m.

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