The Office

There are no Monday morning blues in The Office. Nor are there deadlines to be met or innately insensitive clients to tackle. The Office is a popular American sitcom, which takes a gentle dig at the lives of the workers at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

The Office is inspired by its namesake, a BBC series. It is an interesting and refreshing mix of satire and drama, shot in a documentary format. The novelty has obviously caught on with the viewers, and The Office ratings are one of the highest in the industry.

The Office Plot

The Office has its beginnings when a film crew decides to shoot on site at the Dunder Mifflin. The office-goers would be the protagonists and their lives would set the action.

Steve Carell’s Michael Scott is at the helm of the Dunder Mifflin. Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, is his assistant manager and Rainn Wilson, as Dwight Schrute, is the assistant to the regional head. These two diametrically opposite characters are constantly at loggerheads, making for some light-hearted moments in the series. The romantic angle is provided by Jim and receptionist Pam Beesly, played by Jenna Fischer. The path to the “I do’s” for these two friends was fraught with much tension that spanned the first three seasons of The Office.

The prim and proper and the very serious Angela Martin, played with aplomb by Angela Kinsey, heads the accounting bureau. Other noteworthy characters include Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner), a derisive individual, obsessed with gambling, and possessing an almost childish sense of humor; and Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez), timid and tolerant, and forever being ridiculed by Michael.

For The Office viewers however, the documenter’s camera too plays a pivotal part. Even the characters in the plot seamlessly acknowledge the presence of a camera in their midst. So much so, that some characters even play to the camera. Thus you have Jim and Pam opening their hearts out to each other and to the roving eye as well, or Michael assisting the filming crew in their work. It is the camera that spills the beans on Jim and Pam’s affair and it is to the camera that Pam turns when she has to prove Dwight and Angela’s clandestine relationship.

In the initial episodes of The Office, the camera moved around only within the office. As the show progressed, the camera too moved out to pry into the personal lives of the characters, thus lending more complexity and subtler hues to the plot. The camera followed Michael to his dinner party and Jim, to his barbecue gathering. The Office viewers could almost feel its omniscient presence, as it often snooped around to reveal closed-door encounters and evidently hush-hush conversations.

The Office, in the Times to Come

The Office has enjoyed five rollicking seasons and is gearing up for its sixth saga in the fall of 2009. The Office viewers, piggybacking on the camera, can expect more drama and loads of entertainment in the forthcoming season. The popularity of The Office can only skyrocket from here.