The Office

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Name: The Office
Creator: Based upon The Office by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
Date(s): March 24, 2005 – May 16, 2013
Medium: TV Series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia
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The Office is an American television comedy series that ran for 9 seasons on NBC. It is based on the BBC series of the same name. The documentary-style series takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania and depicts the typical workdays of office employees at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.


The ensemble cast includes Steve Carrell as regional manager Michael Scott, John Krasinski as salesman Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as receptionist Pam Beesly, Rainn Wilson as salesman Dwight Schrute, B.J. Novak as temp Ryan Howard, Mindy Kaling as customer service rep Kelly Kapoor, Angela Kinsey as accountant Angela Martin, Paul Lieberstein as HR rep Toby Flenderson, Craig Robinson as warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin, Ed Helms as salesman Andy Bernard, Ellie Kemper as receptionist Erin Hannon, among others.

Some notable regular guest characters included Melora Hardin as VP of Sales Jan Levinson, Amy Adams as purse girl Katy, Andy Buckley as CFO David Wallace, Rashida Jones as saleswoman Karen Filippelli, Amy Ryan as HR rep Holly Flax, and Idris Elba as VP of Sales Charles Miner.

The series focused on many romantic relationships, especially on the Jim/Pam relationship. Other important relationships on the show included Dwight/Angela, Ryan/Kelly, Michael/Jan, Andy/Erin, and Michael/Holly.


Though never a huge ratings hit, The Office had a strong fan following and at its peak, a multitude of fanworks were produced. The series also had a sizable cultural impact; the city of Scranton fully embraced its role as the setting of the show, hosting an Office fan convention in 2007 and a parade and wrap party when the series ended in 2013.

Fanfic and other fanworks lean heavily towards canon and het, most prevalent being the Jim/Pam pairing, with Dwight/Angela, Ryan/Kelly, and Jim/Karen also having a sizable following. There are some works devoted to the fanon pairings of Pam/Toby, Pam/Ryan, and Andy/Kelly, and the slash pairing of Jim/Ryan and femslash pairing of Pam/Karen.




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