Happy Anniversary to The Office, which premiered ten years ago today on March 24, 2005! Ten years! Can you believe it? Where the hell did that decade go?
I was there in front of my TV watching that very first episode ten years ago, and I have to say I wasn't impressed. Why? Welp, I was working at the local newspaper at the time, and had a very, very Michael Scott-like boss. One who, just like Michael, thought he was hilarious, wanted to be everyone's pal, and spent far more time and effort deciding where to eat lunch than he ever did on actual work.
Since I was pretty much living the series on a daily basis, the last thing I wanted to do was see it again when I got home. So I ended up ignoring the show.
I don't remember why now, but I decided to give the series another try a year later. I watched the A Benihana Christmas episode, and suddenly I was hooked. I sought out the DVDs to get all caught up, and became a rabid viewer after that.
As far as I know The Office was the first series to use the now ubiquitous "fake documentary" style of shooting. Apparently not everyone realized that's what they were watching though. I was once discussing the show with a co-worker who said, "That guy who plays Jim is the worst actor ever! Every week he looks right at the camera and makes a face!" Oy gevalt!
I remained a loyal fan for the series' entire seven year run. You heard me. I said seven. There were only seven seasons of The Office. You may have encountered people who insist there were actually nine seasons, but that's just an ugly internet rumor. The series ended with Steve Carell's departure in the Goodbye, Michael episode.