TV shows of Christmas Past (TV Review Time)

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In 2005 the American version of The Office was born. The show began copying from the British version verbatim. However, in its second season it became a whole new show and had an amazing group of screenwriters. I was in love with The Office in high school. It always made me laugh and my first OTP (One True Pairing) was the famous Jim and Pam relationship, also known as “Jam”. My favorite episode, of the second season that is, is “The Dundees” episode. Everyone can relate to a boring or awkward party and an annoying or awkward boss, this episode is no different. This episode is when I fell in love with The Office. I couldn’t stop laughing. Despite being 16 at the time, I still could relate my work experiences to the absurdity and the incredibly odd antics of the boss, Michael (Steve Carrell).

It’s weird to think that John Krasinski was only a year or two older than me when the show first started. The show was relatable on so many different levels. It discussed the advantages/disadvantages of blue collar vs white collar jobs, the boredom of the workplace, the loss of individuality in the workplace and office romance. In my experience, it was a huge adjustment to go from working at a front desk with customers and constant human interaction to a desk job where I work with others still but my job is to work a computer in my cubicle. Any job provides its pros and cons but I’m luckily to be in a field that I enjoy working in. The Office mainly concentrates on the characters who dislike their job and their colleagues. It’s hard for me to believe it at times, but many Americans despise their jobs. Not everyone can be a Dwight Howard (Character from The Office) and love and respect their boss and their job.

Great movies displaying this hostile and boring atmosphere had already existed before this show (American Beauty, Office Space, Clerks, etc.) before, but The Office provided a weekly outlet of entertainment that could be available to virtually anyone. Its first season was a bit of a shaky one, but the seasons after that became a strong foundation for a remarkable show. Since the show has been out since 2005 I will only disclaim that *THIS IS WHERE THE SPOILERS WILL BEGIN*.  Once “Jam” got together, the show was still worth watching but not nearly as intriguing. It’s difficult for many TV shows to make relationships that their audience wants to work-work. After season 5 the show lost some of its luster but its last season really did tie up the show nicely.

This show always provides comfort to me when I need a laugh or want to get caught up in one of my favorite romances, Jam. As cheesy as it sounds The Office has given me an idea of what I want in my job, relationships and life. It’s one of those shows that you don’t realize how much it impacts your life until you look at the choices you’ve made. I highly recommend watching this show, it’s on Netflix!

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About juliagoolia1920

I'm a twenty something wannabee writer, who is trying to figure out this whole adulthood thing. In my free time, when I'm not writing, I enjoy beer and Netflix. Preferably together. I gravitate towards Cincinnati at night and live in the burbs during the day. On my blog you will find reviews, anecdotes, stories and the occasional rant.

Posted on December 27, 2013, in Past Entries and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I do like Michael, but I haven’t seen much of the show.

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