Unpopular opinion: ‘The Office (US)’ is overrated

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Sean Reed

The popular show ran from 2005 to 2013 with a total of nine seasons.

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist

There is no denying that “The Office” is a popular television show. I have never been a fan. I tried, I really did, but just can’t see the humor in it. 

The show is extremely slow-moving; I can barely sit through an entire episode. There is no great storyline across its nine seasons. Nothing about it created an eagerness to watch the next episode. 

I am not a fan of the mockumentary style of filming; it felt as if it was trying to be a comedy posing as a reality show. 

Many people believe the comedy in “The Office” to be some of the best, but what about “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Friends” or “The Big Bang Theory?” These shows have a higher quality of comedy that is far less dry. 

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has an amazing sense of humor, and never cracks a joke directed at marginalized communities, which seems to be the trend in many comedies. 

While “Friends” is also hilarious, it is consistently funny with all the main characters. Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey make us laugh throughout every episode. 

“The Big Bang Theory” is a good show because it has solid characters throughout its seasons airing from 2007 to 2019. The main character, Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, began the series as a genius who is selfish, closed off and arrogant. Still, the show ends with his character having grown into someone who could understand his emotions and express them when needed, even if it might be difficult for him. 

I will admit, there are a few clips of “The Office” that can make me laugh, for example, the fire drill scene, the classical conditioning scene and the first aid scene. Outside of this, “The Office” is dull and uneventful. 

As a whole, “The Office” doesn’t deliver the excellent comedy that most people claim it does.