The Office

Jake Striebeck

That’s what she said or, that’s what he said. What Michael Scott said, anyway.

“The Office,” a four-time Emmy Award-winning mockumentary-style sitcom, is one of the most-streamed shows on Netflix to date. It focuses on the workplace routine of a group that is diverse, obnoxious and wholesome. These are the employees of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company based in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The cast of this show included Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, John Krasinski, Rashida Jones, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson and Amy Ryan, along with featured performances by James Spader, Will Ferrell, Kathy Bates, David Koechner and Idris Elba. Star-studded is an understatement. Greg Daniels and Michael Schur served as leaders of the production of “The Office,” as well as the iconic series “Parks and Recreation.”

Michael Scott, main character of the show and regional manager of the fictional workplace, is a man of many tastes. His love for pop culture and artists like Meryl Streep and Britney Spears keeps him hip. He is a social advocate, fighting to find the cure to rabies and encouraging diversity in the workplace through Diversity Day seminars and Diwali Christmas celebrations. He shares Prison Mike’s experiences with Dementors. His financial literacy of declaring bankruptcy, effective public speaking skills and ability to be self-aware in all situations makes this character a strong and impactful leader.

Dwight Schrute, the assistant to the regional manager, is as skilled at martial arts as he is at paper selling. He is an entrepreneur, running his own beet plantation and hosting a bed-and-breakfast at Schrute Farms.

Jim Halpert and Pam Halpert (Beasly) have one of the most organic and romantic love stories portrayed on television, representing the complexities and realities of romantic attraction in life and in the workplace.

Oscar Martinez, Kevin Malone and Angela Martin make up the brilliantly diverse accounting team. Stanley Hudson, Phyllis Lapin-Vance and Creed Bratton share wisdom that can only be held by people of that stature and age.

Andy Bernard’s flamboyancy, Kelly Kapoor’s bubbly attitude, Meredith Palmer’s ability to always turn things into a party, Erin Hannon’s innocence and kindness, Darryl Philbin’s leadership skills and Ryan Howard’s ambition are all traits of good people.

Every character is magnificently unique, yet relatable. Michael Scott and the whole workforce at Dunder Mifflin have all made “The Office” one of the most iconic shows of the past two decades.

Since “The Office” will be leaving Netflix at the end of 2020, let’s make it go out with a bang and stream until its removal.