The Office Review: Why Dunder Mifflin is the Best

Shannon Foley, Staff Writer


Although it’s long over, The Office will always hold a special place in our hearts for being another iconic television show. This show is a mockumentary, or fake documentary, that follows your average paper company, Dunder Mifflin. Specifically, it follows the branch located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It is viewed through the perspective of the documentary crew, so we get to see everything that will eventually air on The Office: An American Workplace.

Lead by Regional Manager Michael Scott, some of the employees include Dwight Schrute, a beet farmer, Pam Beesly, the receptionist who’s been engaged for three years, and Jim Halpert, the office prankster and comedian who always seems to be at the reception desk. Smaller characters include Creed Bratton, an older employee who is pretty suspicious and odd, Meredith Palmer, a single mom and alcoholic, Oscar Martinez, an intelligent and closeted gay man, and Angela Martin, the modest and grumpy cat lady.

The show follows the employees at work, where viewers witness many inappropriate comments made by Michael, Jim and Pam’s friendship and love of pranking Dwight, and Dwight begging to become Assistant Regional Manager instead of Assistant to the Regional Manager. Dunder Mifflin, Scranton becomes close to going out of business, so there is often panic and anxiousness over the fact that the branch may be shut down and jobs would be lost.

Even though most scenes are filmed in the office, viewers often get the personal scoop on some of the employees, like secret crushes, affairs, and even budding office romances.

Although the show obviously is not reality tv, occasionally you’ll find yourself so involved that you forget about that, and all you want to do now is move to Scranton and work there. Surely, no one finds anything entertaining about an ordinary paper company, but as Pam once said, “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?”