On May 11th, 2012, NBC announced that The Office: An American Workplace would be renewed for a 9th season. The show, which has been running since 2005, will return to our screens next month.
Despite the stay of execution however, the show has seen a decline both in ratings and reviews all the way back to the sixth season, and many have argued that the concept’s golden period has ended. Season 7 saw the departure of the show’s figurehead, boss Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. But in truth the show had slid down in quality in years prior to that, and where it was once one of the sharpest shows on television, it has slipped into the mediocre.
Despite the The Office still grossing plenty of money for NBC, there are more than enough reasons the show should bow out gracefully now with Season 9 as its swansong.
10. Adios, Dwight Schrute
In January 2012, NBC were revealed to be plotting a spin-off show set at Schrute Farms, Dwight’s bed and breakfast beet farm. The show is set to premiere in 2013 and will involve Rainn Wilson’s character (who we should remind ourselves is the first credited cast member on the show) leaving The Office. Rainn is set to appear as Dwight in around 13 episodes of season 9 before leaving midway to star in his own show, tentatively titled “The Farm.”
While Season 8 saw a real dip in quality and laughs, Dwight quite literally carried some episodes. With Michael gone, Dwight stepped into the void he left in a way new manager Andy Bernard (played by Ed Helms) never accomplished. Not only is Wilson one of the biggest names on the show, Dwight’s unique brand of comedy and incredibly detailed character is part of what made the Office so great back in its glory days. Losing him will be a massive blow.