Since debuting in 2005, the U.S. version of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office has become a true comedy classic. Well, at least Seasons 2 and 3. That may be a statement that many disagree with, particularly fans of the original British version of the series. But the U.S. version distinguished itself with a seemingly perfect cast, engrossing stories and an overall different feel to the office environment.
Unfortunately, the series has suffered due to simply going on for too long. Many pinpoint that the moment The Office went downhill was when Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left at the end of Season 7, but I feel that it was slightly before that in Season 6. The stories started to get a little too ridiculous and there seemed to be little structure to the show as a whole. I still enjoy watching it though, which is why I was pleased when Season 9 was announced as the “Farewell Season”. This now gives the writers a chance to tell the true ending of the story. But, what needs to be resolved to ensure that a satisfactory ending is achieved for the remaining fans of the series?
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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013