Show Synopsis: The Office (US)

Show Synopsis: The Office (US)

Show Synopsis: The Office (US)

-By Bhoomi Gupta

“The Office (US)” is a show adapted from the British original ‘The Office’ starring Ricky Gervais. 

This show is a “docu-reality” or “mockumentary” series, essentially a parody about the modern 9-5 American office life. “The Office” dives into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

To simulate the feel of an actual documentary, the show was filmed with a single camera set-up, without a studio audience, and any laugh tracks. 

 

Characters

Micheal Scott (Steve Carrell)

The central character of the series, serving as the Regional Manager of an almost obsolete paper distribution company, Dunder Mifflin Inc.

Apart from his masterful salesmanship, Micheal is lacking in almost any other skills, management and otherwise. He has a laid-back approach which usually represents low workplace productivity especially when he prioritizes personal interests overwork (birthdays, seminars and meetings). He loves Dunder Mifflin very much. Micheal has a habit of joking around and treating colleagues as friends which is often inappropriate for management. Micheal tends to overestimate his importance to his employees and though he constantly offends some of them, he has a close bond with a lot of them.

 

Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)

He is one of the highest-ranking salesmen as well as assistant to the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Inc. He is also the proprietor of Schrute Farms, a beet plantation owner and an owner of the business park in which Dunder Mifflin exists. He is known for his lack of social skills and common sense, he has a love for martial arts and the justice system and has an office rival, Jim Halpert. He also has an on-off love interest towards Angela Kinsey. 

 

Jim Halpert (John Krasinski)

He is introduced as a sales representative at Dunder Mifflin Inc. (Scranton). His character is an intelligent, mild-mannered person. He is also defined by his rivalrous pranking on fellow salesman Dwight Schrute and is also the romantic interest to Pam Beesly.

 

Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer)

Her character is initially a receptionist at Dunder Mifflin Inc. before becoming a salesman and eventually office administrator. Her character is shy, assertive but amiable and has an eye for art. She also shares a romantic interest with Jim Halpert. 

 

Recurring or non-central characters

These characters include:

Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak)

Introduced as a temporary in the office but eventually is permanent.

 

Andy Bernard (Ed Helms)

Salesman 

 

Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey)

Accountant

 

Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner)

Accountant

 

Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez)

Accountant

 

Phyllis Lapin (Phyllis Smith)

Saleswoman

 

Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker)

Salesman

 

Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling)

Customer Service Representative 

 

Meredith Palmer (Kate Flannery)

Supplier Relations Representative 

 

Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein)

Human Resources Representative 

 

Creed Bratton

Never actually hired, but walked in one day, and acted as he worked there.

 

Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson)

Warehouse foreman

 

Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper)

Receptionist (Season 5 onwards)

 

Review and Conclusion

Personally, my favorite show by miles. Let me explain, the show is one of a kind with its unique humor and punchlines. The ditzy characters add a lot to the show. Every character, be it central or recurring have their personalities which when tried to blend with others in a box of surprises. Also, this show would NEVER work in today’s day and age, the jokes aren’t the most friendly towards certain people, with all the social media available, everyone would be quick to take offense and wouldn’t wait for a second to retaliate. Some might call it distasteful because of these jokes, but honestly, it is genius, such jokes add more to the character and the environment of the show, also it is a “docu-reality” show, so it just shows the character in their “natural state”.

The writing on this just is clever and well thought of. It is an amazing show and a must-watch, make sure to watch it with an open mind though.