Context and a TV Show: The Office

Friday, May 17, 2013

NBC's "The Office" comes to an endWe talk to cultural critic Linda Holmesculture blogger for NPR's Monkey See, and management expert Tim Sullivan, editor at Harvard Business Review and author of The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Officeabout the show's impact.

Screening Room: Some of the Best Office Moments


Linda Holmes and Tim Sullivan

Comments [16]

kevin from upper west world

what...! "office incompetence not promoted in the real world". you're kidding,right..??!!

May. 17 2013 01:43 PM

Remember what Carol Burnett said about today's sitcoms...

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May. 17 2013 11:38 AM

Regarding British TV, besides the acclaimed comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served?, etc.,...

I recall some pretty witty even dryly funny lines/scenes in the British SciFi classic Dr. Who.

May. 17 2013 11:35 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

No John A

I've had every kind of work and life experience, but I'm old enough to know the difference between funny and silly. The media has dumbed down to the point of silliness is that beyond absurdity. The British retained that superior quality until recently, as British TV has followed US TV down the road of mass stupidity and silliness for the vast low-IQ audience they have to sucker into buying their sponsor's junk.

May. 17 2013 11:28 AM

The Office was a huge lost opportunity. It never took advantage of the premise and setting of an office and the intrigue and politics that exist, rather focusing constantly on a horrible boss and constantly going on group outings together, rather than using work relationships as the basis for their interaction.

Choosing a sales office where people actually do something rather than some mysterious service/profit was also a missed opportunity because their 'work' was actually measurable.

This show was total mediocrity, Steve Carrell was a lot of nothing, just got attention because there is nothing any better on the wasteland of TV.

May. 17 2013 11:24 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

By and large, the sit-coms of 40-50 years ago, when there were only 3 TV network stations on air, were FUNNIER by far than the myriad mass of poor writing and equally poor acting that characterizes most of the unfunny cr*p spread over 200 stations today. Quantity does not trump quality.

May. 17 2013 11:20 AM
John A

I hope everyone hating on The Office here is doing do because they just can't relate. One really dumb boss in your history and you'll likely be needing (a) Michael to laugh at.

May. 17 2013 11:19 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I can't watch "The Office," just because of the atmosphere. The level of tension was so high, I couldn't find it entertaining.

May. 17 2013 11:19 AM

The early 80's sitcom "Family Ties" is probably the last I have any familiarity with.

I still have fond memories of All in The Family, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and even Three's Company. And, of course, the Honeymooners.

I think many would agree that, on the whole at least, television has gone downhill since the 70's.

May. 17 2013 11:18 AM
John A

Hilarious that they chose the paper industry to work with. So much of life nowadays, tech, is to obsolete the need for paper.
Hope they find a suitable replacement soon.

May. 17 2013 11:15 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ooops, "Mad"

May. 17 2013 11:13 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

That was funny????? That was so forced and obvious. And predictable. No spark of creativity there.

"The Office" never raised so much as a smile on my face.


May. 17 2013 11:13 AM
Shark from nyc

Simply couldn't watch the USA version. Loved - LOVED the BBC version!
NOTE: BBC office ended after a second season.
No sharks jumping in those waters!

May. 17 2013 11:12 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

If there was ever a mundane polar opposite to the whiskey fueled halcyon days of "Man Men", the office was it.

May. 17 2013 11:12 AM
mr nyc

Loved "The Office" but half the highjinks they did on it would get anyone fired or under investigation by various government agencies. I think it was popular precisely because it was the opposite of real life offices - namely, boring.

May. 17 2013 11:10 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Another silly, ridiculous, unfunny American sitcom finally and thankfully bites the dust. If you want a funny show to watch, watch Monk or the Simpsons. Or Colbert. I don't think there was anything in Office that was either funny or realistic.

May. 17 2013 11:10 AM

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