My new goal in life is to create/write for a show that will touch someone as much as ‘The Office’ has touched me.
That finale was perfect
I cried like a baby at the end
I don’t care what anybody says
is was an amazing show from the very beginning to the very end
If I wasn’t just working I’d be crying. But now….now here it comes…the final episode of The Office
This Office retrospective is already too much
I don’t think people understand that tonight is the last episode of The Office…ever :(
No I’m Not Overreacting: Why “The Office” Finale Means So Much To Me
By Claire McCleskey
The other day I was discussing the upcoming finale of The Office with a friend. When I mentioned how upset I was that it was coming to an end, she told me that it was just a TV show and that I shouldn’t let it impact me so much emotionally. She’s probably right, but it did make me think about how much The Office has been a part of my life over the past few years.
I’ve been a fan for quite some time now. I can’t say I’ve been there since day one—I was only eleven years old when the pilot aired on NBC for the first time. But my parents have always loved it. I remember in its early days, my parents would watch it together every week, but they didn’t think I was old enough to watch it at first. Eventually, it would become a weekly family gathering. As I got older I began to watch episodes here and there, but it wasn’t until the summer before my sophomore year of high school that I really got into it. That summer was a particularly rocky and emotional one for me, and I needed something make me laugh and get my mind off of everything. As I browsed Netflix one night, I noticed that they had every season of The Office to date available to stream. I watched four seasons in a week. That was when I learned that even if it sounds lazy, marathoning TV shows can be highly therapeutic.
From then on out, I was hooked. I’ve never missed an episode. Some of my best friendships were formed because of excited conversations about the future of Jim and Pam every Friday morning after a new episode had aired. As I grew older I realized how much I loved the writing on the show. I mean, I really loved it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wanted to work in television as a writer so that I could do it too. And I still want to. If you had given me one wish when I was sixteen years old, it would have been to be able to do what the writers on that show do. If you asked me now, I would tell you the same thing.
But I think my favorite thing about The Office is how much it has grown as a show. The characters we see in season nine are not the same ones we saw in season one, just as someone you met nine years ago would not be the same now. This seems like simple logic, but not every show can pull this off. For the most part, it shows character development in a realistic way. Look at Jim and Pam’s relationship—we see them going from flirting in the office to newlyweds to a very real mother and father facing problems that only a married couple would have to deal with. Michael Scott leaves Scranton to be with Holly. As much as we all wanted him to stay, in the real world it would have been time for him to leave. There’s a fairly steady coming and going of characters in the office. While some of them are exaggerated, they are all very much like the people you would find in your own office. If you tell me you’ve never worked with a Michael Scott, you’re lying to me. And as these characters have grown, so has the audience. When the show premiered I was still in elementary school, and I am now halfway done with college. While in college, I am studying Communications and hoping to become a television writer—one who will write the next great mockumentary series. I’ve made friends, I’ve lost friends. I’ve grown as much as the characters have and the finale forces me to see how much they’ve grown up and therefore, make me see how much I’ve grown up. And that’s why I don’t think I’m overreacting because I’m upset about a TV show ending.