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3 Shows to Try Instead of Watching ‘The Office’ Again

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I, like almost everyone else in the known universe, love “The Office.” I loved it when I was a kid, when it would air on real-life television long before streaming; I loved it when I re-watched it two to three times in college, and I’ll probably love it forever.

Many people can attest to “The Office” being their virtual comfort food. The storylines, the humor, and the overall vibe of the show easily lends itself to escapism. Even 18-year-old Grammys-sweeping pop star Billie Eilish says she’s watched the show at least 14 times since she was 12 years old.

In an upcoming conversation with Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) on the final episode of his podcast, “An Oral History of ‘The Office,'” Eilish says,

“Honestly, because I’ve been getting older, every time I watch it I understand something new because I started at [age] 12. Most of the things that I know are because of The Office. I swear to God…It takes me away from the reality of my life. It’s a safe space.”

Sound relatable?

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Guys, it’s time to move on

While comfort food is comfort food for a reason, there are so many other hilarious shows we could be trying instead of re-watching the ones we know like the back of our hands. And let me be clear: I am absolutely part of this community. But I need to admit that we superfans are starting to sound oddly codependent on this TV show from the early 2000s.

I’m not saying we can’t re-watch our favorite office mates and their shenanigans over and over again throughout our lives, but let’s take a break between viewings to try other shows that could potentially become our new obsessions!

Here are some of my favorite shows that I think fans of “The Office” will enjoy.

‘Community’

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Created by: Dan Harmon

Get on board the “Community” train if you haven’t yet. You’ll be shocked at how much hilarity and heart comes out of a community college study group full of quirky oddballs.

It’s sweet at times, but never depressing – and while its fourth season suffered due to the unfortunate (but temporary) firing of creator Dan Harmon, I promise there’s no “Scott’s Tots”-like episode you’ll have to skip.

Why it’s kind of like ‘The Office’

This show is set at a community college – that’s almost as mundane and underwhelming as an office, right?

‘Archer’

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Created by: Adam Reed

“Archer” is full of so many laughs per minute, you won’t have time to think about Jim and Pam’s relationship anymore. Add to that the fact that this series has been around for 10 seasons and it’s still going strong, and you’ve got endless content to binge. Trust me: You don’t want to miss this one.

Why it’s kind of like ‘The Office’

Take the “incompetent leader who somehow always still pulls it off” trope from Michael Scott, and give it to Sterling Archer. Add a whole lot of language you’d never see on NBC and set it in a spy agency, and you have a fresh take on workplace culture.

‘Big Mouth’

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Created by: Jennifer Flackett, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, and Mark Levin

If you haven’t tried “Big Mouth,” just know that I literally went through the first three available seasons faster than Toby ran at Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure. I’m serious – it’s that good.

Why it’s kind of like ‘The Office’

What’s more relatable than the simple lunches, dates, local malls, road trips and workplace stressors of Dunder Mifflin? The horrifically embarrassing, awkward and cringe-worthy moments of middle school and puberty that “Big Mouth” leans into, hard.