Fact: The Office might be one of the greatest television shows ever.
The fan-favorite NBC comedy first debuted in 2005. Yeah, you read that correctly. It’s been 16 years since the world was introduced to the workplace hilarity from Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch.
Of course, the American version of The Office didn’t debut on top. It started out with a lukewarm reception that first year, but the series hit its stride in season two. And from then on, it became one of TV’s most beloved comedies.
Presented in a mockumentary format that breaks the fourth wall, it follows the amusing lives of Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesley, Dwight Schrute, and other employees at Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Between Michael Scott’s many quirks and seemingly endless one-liners, Jim and Pam’s love story, and Jim and Dwight’s prank war, the show had no shortage of laughs.
With Steve Carell in the lead role of Michael Scott and an amazing supporting cast, this long-running series was bumped up to NBC’s famous Thursday night comedy block.
The Office Is Still Loved After All These Years
The Office has been off the air for nearly 10 years now, but that hasn’t stopped fans from loving it. The show is still as relevant as it was during its prime, and it’s just as funny as ever, too.
Longtime fans and newcomers alike were able to binge the series as much as they wanted on Netflix, giving the show a resurgence in popularity — at least before the show left the streaming service in January 2021. These days, fans can still get their fill over on NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. All nine seasons are there, along with never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes.
In honor of the anniversary of The Office’s initial debut all the way back in 2005, I say let’s have some laughs.
But before you head over to Peacock to binge The Office like there’s no tomorrow, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable quotes of the series. From Michael’s weird one-liners to Dwight’s wild quotes, the show is a goldmine of hilarity.
Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
“Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” – Jim Halpert
“I normally don’t enjoy making people laugh.” – Angela Martin
“I am not superstitious, but I am a little ‘stitious.’” – Michael Scott
Michael Has a Lot of Issues
“I’m glad Michael’s getting help. He has a lot of issues, and he’s stupid.” – Phyllis Lapin-Vance
“This day is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S” – Kelly Kapoor
Kevin’s Not a Fan of Mini Cupcakes
“Mini cupcakes? As in, the mini version of regular cupcakes? Which is already a mini version of a cake? Honestly, where does it end with you people?” – Kevin Malone
“The worst thing about prison was the dementors.” – Michael Scott
Did He Stutter?
“If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die.” – Stanley Hudson
The Reality of Being a Writer
“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” – Michael Scott
Words of Wisdom
“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” – Dwight Schrute
Feared or Loved?
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott
That’s What She Said
“That’s what she said.” mostly Michael Scott
An Ordinary Paper Company
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” – Pam Beesley