25 Inimitable Men 3/25
Jim Halpert (The Office)
A prankster with an absolute heart of gold and wisdom that’s through the moon? Where can you go wrong? Perhaps in certain places but certainly not with The Office’s Jim Halpert — especially with his ridiculously distinct sense of humor. Jim plays a crucial role in making The Office extraordinary and it’s essentially due to the significant growth his character experiences in his time working at Dunder Mifflin. In a number of ways, we saw a lot of greatness through his eyes, it was through his perspective where we were able to understand characters a little bit more because his means of description weren’t always sugar-coated — they were just incredibly honest. And honesty, plus a knack for laugher is easily a great combination for a man. Jim Halpert is a character you don’t expect to fall in love with, that’s why when it happens and you’re able to find a sense of comfort through his sincerity, it’s simple to understand how easily he cares for those around him, and how ardently he values love above all things.
25 Love Stories 2/25
Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly (The Office)
When I first began watching The Office, I found myself extremely frustrated with the “mockumentary” style taping. Naturally, our eyes are used to HD everything and thus, something so raw for a television series required some getting used to. And now years later, the distinctive camera techniques played a vast role in creating one of the greatest love stories on television. It’s difficult and quite saddening to imagine that Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly aren’t real people — they are perhaps, in every way, the couple that feels most authentic, and it’s the exact reason why they’re so far up this list. Audiences were given the opportunity to watch Jim and Pam fall for one another in a way we’ve never seen anything before. Since reality TV is actually 90% scripted, the world is much better off watching a series like The Office because at least this way, they’ll find themselves inspired. For the most part, love stories have similar entities making them up, but what makes Jim and Pam special in their own way is the simplicity in their relationship.
While Jim and Pam showcase the fact that there’s truly beauty in ordinary things, they also revolutionize the idea that the greatest adventures aren’t always the ones made up of horses and carriages, but the tender moments in which loving someone makes everything, even an ordinary desk job at a paper company wonderful.