25 Inimitable Men 9/25
Michael Scott (The Office)
Best. Boss. Ever. The Office’s Michael Scott is singlehandedly the most flawed, often-problematic character to ever exist, but his heart is bigger than every mistake he could make, and I don’t know of a person who doesn’t agree that he’s one of the best characters ever written. The thing is, you can’t not love Michael Scott — as crazy and as neurotic as he can be, the amount of compassion within him is endless. (Unless you’re Toby Flenderson.) I’ll be frank, during The Office’s first season, I didn’t understand his character’s quirks at all. I couldn’t see why he was so adored because his blatantly stupid comments were a distraction. However, as the season progressed, I began to understand so much of what goes on inside of him that by the time he was leaving Dunder Mifflin, I cried for two days. Seriously no matter how many times I rewatch The Office, I will never rewatch “Goodbye, Michael.” Never. And that’s kind of the greatest thing about this character, you don’t realize the moment he grows on you and though his actions may bring forth a ton of secondhand embarrassment, you can’t help but appreciate him anyway. Michael Scott isn’t a fantastic character because he’s got a wide array of fantastic traits, he’s fantastic because he’s often unexplainable, complex, and remarkably unique.
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.
October 21, 2014
“There’s beauty in ordinary things.”
Pam Beesly | The Office
Often during the day we get so ridiculously busy we tend to forget what’s occurred until we think back on them later on. Don’t be the person who goes through life with their eyes closed (metaphorically, of course). If you’re having a bad day at work, try to make someone else’s pleasant. Look around you and embrace the fact that you’re able to be in a place where miracles can happen. Be open to life – cherish the little things.
What we love most about The Office is that it’s an ordinary paper company. However, it’s given us so much more than that – it’s given us the desire to want to make the best of our experiences because at the end of the day when we reflect, we want to be proud of ourselves. Look around you every opportunity you get because as cliche as it is, there really is beauty everywhere. You don’t want to miss it.
Television series in 2013 not only met countless expectations but exceeded all of them. From outstanding new series to jaw dropping remarkable moments, what graced our televisions weekly this year was undoubtedly spectacular.
After 9 superlatively brilliant seasons, The Office aired its final episode on the 16th of May, and in order to honor it, this year’s categories are brought to you by some of the most quoted lines. Farewell, Dunder Mifflin, we are still in denial that there will never be new episodes; therefore, we’ll never stop watching reruns; 201 indescribably uproarious and inimitably motivational episodes simply aren’t enough.