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My Thoughts on The Office

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

I remember The Office being a big deal when I was a teenage and beginning college. I watched the second half of the seasons almost episode to episode. This was when Hulu had just come out and I was so grateful because I could still mostly keep up with it when I went to college. However, I never really watched the first two or three seasons.

My friend, Danica, is obsessed with The Office. Seriously. Like it’s on most days in her house as background noise. Like, she probably can’t count how many times she’s watched all the episodes. Recently, Netflix took off How I Met Your Mother (my favorite sitcom). And, I had just finished another run-through of Friends. So, with Danica on my mind, I decided to do my first full run-through of The Office.

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

  • Michael Scott, in any work-related situation, makes me very uncomfortable. I completely understand that he is very good with people–he’s a brilliant salesman because understands and connects with people. But, he’s also crude and ignorant and that does not do a manager good. And, he always procrastinates and tries to pass off important decision making. He doesn’t know how to be a manager. Seriously, how has he not been fired or at least demoted back to a salesman with every new HR nightmare that he becomes? Again, he’s a good person, he just doesn’t know when to shut it sometimes and doesn’t know how to manage properly.
  • I am so happy when Jim Halpert finally helps start up Athlead. I mean, he was one of the major protagonists, and he basically glorified mediocrity. As a teacher, as a mother, and as a Type-A/anal-retentive person, that really irked me. I mean, he is such a sweet-heart and so romantic, and I definitely had a crush on him in high school, but at least try.
  • Dwight really is a good person. I understand he had a weird/strict/cultish German Pennsylvanian Mennonite upbringing, and was such a geek and know-it-all, but he really was a good person. Like Barney from HIMYM. Both of them try to play it off, but they really care about their friends and have deep feelings.
  • Gabe is just weird and creepy and pathetic.
  • I know it’s Michael, but do companies typically have that many parties and catered lunches….well, then again, when Justin worked for Verisys in Sandy, Utah, they had a lot of catered lunches….
  • I know Michael Scott left to be with Holly because Steve Carell went onto actual movie acting, but The Office really changed after that.
  • love, love, love, love, love the Jim and Pam relationship, courtship, and wedding. I love, love, love, love, love the Niagara wedding episodes. …. And you know that song everyone danced down the aisle to? Well, it was huge when I started college–and everyone knew it from The Office. There was one time at a dance I went to where that song started playing and couples and dates started dancing down the middle of the dance floor together…I did with my date (who ended marrying my roommate–haha).
  • I love how Jim and Pam care and sometimes indulge Michael.
  • Jan is cray-cray! But, there was actually a long time where I really considered the name Astrid for a daughter. Not because of Jan, but because of How to Train Your Dragons…then, my mom reminded me that Michael called Jan’s baby “As-turd”, and Justin said he didn’t like the name…..
  • I feel so bad for … oh my gosh, now I really feel bad…I forgot Toby’s name while I was writing this!!!! I’m part of the problem!!! I feel so bad for Toby. He really did seem like a nice guy.
  • I’m jealous they got to go to Gettysburg. Yes, I grew up in northern Virginia and had like 5 Civil War battlefields within 30 minutes of me and went to at least one every year for a field trip…but still. Justin grew up in Pennsylvania and went to Gettysburg on field trips.
  • Because Justin grew up in Pennsylvania, I’ve asked him numerous times how close Scranton is to Lancaster. And, whenever other Pennsylvanian cities or places were named: “Justin, how far is that from Lancaster? Have you been there? Is it really like that?”
  • I’m so happy that Phyllis had such a doting husband. But, now watching it after seeing Disney’s Inside Out, I can see why they chose her to be Sadness.
  • It’s also weird to see Mindy Kaling play Kelly Kapoor after reading her two memoirs and learning about her rise to fame by starting as an editor for the scripts, then writing the scripts, then producing some episodes….
  • It’s also weird to know that B.J. Novak played such a crucial role behind-the-scenes but that his voice still sounds really young…..
  • And, with Catherine Tate! Knowing her now as Donna Noble from Doctor Who, it was interesting to see her play such a part in The Office…and so skinny too!
  • And Erin Hannon after watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She’s still kind of an innocent, naive, dolt.
  • Holly is perfect. I love her. And she has such a cute little nose. And she is absolutely perfect for Michael…dare I say it….more perfect for Michael than Pam and Jim are for each other.
  • When Jim was at the other branch, he and Karen and Andy played a lot of Call of Duty…and the manager was in on it too…does this actually happen in corporate America??????????
  • I’d actually date Andy. And Jim. Always Jim. Maybe give Toby a date or two. And Darrell.
  • I like Darrell, but I don’t think he’d like me.
  • With all the apparent mistakes Kevin has made in accounting, why wasn’t he fired?
  • Angela is a b***. Yes, I’m glad she and Dwight eventually married at the end of the series, but I’m happy for Dwight, not for her.
  • I found it interesting that Creed Batton’s actor’s name is also Creed Batton. I always find it interesting when characters have the same name as their actor, but are totally different. So, I researched Creed and apparently was born “William Charles Sneider” which is one of the character’s aliases. Also, apparently he was in a popular band in the 60s called the Grass Roots.
  • I kind of really hate Ryan for leaving his baby. Seriously. And I kind of really hate Nellie for basically kidnapping the baby to Europe.
  • Robert California disgusted me. I really liked Cathy Bates as Jo Bennett. That was a fun character.
  • I know Will Ferrell did an episode or two as the new manager after Michael Scott left. But, did he end up in a coma because Ferrell became too expensive or didn’t want to do it anymore or became too busy with other projects???
  • Honestly, I think Oscar and I would have been friends. Sometimes I’m elitist, I admit it. But, I’m pretty sure he would talk about me behind my back.
  • I like the idea of the Boom Guy helping Pam in the last season. It makes sense–they’ve known each other (albeit with a metaphorical wall in their way) for almost a decade making the documentary. I liked that was added in.
  • I also like the way they showed the chaos of having two young children–it’s not always perfect or ideal. And there is a lot of dual crying. A lot.
  • I still like Friends and How I Met Your Mother better.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I Prefer HIMYM Over Friends

I love HIMYM a lot more than Friends. It is more relevant to young adults today, funnier, more creative, and deeper.

Remember when I mentioned that I had finally watched every single episode of Friends in order for the first time ever over the summer? Well, I’ve heard numerous, numerous times that How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is the Friends of our age (those who are now in their mid to late 20’s). This Buzzfeed article definitely solidifies it.

Justin introduced me to HIMYM when we were dating. I wasn’t too impressed during the first season, but by the end of the second season, I couldn’t wait to watch more. It is definitely our go-to series and we have gone through every single episode numerous times. I absolutely love HIMYM, and so, when I started to watch Friends all the way through, I was expecting it to be just as great, especially since HIMYM was “based” off Friends. But, I was a little disappointed.  I love HIMYM a lot more than I do Friends.

I love HIMYM a lot more than Friends. It is more relevant to young adults today, funnier, more creative, and deeper.

Ted vs Ross

Ted and Ross are supposed to be the same person–the geeky, nice guy that is the protagonist. Ross is an archaeologist who becomes a professor and loves to spew facts. Ted is an architect who becomes a professors and loves random trivia. However, I would so much rather date Ted than Ross. First, I think Ted is cuter. Second, Ross is very pessimistic and whiny. I feel he is very annoying and I honestly don’t know why Rachel would go out with him. I mean, he is so in love with her that he is willing to be walked all over and he always gets taken advantage of. Whereas, Ted just has bad luck dating. But, he is such a sweet, cute, caring man. Also, although Ted is friends with super jerky, self-centered playboy Barney, Ted is a good friend. He wants what’s best for Barney and will a lot of times go along with Barney’s “legendary” ideas. Ted is also such a great and caring friend to all the rest of the group and will do anything for them!

Time Period

Friends is set during 1994-2004. HIMYM is set from 2005-2014. As a child, I remember my mother watching Friends. The characters in Friends are in their early to mid-twenties when the show starts. My mom was around the same age…she was 26 when it first aired. I was only 14 when it finished. So, many of the situations and references was relevant only to the 90’s. So, I didn’t catch quite a few, and a lot of times, I kept thinking, “that could’ve been avoided if they had cell phones”, etc. (Typical millennial, I know!) It wasn’t until 2011-2012 that I got introduced to HIMYM. Yes, it was near the tail-end of the season and I had to start at the beginning, and yes, the characters start the series in their late-twenties. But, it felt a lot more relevant to me. I caught many more references and I felt more attached to the actors and actresses since they were closer in age to me (I mean, my siblings-in-law are their age, whereas my mom is the same age as the Friends cast).

Character Growth

Although there are the same stereotypical characters in both shows (Ross vs Ted, Robin vs Rachel, Chandler vs Marshall, Barney vs Joey, and Monica vs Lily), I feel that the characters in HIMYM had more growth. In Friends, the characters stick to their stereotype. Monica stays a neat-freak and competitor. Chandler stays the joke-cracker. Joey stays the hot stuff actor. Pheobe stays the weirdo. Ross stays the pathetic nice guy. Really, only Rachel gets character depth and growth as she learns to take care of herself, rises up the career ladder, and becomes a mom. However, I feel that all the characters in HIMYM grow. They all learn lessons, make mistakes, try to improve. The characters in 2014 are quite different from how they are in 2005. It felt more real, like a continual story rather than snippets of a sitcom.

Acting Skills

Honestly, I felt that the actors in HIMYM began as better actors. In the beginning episodes of Friends, it feels very stiff and forced, especially Chandler’s lines. However, HIMYM flowed better. Also, the actors in HIMYM are more widely talented. I mean, yes, sometimes the Friends episodes would end or begin with the group doing little a Capella ditties, but, almost all of the actors in HIMYM could sing, act, and dance. Triple threat! That allowed them to be a little more creative in the episodes and add in silly songs and dances.

Neil Patrick Harris

HIMYM has NPH. Really, do I need say more?


It may be because of the references of the jokes, but I laughed a lot more with HIMYM than I did FriendsTheir situations were also sometimes exaggerated, which allowed for more laughs. We also got to see into their heads and memories a lot more, which helped with the comedy. Friends seems to be more rom-com. The protagonist is Rachel, a female. I know a whole heck of a lot more girls who like Friends than guys do. So, it’s going to focus more on girl issues and romance. But, HIMYM has Ted, a man, as a protagonist. Yes, his goal is to find and fall in love with and marry the girl of his dreams, and he is a romantic, but there are more laughs than romance in HIMYM. I preferred that (although, like I said, it took until the 2nd season for me to like it, mainly because of playboy Barney).

Depth of Plot

There are a lot of similar plot points in the two shows: a relative dies, being left at the alter, marriage and divorce, losing a job, the struggle to get pregnant. However, Friends  seems to smooth all those over. Whereas, HIMYM really goes into each of those big plot points and really explore them. It really gets every character’s views and reactions to it. There are some really dark points in the show because the tragedies just seem heavier. Also, there is a lot more philosophical wisdom with each of those plot points.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Friends. I really enjoyed watching it and thought it was great. Also, I like the character Joey a whole lot better than the character of Barney (especially since Barney reverts to his play-boy after he divorces Robin). But, overall, I would rather watch HIMYM than Friends any day of the week.

Which do you prefer: HIMYM or Friends? Why?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.