Trivia: The Office’s Top 23 Best Moments

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Well, hello there. Only recently, I finally finished The Office, 8 years too late. I was going to write a review for the last six series, but, the truth is, I can’t be bothered. If one person – just one – requests an in depth review on them, I will do it, but please – please – don’t be that person. Instead, today I will provide a lovely dose of nostalgia, counting down from 23 all the way to numero uno of The Office’s best ever moments. Don’t like The Office? Scram. No one wants you here. Well, with that all out the way, let the fun and games begin…

23) “SPORT”

I just love the fact that no one can remember his name, even if he’s told them seconds before. Nick’s rebuttal is equally hilarious, exposing our favourite character’s secrets. Only thing that doesn’t make sense is that he humiliates all the people that do nothing to him in the scene. Choose your victims better… sport.

22) “ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HIS HEIGHT TO WEIGHT RATIO”

Michael’s desperation to be involved in the office gets a little out of hand. This particular scene, where they uncover Stanley’s affair, is well played, but the events that unravel from it is why “Especially considering his height to weight ratio” gets a place in the list. Andy asking Michael if he’s gay is equally hilarious.

21) “YOU ARE A WASTE OF LIFE AND SHOULD GIVE UP”

Only Michael would say that in sensitivity training. We get to find out some of the character’s biggest insecurities, including the fact Meredith had sex with a terrorist. And all because he fell in a pond.

20) “A LITTLE COMMENT”

Dwight’s revenge is pure comedy gold. I have no idea what he’s doing with his mouth, but it’s hilarious. I could have included Jim’s impersonation as well, but Dwight’s complete lack of self awareness or delusion makes this the far better comedy skit.

19) “CAN SHE FIT IN A ROWBOAT?”

He’s socially inept, selfish, small, rude, unlikeable and a joke of a man, but a brilliant salesman, and we see that with Michael’s interrogation of Phyllis. Kudos to both the actors – they perfect the scene.

18) “WITH CREAM AND SUGAR?”

Pam shows off her inner Halpert with some excellent pranking. While Michael tries to “entertain the troops”, Pam tries to make him take the dad joke as far as possible. I love Dwight’s reaction as well – his loyalty to Michael, at one point, was off the scale.

17) “NOBODY!”

The second greatest music video I’ve ever seen, I wonder how fun the office could sometimes be. Dwight going full psychopath and ripping heads off teddy bears and Kevin wearing sunglasses and a hat always makes me laugh. Also, a classic song. Nobody!

16) “MICHAEL RETIRES FROM COMEDY”

The amount of times I’ve guffawed at “that’s what she said” is countless. And Jim just sets up Michael perfectly. It was to big to give up…

That’s what she said!

15) “HOW IS YOUR GAY SON?”

One again displaying Michael’s salesman ability, he plays Dwight like a fiddle. His questions, from a gay song to a homosexual sophomore, and then Michael’s interesting post it note tactic, makes a highly memorable scene.

14) “UNLESS EXPOSED TO OXYGEN. THEN IT BECOMES EXTREMELY TOXIC”

Rainn Wilson’s acting here is exceptional. All with what started out as a fake radio interview, things quickly go from one disastrous and ridiculous event to the next, all the way to Dwight believing David Wallace is holding a mailman hostage. I wasn’t a big fan of Catherine Tate’s character Nellie, nor am I fan of her, but this is probably the best thing she does in the series. And praise to Pam’s accent.

13) “DWIGHT, YOU IGNORANT SLUT”

Not staged at all. Jim’s little interview was great, and the resulting conclusion from the rather rash behaviour meant for a great episode.

12) “EITHER WAY LET’S PEE ON IT”

Who knew a caption contest could be so fun? This is really made by Gabe, one of the most hated characters in the series, and you can see why.

11) “STRAIGHT OUTTA SCRANTON!”

What. A. Song. I just love the bit where they repeat “spot spot spot” completely out of time with each other and off beat. The lyrics demonstrate how mundane Scranton really is, or were they just trying to make it rhyme? I don’t know. But I do know this – these two are the real Beasty Boys.

10) “STANLEY TRIED TO DIE, JUST TO GET AWAY”

Andy’s song is just what makes this, with some brilliant lyrics to “What I Love About You”. I also particularly enjoyed Pam’s act, and Michael smashing the cymbals when Meredith says ‘you hit me with your car’.

9) “PRISON MIKE”

Trying to demonstrate how luxurious the office and that it’s better than a prison, Michael takes on a new alter ego. However, after a bit of tricky questioning, Michael decides to the lock them all in the conference room. Yeah, I think Prison Mike was a success, and is up there alongside Michael Klump (I say, I say, I sit on you!) and Agent Michael Scarn (Threat Level Midnight).

8) “SEE IF HE HANDLES HATE CRIMES”

An underrated and fantastic moment from the same episode, “Safety Training”. The watermelon smashing on the car, and Dwight and Michael’s reaction never fail to make me laugh. Well deserved on this list. Bingo!

7) “WE DON’T NEED TO”

And completely and utterly improvised. The kiss, that is, of course. And aren’t we all glad Oscar didn’t leave – one of my favourite characters throughout the series. Certainly a cringing and incredibly uncomfortable watch.

6) “FIREEEEEE-D GUY!”

Ryan returns, with Michael copying his goatee and Kevin pulling all the classic jokes out the bag. And we also get the now iconic scene of Ryan scribbling in his notebook. That was a good season.

5) “YOU BURNED YOUR FOOT ON A FOREMAN GRILL?”

A great scene that also unraveled as one of the greatest episodes. I like Michael, but sometimes, it’s just fun to laugh at him. And we also got to see the best character ever – concussed Dwight. God, he was funny.

4) “THE KGB WILL WAIT FOR NO-ONE!!!”

My second favourite teaser or cold open at the start of The Office, it makes me wonder why they didn’t have them in from the start. It’s just Michael’s face lighting up when Jim says “ding dong” and his squabble between Dwight. This is the Jim-Dwight-Michael chemistry at it’s best.

3) “THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT”

Michael’s feature film is well worth a watch. One of the highest rated films on IMDb with a outstanding score of 9.4, if you’re able to forgive a lack of bullets and some truly terrible acting, then you’re in for a treat. Probably the best episode of series 7, it’s what we’ll always remember Michael by.

2) “TODAY, SMOKING IS GONNA SAVE LIVES”

From the Stress Relief (my favourite) episode, this is perhaps the greatest teaser of all time. Funnily enough, the whole episode was written by Paul Lieberstein, who also happens to be the man who plays Toby Flenderson. Who knew he could be so funny?

1) “STAYIN’ ALIVE!”

It’s just that moment when Dwight says, “Clarice…” that gets me every time. This is shockingly good scene because there are just so many laughs in it. Practically every line makes me guffaw, from Michael slowly pumping to the wrong song, to the whole office breaking out into Stayin’ Alive, to Dwight going full psychopath. I just pity the poor woman trying to do the presentation.

And that’s a wrap! I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones off of here – if that’s so, tell me in the comments below! Please, vent and let out all your horrible abuse on me! I look forward to it.

19 thoughts on “Trivia: The Office’s Top 23 Best Moments

      1. It seems like the American version had a longer through-line and the characters were allowed to develop more whereas the British version was more of a shop window for the star.

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        1. Yep, definitely seems like the case. The Office UK lasted for two seasons, while The Office US got really good around season three, and ended up spanning six more after that. What more needs to be said?

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  1. It was a series of great moments. Show sort of ran out of steam in the last couple of seasons, with lots of characters who were poorly judged, but the first seasons were all gold. One scene I remember standing out was the reaction shot of Ryan when he figures out that Dwight and Angela had something going on.

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    1. It was a sitcom in decline, unfortunately. They sorely missed Steve Carrell, who managed to get out at the perfect moment. They made the mistake of basing series 8 all around Andy Bernard, who’s a pretty unlikeable character anyway, and introducing people like Robert California and Nellie, who were rubbish. Also, Pam and Jim’s relationship hitting the rocks in 9 was another blunder.

      But let’s not forget how good it was around series 3 to 5 territory. You’re right – it’s simply comedy gold. I loved Ryan, and the Dwight-Angela relationship is perhaps one of the most disturbing ever seen on screen. The reaction shot of Ryan when he finds out he’s got the top job and tells Kelly the relationship is over I probably should of put on this list. God, it was a good show.

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