Friday, May 10, 2013

The Whitleypedia Office Top 10 List

In honor of the final episode of The Office, I have put together my top 10 list of all The Office episodes. I hope you enjoy it. As there are 200 total episodes in the show’s run, this means that just 5% of episodes made this list. Not all seasons are represented. Obviously there is a “bell curve” to the quality of the show (peaking in season 3, waning in 5, spiking finally again in season 7), so seasons on this list are represented thusly:

Season
Episodes
2
1
3
4
4
3
7
2

My parameters for quality are

a)      Quality of humor derived from every-day work-life

b)      Quotability

c)      Use of my favorite Office tropes, which are

1        Michael Scott is more capable than people think he is, but less capable at the things he thinks he’s good at

2        Jim Halpert is not as cool as he thinks he is

3        Pam is actually kind of a loser

Before we get into the list, let’s start with an honorable mention: Prince Family Paper

While this episode’s main story, Michael and Dwight trying to sabotage a rival company, is good, the true genius is the episodes B story: the rest of the staff debating if Hillary Swank is “hot” or merely “attractive.” Not the best episode, but certainly the best B story.

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