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Ben Clanin, co-sports editor

     The Office was a television phenomenon like none other when it first aired in 2005, and even to this day in 2016 it is still enthralling audiences with its outrageous yet realistic humor. Its relatability, and its ability to make you care so much about fictional characters makes it stand out above the seemingly endless sitcoms out today.

      The Office draws you in after a somewhat slow start in the first season and drives you to become almost obsessed to see what kind of trouble Michael will get himself into next, or what is the next hilarious prank that Jim will pull over Dwight. The show paces itself almost perfectly and never leaves you feeling like there is a dull moment, because between the 25 person cast you feel a connection to almost every single one.  The main characters like Jim, Dwight, Pam, and Michael might be regarded higher than some in the cast because the show is mainly focused around their pursuits of finding love, having fun, and trying to get work done in their hectic workplace. But it’s hard not to love how innocently stupid Kevin is, or how Creed acts as the weird uncle, or how Phyllis is the loving mother figure.  The Office does an amazing job of making you deeply care about their main characters, and then making you care just enough about the other characters to make them feel like they are absolutely necessary.

     Not only that but the situations that you find these loveable characters getting into is grounded in reality, and outrageous all at the same time.  For instance when Michael threatens to demonstrate the effects of depression to the office by “jumping” off the roof and into a bouncy castle, nobody would ever do that in real life but it feels like it could really happen because that’s how good of a job the actors do to make the characters seem real. But the shows ability to make something that outrageous as funny as something even as small as  Dwight’s stapler mysteriously ending up in a bowl of jello is astonishing. You feel as though what the characters do day in and day out is so real that it couldn’t be a TV show, but when the final credits roll at the end of season 9, it hits you like a freight train that this was all made up. It was just actors saying lines in front of a camera.

     When a show can make you believe that what you are watching is real, and the people are real, they have accomplished something truly special. Other shows have tried but none have succeeded to the degree that The Office did and still does to this day.