Some TV shows go on to mean more to people than just another show on Netflix. The Office is one of them. It may have first aired in October 2005 on NBC, but with the lockdown and the sitcom being made available on Netflix to stream, its popularity has knows no bounds. The show may have now been removed from Netflix and moved to Peacock, but true fans follow a good show everywhere. It’s a rare TV series that has crossed generations of people, most of whom are viewers younger than 25.
A documentary crew decides to follow the Dunder Mifflin paper company’s employees in Scranton for eight years. This leads to them capturing some of the most beautiful scenes from the lives of an ordinary group of people.
If you feel like catching up with your favorite show and getting in with the funny and warm feels but don’t wanna rewatch whole seasons, we have the perfect guide for you. This list of the best The Office episodes of all time is curated for you and your Dunder Mifflin needs!
1. Season 4, Episode 13: Dinner Party
“Michael and Jan seem to be playing their own separate game, and it’s called ‘Let’s see how uncomfortable we can make our guests, and they’re both winning.” – Jim Halpert.
If you’re a massive fan of the show and have followed various interviews and bloopers of the show outside of the official series, you may be aware of how hilarious this episode’s filming was. So hilarious that all actors were having a hard time keeping a straight face. Undoubtedly, that reflected on the resultant episode and one of the most insanely humorous of the whole season.
This episode captures the brilliance of the characters even when they are outside the original office set. Face it, what could be better than Michael’s rant about vasectomies and Jan’s accusations at Pam are hilarious. Let’s not forget Jan dancing to Hunter’s indie-folk CD- GOLD! The episode’s escalation is commendable, starting with a dinner invitation and ending in police intervention. It’s almost as if the more awkward the conversation gets, the more hilarious it gets to watch. Classic Michael Scott.
2. Season 3, Episode 20: Safety Training
“Dwight, you ignorant slut!” – Michael Scott
One of the most iconic scenes from the show is when Michael climbs the terrace and wants to jump off. And if that isn’t funny enough, the premise actually makes it funnier. B. J. Novak delivers genius writing in this episode. After Darryl gets the ladder kicked from under him by an employer who must remain unnamed, Dunder Mifflin must undergo safety training. Michael decides to stage a suicide from the rooftop to prove the horrors of depression. No, Michael Scott isn’t going too far to prove a point, guys. Even if he is, if the result is one of the most joke-packed episodes in the show’s run, and we’re here for it!
3. Season 5, Episode 14-15: Stress Relief
“Today, smoking is gonna save lives.” – Dwight Schrute.
Many fans believe Stress Relief has the most fantastic cold open on the whole show. Even if you’re not of those fans, you can’t help but appreciate the brilliance of it. Dwight is one person who would get away with actually starting a fire to teach fire safety, and the chaos that ensues ends with Angela throwing her backup cat in the roof and Stanley having a heart attack.
Dwight’s CPR demonstration on the dummy is not only funny but iconic in a way only Dwight can achieve. Michael also organizes a roast on himself to help relieve stress. This two-part episode won an Emmy, which it very much deserved. If you’ve never seen the gif of Dwight with the CPR’s dummy face as a mask on, it’s time for you to have some serious FOMO!
4. Season 6, Episodes 4-5: Niagara
“I knew we’d need a backup plan. The boat was actually Plan C. The church was Plan B, and Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.” – Jim Halpert.
We are trying not to play favorites, but it’s hard not to add the most heart-warming wedding on TV history to our Top 5 list. It is, after all, only the culmination of our favorite couple’s love story that kept us on the edge of the series for so long. The scene where everyone walks down the aisle to Chris Brown’s Forever maybe a little too long and cuts to individual shots too many times, but it’s such an emotional scene for the fans that we can overlook that.
The narrative twist that shows Jim and Pam get married on the boat just tugs at your heart like no other Jim-Pam moment. And boy, they’ve had some noteworthy heart-tugging moments.
Oh, and also? Andy tears his scrotum. While Jim cutting off his tie in half may be one of the iconic moments from the episode, Michael and Dwight’s drive to the wedding is a hilarious equal. Yes, Michael falls asleep while driving. We laughed way too hard at that.
5. Season 7, Episode 22: Goodbye, Michael
“And then tomorrow, I can tell you…[tears up]…what a great boss you turned out to be—the best boss I ever had.” – Jim Halpert.
You may need to take out your tissue box for this one. This episode was a sendoff to possibly the most remarkable character in TV comedy. Michael Scott’s last day at Dunder Mifflin will make you both cry and laugh at the same time and even make it hard for you to imagine another episode of the show without him, let alone a whole season.
Michael says his goodbyes and gives little gifts to everyone in the episode. From giving Andy ten of his clients to his emotional heart-to-heart with Jim, the episode has as much comedy as it does heartache. It’s okay if you cried when Pam goes to the airport to meet Michael after he removes his microphone, and that’s the last we hear from our beloved Michael Scott.