The Office is what could be referred to as white collar comedy. The Office is about the funny happenings of an everyday small town Pennsylvanian paper supply company. This show could possibly be considered the pioneer in the mockumentary genre of comedy with the way it capitalizes in the humor found in the behavior of normal people. The characters are very real and accessible to anyone that has spent time working for a corporate style company. The quirks and awkward moments is what the show really thrives on. Many other shows took a page out of the book that this show has written in attempts to follow the same recipe in order to get a laugh.
The Office manager Michael Scott is an insecure and yet sometimes narcissistic boss who commonly compensates for his lack of acceptance in other areas of his life through the instruction and authority or approval of his employees. He thinks of himself as a well liked father figure and best friend to the other employees of The Office. No one is quite sure how Michael became office manager other than he had been there for a long time and happened to be in the right place at the right time. Michael is usually incapable of making the most rational decisions for the business and all too often finds himself mixed up in a web of business and pleasure intertwined that he can only remedy through lying and making promises that no one believes he will keep. Occasionally he does surprise them by coming through and being a good boss and that restores faith in his employees for a little bit until his next ridiculous idea comes a long.
The other characters in the show all have well developed back stories and anyone familiar with the show is also familiar with the personalities of each character and it can be hard to see them in some other film or show without assuming them to be the person they play on The Office.
This remains true for pretty much every character except for Creed Bratton. Creed Bratton is actually playing himself in the show. He is a strange old man who used to play in a folk rock band in the 70’s and then disappeared, involving himself in an unknown amount of illicit activities until finally landing at The Office. He was originally supposed to be fired in one of the first seasons but ignored his lines while filming and responded with a convincing plea to not be fired. The writer’s found this hilarious and kept him on the show because of it. In most episodes Creed only has a few lines within the episodes but they are some of the most confusing yet funny statements that are part of the show. Most of them are drug related or other illegals that Creed has been involved with. Meredith, “I’ve been on pain medication since my surgery…” Creed, “What did they give you?? Vicodin? Oxy codone? What is it huh?? Come on woman speak!”
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