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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, it's more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem--what to watch, or read, next. Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael," including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance. Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.


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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, it's more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem--what to watch, or read, next. Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael," including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance. Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.

30 review for The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    This book was like getting to sit around with all of the stars of The Office and hearing about their first impressions of the show, their anxieties as they filmed and how they felt about those last two seasons. It was interesting to learn who else auditioned for the show, why certain actors were selected and how decisions were made each season. I loved it as much as I love bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica! Thank you to Andy Green, Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for giving me this ARC i This book was like getting to sit around with all of the stars of The Office and hearing about their first impressions of the show, their anxieties as they filmed and how they felt about those last two seasons. It was interesting to learn who else auditioned for the show, why certain actors were selected and how decisions were made each season. I loved it as much as I love bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica! Thank you to Andy Green, Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    BookOfCinz

    But all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin is a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point? When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! I am such a big fan of The Office. To date I have watched the entire 9 seasons seven times in full. Whenever I am feeling sad or out of sorts in this world I turn to The Office to cheer me up. I really feel this weird attachment to the characters and everything this sh But all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin is a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point? When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! I am such a big fan of The Office. To date I have watched the entire 9 seasons seven times in full. Whenever I am feeling sad or out of sorts in this world I turn to The Office to cheer me up. I really feel this weird attachment to the characters and everything this show stands for and I want more of it. Along came Andy Greene's The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s Reading this book felt like I was getting to hang out with my friends again. Greene pulled together hours of interviews from the cast members, writers, directors and producers that gave us an in-depth look into what it was like working with the cast and crew. We got a look into how they went about casting, getting NBC to buy the show and the highs and lows of each season. If you are a fan of The Office is HIGHLY recommend this. A MUST read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. The Office is one of my all time favorite tv shows. I can’t even tell you how many times I have binged it (though I often skip those last two dumpster fire seasons after Steve Carell left). When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I was hoping for lots of behind the scenes trivia and maybe some juicy scandal, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. The format of the book is mostly excerpts from interviews from people i I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. The Office is one of my all time favorite tv shows. I can’t even tell you how many times I have binged it (though I often skip those last two dumpster fire seasons after Steve Carell left). When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I was hoping for lots of behind the scenes trivia and maybe some juicy scandal, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. The format of the book is mostly excerpts from interviews from people involved with the show – ranging anywhere from cast and crew to Scranton Chamber of Commerce employees. The author did a lot of interviews with these people, but he also utilized other published interviews, quotes from dvd commentary, etc. to fill things in. The quotes are arranged in a way that almost feels like a conversation, but there were often times where it was just quote after quote basically saying the same thing (i.e. everyone commenting on what a hard worker Steve Carell is or how Greg Daniels [the man responsible for adapting The Office from the UK] was the best). It didn’t always work for me and there were a few times where I skimmed through it. Most of the quotes were also from writers, producers, or less central cast members, so I wasn’t always hearing from the people I wanted to the most. Here are a few things I learned that stood out to me: I’ve heard it said numerous times that the Chili’s Manager in The Dundies episode that bans Pam from the restaurant for being drunk was an actual Chili’s manager, but that’s not true. He was an actor. They weren’t even filming in an actual Chili’s, they had just worked with the restaurant chain to bring in fixtures, etc. Instead of the big dance number at Jim and Pam’s wedding, the original script had Roy riding in on a white horse to try to stop the wedding. Then Dwight takes the horse to Niagara Falls and it was going to fall down them. Greg Daniels was apparently the only one who liked this idea and there were a lot of fights about it before the idea was finally scrapped. Supposedly, Steve Carell wanted his contract to be renewed after the seventh season, but there was change in leadership at the network that wasn’t a big fan of the show and they didn’t try to make any deals about paying him more money, so he left. There was a big debate about whether to make Andy or Dwight manager in season 8 and most people wanted Dwight, but the network wanted Andy because he was a bigger star at the time, thanks to The Hangover movies. James Spader basically took the job because he was broke. The network really wanted a spin-off and they wanted Parks and Rec to be that spin-off, but the creators wanted it to be it’s own show and casting Rashida Jones as a different character ensured the shows couldn’t be related and kind of came across as a “screw you” to the network. There was also talk of doing a family-centered spin-off and everyone was annoyed when Modern Family came out using their mockumentary style. Most of the cast and crew considered Steve Carell leaving the end of the show. (I 100% agree with this.) There was a plan to kind of reboot the show in season ten with a new cast and that’s why “New Jim and Dwight” were brought on, but then they decided to end after season 9 because the network wanted to work on developing new shows and the writers were pretty burned out. Overall, there were enjoyable things in the book, but I wouldn’t consider it a “must read” for The Office fans. While there was definitely a sense of all the the cast and crew being family and loving the show, there was also a whole lot of negativity and blame coming across and it kind of made me like the show less instead of more. It will still be one of my go-to binge shows, though. Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela (BlondeBooks)

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc of this book. When it comes out I will definitely be purchasing a final copy. If you're a big fan of the office, then you'll love this book. This book is formatted in an interview style, this makes it very easy to read. It was cool to hear from members of the cast, as well as crew members and the writers. The book is laid out by season and then there are chapters on notable episodes within each season. There is so much behind the scenes inf Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc of this book. When it comes out I will definitely be purchasing a final copy. If you're a big fan of the office, then you'll love this book. This book is formatted in an interview style, this makes it very easy to read. It was cool to hear from members of the cast, as well as crew members and the writers. The book is laid out by season and then there are chapters on notable episodes within each season. There is so much behind the scenes information in this book. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to get my hands on the final copy. I wish that someone would do this same book concept but for the Television show Parks and Recreation. I guess if no one else will then I might have to do it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia Juarez

    Of course the show is better, still interesting nonetheless.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandie

    4.5 stars. The Office is one of my favorite shows and I loved hearing all of the behind the scenes stuff. My husband and I started rewatching the show yesterday, because I had to after listening to this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine (Queen of Books)

    Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for a free e-arc of this title for review. This book was such a treat. I didn't watch the Office from the beginning, but became a loyal viewer by the second half of the third season. I came to it as one often comes to the best things - a friend was like, "You've gotta watch it." In college, it was a way to instantly bond with new acquaintances. A friend I made during the fourth season still texts me Office quotes during a long work day - 12 years later. Which is t Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for a free e-arc of this title for review. This book was such a treat. I didn't watch the Office from the beginning, but became a loyal viewer by the second half of the third season. I came to it as one often comes to the best things - a friend was like, "You've gotta watch it." In college, it was a way to instantly bond with new acquaintances. A friend I made during the fourth season still texts me Office quotes during a long work day - 12 years later. Which is to say, this not-so-little TV show is part of my life. It's in the fabric of my memories, and I'm almost certain it's influenced my sense of humor - and probably even my approach to working in an office. I'm pleased to report that The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene gave the show its due. This oral history was well-constructed, and taught me things I hadn't known. Honestly, if I have any complaints it's probably that I'd have read another 100-200 pages. I really enjoyed reading it, and yes...I cried reading about the show's finale. I highly recommend a read if you're at all a fan of the show, and/or have an interest in television. It's a book about the Office, yes, but it's also about how a show gets made.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Mae

    This was an absolutely delightful read! Like many white women of my age demographic, I'm a big fan of The Office. I followed every episode until Michael left... and was a little intermittent after that. But I loved the show, I loved the characters, and I could feel the love and devotion everyone working on the show had for it. I've watched the episodes with the commentaries and am currently an avid listener of the Office Ladies Podcast, and even with all that random trivia in my head, I learned This was an absolutely delightful read! Like many white women of my age demographic, I'm a big fan of The Office. I followed every episode until Michael left... and was a little intermittent after that. But I loved the show, I loved the characters, and I could feel the love and devotion everyone working on the show had for it. I've watched the episodes with the commentaries and am currently an avid listener of the Office Ladies Podcast, and even with all that random trivia in my head, I learned so many fun facts about the show through this book. So many gems! Well worth reading for any fan of the show. You're going to fall in love with the episodes and actors (in particular Steve Carell!!) and gain a whole new appreciation for the writers and crew. Highly recommended!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brianne

    This was so interesting and I loved hearing from the cast and crew. I already loved the show so much, and this some how made me love it that much more. Also, Steve Carell sounds like a wonderful gentleman. Be warned, you will want to start another rewatch...jk...who isn't constantly rewatching the Office?! 😝

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tess Taylor

    3- The Office Ladies podcast has become a staple of mine, so I've been in a very Office mood lately. It's such a great show, and I love it more and more as time goes on. Because of this, I expected to like this book more than I did. It was enjoyable to go back in time, hear how it all played out, and reminisce about some hilarious moments. However, a lot of the book had a dark aura around it- a bitterness that I didn't like. I think you can tell that this oral history was compiled by someone who 3- The Office Ladies podcast has become a staple of mine, so I've been in a very Office mood lately. It's such a great show, and I love it more and more as time goes on. Because of this, I expected to like this book more than I did. It was enjoyable to go back in time, hear how it all played out, and reminisce about some hilarious moments. However, a lot of the book had a dark aura around it- a bitterness that I didn't like. I think you can tell that this oral history was compiled by someone who is not associated with the show because it really didn't have that quintessential Office writing or feel to it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    What a lot of fun if you are a fan of The Office! A lot of interesting trivia, including the strange machinations behind Steve Carell’s exit and all the effort that went into setting up that big proposal scene. You hear a lot from some people, second hand from others, and none at all from some, but it still comes together to give a good picture of what it was like behind the scenes. Now if we could just see all of those audition tapes...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Liffengren

    After Friends ended its 10 season run in 2004, it was clear that the same old sitcom format wasn't working anymore and NBC needed something new. Single camera comedies like Arrested Development paved the way for the American version of The Office. The logistics of adapting the Ricky Gervais British Office were daunting. In the oral history of The Office, I learned so much about the comedy writing process and how the show runner leads the writing team. It was fascinating to learn how the design t After Friends ended its 10 season run in 2004, it was clear that the same old sitcom format wasn't working anymore and NBC needed something new. Single camera comedies like Arrested Development paved the way for the American version of The Office. The logistics of adapting the Ricky Gervais British Office were daunting. In the oral history of The Office, I learned so much about the comedy writing process and how the show runner leads the writing team. It was fascinating to learn how the design team created the set. The designers captured the ennui of office life with some fun details: Pam's desk is curved and her swivel chair gives her a straight shot of Jim. Jim's desk is at an angle. This deliberate seating plan makes it such that Jim has to turn his body to look at Pam, making it a choice for him to look at her. It kept the tension of the flirtation of Jim and Pam just by seating arrangements. I also loved the behind the scenes look at the costume design. The costumes had to reflect a working town Scranton vibe. They strived for an everyman look by minimizing hair and make-up. It's striking contrast to a highly polished multi-camera sitcom shot on a sound stage. Initially, NBC ordered 6 episodes for season 1 and the pilot is a remake of the British pilot. It was clear that NBC was testing the waters with a single camera sitcom that didn't utilize a laugh track. Once The Office took off, the writers had the difficult task of softening the character of Michael Scott. Michael is more than a doofus. He's got heart and he's sensitive even when he can't read a room. It was a precarious challenge to write Michael Scott in a 3-dimensional way that wouldn't alienate its audience. I loved learning about the life of the background actors as well. They often had to sit at their desks and just look like they were working for hours on end. I loved reading about the writing process on some iconic episodes like Dinner Party. Who doesn't laugh thinking about Michael Scott's miniature plasma TV? Or the genius and heart of Jim and Pam's wedding? Or, every prank that Jim inflicted on Dwight? The show is comedy genius and one I often return to for comfort. The Office, as it currently streams on Netflix, is actually more popular now, gaining new fans as a new generation discovers the show. The show often felt so real, even in its hyperbolic state, grounded in a boring office building with people that often felt like people we actually worked with. The American adaptation took The Office in a new direction and made history. What a fun look back at a decade of defining comedy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia (jaylamm.reads)

    As a big fan of The Office, I couldn't wait to get a peek into how it was created. This is basically told through quotes or interviews of the cast and crew. This really goes in depth into the writing process and how the individual episodes were created. It was really interesting to see the show through the eyes of the crew and creators.  The way the book is written, even though it is interview style, with the perspective constantly changing; it is very well organized. They go through things in ch As a big fan of The Office, I couldn't wait to get a peek into how it was created. This is basically told through quotes or interviews of the cast and crew. This really goes in depth into the writing process and how the individual episodes were created. It was really interesting to see the show through the eyes of the crew and creators.  The way the book is written, even though it is interview style, with the perspective constantly changing; it is very well organized. They go through things in chronological order so it is very easy to follow. If you are a fan of the office, this is a must read. Treat yourself to an inside look into this amazing show. This is out March 24th 2020.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Full review at: http://www.everydayiwritethebookblog.... I am reading in fits and starts these days. Most books don’t stick very well, which means that I end up slowly getting through them while wishing I was reading something else. Such is life during pandemic. One book that stuck, though, was The Office: The Untold Story Of The Greatest Sitcom Of The 2000s by Andy Greene. This oral history of one of my favorite sitcoms was entertaining all the way through. The Office was a sitcom on NBC that air Full review at: http://www.everydayiwritethebookblog.... I am reading in fits and starts these days. Most books don’t stick very well, which means that I end up slowly getting through them while wishing I was reading something else. Such is life during pandemic. One book that stuck, though, was The Office: The Untold Story Of The Greatest Sitcom Of The 2000s by Andy Greene. This oral history of one of my favorite sitcoms was entertaining all the way through. The Office was a sitcom on NBC that aired from 2005 to 2013. Set in the Scranton branch office of a failing paper company, its motley crew of characters combined with single camera setup and a documentary-style production to create must-see-TV in an era when most people time-shifted or ultimately downloaded shows. I watched it when it aired, and then watched it again when my daughters discovered it a few years ago on Netflix, just as many of their Gen Z friends have. It’s a very, very funny show that made Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, among others, household names and earned trademarks like “That’s what she said”, The Dundies and Jim and Pam’s first kiss well-deserved spots in TV history. The Office (the book) is an oral history of the show, told through the perspectives of its creator, Greg Daniels and many of the show’s writers, cast and crew. Starting with the ill-advised decision to recreate the hit British version of the show in the U.S., The Office chronicles the show’s early days when ratings and budgets were low and runs through the nine seasons in which it aired. Greene devotes individual chapters to a few seminal episodes as well, sprinkling in the backstory behind “Diversity Day”, “Casino Night”, “Dinner Party”, “Niagara” and others of The Office‘s most memorable episodes. You’ll learn a lot about the creative process behind the show, the history of its brilliant casting and the legacy it left on television. You probably already know whether you want to read this book. If you’ve never seen the show, or watched only a few episodes, The Office shouldn’t be on your TBR. But if you watched the whole run (even the dreadful James Spader era), cried when the wedding guests danced down the aisle to “Forever” at Jim and Pam’s wedding, gasped when Michael Scott reappeared in the finale and can’t resist your own well-placed “That’s what she said,” then this is the book for you. Things are pretty dark right now, but The Office provided 14 hours, 20 minutes of escapist entertainment for me at a time I really needed it. I’ll finish this post with a list of my favorite Office episodes: Niagara The Injury Basketball Casino Night Stress Relief

  15. 4 out of 5

    Udit Vikhe

    The Office by Andy Greene is a phenomenal account of the greatest sitcom of the 2000s. The entire book has oral accounts of the cast and crew members who worked with tremendous ferocity and unparalleled work ethics to deliver great content for the television. The book covers the making of the show in its entirety and even details the key moments throughout the series meticulously. In between the accounts of the brains and faces that were behind the making of the show, are some unknown facts whic The Office by Andy Greene is a phenomenal account of the greatest sitcom of the 2000s. The entire book has oral accounts of the cast and crew members who worked with tremendous ferocity and unparalleled work ethics to deliver great content for the television. The book covers the making of the show in its entirety and even details the key moments throughout the series meticulously. In between the accounts of the brains and faces that were behind the making of the show, are some unknown facts which are very interesting and fun to read about. The story of how two chaps working at a radio station came up with original idea in the UK, how the show found its way to America, the shows initial criticism and eventual acceptance and laudation, the brainstorming that went behind the creation of the ideas, setting of the events and execution of the characters have been described beautifully throughout the book. A must read for the lovers of the show. This book will entertain you thoroughly just like that wonderful American workplace did.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nate Hawthorne

    All the stuff you didn't know about the show your kids now know better than you. I laughed. I cried. It is like learning more about the history of your family. Worth the time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mason Bramer

    This book is so fun. If you’re a fan of The Office, this is worth every second of your time. I was apprehensive about the interview style before I read it, but the author does a great job of organizing them so that it almost feels like narrative from conception of the show to present day.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Definitely a nice pallet cleanser

  19. 5 out of 5

    Konrad Mueller

    Great nightcap to a quarantine binge of The Office.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jules Buono

    I was SO. EXCITED. to find out this oral history of The Office was recently published as a SUPER FAN of the show. I grew up in Scranton, PA, home of the fictional Dunder Mifflin, and my husband and I still watch the show and quote it on a daily basis. Since I already know a lot about the show, a good amount of the stories weren't new to me, but I did still learn a lot and it was a really fun read. A few things I really enjoyed were hearing Steve Carell's "that's what she said" themed goodbye spee I was SO. EXCITED. to find out this oral history of The Office was recently published as a SUPER FAN of the show. I grew up in Scranton, PA, home of the fictional Dunder Mifflin, and my husband and I still watch the show and quote it on a daily basis. Since I already know a lot about the show, a good amount of the stories weren't new to me, but I did still learn a lot and it was a really fun read. A few things I really enjoyed were hearing Steve Carell's "that's what she said" themed goodbye speech (tears!) and the backstory for my favorite episode, Jim and Pam's wedding. I HIGHLY recommend this book to Office fans as a must read! Join our discussion of favorite episodes / lines on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_C1zc4gySB/

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Solar

    If you aren’t a big fan of The Office, you may not enjoy this book as much, but highly recommend for all superfans!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    I am one of those people who self-medicate with the Office. When I'm depressed or can't bring myself to do something, I get a boost by watching a little bit of The Office, and I'm always rewatching it, even if it's 10-minute pieces here and there. This book is great because it extended my time with the show beyond the 9 seasons that we got. I loved getting answers to some of my questions (what was it like to work with big-name celebrities later in the show? Why does Oscar never break?) and getti I am one of those people who self-medicate with the Office. When I'm depressed or can't bring myself to do something, I get a boost by watching a little bit of The Office, and I'm always rewatching it, even if it's 10-minute pieces here and there. This book is great because it extended my time with the show beyond the 9 seasons that we got. I loved getting answers to some of my questions (what was it like to work with big-name celebrities later in the show? Why does Oscar never break?) and getting juicy tidbits and little hints, like apparently John and Jenna (and maybe others) kind of turned into divas as they became more famous. I sometimes hate these types of books because they reference random TV executives and stand-up legends from 3 decades ago that I've never heard of and will never care about, but this book did a good job of making me feel included. (I love inside jokes. I hope to be part of one someday). It humanized a lot of stuff about the show, explained a lot, and illuminated many scenes. It was an easy read, too, which I appreciate, and the interviews are put together organically. Lovely work, a clear labor of love. -Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of the book. My review is honest and completely my own-

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalyn Houk

    What 20-something college grad doesn't love The Office? I fell in love with The Office my freshman year of college and have been hooked ever since (it may or may not be playing in the background as I write this post). I think The Office does brilliant work in being relatable enough to be comforting, but also quirky enough to be funny and to allow audiences to catch something new every time you watch. "The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s" by Andy Greene is an oral hist What 20-something college grad doesn't love The Office? I fell in love with The Office my freshman year of college and have been hooked ever since (it may or may not be playing in the background as I write this post). I think The Office does brilliant work in being relatable enough to be comforting, but also quirky enough to be funny and to allow audiences to catch something new every time you watch. "The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s" by Andy Greene is an oral history of The Office from first concepts to the series finale and everything in-between. Greene had the ability to compile a large series of interviews from almost every person who had some part in The Office. In a time where almost every detail you could want to know about The Office is on the internet, this book is a success because it collects all the information into one place. For fans, this book launches at a great time because we now also have "The Office Ladies" podcast. While we are hearing what Jenna and Angela remember, we also have the perspective of the directors, producers, and crew. I love the full picture this creates. Honestly, I'm surprised there hasn't been a more cohesive book like this before! I loved this book. The writing was mostly interviews, but the chronological order was a great fit for covering a tv series. Office addict, you need to read this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cathy O'Neal

    I love "The Office." Completely, totally, fanatically. I kill at those Office trivia games. I listen to the Jenna Fischer/Angela Kinsey "Office Ladies" podcast. When I need to self-soothe, I watch "The Office." And I loved this book. Andy Greene does an exemplary job of telling the story of "The Office" from its unsure beginning to the finale. He even throws in some opinions of those connected to the show about a reboot or reunion. Mr. Greene structures the book like an oral history. Each chapte I love "The Office." Completely, totally, fanatically. I kill at those Office trivia games. I listen to the Jenna Fischer/Angela Kinsey "Office Ladies" podcast. When I need to self-soothe, I watch "The Office." And I loved this book. Andy Greene does an exemplary job of telling the story of "The Office" from its unsure beginning to the finale. He even throws in some opinions of those connected to the show about a reboot or reunion. Mr. Greene structures the book like an oral history. Each chapter begins with a brief intro paragraph, but the information is delivered in quotes from people -- directors, show runners, writers, actors, the boom operator, the hair and makeup person -- anyone who put their time in on the show. The result is a comprehensive look at the series. I love "behind the scenes" information and stories, and Mr. Greene delivers. There were even a couple of surprises for this fanatic who reads anything and everything she sees about the show. I spent nine long years in corporate America. Granted, the company I worked for was much bigger in scope than Dunder Mifflin, however, my "corner" of it was about the same size. I related, laughed and cringed to so much of "The Office" that it felt like a real documentary to me rather than the "mockumentary" style the show pioneered in television shows. I'm always disappointed when my younger friends and colleagues say they TRIED to watch it, but it's just too uncomfortable and "cringe-y" for them. Then I remind myself that they didn't endure an office atmosphere and people like those with a boss like that trapped in an office together in Scranton, Penn., just trying to make it to 5 p.m.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A must-read for anyone who enjoyed one of the most original comedies on television! If you like listening to audio books, then I *highly* recommend the audio version, read by more than ten different narrators, each doing the voices of multiple writers, producers, and actors from the show. Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene presents an oral history of this fan-favorite show in a very engaging and hard to put down interview-style format, taking us through the creation of the original BBC version by A must-read for anyone who enjoyed one of the most original comedies on television! If you like listening to audio books, then I *highly* recommend the audio version, read by more than ten different narrators, each doing the voices of multiple writers, producers, and actors from the show. Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene presents an oral history of this fan-favorite show in a very engaging and hard to put down interview-style format, taking us through the creation of the original BBC version by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to Greg Daniels and a talented team of writers adapting for the U.S.and through each season (yes, even the last two after Steve Carell left), featuring highlights, challenges, and key episodes. The writers definitely provide the most interview content, with less from the actors, especially the big four, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of this wonderful book one bit!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. If you’re a big fan of “The Office,” then this book is for you. I learned a lot of behind-the-scene facts from this book that I would have otherwise had no clue about, which was so great, especially given the fact that it’s one of my all-time favorite shows. So much went into this show’s 9-season run, it’s absolutely fascinating. This book definitely serves when it comes to answering all the burning fan questions, and I absolutely loved it because it stuck me right ba 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. If you’re a big fan of “The Office,” then this book is for you. I learned a lot of behind-the-scene facts from this book that I would have otherwise had no clue about, which was so great, especially given the fact that it’s one of my all-time favorite shows. So much went into this show’s 9-season run, it’s absolutely fascinating. This book definitely serves when it comes to answering all the burning fan questions, and I absolutely loved it because it stuck me right back into the world of Dunder Mifflin. Since it’s written as an oral history, it’s an extremely fast read! My favorite chapters, by far, were those on some of the show’s key episodes, such as season 4’s “Dinner Party” (because, duh, best episode ever). Loved all the hilarious trivia! Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Dutton for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    More than anything I could have hoped for!! The Office is one of my top 4 television shows of all time. I have fond memories of watching it during high school history class as a senior, after our teacher had given up trying to get us to focus post-exams. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about the making of the show. Andy Greene did a wonderful job editing all of these interviews together to portray the big moments. I loved the way that he was able to piece together differing views of so More than anything I could have hoped for!! The Office is one of my top 4 television shows of all time. I have fond memories of watching it during high school history class as a senior, after our teacher had given up trying to get us to focus post-exams. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about the making of the show. Andy Greene did a wonderful job editing all of these interviews together to portray the big moments. I loved the way that he was able to piece together differing views of something, while always staying true to the heart of the show. A MUST READ for anyone who is a fan of the show.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill Bowman

    This was a really interesting behind the scenes book about - you guessed it - The tv show The Office. If you love the show you’ll like the book. There were a few places I felt it got a bit dry but there were enough interviews to make me feel like some of the movers and shakers were letting me in on some secrets. I enjoyed picking it up and reading a bit every day, but not as much as I’ll now enjoy rewatching it. I’m new to The Office so YOU may find that you already know most of this. It was mos This was a really interesting behind the scenes book about - you guessed it - The tv show The Office. If you love the show you’ll like the book. There were a few places I felt it got a bit dry but there were enough interviews to make me feel like some of the movers and shakers were letting me in on some secrets. I enjoyed picking it up and reading a bit every day, but not as much as I’ll now enjoy rewatching it. I’m new to The Office so YOU may find that you already know most of this. It was mostly new to me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    J. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    3.5 or 4 stars I really enjoyed this. It was great getting to know more about this show that so thoroughly hooked me and my coworkers for a decade. On the other hand they hit on every season so it was like running through the entire series again. The sections talking about the post-Carell years dragged, just like the post-Carell years. And it felt like the book was at least two hours too long, much like the show went on just a little too long. The multi-cast narration didn't bother me since it was 3.5 or 4 stars I really enjoyed this. It was great getting to know more about this show that so thoroughly hooked me and my coworkers for a decade. On the other hand they hit on every season so it was like running through the entire series again. The sections talking about the post-Carell years dragged, just like the post-Carell years. And it felt like the book was at least two hours too long, much like the show went on just a little too long. The multi-cast narration didn't bother me since it was in an interview type format. The same cast would've bothered me in any other book, because there were great and poor narrators.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Muffin

    Good enough! The show’s hitting peak reflection, with this book and a podcast and constant threats of reboot - this has some very interesting insights but nothing as dishy as you’d want from a Hollywood oral history. Ben Silverman was surprisingly honest, even about things he’s clearly wrong about. Worth reading, quickly, for superfans.

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