The Office: The Untold Story|Review

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History – Published 2020

“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.” – Goodreads


This book is everything. As a huge Office fan, I absolutely loved learning more about the behind the scenes things going on, how characters came to be on the show, decisions that were made, etc. This is another show that I could watch over and over again and never get sick of. Everyone who watches the show has favorite episodes, characters and quotes. It’s just such a classic.

What I liked most about this book is that it’s told chronologically, and it highlights key episodes. They might be key because of audience reaction, production value, or character development. My husband has been rewatching the series, so as I read this book some of the key episodes linked up with the rewatch, which made it feel even more special. I highly suggest watching the key episodes at the same time you read this!

I have so much to say, but it all boils down to this: if you love the show, you’ll love this book.


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