Saying goodbye to Scranton: The Office series finale

Dan Bidikov, A&E Editor

Long time fans of The Office will complain that the series is dead. They will argue that in its ninth season, the show has been exhausted of its charm, its style, and its best actor. Why, then, would it be worth it to watch the final episode?  It is because the fans of The Office are like overly caring parents, who have offered love and tears as their rebellious child continues to cut class and use drugs.

As a reward for caring too much, the viewer base of The Office granted a final episode that invoked as much nostalgia as desire for more content.  The series finale, which aired May 16, brought out the best parts of the entire show.

The episode follows two plot lines, a panel featuring the stars of the fictionally released mockumentary and Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) wedding with Angela (Angela Kinsey).  Dwight’s longtime office rival and maybe-best-friend Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) assumes the role of best man, and takes the office gang out for a bachelor party.

At the party, we are offered a brief but revealing look into the behavior of each character.  As they sip drinks and mess with Dwight while he receives a lap dance, the characters show behavior that give a detailed, succinct profile of their person.  We remember why, despite the fact that the laziness of the writers has failed to provide an interesting environment for the characters to shine, we loved them so much.

Clearly, the last episode of The Office was not intended to rope in new viewers.  The Office uses its final episode exclusively to please the millions of dedicated fans who have watched the show since it began to get critical acclaim.  There is closure and resolution between all parties that is satisfying to see and provides for touching interaction through the medium of talented actors.

Dwight makes up with lovable office goof Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) after firing him, Ryan (BJ Novak) and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) confirm their complicated relationship, and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) assuages his beef with the entire world, who has been laughing at an embarrassing online video of him crying.

As former office receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer) delivers the final words of the series, viewers will peak in their appreciation of the sentimentality and emotion in this hilarious and poignant series.  In its prime, The Office was one of the funniest shows to ever be on television.  In recent years, it may not have been—but with its dying croak, The Office sings an aria of unique entertainment through its characters that, in their efforts to be over the top, have proven some of the most relatable of any series.


“The cast of The Office gathers for a panel within the series celebrating the anniversary of its fictional documentary’s release.  The iconic cast has made its mark on viewers in nine seasons on air.