The writers have hit their stride again in the third season, after some second year doldrums. The plots are engaging, the characters amusingly horrifying, the laughs frequent. Mike and Dwight can still make me shudder, even though I know in advance that they will do or say something horribly inappropriate. This is usually followed by a pause, while everyone looks at the camera. It is a strange mix between sitcom and documentary, but it works.
The turning point for me was the Dwight Shrute music video. It is tucked away in the extra material, and you simply should not miss it. Words cannot describe this....thing.
As each character stumbles through life, they go to ridiculous extremes. Eventually all of their flaws are exposed, their pain revealed. This is a comedy, but sometimes it is so sad that you feel guilty for laughing. The characters are so self absorbed that they cannot even console each other. Their suffering is done in solitude, even if it is public solitude. Still, I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud. It is over the top, but it is a lot like life in America today. This is the age of Narcissus, and The Office is all about us...isn't it?
There's really no sense in weighing on this great show. Many others below have hit on the many, many high points. It is a great show, and if the DVDs had come out with not one single bonus item, I would have bought it and still rated it 5 stars. But the happy fact of the matter is that this show is PACKED with great extras. After virtually each episode, we're treated to at least 5 more minutes of deleted scenes. Most of them are nearly as funny as the "real" scenes...time … more
After a shaky first season of finding its footing, and a second season of establishing itself as one of the funniest shows on TV, the third season ofThe Officefinds the show in its strongest form yet, thanks in large part to the addition of some new characters and stronger plotlines centered on office romances. A corporate merger brings the Stamford staff to the Scranton office of Dunder-Mifflin a quarter of the way through the season giving a nice boost to the season's arc of story lines, especially the addition of Andy (Ed Helms, anotherDaily Showalum in a role that seems custom made for him) who serves as yet another foil to Dwight (Rainn Wilson) in his unending fight for Michael's approval. As the season begins, the focus is more on Michael (Steve Carell) and his unique "leadership" style in the Scranton office. "A good boss gruntles the disgruntled," and despite his best intentions, he proceeds to somehow screw it up, as in the opening episode, "Gay Witch Hunt," in which he accidentally outs a gay employee. In the second episode, "The Convention," Michael tries to get the party started at the Mid-Market Office Supply Convention ("fun jeans"), and ends up revealing his insecurity about Jim's (John Krasinski) decision to move to Stamford. It leads up to "The Coup," where Dwight meets with Michael's Boss Jan (Melora Hardin) in a misguided attempt to take control of the office. The merger of the two offices into the Scranton location provides the fuel needed to continue the ...