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Jim Halpert: the most annoying character in The Office?

  • Dec 12, 2008
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I know Jim Halpert is supposed to be the relate-able voice of reason among his co-workers in The Office, but in recent seasons, I've actually found him to be really annoying. Don't get me wrong, I loved Jim Halpert in the first few seasons — he was charming, sweet, and a character you rooted for and felt sorry for among the crazies. 

But in the last two seasons, it almost seems like this character embodies some of the worst traits of the liberal, middle-class male: smug, condescending, perpetually sneaking sideway looks at the camera. He puts just a little too much time and effort in making Dwight's life miserable, which was originally hilarious, but now just feels kind of sad. It's a character who's maybe a little more sane, maybe a little smarter than everyone else — and doesn't he know it.

Am I coming out of left field here or what?
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December 14, 2008
I hear what you're saying, Ducktoes. Straight man as classic comedic device? Yes. The circumstances that you list which leads the character become this way are all true and insightful — but it still doesn't change the fact Jim has become a condescending character, one that at this point, it's more and more difficult to relate to.
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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
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Can be crass, but overall I love the show. Dwight is hilarious. And I love Jim's faces. My brothers look like him sometimes.
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The Office is an Emmy-Award winning American television sitcom airing on NBC and developed by Greg Daniels. It is an American adaptation of the BBC series with the same name and depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Unlike many American sitcoms, The Office is shot in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track, and is made in the form of a documentary, or "mockumentary". Although fictional and scripted, the presence of the camera is openly acknowledged.

The Office was adapted for American audiences by executive producer Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, The Rugrats and The Simpsons. Original series creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who wrote "The Convict" episode, have production credits. It is co-produced by Greg Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions, in association with NBC Universal Television Studios. The show debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement on March 24, 2005, replacing the sitcom Committed.

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