The Top Ten Best Episodes of ‘The Office’…Posted: October 11, 2008
The following is a completely arbitrary – but still 1000% correct – list of the best episodes of The Office.
10.) Diversity Day
The first season of The Office kind of sucks – particularly in light of the later seasons – but this episode really stands out. From the race card scene to Micheal’s “Chris Rock” routine to the Pam and Jim cuteness. “Diversity Day” really stands out as showing just how great this show would become starting with the second season.
9.) Casino Night
With this episode the producers showed that they were willing to shake things up and not just keep their story lines stalled and play out the same tension over and over again. Plus we first get exposed to Kevin’s band. Police cover bands = pure hilarity.
8.) The Dundies
Drunk Pam + Michael’s song parodies = sheer brilliance. Also: “like an AIDS test?” & “bushiest beaver”
7.) Goodbye, Toby
What is not love about this episode? It is pure Micheal hilarity: from his inability to really go after Toby because he needs to impress Holly, to his desperately trying to be “cool” about Holly in general, and his reaction to Jan being preggers. Also: Ryan being arrested.
6.) Launch Party
Dwight v. the computer? One of the best ideas the writers of this show ever had.
5.) The Deposition
A fine example of a genre of Office episodes which I like to call “painful-funny”. Much of this episode is just hilarious but just the idea of a person (even a jerkish fictional one) being put through it all is painful. Also: Kelly’s shit-talking.
6.) Local Ad
It is as simple as this: Dwight playing Second Life.
5.) The Job
This episode has a lot of pay off, especially considering the huge about the character work they did with Pam throughout the third season. Plus, Dwight running the office? Great.
4.) The Negotiation
This episode begins perfectly with Dwight spraying Roy and ends perfectly with Dwight spraying Andy. As if you needed more, the whole Micheal and Darryl bit is hilarious.
3.) The Fire
RYAN STARTED THE FIRE. Because Billy Joel jokes are teh awesome.
2.) Business School
This episode has everything that makes the series great; hilarious physical comedy, very touching character bits, and great dialogue. Plus, Joss Whedon and bats.
1.) Ben Franklin
Ok. Strippers, subtle characterization, hilarious Dwight bits, and historical jokes. What’s not to love?
This my list. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments.