The Office’s long reign of comedy needs to come to an end

November 8, 2012 6:00 AMComments Off

Fulton is a first-year news/Internet major and can be reached at sarah.fulton@drake.edu

A man walks into his work, sits at his desk and reaches into his desk drawer for his stapler only to find that it has been suspended in gelatin by his coworker. These are the type of shenanigans and high jinks that have made me a loyal “The Office” follower to the very end.

The show is well into its ninth and final season, meaning that I will have watched it for literally half of my life. It has always been a much needed source of brilliant stupidity. Its gags and jokes are so dumb, yet so clever that you just have to laugh. It was never a show filled with beautiful people or cliff-hangers. It’s just connected with people on a very real level and in that way built an audience.

It is true that “The Office” has gone downhill in its last few seasons.  The main love story ended in season six, with the marriage of Jim and Pam. The boss and main character Michael Scott left at the end of season seven. Despite the show’s writers trying to make new twist and turns, “The Office” has never been the same.

As much as I hate to admit it, it is time for the show to end. The story line and gags are still funny, but they do not reach the level of brilliance that they once were. I want to show to end now because I do not want what it may become to ruin what it once was. By going off the air now, “The Office” keeps its class and keeps those loyal to it.

Is it weird for me to confess my undying love and loyalty for a sitcom? Probably, but because it is the show’s final season, I am putting it out there. I am inviting everyone who has ever been a fan to come back and celebrate what “The Office” meant too many of us. My roommate and I religiously watch “The Office” every Thursday at 8 p.m. in Spike’s Spot. Everyone who has ever been a fan is welcome to join us because together we can finish what we started and send “The Office” out in style.

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