The Office was the greatest of TV shows.
In the ridiculousness of Steve Carell’s great character, lie some true pearls of wisdom. One of my writing dreams is to actually write his fictional unpublished management book, “Somehow I Manage”. I don’t know if I’m up to the task, though.
For those unfamiliar with the show, “The Office” was a mockumentary about a series of characters working at the imaginary paper company, Dunder Mifflin. Michael Scott was the boss, and the most popular employees were Jim and Pam Halpert, Dwight Schrute, and Andy Bernard.
The show was a spin-off from a British original, made in a flash of genius by the otherwise awful Ricky Gervais.
For me, the US version was much better because it had some elements of hope in the satire of workplace culture – the British version was far more acidic in its portrayal of a boring, going-nowhere white collar work environment.
Those elements of hope in the US version truly contained some real wisdom – mostly in the form of the lead character, Michael. Continue reading