Do you know that Greg Daniels’ ‘The Office’ isn’t all scripted? We know it’s hard to believe, so let’s find out how much of ‘The Office’ isn’t scripted.
The comedic brilliance of ‘The Office’ developed by Greg Daniels is outstanding. The show was premiered for the first time on NBC in March 2005. Filled with office romances, bizarre characters, ridiculous situations, and several laugh-out-loud moments, the show is a real hit. It is a documentary-style show and it feels very natural and true to life. This is why the audience keeps pondering whether ‘The Office’ is scripted or is it impromptu?
- Greg Daniels’ ‘The Office’: Is this iconic show not scripted at all?
- Michael Scott and Oscar’s kiss in ‘Gay Witch Hunt’.
- Other improvised moments on ‘The Office’.
Unscripted moments in ‘The Office’ that actually made the show worth it.
Greg Daniels’ ‘The Office’: Is this iconic show not scripted at all?
With Steve Carell – the comic legend, on the show, it’s no wonder fans believe that the show is not scripted. But the truth is Greg Daniels’ ‘The Office’ is not wholly improvised. From the characters’ glances to the camera to their hesitations and every other detail has been put down on paper. It’s the actor’s job to make it seem natural. And, undeniably, the dialogues on the series make it seem natural and real.
However, the actors also get to play around a little bit. Steve Carell (Michael Scott) and Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) are brilliant improvisers and, often, they are the ones who come up with funny alternate jokes within a scene. One of Carell’s best improvised moments comes from the episode ‘Gay Witch Hunt’.
Michael Scott and Oscar’s kiss in ‘Gay Witch Hunt’.
In the ‘Gay Witch Hunt’ episode mentioned above, Michael, played by Steve Carell, discovers that Oscar is gay. To show acceptance, he embraces him and kisses him on the mouth in front of the entire office. What makes this scene so incredible is that it was not scripted. While the hug was a scripted moment, the kiss was something that Carell improvised on the spot. The scene stands out for Oscar’s surprise at being kissed. And the disbelief is genuine. Oscar Nunez, who plays Oscar Martinez on Greg Daniels’ ‘The Office’, spoke about his experience in an IGN interview. Here’s what he has to say about the whole kissing scene:
“I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe he did it.’ And then I was thinking, right after that, ‘Of course he did it!’ And then I was thinking ‘I hope no one laughs. I hope we can use this. I hope no one laughs out loud.’ Because I know there’s a bunch of gigglers out there, and I thought, ‘I hope it’s not a ruined take that we can’t use.’ But, thankfully, the cameras were on us, so it worked out okay.”
Find out why Steve Carell didn’t follow the script in ‘The Office’.
Other improvised moments on ‘The Office’.
Jenna Fischer has given some more examples of improvisations in the episodes. Steve’s stuff on the streets of New York during the ‘Valentine’s Day’ episode, in the “Sexual Harassment” episode, when Dwight asked Toby about the female body, are the examples of Carell’s and Rainn’s improvisations respectively. These two always come together to deliver a memorable experience. Here’s a little surprise for you:
It is terrific that a scripted show can still flow so effortlessly, so much that people can re-watch the episodes without getting bored. The writers are great at coming up with dialogues that sound real but so are the characters who improvise so naturally that the audiences do not feel out of place.
In a nutshell, ‘The Office’, developed by Greg Daniels, is scripted, but there is a fair amount of improvisations that make the show poised to stand the test of time. And that’s the beauty of the show. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.