Few shows have made such a lasting impression on viewers as has ‘The Office’.
Once in every few years, comes a TV show that carries with it the potential to change everything about TV itself. Often, the show is a sitcom, and often, it’s very, very good. ‘The Office’ did for the 2000s what ‘Seinfeld’ did for the 1980s, and ‘Friends’ did for the 1990s. It considerably changed TV forever, brought new forms of comedy, introduced a plethora of terrific actors and stars, and created a lasting legacy for fans of shows that have heart and comedy.
- How ‘The Office’ was a trailblazer in its time
- ‘The Office’ has the potential to reinvent future TV
‘The Office’ premiered in 2005 and ran for nine seasons. It put Scranton, a small, nondescript town somewhere in America, on the world’s map, and somehow made working at mid-sized paper companies sound cool. Even after 15 (!!) years of the show’s end, ‘The Office’ is only increasing its fan base.
In this context, what could a new season of the show now bring about? With news of potential reboots and reunions doing the rounds every once in a while, we take a look at how a new season of ‘The Office’ could change the TV landscape.
How ‘The Office’ was a trailblazer in its time — and still is
‘The Office’ has made a major impression on the pop culture of today. Whether it is Jim Halpert’s priceless looks at the camera or Dwight Schrute’s over-the-top antics — they have all made their way to memes. The meme format didn’t even exist when ‘The Office’ was still around!
This was the sitcom that actually popularised the genre of mockumentary. While shows like ‘Arrested Development‘ had already experimented with the format before, it was ‘The Office’ that really brought to the fore the format’s true potential.
Besides this, the show also gave rise to what is now being called cringe comedy. In cringe comedy, the situation and the way the characters deal with it come into the foreground. The interactions between characters and the situation are often realistic, and, as in real-life, a lot of them are awkward and uncomfortable. ‘The Office’ brought this kind of comedy to its pinnacle in a lot of ways.
‘The Office’ has the potential to reinvent future TV
‘The Office’ came out when the internet and digital technology was not what we know them to be now, and yet all influences on pop culture on the internet are from ‘The Office’. The show welcomed the internet and used it as a chance to give fans something extra to look forward to when it was between seasons in the form of webisodes. At the time, early on, the show’s producers and networks had started to recognise that the way people were consuming TV was transforming rapidly. It even included the digital revolution as part of many of its plotlines.
Moreover, what with NBC itself coming up with remakes and reboots of its own. Who’s to say that it might not pick up ‘The Office’ for a new season? And if it does, we’ll be here tracking the ways it is reinventing the future of TV!