Paul Feig, the director of The Office, has just revealed the name of the most hated episode of the show, and you won’t believe that it’s the “Dinner Party”.
The Office is one of the most loved shows all around the world. When debuted on the TV in March 2005, the show rewrote the way people enjoyed sit-coms. A remake of the British show with the same name, The Office ran for 9 seasons with 201 episodes. Even after ending in 2013, The Office still receives more viewership than most of the current trending shows.
- “Dinner Party” was the most hated The Office episode – revealed Paul Feig.
- The audience hated the extra serving of cringe in “Dinner party”.
- Dinner Party later became the most loved episode.
However, even the shows like The Office receives hate from the fans at times. There are several episodes in The Office that received negative feedback from the audience. But as revealed by Paul Feig, “Dinner Party” was the most hated episode of all time in The Office.
“Dinner Party” was the most hated The Office episode – revealed Paul Feig.
As per The Office director Paul Feig, Episode 13 of Season 4, Dinner Party, was the most hated episode of the entire show to date.
As he recalled the feedback of the audience after first airing, he said fans “just couldn’t take it”. The director claims that their extra serving of cringe in that “universally hated” episode was what made people go crazy.
Feig revealed on EV’s Couch Surfing:
“When this episode first aired, it was universally hated.
“But I remember, we were all celebrating, we were really happy with the episode. We were kind of like, ‘We can’t wait to show this, the response on our message boards is gonna be so great, the fans are gonna love it.’”
The audience hated the extra serving of cringe in “Dinner party”.
Dinner Party episode was basically the world’s most awkward couples-only dinner party thrown by Michel Scott (Steve Carell) and his girlfriend Jan (Melora Hardin). The invited guests were Andy (Ed Helms), Angela (Angela Kinsey), Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer).
The actual fun begins when jealous Dwight (Rainn Wilson) lands at the party without an invitation. And more to that, he brings his childhood babysitter Jan (Melora Hardin) with him. The entire party turns into a mess with the escalated tension between Michael and Jane. By the end, the episode leaves everyone watching it way beyond the uncomfortable feeling.
Feig said while recalling the episode: “Just this vitriol came up. We made people so cringey-feeling that they just couldn’t take it.
Dinner Party later became the most loved episode.
No matter how much the fans hated Dinner Party episode at the time it aired, but as Paul Feig expected, it became the most loved The Office episode after some time.
“What’s happened now is, once you’ve seen it once, and you get through [it], you know what’s coming, then you can really enjoy it. It’s the same thing we suffered with on Freaks and Geeks. It made [viewers] too uncomfortable when they were watching it for the first time,” said Feig.
The episode ended up being one of the most critically acclaimed The Office episode. And that’s not it. Dinner Party episode from NBC’s The Office was also nominated in the Emmy for its sheer brilliance in writing, and for the same episode, Paul Feig won the DGA award for Outstanding Directing in a comedy series.