Fear. Anger. Sadness. Joy. Disgust. Trust. Anticipation. Surprise. Those are not only the eight basic emotions, according to Robert Plutchik’s theory, but a decent description of our reaction to NBC’s The Office during its nine-season run, which ends tonight. For a solid five or six season stretch, it was one of the best sitcoms on TV (and all-time), before, as happens with too many shows with better ratings than ideas, it became a shell of itself.
“Finale” is going to be an emotional hour for anyone who’s spent the last eight years caring about Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, and the rest of the Dunder-Mifflin gang, so I thought we’d go through each of the eight emotions above, to come to terms with no more The Office. It’s good that it’s going, but it’s sad that it’ll be gone.
Fear…that we won’t see Jenna Fischer, The Office‘s secret MVP, as much as we should. Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson get most of the attention, not undeservedly so, but I’d argue that The Office is as much about Pam’s journey from sheepish secretary to confident salesperson as it is anything else. Plus, her speech “Beach Games” is maybe my favorite moment of the entire show.