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The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History

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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors

When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Dutton Books
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Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This book was like getting to sit around with all of the stars of The Office and hearing about their first impressions of the show, their anxieties as they filmed and how they felt about those last two seasons.

It was interesting to learn who else auditioned for the show, why certain actors were selected and how decisions were made each season.

I loved it as much as I love bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica!

Thank you to Andy Green, Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for giving me this ARC
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

The Office is one of my all time favorite tv shows. I cant even tell you how many times I have binged it (though I often skip those last two dumpster fire seasons after Steve Carell left). When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I was hoping for lots of behind the scenes trivia and maybe some juicy scandal, but it wasnt quite what I expected.

The format of the book is mostly excerpts from interviews from people
Angela (BlondeBooks)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc of this book. When it comes out I will definitely be purchasing a final copy. If you're a big fan of the office, then you'll love this book. This book is formatted in an interview style, this makes it very easy to read. It was cool to hear from members of the cast, as well as crew members and the writers. The book is laid out by season and then there are chapters on notable episodes within each season. There is so much behind the scenes ...more
Amanda Mae
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely delightful read! Like many white women of my age demographic, I'm a big fan of The Office. I followed every episode until Michael left... and was a little intermittent after that. But I loved the show, I loved the characters, and I could feel the love and devotion everyone working on the show had for it. I've watched the episodes with the commentaries and am currently an avid listener of the Office Ladies Podcast, and even with all that random trivia in my head, I learned ...more
Yesenia Juarez
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course the show is better, still interesting nonetheless.
Julia (jaylamm.reads)
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviewed, 2020
As a big fan of The Office, I couldn't wait to get a peek into how it was created. This is basically told through quotes or interviews of the cast and crew. This really goes in depth into the writing process and how the individual episodes were created. It was really interesting to see the show through the eyes of the crew and creators. 

The way the book is written, even though it is interview style, with the perspective constantly changing; it is very well organized. They go through things in
Natalyn Houk
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What 20-something college grad doesn't love The Office? I fell in love with The Office my freshman year of college and have been hooked ever since (it may or may not be playing in the background as I write this post). I think The Office does brilliant work in being relatable enough to be comforting, but also quirky enough to be funny and to allow audiences to catch something new every time you watch.

"The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s" by Andy Greene is an oral
Cathy O'Neal
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love "The Office." Completely, totally, fanatically. I kill at those Office trivia games. I listen to the Jenna Fischer/Angela Kinsey "Office Ladies" podcast. When I need to self-soothe, I watch "The Office." And I loved this book. Andy Greene does an exemplary job of telling the story of "The Office" from its unsure beginning to the finale. He even throws in some opinions of those connected to the show about a reboot or reunion. Mr. Greene structures the book like an oral history. Each ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone who enjoyed one of the most original comedies on television! If you like listening to audio books, then I *highly* recommend the audio version, read by more than ten different narrators, each doing the voices of multiple writers, producers, and actors from the show. Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene presents an oral history of this fan-favorite show in a very engaging and hard to put down interview-style format, taking us through the creation of the original BBC version by ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.

If youre a big fan of The Office, then this book is for you. I learned a lot of behind-the-scene facts from this book that I would have otherwise had no clue about, which was so great, especially given the fact that its one of my all-time favorite shows. So much went into this shows 9-season run, its absolutely fascinating. This book definitely serves when it comes to answering all the burning fan questions, and I absolutely loved it because it stuck me right back
John Lamb
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love The Office, you'll love this book. If you're looking for juicy gossip, then this really isn't really for you. It turns out that everyone was nice. However, if you want insight into characters and the creative process, this is definitely for you. I wish it never ended. (That's what she said.)
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good enough! The shows hitting peak reflection, with this book and a podcast and constant threats of reboot - this has some very interesting insights but nothing as dishy as youd want from a Hollywood oral history. Ben Silverman was surprisingly honest, even about things hes clearly wrong about. Worth reading, quickly, for superfans. ...more
Len or Len
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Andy Greene digs deep into the history of the beloved sitcom. My favorite chapters are the ones spotlighting a specific episodes like Diversity Day or The Dinner Party. I read it quickly and would have liked another hundred pages. ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: television
Great behind-the-scenes tidbits and info about one of my favorite shows. Definitively a must read for any fans of The Office.
Toni Smith
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything I wanted it to be. A deep dive into the show's development and production over the entire series, and just a little bit dishy. Kinda sad at the end, but that's how it goes I guess.
Casey the Reader
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Dutton Books for the free advance copy of this book.

THE OFFICE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE GREATEST SITCOM OF THE 2000s is just that - an oral history of the show from the people who made it. The show's cast and crew reminisce about their time on what has become one of the most beloved TV shows in American history.

Fans of The Office, you don't want to miss this one. From details about the logistics of getting the show on the air to deep dives into key episodes, this book is a treat.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, in-depth look at the popular show written in interview format.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalleyarc
I love The Office. I always have it on in the background, I fall asleep to it, I look at memes of it, I listen to the Office Ladies podcast. It's easily one of my favorite shows. This book was so fun to read. The interviews flowed so well. This was such a joy to read. I found myself laughing out loud at points and yelling across the house to my husband to share something I learned. This is absolutely a must read for anyone who loves the Office.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book that really peeled back the curtain to the relationships on and off screen. There were several things that caught me off guard and a few things that helped explain why certain episodes were the way they were. The book is a bit too long in my opinion but was still a fun and well-edited book.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, tv-show
How I Came to Read This Book: I got a free copy from Penguin Random House, who has an awesome pre-publication club giveaway thing they do!

The Plot: Andy Greene is a Rolling Stone writer who decided to craft this oral history of The Office (which makes it the second oral history book I've read this year), based on about 80+ interviews with cast and crew members specifically for the book, as well as supplementary content he either firsthand collected (through a Rolling Stone interview) or
Fabulous Book Fiend
I am a massive fan of The Office (both the UK and the US versions) and so when I was offered the chance to review this book I jumped at it. It kind of ended up being a book of two halves for me though, not the first half and the second half, but the actual content of the book and the audio recording.

Lets deal with the content of the book. I can safely say that this is a must have for every fan of the office, even the most casual fans. The information it contains is factual and anecdotal and
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books about how cornerstones of pop culture are created. Earlier this year, I read GENERATION FRIENDS even though I've yet to watch a full episode of the iconic sitcom. Recently, I finished Andy Greene's THE OFFICE, an oral history of one of my favorite shows ever.

The oral history approach, where a story is written as a series of quotes with only the occasional paragraph written by the author to set up the next section of quotes, isn't for everyone. Greene makes it work here. He
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-to-buy
Book 28 of 2020

I didn't watch The Office when it originally debuted. I was in college, and we didn't have TV's in our room, and once I was out on my own, I didn't have cable for a few years (as I was working my way through grad school). So by the time I could have watched it, it was close to the end and I never start a series in the middle. So it was just one of those things that I never got around to watching, until I finally relented last year and got all the seasons from the library (that's
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of The Office tv show, I was really excited when I heard there was a book coming out that goes behind the scenes and details more about the history of the show and the actors. So far I was just getting my fangirl tidbits from The Office Ladies Podcast, and Im more than happy to receive more!
Unlike other books about TV shows or movies, the format in this one comes across as one big interview, with everyone involved in the show, from the creators, extras, the caterer, and even the
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-tv-movies
Everything you wanted to know - and some stuff you probably don't care about - regarding The Office (American version). Very quick and easy read, like most oral histories, which I found a welcome respite during the COVID pandemic anxiety. You won't find many catty comments or much juicy gossip; for example, while everyone LOVED Steve Carrell, there were a few cast members who exhibited diva-like behavior in terms of not showing up on time, etc., but they are never named. Lots of love shown for ...more
This book is like sitting down with people who actually GET you, your besties, and talking about the thing you love the most - The Office. Everyone lately is a super fan, but some of us have been followers from the very first awkward moment of the show. For both groups, the newly initiated and the veteran fans, this book is a trip down memory lane filled with all the insider details you always wanted to know.

Despite being nearly 500 pages, this is a quick read. The book is formatted in
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book on the day it was released, which also happened to be the 15 year anniversary of when the pilot came out. As a fan of the show since that very day, and someone who always has the show on every day after work (even if its just for background noise), I reveled in every detail getting from all of those who worked so hard to make this show so extraordinary.

The author also surprised me with the style- the book is told almost entirely in the form of interview snippets. He
Jennifer M.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Office is my favorite show. Of. All. Time. If you've not seen it, literally stop reading this, go watch all 9 seasons, and then come back. I'll accept nothing less.


Ok, so this book is pretty much the untold story from almost every one involved in The Office. Seasons are discussed, specific characters, situations, etc. We hear from Steve Carrel, Jenna Fischer, some of the producers, the creators, and really anyone you could possible imagine.

Despite knowing The Office pretty well, there
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I watched first couple of series of 'The Office' and didn't like it. The cringe comedy made me uncomfortable and I found Michael Scott to be a sexist asshole that I didn't want to watch. I've recently returned to it and while some of my original opinions are true, it's growing on me a little bit more.

What I did discover with this book is I love oral histories of the making of TV shows or movies. This book follows the genesis, development, filming and eventual end of the American TV show 'The
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