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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
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Dutton Books
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Jill Snow Totally. There is some overlap from the podcast, but it was fun and really interesting to see different perspectives other than the Office Ladies'. As…moreTotally. There is some overlap from the podcast, but it was fun and really interesting to see different perspectives other than the Office Ladies'. As a huge fan of the show, I loved it!(less)
Rica O The stories behind the scenes of the making of the show The Office. As a huge fan of the show, I loved this book. If you have never seen the show, you…moreThe stories behind the scenes of the making of the show The Office. As a huge fan of the show, I loved this book. If you have never seen the show, you probably wouldn't enjoy (or even be interested in) much of this book(less)

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Scott
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I thought, 'This is really cool. This feels like lightning in a bottle. This chemistry. This group of people. I think we have something here.'" -- actress Angela Kinsey (a.k.a. accountant Angela Martin), page 67

Similar in format to James Andrew Miller's Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live and Craig Marks' I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (to name just two examples), Greene's The Office: The Untold Story . . . utilizes the 'talking head' pa
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Katie B
The Office is a show that for the most part stands up pretty well all these years later and Netflix has really helped boost its popularity especially with the younger generation. This book provides a great behind the scenes look at the tv show. The author pieced together old interviews and conducted new interviews with cast members, writers, crew, etc, and presented everything in an easy to read format similar to the Live From New York book about Saturday Night Live.

I'm a pop culture junkie but
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Stephanie
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 can’t 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 wasn’t quite what I expected.

The format of the book is mostly excerpts from interviews from people i
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BookOfCinz
But all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin is a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?

When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! I am such a big fan of The Office. To date I have watched the entire 9 seasons seven times in full. Whenever I am feeling sad or out of sorts in this world I turn to The Office to cheer me up. I really feel this weird attachment to the characters and everything this sh
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Jocelyn
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
A book about my all time fave show? Count me in.
Angela (BlondeBooks)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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 inf ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars
This was such an entertaining deep dive into the production of the Office. I would highly recommend this book to any mega fans of the show. I loved learning all the little details behind so many of the iconic scenes.
Traci at The Stacks
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and thought it was fun. I’m a huge fan of the show so I understood every reference. The start was really strong but the book went on way too long. It got to be redundant in boring ways. I loved the “key episodes” and would’ve loved more of that and less of the focus on the writers room. I liked the book but wished it was shorter overall as it lagged by the end. Sort of like The Office itself, so that works I guess.
Brandie
4.5 stars. The Office is one of my favorite shows and I loved hearing all of the behind the scenes stuff. My husband and I started rewatching the show yesterday, because I had to after listening to this book!
Yesenia Cash
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course the show is better, still interesting nonetheless.
Christine (Queen of Books)
Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for a free e-arc of this title for review.

This book was such a treat.

I didn't watch the Office from the beginning, but became a loyal viewer by the second half of the third season. I came to it as one often comes to the best things - a friend was like, "You've gotta watch it." In college, it was a way to instantly bond with new acquaintances. A friend I made during the fourth season still texts me Office quotes during a long work day - 12 years later.

Which is t
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Tess Taylor
3- The Office Ladies podcast has become a staple of mine, so I've been in a very Office mood lately. It's such a great show, and I love it more and more as time goes on. Because of this, I expected to like this book more than I did.

It was enjoyable to go back in time, hear how it all played out, and reminisce about some hilarious moments. However, a lot of the book had a dark aura around it- a bitterness that I didn't like. I think you can tell that this oral history was compiled by someone who
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Brianne
This was so interesting and I loved hearing from the cast and crew. I already loved the show so much, and this some how made me love it that much more. Also, Steve Carell sounds like a wonderful gentleman.

Be warned, you will want to start another rewatch...jk...who isn't constantly rewatching the Office?! 😝
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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
Crystal
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So fun! You have to read this if you are a fan of The Office!
Dan Connors
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Comedy is not easy, so when a great comedy comes along, it's important to recognize what made it great. I've read two books on landmark comedies- Live From New York, which details the story of Saturday Night Live from the people who lived it, and the Daily Show Book, from the Comedy Central writers and stars who launched that juggernaut of comedy. Now there is an oral history of NBC's the Office by Andy Greene that gives it the treatment it richly deserves, following the most revolutionary sitco ...more
Kristin LaRaine
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this!

I was apprehensive about this book at first because I worried it would be hours and hours of over-dissecting characters, scenes, and concepts, but I was so pleasantly surprised! Basically, it’s a compilation of interviews with the writers, cast, and crew of the American version of the show (with an introduction section on the original British version).

While the quotes about how brilliant and smart and original the show was do get a little old, most of the info centers around the be
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Mom_Loves_Reading
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We LOVE "The Office" at my house, & are constantly quoting the show! It's so freaking awesome! (That's what she said!) I loved going behind the scenes with the actors & writers & reading about some of my fave episodes (Hello, "Dinner Party"!) The book is written in interview form, it's insightful, fun, & fans will LOVE it!
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Even though I was gifted an ARC of the book, I plan to buy the hardback when it comes out (which is TOMORROW, 3/24!) This will make an AWESOME gift for fans as well! Thank you
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Meg
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be really redundant, because at this point who doesn’t know a ton about The Office, but it was a surprisingly fun and interesting and varied look at the show. (Not captivating enough to make me want to watch the post-Steve seasons, but you can’t win ‘em all.)
Sanjana  Datla
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to best friends with Steve Carell (and everyone that ever worked with Jon Stewart) and this book is half behind the scenes story of a phenomenal sitcom, and half a continuous effusion on how Steve Carell is the greatest human being alive. So there was really no chance of me not liking this book.
Deni
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting look at the writing and production side of the show, but it doesn't dig deep into the majority of the creative choices and doesn't offer much new information. Certainly nostalgic though. Makes you want to binge watch the show for the bazillionth time (obviously). ...more
Andre Gonzalez
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any hardcore Office fans!
Brian Cohen
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and honest look behind the scenes. I appreciated how candid everyone was about the low points, in particular. Creed’s journey to become a character on the show was fascinating. We were really close to Bob Odenkirk as Michael Scott.
Stacy
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lot of fun if you are a fan of The Office! A lot of interesting trivia, including the strange machinations behind Steve Carell’s exit and all the effort that went into setting up that big proposal scene. You hear a lot from some people, second hand from others, and none at all from some, but it still comes together to give a good picture of what it was like behind the scenes. Now if we could just see all of those audition tapes...
Danielle
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I really wish Goodreads would let you do half star ratings because this is more 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed most of it but man, it needed some major editing because a lot of the comments were repetitive or completely unnecessary.
Ginger
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
This was just ok, and good enough to make the time pass quickly on a road trip with Mr. Horton when we're both fans, but the good stories, a fan has likely already heard, and most of the other oral history was so behind the scenes it was a little dull for a television outsider. I don't much care about the network, writers, boom operators (though I'm thankful they exist).

The production itself of this audiobook was a tad uneven. I didn't expect them to actually get the actors voices to perform the
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Ashley
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the office, so this was really cool to hear the writing process. Really a must read for The Office fans!
Jenny Leitsch
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book. It is set up as an oral history of the entire series - from the UK pilot to Netflix binging - and I loved getting to hear the writers, producers, and actors weigh in on the series and its most famous episodes in their own words. My husband and I just started watching The Office for the second (or third?) time, this time with our eleven-year-old daughter. I've enjoyed being able to share gossipy tidbits about the actors and episodes as we watch. My biggest takeaways are ...more
Carmen Liffengren
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
After Friends ended its 10 season run in 2004, it was clear that the same old sitcom format wasn't working anymore and NBC needed something new. Single camera comedies like Arrested Development paved the way for the American version of The Office. The logistics of adapting the Ricky Gervais British Office were daunting. In the oral history of The Office, I learned so much about the comedy writing process and how the show runner leads the writing team. It was fascinating to learn how the design t ...more
Shea
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
After just having finished the show on Netflix, this was a great read. My husband and I had been binging the series before (we thought) the show was leaving at the end of 2020. I wish there were some more dialogue from the main characters, I'm pretty sure Kate Flannery (Meredith) had more lines in the book than anyone. ...more
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