It used to be everyone’s favorite show, but now people are sorely disappointed with “The Office”, especially the season seven premiere. Where did it go wrong?
1.) Jim and Pam are together- People loved it best when Jim and Pam were dancing around each other nervously, hoping for a chance at romance. Now, they’re a happy couple with a perfect life that nobody can relate to. They have hardly fought and simply make us feel bad about our own relationships.
2.) Nobody hates Michael anymore- Back in the earlier seasons, people in the office were not friends with Michael. In fact, they couldn’t stand him. Inviting him out for happy hour would have been the last thing they would do. Nobody would have wanted to give him relationship advice. Since Dunder Mifflin was bought by Sabre, Michael and his employees have gotten closer, which actually ruins the previously hilarious hatred between the two.
3.) It’s no longer realistic- When Michael spanked Luke in the season premiere, it wasn’t that funny. It wasn’t funny because it wasn’t anything that would ever really happen. Michael’s comedy is based around realistic awkwardness, not slapstick humor. Over-the-top events like that are not funny and just stupid.
4.) Erin is too upbeat- The new receptionist is always in a good mood, which destroys the previously morbid and pessimistic vibe of The Office. She is unrealistically silly, and her happiness makes the show less funny.
5.) Jim seems to enjoy his job- Now that Jim has a family, he is no longer apathetic and lazy about his job, which was part of what made his character funny. However, if he were to act that way, you wouldn’t like him because he would be immature and careless about his child. Hence why having the baby was a bad idea.
6.) Not enough Stanley or Phyllis- Stanley and Phyllis’s characters haven’t changed, which means they’re still funny. But unfortunately they’re hardly ever used. Instead, Dwight and Andy are overused and in a way their characters “sold out”.
7.) Ryan is no longer “the temp”- When Ryan was the careless and perpetually grumpy temp, he was funny. Now, he’s upbeat and hipstery. It’s a total 180 for his character and frankly it’s a bit disturbing, even though it makes sense within the plot of the show.
8.) The episodes no longer revolve around mundane things- Some of the best episodes of The Office had the most boring subjects– healthcare, diversity day, conflict resolution–boring office topics. Now, Michael’s extramarital affair, printers catching on fire–it’s just too much. Keep it simple.
9.) Michael Scott is no longer that offensive- Michael’s semi-racist comments were always his trademark, especially when he referred to himself as an “entertainer”. Now, Michael is immature, but no longer that offensive. He’s just a child now, which means you feel almost guilty making fun of him.
10.) Someone had a baby- Shows always involve new babies when they’re going downhill. It’s just a fact.