‘The Office’ says goodbye after nine years

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Danielle Burch
Entertainment Editor

Nine seasons, over 200 episodes, and only one paper company.
The end is sadly approaching for the beloved mocumentary show, “The Office.”
That’s right, in just a few short weeks, fans of the Dunder Mifflin crew will have to punch out of the time clock and say goodbye forever.
This show revolutionized television with its scripted documentary style, which can now be seen on shows like “Parks and Recreation” and “Modern Family.”
It also shed light on unknown actors who are now household names, i.e. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Kraninski and Ed Helms.
I personally didn’t understand what the all of the buzz over this show was about until I sat down and watched a few episodes. By then, the show had been on the air a few years so I had a bit of catching up to do, thank you Netflix.
Over the years, I have become attached to the some of the characters and hate to see that the show is finally coming to an end.
But I can’t say that I didn’t see that coming from a mile away, especially after the departure of the “world’s best boss.”
If you have been living under a rock for the past decade or have never heard of this critically acclaimed show, then I’ll catch you up without giving too much away.
The show follows the workers of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. A paper supplier office may not seem like the most interesting thing in the world, but trust me, this branch is probably the most entertaining thing to watch.
Especially if your boss in none other than Michael Scott, Carell, who holds meetings that turn into a sort of improv acting opportunity and doesn’t understand the meaning of crossing the line.
This doesn’t even begin to cover the array of oddballs who work day in and day out at the office.
There is the prankster Jim Halpert, Krasinski, who is always out to pull one over beet farmer and Battlestar Galactica fan Dwight Schrute, Wilson.
The pair alone could have their own show, but like every good show there must be romance, and this one has a story for the ages: Jim and Pam. The country knew that these two were in love with each other before Jim and Pam even knew it.
It’s truly sad to see the show come to an end, but like I said, I’m not surprised. Everything changed during season seven when driving force Carell left.
Don’t get me wrong, the show is still hilarious, but it is just missing its key humor that launched it into the spotlight.
The reigns were handed over to “Hangover” funny guy Helms and he has done a somewhat mediocre job. But then again, he did have big shoes to fill.
The show has changed and grown so much over the past nine seasons. It should be interesting to see how the writers are going to end this mad house paper company.
So far there have been affairs, head lice, bankruptcy, return of early season regulars, new job opportunities and one Dwight Christmas which shall not be forgotten.
This season has been a full of shock value by breaking the fourth wall and adding conflict into peaceful, happy story lines.
I hate to see my favorite character being dragged through the wringer, but it sure does make for great television.
The show’s hour-long finale will air May 16. It has been confirmed that there will be some more familiar faces making an appearance, hopefully including Michael Scott.
There is no telling how the story of these people person’s paper will end, but you can bet I will be glued to my TV with a box of tissues sitting next to me.