The Office Will End After Season 9

Those lovable kooks of Dunder-Mifflin in Scranton will clock into work for the last time at the end of the upcoming season. The Office executive producer Greg Daniels told reporters on a conference call this morning that Season 9 will be the last for the NBC comedy. (Finally.)

Over the past few years, watches have been checked multiple times with speculation over when the Emmy-winning show would end, as star Steve Carell left after Season 7 and several other stars have let it be known they'd be gone soon too. Mindy Kaling is departing as a series regular this season to start her own show on Fox, and Ed Helms, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer were all late in signing on to return. The spirit of the show will try to live on in an in-development spin-off called The Farm, starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, the beet farmer. Just so I'm transparent, I think that's a horrible idea.

With an assigned end date, The Office will be able to wrap up tons of storylines, including revealing the identity of the documentary crew that's been filming the paper company all this time, unmasking the Scranton Strangler, and exposing the truth that Pam's baby is actually Creed's (I hope!).


What answers do you want from the finale season of The Office? (Besides "Why is the show still on?" of course.)



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Thank God.
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My thoughts exactly.
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I'll be sad to see it go, but I guess it's for the best. It just wasn't the same without Michael.
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Dwight Schrute works because he's a weirdo in his work setting but necessary to make that workplace machine work, but you take him out of that setting and he's just a weirdo.



Anyway, The Office doesn't really need to do anything except get Andy as a character to operate properly, last season was brutal with how badly they struggled to make him the center of the show.
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Ideally, I wish they'd combined the best parts of Season 6 and 7 (Jim & Pam's wedding, their first baby's birth, Michael's departure, "Classy Christmas," "Threat Level Midnight") into one super-awesome final season. After Michael left there simply weren't any more stories to tell. The ensemble cast might have been enough to sustain the show at one point but right now they're just caricatures and the show lacks the heart that Michael brought. This most recent season was exceptionally dull and at times embarrassing. The cancellation is one or two seasons too late, in my opinion.
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I think a good series finale would be that they are closing their doors because the internet has stolen all their business.
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"The Farm" might be worth a laugh, but not more than a season. Really, I see it more like a webisode type of a thing... like something NBC.com would post on their site or something.

They should take a hint from "Friends" Matt LeBlanc was funny as Joey... but building a show around "Joey" after the flagship sank didn't go too well.
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Someone else mentioned "Fraser" in response to an earlier "Joey" post. But there are some main differences: Fraser had a lot going for him as a character. He was deeper than a walking-joke: he was smart, had an interesting job, and a sophisticated life. They could add stuff and it would still all fit.

Both Dwight and Joey are kind of walking gags: funny as heck but only to be experienced as part of a regular ensemble. Sure, they tried to deepen Joey a little bit: but when you're building around a (relative) moron, you have to be careful. "Not enough" extra and it's not enough to stand alone. Too much, and it's not the same character or the show people wanted.
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Plus fraiser had an awesome supporting cast and Kelsey Grammer is a very good actor. Plus there was a good setup. I do not know why anyone would want to watch what happens on a beet farm.
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Why would anyone want to watch what happens in an Office? on paper it sounds boring as hell.
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I miss Steve Carell...
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It's sad that a show that was probably one of the best comedies ever gets treated the way The Office does because it's not as good as it once was. Yes it's not half as funny as it once was, but it's still twice as funny as 95% of the rest of the garbage on TV. It deserves to go a little past it's prime, and they are ending it so get over it Tim, you only wish you had the talent to write for a show like The Office, but you can't, that's why your a TV critic. So go back to smelling your own farts and praising lame shows like Community. At least we can all still enjoy Parks and Rec.
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The Office is just another symptom of US shows never knowing to quit. They almost ALWAYS drag on years well after their prime. They'll use ratings (which are not an indicator of substance at all) to justify it, but we all know it's about getting the syndication deal & DVD sales. When there's massive profit to be had, the quality suffers.



The Office rightfully deserves the criticisms it gets, and I was a really big fan at one point, too. Last season was a mistake & so is this one.
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Exactly... they need to take lessons from stand-up comedians: go out on top. Don't drag it out until people get tired of you. Also, the memory of the show matters (DVD sales, spin-offs, actor-careers, etc). Do you want to be remembered for greatness, or have people just remember/focus on the last 2-3 bad seasons.

3-4 seasons is the sweet spot in my opinion (MAYBE 5). 3 gives you enough time to wrap up some story arcs and leave before things start to get stale.

By the time you hit 4, things are starting to become stale and/or recycled. People have started moving on. And the quality is plateauing. By 5, unless you did an incredible job, quality has started to decline.

Unfortunately some American shows go onto 7+ seasons when they should have stopped years earlier.
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Critics just want to be writers for the things they criticize? Is that still a thing? Is Tim writing pilots in his spare time? Coz, honestly, if I were picking a new career, I'd think about critic as an option, but I'd choose just about anything as a career before writing for a sitcom. So, is critic not a real career yet? I'm not sure I believe this, because I see the end of television coming, but I don't see the end of criticism coming.
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i dont hate office all this much, its not as terrible as people make it out to be, there is much worse on TV now and we can do much worse. It light, not trying to be ground breaking and end of the day ur entertained and walk away feeling good, thats what i want after a days work.
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I respectfully disagree. There were very boring episodes last season. I felt everything that needed to be done at that point had been done. I did not watch any repeats which I have never done before. I will not buy into that "it's still better than 95% of television" line. It's like going to your favorite burger joint & ordering the junior version over the regular. Still sort of the same, but not as good or satisfying and you wonder, "why even bother?"



7 seasons was enough. Making Andy boss was a huge mistake.
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Exactly, its one thing to say the show isn't quite as good without Steve but its another to make a drastic leap and say its terrible. Last season IMO was great and that's because it was still full (even without Steve) of rich talent like Krasinski, Helms, Robinson, and Wilson. And it is still much better than most that it is on tv. Just because a show is somewhat different doesn't mean its terrible. People just have to open their minds up a little.
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The wedding of Michael Scott
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The pessimism surrounding the spin-off is really bothering me, I'm more than tired of people complaining. You know what, if you don't want to watch the show feel free not to. If you don't like the office anymore, stop watching it, it's not as good as it once was but some of us still enjoy it, so shut up with your repetitive complains and stop watching if you don't like it anymore. Stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us with your whining.
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EsmeBuffay - The Whining Police. I think we're allowed to complain. I didn't see the rule where all comments about shows has to be 'pro' or 'in favor'. It's a terrible idea & spin-offs reek of greediness.
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You do realize that every network has a finite number of shows and a finite budget, right? For every bad half hour comedy a network makes, that is one half hour comedy the rest of us could be enjoying that is never going to be made. So it is you who is ruining it for the rest of us by supporting complete crap. Watching shit TV is not a victimless crime.
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you do realize that there isn't a dearth of TV shows on. It's not 1978 where we only have 3 networks and 22 hours a week of schedule time. There are plenty of options without bemoaning the non-existence of some theoretically "never made" show that could be on.
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They aren't theoretical. Many great pilots fail to get made or picked up or new shows failed to get renewed because of slots that are taken up by long-in-the-tooth shows with established audiences. This happens on every single network, so your argument that there is a dearth of shows holds no water. If you also take into account that most of the shows made today are reality shows your argument makes even less sense. Also, the major networks slots are still important because not all 500 cable channels can afford the budgets necessary for some types of shows. So, your argument fails on at least 4 points; that's impressive for 3.1 lines of text, bravo.
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Did NBC learn nothing from "Joey"?
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Fraser...
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I'll admit the show lost something after Steve Carell left, but I'm still a huge fan. I'm glad they know in advance this will be the last season so things can be wrapped up. I'd really like to see them travel to Colorado for Michael and Holly's wedding! Wouldn't that be a nice cameo for the final season!?
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My thoughts exactly! And yes that would be some perfect way to end the show in my humble opinion.
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The Office [should have] end[ed] after season [7]



Fixed.
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I can only partially agree on this, partly because I still enjoyed a lot of season 8 despite the absence of Michael Scott, while on the other hand I do recognize that fact that it wasn't quite as good. There were some unbearable moments in season 8, mostly toward the beginning, where the humor got cheap and very uncreative. But likewise there were also a lot of hilarious moments that left my gut thoroughly busted.



I think they perhaps should have ended it after THIS past season but oh well. Maybe they can continue their groove in season 9 and finish with at least some semblance of a bang..
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I couldn't have said it better myself (I know because I tried).
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I honestly didn't see your comment when I posted mine. Repetition happens. Sometimes there's numerous comments that would take too long to scan through before posting my own. I thought about strike-thru HTML text but thought against it. In the end, it's a comment thread on an article that will disappear in a few days so I'm not too worried about it.
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Team Creed!
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I haven't watched this show in years but it used to be one of my favorites. I see Catherine Tate in the picture so I feel bad for her cuz she's AWESOME (Doctor Who).
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Steve Carell held the show together after the "Jim and Pam show" aspect of it all died. After their wedding in Niagara Falls, I feel the show really fell off the cliff. If Bernard and Erin have a good time, I'll be happy since I like seeing them together.



I really wouldn't be down about the spin off. Wait and see I say.
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I agree with the Carell and Jim & Pam show sentiments. Their journey into parenthood was boring & a snooze. The show was grasping at straws after that.
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Good, it was by far the weakest comedy on Thursdays last season, except Whitney of course. Parks and rec is so much better nowadays.
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Just wait until Parks and Rec is cancelled this season as well.
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Parks and Rec cancelled this season? Bullcrap!!! You're living in a fantasy world if u think that's gonna happen.
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Sounds like you're living in a fantasy world. NBC has already made it obvious by saying that they're done with "sophisticated comedies". Get ready for every show to be cheesy, slapstick, and/or star an animal. Parks and Rec, Community, and 30 Rock have never been successful in the ratings and only made it this far based on good reviews. NBC has practically already cancelled Community by placing it on Fridays. The only Thursday show left to cancel is Parks. Get ready. I don't like the truth any more than you do.
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Until I see a press release saying "Parks and Rec is cancelled", I won't believe it. Plain and simple. However, putting Community on Fridays is quite the omen.
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It's good to know thats it's almost over. Im just glad they're not doing another season after this.
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Yep.

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The office has always been a good comedy in my eyes, despite all the hate and Carrel leaving. It's a clever show mostly about human behaviour than anything else. I struggle to understand why this show is getting hated so much, whilst shows like big bang theory and/or 2 and 1/2 men are still loved - both shows have been recyling themselves since season 1, and the latter is and always has been TERRIBLE all-together. Thank god ashton kutcher isn't getting totally overpaid to do a brain dead comedy. Wait a minute...



I do think that the farm thing is not a good idea though.
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There is a lot to say about this.



- It is about time. They really should have left with Steve Carrel.



-I hope that the series ends well for the characters. I do not want the office to shut down and have a big sad downer of a finale. It seems stupid, but I would like to believe that these characters stay together for a long time after the series ends.



-The spin off will most likely be terrible. Dwight is hilarious, but I can't see the farm being anywhere near as funny as The Office.
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About ten years too late.
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I think I speak for everyone when I say: GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!
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You speak for no one, Go away.
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I know I'm in the minority when I say both of these things. That I enjoyed the last couple of seasons and that I'm looking forward to the Rainn Wilson/Dwight Shrute spin off.
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Hah, I'm only interested in seeing more of Jack Coleman this season. I never really watched that show. The spin-off idea is like an April Fool's joke. Are we sure it isn't?
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I'm interested in seeing the farm. Rainn Wilson is the best! It looks more believable than Mindy as a doctor, anyway.
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This article might as well have been titled, "The Office (effectively) Ended After Steve Carell Left".

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so true....
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I haven't had any problems with The Office since Carell left. Actually I didn't even notice. The rest of the characters were able to carry the show themselves. But I am glad they're ending it since it's been on forever and all that's going to happen is characters will leave and more will come. Just let it go out with a bang.



When the show first started and they revealed the company was going under, I always assumed season 7 would end with the company going out of business and everyone going off on their own directions. Then the Sabre buyout came along. I loved Jo. But then she left and California came along. I loved him. But now he's left too. Stop doing this to me! Time to end it. I will watch until the bitter end and hope the end it right. Personally I think it should end with the company finally closing.
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At least this sitcom series finale won't have involvement with Tyler-(I know that TBS announced the ending of House of Payne, but I'm just going to end it on a cliffhanger anyway because I'm such a dumbass) Perry.
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I'd like to know where everyone will end up. that's why i've not rooted for the show getting cancelled, none of the actors slipped, just the writing.
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The only answer i want, is why wasn't this show canned earlier on. It was terrible!
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