Scranton?s most outrageous workforce is back to give their clients the business in the fifth hilarious season of The Office. Join obnoxious regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his fellow paper pushers Dwight ... more »(Rainn Wilson), Jim (John Krasinski), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Ryan (B.J. Novak) as they steal customers, frame co-workers, indulge in intra-office love affairs and just plain behave badly while a documentary film crew captures their every word and misdeed. Developed for American television by Primetime Emmy® Award-winner Greg Daniels, The Office: Season Five features 26 uproarious episodes ? including two one-hour specials, exclusive commentaries, webisodes, deleted scenes and more in a sidesplitting five-disc collection no true fan of The Office can afford to miss!« less
"This just proves the ill attitudes of the general public. So quick to lay judgment. This show is BRILLIANT. And when I'm done watching it always always always leaves me wanting more. Every single comedy I've ever seen has had more dramatic episodes (And now.. a very special Blossom) It makes the characters more real. And the comments above about how it was painful to watch and embarrassing. That is the appeal of Micheal's character. He gets into these positions where he does embarrass himself. Its just in his nature. Just be glad they are not trying to teach you a lesson in the show like so many comedies before them. Touching briefly on a serious issues only to forget about it the next episode. THAT'S Painful..
I love the further development of the characters. And if they made the show be everything you wanted to right now for your quick fix.. they couldn't make anymore of this brilliantly wonderful show.
I cannot wait for next season!"
Keep it coming ;-)
Elaine M. Harries | 08/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A lot can be said for the first 4 seasons of the show.Season 5 is still strong I totally LOVE every episode. There is NO other TV show that I will watch over again but this one. I have seen each episode multiple times. The thing I appreciate the most is what I call the "time release" brand of humor. There are so many subtle things going on that there is no way to catch them in one viewing. If you don't believe me try it. Watch your fave episode again and see if you don't find another great "line" or spoofy interaction that you didn't see before. This stuff is brilliant!!"
A classic show starting to lose its identity...
A. Stoltz | illlinois | 12/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"let me clarify my title a little. i'm a huge fan of the show and i own all 5 seasons on dvd and watch the new episodes religously every thursday night. up until season 6 i think every season of the office has its own charm and strong episodes especially seasons 3 & 4 which i believe are the strongest and near perfect. season 5 was really great but you could tell it was starting to lose its steam, especially the second half of the season. specifically starting with the episode that aired after the superbowl (fire drill). it seemed forced and like the writers were trying to cater to a larger audience via post superbowl viewers. it was like they saw the ratings for that episode and said "hey! we should start writing the episodes like this with more accessible/obvious humor cuz apparently people like it!" And that they did. the majority of the remaining episodes are great with some unforgetable moments (with michael starting his own paper company while pam gets promoted and ryan gets brought back) but it seems like the show was drifting off on a tangent toward the end and i felt like there was something "DIFFERENT" with the show. when i say "different", i mean i felt like i was being betrayed or someone was trying to pull a fast one on me (as weird as that sounds).
all in all, season 5 is not bad but really great (not exceptional) with some excellent episodes. just lacking compared to the past seasons.
NOW, HERE'S MY BEEF. it's with the currently airing season 6 (as of december 2009) of this once marvelous, unique series. i know this review is for season 5 but i feel strongly about voicing this and/or addressing the office fans like myself out there who read this. what has happened to the show in season 6? it's like its not even the same show anymore. the humor is not dry, awkward, passive, or subtle anymore! those four adjectives was what made this show (and the original british version) a classic and hailed best comedy series since seinfeld. the season 6 episodes (or the office version 2.0) the humor is obvious, accessible, easy to digest, obnoxious, annoying, and in your face. why did they change this about the show?! you could probably blame michael schur and greg daniels new series "parks and recreation" along with the superbowl episode for the shows lack of creativity and loss of spark. they both happened at about the same time the office took a turn.
Example: when i use to watch the office (most notably seasons 1-4) i would cringe and feel totally uncomfortable but in a very pleasing and rewarding way due to michaels scott/dwight schrutes oblivous nature and crude remarks and awkward situations. also, i would laugh histarically at the jim and dwight interactions and pranks. i also loved how pam was a very loveable, caring, warm person with a quick dry wit who always put a smile on anyones face and also kind of mysterious with how she always kept to herself and was very reserved in her thoughts and nature. starting at the end of season 5 and especially season 6 she is outspoken, loud, obnoxious (yes, i called sweet little pam obnoxious), cold, and even doing terrible, cheesy character voice impressions (like the ones michael does when he's trying to be funny). not to mention, she lashed out at michael and was borderline violent with him when she found out he was dating her mom. i understand the reasoning why she would be mad, but they over did it way too much and did not seem natural and unlike pam. it wasn't funny or believable. maybe this new side of pam is brought on by the pregnancy but i have a feeling this is her new character from now. now,
now i have a bone to pick with mr. dwight schrute. in the first 4 seasons of the show dwight was dependent on michael scott. he continously sucked up to him, bought him food, did laundry, did michael's dirty work for him, smelled his breath close up and he did all this with loyalty and passion for his boss who he looked up to as a mentor/friend (as scary as that is). in season 5 and especially season 6 dwight is now his own person. totally independent of michael and actually argues with him instead of agreeing with every single detail like an obediant dog. dwight seems like he's all out for himself and is ruthless to a point to where i sadly miss old dwight and his naiveity and oblivious. it seems like dwight "wisened up" too quickly for his own good and most importantly, HIS CHARACTER IS NOT FUNNY ANYMORE! what made dwight funny before was his naiveity towards jim and people in the office and how he would explain specifics and go in to great detail on any subject no matter how absurd it was. the "NEW" dwight is wise, sneaky, independent, overly competitive, and almost villian-like (like in comic books).
i could go on a lot longer about the other characters but dwight and pam are the two that have had total character facelifts. o yeah, and one thing about jim. his character is no longer fun loving and laidback. he is important, stern, outspoken and SERIOUS! yes, jim halpert who use to pull pranks is now serious. yes, yes, i understand he is now co-regional manager and with that comes new responsibilities and change of personality but it doesn't suit him well especially since his old self is beloved by fans.
now here is how everyone who reads this will respond. "series have to branch out and evolve." "characters have to grow as human beings do throughout life." "what do you expect, for them to keep making the same episode with the same jokes and characters, that's boring." >>>>>Okay, i understand these perceptions and i yes people evolve in real life and shows should to to keep interest and originality. if it can be done tastefully and clever than i'm all for it. i love growth and encourage character/show development. but this isn't what we're dealing with here folks. essentially, we are dealing with the shows growing popularity (ignorant superbowl) and the decision of the writers (or the people who green light these episodes) to water down the humor and make it easy to digest because i will state this like a fact: THE OFFICE DID NOT GET POPULAR BECAUSE THE EPISODES GOT BETTER. they just got more accessible to the mainstream, equaling more viewers. it is truly a sad thing to see happen.
not only are the characters becoming lackluster, the writing is becoming obviously worn out. when a shows writing becomes predictable and lazy, that's when its time to end it. the show has went on to long and i personally thought (as much as i love this show) they should of wrapped it up with season 5. they should resolved most of the relationships especially michaels love life and jim and pam married of course. IDEA FOR SERIES FINALE: visit dunder mifflin in say 5 years after jim and pim get married and see what everyone's up to and bring closure to the characters but leave some open-ended as well and reveal the fate of the company or maybe dunder mifflin is already gone and they all just meet at the old business lot where it use to be and have a cookout or something. great ideas right? make the episode bittersweet and finally reveal who is behind the camera. leave on a high note instead of dragging it out and squeezing all the juice you possible can out of it. if i was a writer of the show, that's how i would end it. now, tell me that's not a superb ending to a great series.
sorry for being critical but i needed to get this off my chest and see if anyone else feels this way about the new direction of the show. i would love to hear your thoughts about this...and no negative inappropriate remarks from the casual fan, i want to hear feedback from REAL office fans.
i will force myself to sit through the remaining new episodes as they come but only because i still have hope for the show. maybe season 7 will get back on track and the writers will come back (if in fact they did leave or write less now) and give this series a emaculant appropriate finale like it deserves. office fans, let's hope so.
thank you for reading."
The best value for The Office thus far
Mike Sheehan | NY | 09/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These episodes are hilarious. There are so many classic moments: Dwight and Jim's faked phone call to determine if Dwight's too aggressive while Michael watches because they both get poor performance reviews (though there's an interesting explanation for that); Dwight coming in dressed in Cornell clothing and Andy's reactions to it; Andy yelling "Are you blind?!" to Erin than trying to cover it up; The scene with Andy sneaking up on Dwight with his hybrid, which is just so, so funny. Speaking of Andy, he's quickly become one of my favorites, if not my number one favorite. Dwight was awesome this season and though I don't care much for Ryan's character, B.J. Novak's a really good actor. His progression as a character is impressive. Steve Carrell also deserves notice for being great per usual. The 5th season is long and satisfying (that's what she said), and it gets the most bang for the buck, the season is 26 episodes on 5 discs in a little over 10 hours. There's also over 3 hours of deleted scenes that integrate easily with the show. They're also the best deleted scenes I've ever seen. The first and last episodes deleted scenes are particularly good, but there's plenty of laugh out loud deleted scene moments, which is pretty amazing. Many episodes have commentary for the truly obsessed, and on top of that, all the webisodes made so far are also included. The webisodes aren't too bad either, they give a chance for the minor characters to shine. I truly don't believe this show has lost its touch, I laughed a comparable amount to past seasons, maybe even more and all I can hope for is another few seasons on par with this one... or even better."
Richard Hurst | Abington, PA | 11/25/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, I really do enjoy watching The Office. It is possibly one of my favorite shows on television. With that said, I think that Season 5 is the worst season so far. I felt that there wasn't enough "classic" Office material, like Jim-Dwight interactions, Michael Scott-esque failures, and not enough Kevin time (but lets be serious - is there ever enough Kevin time??). I still will most likely buy this Season, but it will definitely not get watched as much as Seasons 3 and 4 do."