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Book Review: The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s By Andy Greene

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History by Andy Greene takes readers back to the early 2000's and dives deep into some of their favorite scenes and character moments. Through show archive material along with all new interviews with some of the shows creators, writers, cast, and crew; Greene is able to give readers a closer look at episodes such as "The Dundies", "Casino Night", and "Goodbye Michael." He takes you from the shows humble beginnings on the BBC to the fan favorite and culturally significant phenomenon it is today.

I am a huge fan of The Office and binge watch the entire 9 season series as much as I can. In fact, I'm doing that as we speak! I was so excited when I first saw this book advertised and knew I had to have it. The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s offers so much great insight into each season of the office. It was amazing to read behind the scenes information from the creators, writers, producers, crew, and cast.

The only thing I would change is to provide more insight from the cast themselves. Especially the main cast members such as Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Steve Carell, and Rainn Wilson. I really missed their insight the most in chapters that covered specific episodes. They would make a comment here and there, but it would have been more fulfilling as a fan to see how the actors felt during those episodes. Don't get me wrong, reading how the episodes were developed and came together was very interesting, but the actor's perspectives would have added more to it.

Interviews from the creators and those behind the scenes give Office fans a fun peek into the process involved in making a show of that caliber. I also felt validated in my feelings about seasons 8 and 9 in that some of the magic left when Steve Carell did. Let me say though that I love pieces of those seasons, but it still wasn't the same and the interviews in this book confirm that.

If you are a fan of The Office you need to read this book!

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