‘The Office’ is my favorite sitcom of all time. Despite the presence of an umpteen number of better rated and reviewed shows, there’s just something about ‘The Office’ which endures. Its affable lead, Steve Carell, is a huge reason for the same. His altercations and moments of embarrassment with his co-workers at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton lit up our screens for more than half a decade. ‘The Office’ was a touch different from its contemporaries, both in style and the manner of comedy.
As Rainn Wilson, our very own Dwight, has pointed out: “Ricky Gervais was able to capitalize on a generational shift with an understanding that so much of the comedy in The Office is not set up, set up, punch line. It really is about characters behaving and the reactions to that behavior.” This brand of awkward comedy facilitated by silences and character idiosyncrasies made the show one of the most popular when it aired. Since then a lot of shows have taken inspiration and brought something of their own. Here is the list of TV series similar to ‘The Office’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these shows like The Office on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Two and a Half Men
While actors quitting and being replaced is now a common phenomenon in the show-biz, no other show in recent memory was as affected as this one due to the departure of one of the cast members, not even as much as when Steve Carrell left ‘The Office’. Admittedly so, the reason ‘Two and a Half Men’ was as solid as it was for the first eight seasons was Charlie Sheen, and it was only natural that his replacement would receive the backlash that it did. For the first eight seasons too, while the show wasn’t the best out there by any means, it was one of the most popular ones, and Sheen’s charismatic, funny and irreverent act as Charlie Harper kept it going. If nothing serves, you can always rewatch the first eight seasons of this classic, funny sitcom which sadly could have been one of the best shows of all time.
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14. New Girl