NBC's "The Office" has lived through seven seasons as one of the most popular shows on television, and this article highlights some of the classic episodes of this series' run. 

Season 1

"Diversity Day"

“Diversity Day” put the Office television series on the map by exposing the uniquely unaware and bigoted managing style of Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch Manager Michael Scott.  This episode revolves around a diversity seminar necessitated by Michael’s portrayal of a racially insensitive comedy skit originally performed by Chris Rock.  An African American man by the name of Mr. Brown facilitated the seminar of which Michael did not approve.  In response to this corporate sponsored event, Michael creates his own “diversity day” and thus the hilarity ensues. 

Fun Tidbit

Michael has a classic scene with Kelly Kapoor in which he pokes fun of her Indian heritage.  This bland and modestly dressed Kelly scarcely resembles the flashy and flighty character seen in upcoming seasons. 

Classic Quote

“Abraham Lincoln once said, "If you are a racist, I will attack you with the North," and those are the principles I carry with me into the workplace.” –Michael Scott

Season 2

"The Injury"

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Every morning Michael Scott apparently wakes up and places a few strips of bacon in his George Foreman grill located at his bedside.  One day, this routine goes terribly awry as Michael clamps his foot while getting out of bed.  “Dedicated” to his work but really just starved for attention, Michael comes into work hoping for a normal day.  Instead, attention is centered on Dwight who suffered a concussion while driving to Michael’s rescue. 

A classic bathroom scene and one of the most memorable office meetings ever make this one of the most popular episodes of the entire series. 

Fun Tidbit

Suffering from a concussion, Dwight makes one of his first public displays of affection with his new girlfriend Angela.

Classic Quote

“I want to clamp Michael's face in a George Foreman grill.” –Jim Halpert

Season 3

"Branch Closing"

Much of the tension in the first three seasons of the Office centers around the impending downsizing of Dunder Mifflin.  In this episode, it is revealed that the corporate office has decided to eliminate the Scranton branch, of which this entire show is based around.  Michael and Dwight seek to right this wrong by traveling to David Wallace’s home in New York, but Josh, the branch manager at Stamford, has decided to leverage his position for a better job at Staples.  Thus, the Scranton Branch remained intact, resulting in some hilarious interchanges between Michael and Dwight on their trip to New York.   

Fun Tidbit

Both Jim and Pam eagerly await the decision of who will be retained by the Dunder Mifflin corporate offices.  Although the two are seemingly destined for each other, the table has been set for a budding relationship between Jim and Stamford regular Karen. 

Classic Quote

 “'Dwight, at eight a.m. today, someone poisons the coffee. Do not drink the coffee. More instructions will follow. Cordially, future Dwight.'”—Jim Halpert’s fax to Dwight Schrute


Season 4

"Dinner Party"

Awkward pauses and situations breathed life into the first four seasons of the Office, and “Dinner Party” was an entire episode created one of the most intensely awkward situations imagineable.  At first, this episode is almost unbearable to watch, but the situational humor and portrayal of office romances make this one of the most successful episodes of the entire series.  In “Dinner Party,” the Michael finally corners Jim and Pam into coming over for dinner at his condo with live in girlfriend, Jan Levinson.  Andy and his mismatched mate, Angela, join in the fun, while Dwight and his former babysitter crash the party. 

Fun Tidbit

This was the first new episode after the 100 day writer’s strike of 2007-2008. 

Classic Quote

 “No! No, it has to be a real person, Jim, come on! Ok no no I'm gonna pass. Ahh, oh ok! Um, rhymes with Parnold Sporchzenegger.”—Michael Scott playing a dinner party game


Season 5

"Café Disco"

After closing the “Michael Scott Paper Company,” Michael’s lease on his former office space remains intact—and this “new” branch manager has big plans for this small space.  Instead of escaping his duties by closing the doors to his office, Michael recedes to this old office space and turns it into “Café Disco,” a sort of coffee and dance bar.   After much coaxing, Michael is finally able to get his coworkers to come down to the Disco and dance.  Highlights include Michael blasting “Everybody Dance Now” through the bathroom vents and an intense dance off between Kelly and Andy

Fun Tidbit

Dwight nurses back to health Phyllis’ back by using old tricks used to heal horses.  Phyllis nibbles on some carrots and moans like a horse during her back adjustment.  

Classic Quote

“You can’t steal what is legally your property.” –Dwight Schrute when offering Phyllis back to her husband, Bob Vance


Season 6


Much of the early sexual tension in the Office centered around Jim and Pam’s friendship and obviously fatal attraction towards each other.  Despite Pam being engaged to another man, viewers knew that Jim and Pam were fated to be together.  At long last in “Niagra,” Office aficionados were finally witness to Jim and Pam’s marriage.  While this episode is not as laugh-out-loud funny as much of the rest of the series, it still tugs at the heartstrings of anyone in love with this show from the beginning.  The entire cast walking down the aisle of the Beesley-Halpert wedding was a classic television moment. 

Fun Tidbit

The dance to the altar was inspired by the viral YouTube video “JK Wedding Entrance Dance.” 

Classic Quote

Pam is constantly throwing up because of the pregnancy. If she eats something the fetus doesn't like, she is screwed. It's amazing: a three ounce fetus, is calling the shots! It's so bad ass.


Season 7

"Threat Level Midnight"

Threat Level Midnight is Michael Scott’s screenplay and labor of love that first appeared in season 2 episode “The Client,”  in which the cast of the Office did a reading of the screenplay while Michael was out of the office.  In the episode “Threat Level Midnight,” Michael screens his movie to his coworkers in the hopes of impressing his girlfriend Holly.  Several characters from season’s past show up in the movie, making this another hilarious foray into the mind of Michael Scott. 

Fun Tidbit

Several old cast members make appearances in Michael’s movie “Threat Level Midnight,” including Jan Levenson and Karen Filippelli.  Several other obscure characters such as Tony Gardner make an appearance as well. 

Classic Quote

“Well Michael Scarn was back in the game. And I bet you’re wondering why I know so much about Michael Scarn? Well because I am Michael Scarn.”—Stanley Hudson voicing over Michael Scott

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