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The Office: Season 3

JJ Abrams, Harold Ramis, Joss Whedon

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The Office: Season 3
Directed by: JJ Abrams, Harold Ramis, Joss Whedon
The second season of NBC's The Office ended with a shake-up of the status quo at Dunder Mifflin. Lovelorn wise-ass Jim (John Krasinski), who'd spent the two preceding seasons pining for engaged wise-ass Pam (Jenna Fischer) finally told her how he felt. They kissed. (Squee!) While this made for addictive TV, it also meant Season 3 had to begin with upheaval. In the first episode, we learn Pam left fianc<0x00E9> Roy (David Denman), but only after breaking Jim's heart (Unsquee!) and Jim transferred to another office. As a result, Season 3's not as good as Season 2. The tone in the first few episodes is off: Watching Jim interact with his new, sometimes boring office-mates is never as fun as watching him with needy boss Michael (Steve Carell) and endearingly irritating Dwight (Rainn Wilson). The subsequent merger between the two offices feels like a cop-out, a frantic attempt by the show's writers to get themselves out of a narrative corner. Nit-picking aside, The Office is still the best sitcom on TV. Every episode's packed with hilarious, sweet moments—from grumpy Stanley (Leslie David Baker)'s zeal for soft pretzels to the strangely touching funeral that the Dunder-Mifflinites hold for a bird. Plus, the hours of deleted scenes are as wonderful as the show itself.
Lindsay McCarney

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