Like a fine wine, episodes of “The Office” get better with age. Whether it’s because you notice something for the first time or because you can laugh at the same joke a hundred times, “The Office” doesn’t get old. Which episodes have stood the test of time or are destined to remain favorites for years to come? The race is tight, but these are arguably some of the best episodes of “The Office.”
Season 2’s finale, “Casino Night” gives viewers what they’ve been itching for-Jim finally speaks up and lets Pam know how he feels about her. Add in an awkward situation with Michael (are there any other kind?) as he finds himself with two dates and some laughs at Toby, Creed, and Kevin, and “Casino Night” proves why “The Office” continued to such acclaim.
“Beach Day” / “The Job”
These two episodes cap off season 3, arguably one of the best seasons from “The Office.” After seeing Jim leave, the branches merge, and Dwight leave the branch for a time, these two episodes bring an amazing season to a close. During “Beach Day” Pam finally speaks up after having been timid and shy for much of the season. Then, in “The Job” you see Jim, Karen, and Michael all go out for the corporate job, which eventually goes to a surprising candidate, and get some closure to the Jim/Pam question!
With the Michael Scott Paper Company about to go under, Dunder Mifflin tries to buy back the company in order to stop them from stealing their business. Though Michael is set to blunder his way through negotiations, he actually manages to seal the deal in a classic style that reminds viewers why he is such an amazing salesman. It’s easily one of the best scenes in an episode of “The Office.”
Michael Scott is sometimes so awkward that it’s hard to watch, and no episode better exemplifies this fact than season 6’s “Scott’s Tots.” Viewers learn that Michael Scott once pledged to send an entire graduating class to college, and is now trying to figure out what to do when they’re suddenly ready to go. Simultaneously, watch Dwight try to get Jim in trouble with the rest of the office by hosting an employee of the month program. Dwight masterfully crafts Jim’s biggest failure as a manager, but with unexpected consequences.
One of the highlights of season 6, “Happy Hour” introduces fans to Michael Scott’s alter ego, “Date Mike.” It’s hysterical to watch Michael go from almost hitting it off with a woman to crashing and burning once he realizes they’re on a date. As if that weren’t enough, Dwight manages to reconnect with Isabelle, Pam’s cousin. The confrontation that ensues between the pair and Angela, with whom Dwight has contractually agreed to have and raise a child, is classic. Whack!
Read more about each of these episodes and view screenshots at The Office epsisode guide.