Listen, I love The Office. I consider the American version to be better than the British (and that’s saying something because I loved the British version), plus for many years it made me laugh, cry, and really care for the characters, something uncommon among most shows these days. I’d be willing to call it a tie with Arrested Development to name it the Best Sitcom of the Decade, and would say it was one of my ten favorite shows of all time. But for the past few seasons, the show has fallen downhill. Really downhill. Actually, it felt like it fell off a cliff.
Season 6 was an obvious drop-off from the previous one. Season 7 was a little bit better, and gave us some fantastic episodes, like “Goodbye Michael.” But the show pretty much died after Steve Carrell left. Without Michael Scott, the producers couldn’t figure out who to focus on and made many characters unlikable (Andy and Kevin in particular) and gave characters major subplots who were never likable in the first place (Erin).
I thought NBC would ultimately keep The Office on longer than The Simpsons, but as it turns out, season 9 will be the last of the show. This may have to coincide with the spin-off featuring Dwight. Or it may have to do with show’s dwindling fan base (less than five million viewers each episode).
I can’t really say I’m sad since I haven’t watched the show since January. But this kind of makes me think that they should have done this a long time ago. The Niagara Falls episode would have been good. Same said about “Goodbye Michael.” But at least the protects the reputation of the show, no matter how small it is now. I still have much respect for it and am glad it could finally rest in peace, even if it is a few years too late.