As the series ends this Thursday, I will now choose my ten favorite episodes from The Office. Back in the mid to late 2000s, The Office was the best half hour on television. While the show declined in quality within the last few years, it still holds its title as one of the greatest sitcoms ever made.
10. “Dwight’s Speech” (Season 2, Episode 17)
A great and very funny episode that involves Dwight attempting to make a speech in front of a group of salesmen. Jim pranks Dwight into using an altered version of a Mussolini speech, which works surprisingly well.
9. “Weight Loss” (Season 5, Episode 1)
One of the best one hour long episodes of the series has Michael attempting to put the Scranton branch in a weight loss competition. As well as exploring Michael and Holly’s relationship, this episode has Jim proposing to Pam.
8. “Safety Training” (Season 3, Episode 20)
One of the series’ funniest episodes, “Safety Training” has Michael try to demonstrate the dangers of the Office by faking suicide. The premise may sound very dark, but “Safety Training” has some of the biggest laughs in the series.
7. “Diversity Day” (Season 1, Episode 2)
The first truly great episode of The Office came from the series’ bumpy first season, which indicates the peak the show would later climb. After doing a Chris Rock impression, Michael attempts to teach the office about diversity by labeling others with cultural stereotypes.
6. “The Fire” (Season 2, Episode 17)
Another great Office episode, “The Fire” explores Michael and Dwight’s uneasy relationship as a fire alarm goes off in the building. It also has a great ending.
5. “A Benihana Christmas” (Season 3, Episode 10)
The series hit a personal high with “A Benihana Christmas.” After getting dumped by Carol for phoyoshopping his face on her ex-husband’s, Michael attempts to find love to a Benihana restaurant. Jim also pranks Dwight in making him believe he’s an agent in the CIA. Did I mention it’s a Holiday episode as well and directed by Harold Ramis?
4. “Goodbye, Toby” (Season 4, Episode 18)
The Michael-Toby relationship has provided The Office with its darkest humor and this episode explores the extent of Michael’s hatred to the human resources drone. The episode also provides an introduction to Holly.
3. “Gay Witch Hunt” (Season 3, Episode 1)
Greg Daniels won a well-deserved Emmy for writing for this episode. After discovering Oscar is gay, Michael attempts to apologize for making earlier slurs, leading to one of the show’s funniest moments.
2. “”Goodbye, Michael” (Season 7, Episode 22)
The only post-season five episode on this list is also one of the show’s best. “Goodbye, Michael” is sad, tearful, and funny and provides the departure of Michael Scott. I’m still gutted that Steve Carell hasn’t won an Emmy for his role.
1. “Stress Relief” (Season 5, Episode 14)
When I was attempting to make this list, I knew from the beginning “Stress Relief” would be my number one choice. Premiering after the Super Bowl, “Stress Relief” has Michael try to relief the office’s anxiety after Stanley suffers a heart attack. Every bit of the episode from its opening scene is hilarious.