During the first season of the show, NBC seriously considered cancelling the show because other shows like Wife Swap were outdoing The Office’s ratings, but after Steve Carell’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” the show made a breakout.
Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute, originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott.
Originally, the TV show Parks & Recreation was supposed to be a spin-off show with Rashida Jones (who played Karen in The Office), but the spin-off idea was scrapped.
The Office was originally supposed to air on FX or HBO before it landed on NBC with a wider audience.
The episode “The Farm” in The Office’s final season was supposed to be a backdoor pilot for a new spin-off TV show starring Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute). However, NBC passed on The Farm and the episode was simply another one in a very long final season.
Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) are best friends in real life.
John Krasinski (Jim) and BJ Novak (Ryan Howard) went to high school together.
Some of the writers of the show actually acted in the show. Mindy Kaling (Kelly), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), and BJ Novak (Ryan) were among them.
Steve Carell almost missed out on being Michael Scott because he was working in another NBC sitcom titled “Come to Papa.”
The Officer’s producers originally wanted to make Jim and Pam’s relationship an interracial love story.
Oscar Nunez being gay was unplanned. He would not have been gay if not for a pink shirt he wore because of the wardrobe staff.
When the show was still airing, tons of people came up to Jenna Fischer (Pam) and told her they were disappointed with Pam’s “strong willed personality and assertiveness.”
John Krasinski (Jim) shot the videos of Scranton in the opening credits and theme song of the show.
The opening credits of The Office revealed the real Penn Paper Building on Mifflin Avenue in Scranton.
The show’s cast often surfed the Internet in between takes.
Four characters had the same name as the actors who played them - Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith and Creed Bratton.
The character Ryan Howard got his last name from a popular athlete.
Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Ed Helms (Andy) were batch mates together in a school in Georgia.
Poor Richard’s Pub is actually a pub in Scranton.
The opening credits of The Office revealed a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
Steve Carell was never a fan of the British version of the show.
Steve Carell placed a British flag on his desk in the show to honor the British version, although he didn’t even have a desire to watch it.
Jenna Fischer kept her character Pam’s engagement ring in the series.
The value of Pam’s engagement ring was around $5,000.
The warehouse used in the basketball episode was really just below the actual office.
Dunder Mifflin is now recognized by the Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Giamatti was NBC’s first choice for the role of Michael Scott; however, Paul turned down the role.
Before his audition, Steve Carell had only seen 5 minutes of the British version of The Office.
Seth Rogan auditioned for the role of Dwight Schrute.
Angela Kinsey originally auditioned for the role of Pam.
Kate Flannery (Meredith) originally auditioned for the role of Jan.
Phyllis Smith, who played Phyllis, was originally the casting director for the show, but producers loved her so much, they created a role for her.
Oscar Nunez didn’t think the show would be a hit, so he kept his jobs as a server and babysitter after he got the role.
Jenna Fischer’s real-life pregnancy was not an issue for writers because they were already planning a Pam-Jim pregnancy.
Dwight Schrute was supposed to leave the show after the ninth season and have his own spin-off show titled “The Farm.”
In the episode “The Launch Party,” John Krasinski accidentally signs Meredith’s pelvic cast with his name and not Jim’s name.
In the episode “A Benihana Christmas,” Michael, Andy, and Jim dine at the exact same Benihana restaurant that Carell’s character goes to in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Before the show, most of the show’s writers had never had a writing job before.
Mindy’s roommate made an appearance in season two of the show, playing Brenda Matlowe, an executive from Dunder Mifflin corporate who came to evaluate Michael’s “leadership training exercise” in season two’s “Booze Cruise” episode.
Before B.J. Novak was hired on the show, he was working as Ashton Kutcher’s lead accomplice on MTV’s Punk’d in 2003.
My highlights are at: 4:05 - Original cast photo 4:16 - Introduction of the cast 7:16 - The lost Matrix Prank that was never shot 1:06:27 - Jenna and John 1:13:38 - Jim’s penultimate talking head 1:14:04 - Dwight’s final talking head 1:15:49 - Jim’s final talking head 1:16:02 - Pam’s final talking head
I’ve been emotional, cried and laughed many times over the course of this show…but I didn’t think the table read would get me as it did.