The Office is one of the greatest shows of all time. And too many people do that hipstery thing where they say the British version is better, but they're wrong. Nothing is better than the US cast of characters in The Office because nothing beats Jim and Pam. Their love is as pure as moonlight, and they're hands-down one of the best couples to ever grace a sitcom.
Fans of The Office sure do love their Scrantonites, and what better way to deepen that love than reveling in behind-the-scenes stories? As you can imagine, from the outside, making The Office looks like it was a hoot. However, there's more to it than just blooper reels. After nine seasons, there's so much to love about this show and about the people behind it. Admittedly, the show has left many unanswered questions, which has spawned numerous fan theories about The Office.
But! What about true stories behind the beloved sitcom? Compiled here are real tales about The Office, many of which will make you squeal (like when you saw Pam and Jim's first kiss). Check them out below and vote up the greatest stories of what went down behind the scenes in The Office.
There Are A Lot Of Outtakes That Are Birthed From Improv
The actors of The Office come from a pretty wide-reaching background - stand-up, improv, The Daily Show - so it's no surprise that shooting can be a ton of fun, and offers a ton of outtakes of an improvisational nature. "You're evil like a hobbit," says Rainn Wilson, and the entire cast breaks into laughter. Classic.
John Krasinski And BJ Novak Went To High School Together
Crazier still, John Krasinski and BJ Novak graduated the same year at Newton South High School in Massachusetts. However, they actually knew each other long before that, as they were on the same little league team as kids. Novak, who now keeps a picture of their baseball days in his house, said it felt like a dream because "John from high school" is randomly on this mega-successful TV show with him.
The Office Went On Strike To Support The Writers's Strike Of 2007
During the writers's strike of 2007, The Office stopped shooting while cast and crew protested the lack of compensation for any viewing of the show outside of traditional TV. Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, and Paul Lieberstein (all writers themselves) joined their colleagues's protest. The writers invited the network's attorneys to write the show for them, citing their creativity in drafting clever ways to screw them out of compensation. Steve Carrell also refused to cross the picket line and production was halted; he called in sick with a case of "enlarged balls." Drop the mic.
The Opening Credit Images Were Shot By John Krasinski
After Krasinski got the role of Jim, he and some friends traveled to Scranton, PA, to scope out the place. He took a number of videos while he was there, and they ultimately ended up being repurposed for the opening credits sequence.