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Charlotte Talks: 'The Office' Opened For Business 15 Years Ago. Why Does It Mean So Much To Viewers?

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

"The Office" might be more popular now than when it signed off in 2013. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene looks at "the untold story" behind a show that many - including its cast - doubted would last long, much less become a cultural powerhouse.

After a long day of work, there’s nothing like getting home, kicking your feet up, and watching hours of… work.

But it’s not just any work. It’s “The Office.”

Even though the workplace sitcom ended its run nearly a decade ago, “The Office” is one of the most-watched shows on Netflix, is part of our cultural vocabulary, and is a cash cow: NBC recently put down half a billion dollars to put the show on its streaming service next year.

Who would have thought we’d still be talking about a show that critics questioned if anyone would watch? Not even the cast thought the show had any staying power.

Andy Greene interviewed the actors, producers, writers and others behind “The Office” to learn “the untold story” of the show, which just marked its 15th anniversary.


Andy Greene, Rolling Stone senior writer, author of "The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s" (@greeneandy)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.