The Top 10 Episodes of The Office of All Time

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It’s done. One of the greatest TV comedies of all time concluded last night. Now is a time for reflection. Earlier in the week, we posted a top ten pranks between Jim and Dwight. This weekend we will post a ranking of the nine seasons. But today feels like the big one. Which episodes stand above the rest. With over 201 episodes produced, this was a difficult task. We finally got it down to ten. Well, with a few honorable mentions. Here are the ten best episodes of The Office ever.

 

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No list is complete without these two episodes on them, even if they aren’t quite top ten worthy. Booze Cruise is a classic “employees out of the office” episode with the added twist at the end of Jim telling Michael he has feeling for Pam. “Never give up,” he says. A sentiment Michael stays true to in one of his last episodes ever, the screening of his movie, Threat Level Midnight, which is filled to the brim with classic Office references. Now let’s get to the top ten.

 

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The Michael Scott Paper Company batch of episodes is one of the best arcs the show ever did. It culminates in this perfect finale showing Michael, Pam, and Ryan fighting for their jobs back under one of the best Office villains, Charles Minor. They win, of course, and Michael gets to reign Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch once more.

Best Quote: “Well, well, well. How the turn tables…” -Michael Scott

 

Photo Credit: http://lifeis-caps.livejournal.com/32296.html9. Diversity Day (Season 1, Episode 2)

After the so-so pilot we got a sense of what the American Office would be. Michael is finding some diversity issues in the office (that he caused), so he has the idea of giving everyone a different race card that they can’t see and having them interact. He ends up insulting Kelly in one of the most painfully awkward moments in the show’s long run. But the episode is painfully funny and smart as a whip with social commentary

Best Quote: “You’ll notice I didn’t have anybody being Arab. I thought that would be too explosive.” -Michael Scott

 

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Michael gets his happy ending with Holly in the beautiful episode that, once again, is filled with Office nostalgia. But it also offers closure on the second best romance the show had to offer. A hilarious subplot of Jim trying to convince Dwight he has magic beans helps elevate it even further.

Best Quote: “I shoulda burned this place down when I had the chance.” -Michael Scott

 

Photo Credit: http://www.themidnightcafe.org/?p=19547. The Injury (Season 2, Episode 12)

The premise of this one is perfect. Michael cooks his foot on a George Foreman grill. Dwight rushes out to go get him and slams his car into a pole, giving him a concussion. Dwight starts acting weird and even is nice to Pam. So Michael and Jim take Dwight to the hospital and Michael stays to care of him. Sweet and hilarious, this episode is often cited as one of the best.

Best Quote: “I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon- sue me- and since I don”t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So most nights before I go to bed I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman Grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious. It”s good for me. It’s the perfect way to start the day. Today I got up, I stepped onto the grill and it clamped down on my foot. That”s it. I don’t see what’s so hard to believe about that.” -Michael Scott

 

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Here is the episode where we start to like Michael Scott. Besides that, the Dundies became a hysterical running joke on the series. The episode itself has tons of great character moments. Most notably from Pam, who gets very drunk at Chili’s and is no longer welcome at the restaurant chain.

Best Quote: “The ice melts and then it’s like second drink!” -Pam Beesly

 

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I’m not totally convinced I can even write about this episode without crying. Here it goes. You remember the perfect wedding. The privacy of Jim and Pam on the Maid of the Mist. Everyone else dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever”. But you may not remember how perfect everything is up to that point. The cold open with Pam causing everyone to vomit. Michael and Dwight trying to hook up. Andy slashing his privates. It’s one of the best TV wedding ever for all of these reasons.

Best Quote: “I am actually great with old women. In fact, for the longest time my best friend was my grandmother. And then she met Harriet. And now she thinks she’s better than everybody.” -Michael Scott

 

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This is the funniest episode of The Office. Does it bear that much significance in the story? No, not really, but if you want to laugh you can’t go wrong with this episode. From the beginning with Michael and Darryl arguing about the use of the bailer, to Michael dropping a watermelon on a trampoline only to hit Stanley’s car, this was an instant classic, and is just outrageously hilarious the entire time.

Best Quote: “Dwight you ignorant slut!” -Michael Scott

 

Photo Credit: http://www.crazytownblog.com/crazytown/2013/02/my-top-3-tv-kisses.html3. Casino Night (Season 2, Episode 22)

The best of the Office season finales, this episode marks the first real kiss shared between Jim and Pam. What a long summer it was. But the episode also sees Michael attempting to date two women, Carol and Jan. It’s very classic Michael. Obviously both relationships had very different futures (more on Jan in a bit), but it was great to see this bumbling social idiot in this position.

Best Quote: “I’ve taught Mike some phrases to help with his “Interacial Conversations”. You know, stuff like “Fleece it out”… “Goin” mach five”… “Dinkin Flicka”… just stuff us Negroes would say.” -Darryl Philbin

 

getImage2. A Benihana Christmas (Season 3, Episode 10)

The Office brought back the holiday special to television comedies. While the first Christmas episode is certainly another classic, the third season brought an episode that I actually have to watch every year. Yes along with Rudolph and Frosty. The rival Christmas parties. Michael unsure which Asian waitress is his date. It’s all perfect and makes for one of the best holiday themed episodes in television history.

Best Quote: “Bros before hos. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They have got your back, after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho. And you told her she was the only ho for you. And that she was better than all the other hos in the world. And then… suddenly she’s not your ho no mo’.” -Michael Scott

 

Photo Credit: http://www.thedayzero.com/2008_10_01_archive.html1. Dinner Party (Season 4, Episode 9)

Everything here is perfect. The performances. The awkwardness. The enormous amount of detail. Literally every second of this episode has an equal amount of thought put into it. This is the episode where Jan finally crumbles, and it is glorious. Dinner Party is simply one of the best episodes in comedy history. There’s not a single flaw, and countless things you will notice on each viewing that add to the perfection.

Best Quote: “I know Jan didn’t poison the food. I know that. But if she was going to poison the food of someone at that table, wouldn’t it be me? Michael’s former lover.” -Pam Beesly

 

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