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100 best episodes of The Office

  • 100 best episodes of The Office

    Based on a two-season British workplace comedy with the same name, “The Office” debuted in 2005 to somewhat lackluster ratings. It seemed destined to be as short as the sitcom it was based on. The team at the floundering Dunder Mifflin paper company ultimately kept viewers laughing for nine seasons before wrapping up with a heartfelt finale in 2013. Since then, the show has lived on Netflix, where its popularity has only grown; it’s reportedly the most popular show on the streaming service, beating “Friends” and all of Netflix’s original content.

    With its memorable characters, cringe-worthy moments, incredible writing, (and so many quotable lines)—”The Office” is known and remembered for so many great reasons. Sitcoms today take a page out of this show’s book, whether they’re trying to make people laugh or cry. Its mockumentary style has been mimicked by other popular shows like “Parks and Recreation” and “Modern Family.”

    Several of the show's actors, like B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling, contributed their writing skills to the show, providing a unique way of keeping viewers involved in some of the crazier scenarios. Those who didn’t enjoy the pranks and slapstick as much as its cult fans likely stayed for the storied romance between Jim and Pam (or perhaps Dwight and Angela). The show's signature shock and awe was typically delivered by Steve Carell, who famously portrayed Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott for the show’s first seven seasons.

    With 201 episodes, “The Office” offers a little something for all its fans. Stacker used IMDb ratings to rank these stories from #100 to #1, as chosen by the viewers, to see which episodes had the most impact. You may notice that the more heartwarming episodes, rather than the funniest, make it closer to the top. Read on to see if your favorite episode made the list.

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  • #100. The Convict

    Season 3, Episode 9

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 1,888

    Airdate: November 30, 2006

    After a branch merger, Michael finds out that one of the new employees is an ex-convict. In his usual brand of silliness, Michael attempts to befriend the new employee while proving to the staff that Dunder Mifflin can be more fun that prison. In this episode is a memorable appearance of one of Michael’s many alter-egos: “Prison Mike.”

    Memorable quote: “Do you really expect me to not push you up against the wall, beeyotch?!” -Michael (as Prison Mike)

  • #99. Performance Review

    Season 2, Episode 8

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 1,921

    Airdate: November 15, 2005

    Michael finds out that most of his employees don’t really like him at all. In the anonymous suggestion box, employees comment on his bad breath and annoying tendencies. Jan ends her short affair with Michael, and Jim convinces Dwight that it is Friday instead of Thursday.

    Memorable quote: “I'm a little confused. 'Cause first it's all like kissy-kissy, and then it's like all regret, because 'Oh, I regret that.' But, 'Wait, I'm still gonna call you.'” -Michael

  • #98. The Fight

    Season 2, Episode 6

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 2,041

    Airdate: November 1, 2005

    Who’s tougher, Michael or Dwight? Most of this episode is spent not answering this question, but wasting the work day at Dwight’s karate dojo. Jim and Pam have been flirting a lot lately.

    Memorable quote: "The Albany branch is working right through lunch to prevent downsizing, but Michael, he decided to extend our lunch by an hour so we could all go down to the dojo and watch him fight Dwight.” -Jim

  • #97. Halloween

    Season 2, Episode 5

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 2,041

    Airdate: October 18, 2005

    Once, Michael had to kill a deer. It took him about an hour because he shot it in the leg, and he had to finish it off with a shovel. The writers have Michael describe this incident as a fantastic comedic parallel to his job that day: fire one person from the office.

    Memorable quote: "In addition to severance, and everything, I want to give you this gift certificate to Chili's. From me. Okay? No hard feelings.” -Michael

  • #96. Sexual Harassment

    Season 2, Episode 2

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 2,163

    Airdate: September 27, 2005

    During one of Todd Packer’s (David Koechner) many visits to the office, Michael finds himself making too many inappropriate jokes. Packer’s sexual innuendo isn’t funny to any of the women in the office—least of all Jan.

    Memorable quote: “What does the female vagina look like?" -Dwight

  • #95. The Alliance

    Season 1, Episode 4

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    IMDb votes: 2,296

    Airdate: April 12, 2005

    In the wake of downsizing rumors, Jim teams up with his arch nemesis: Dwight Schrute. Of course it’s all a ruse, but Dwight falls for it and makes enemies of nearly everyone in the office.

    Memorable quote: “I spend hours thinking of ways to get back at him, but only in ways that could get me arrested. And then here he comes and says 'No, Jim, here's a way.'” -Jim

  • #94. Moving On

    Season 9, Episode 16

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    IMDb votes: 1,248

    Airdate: February 14, 2013

    Now that Erin (Ellie Kemper) and Pete (Jake Lacy) are finally together, Andy is not happy about it. Do these names seem unfamiliar? These three characters have more prominent story lines in the final three seasons, and are not part of the original cast. Meanwhile, Dwight is still trying to win Angela back, this time by inviting her to his farm to help care for his ailing aunt. Pam is out of the office, interviewing for another job.

    Memorable quote: “You. Are. Fired! One of the perks of being the boss: I can fire anyone who steals my girlfriend.” -Andy

  • #93. Dwight Christmas

    Season 9, Episode 9

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    IMDb votes: 1,274

    Airdate: December 6, 2012

    Are you impish or admirable? Dwight is in charge of Christmas this year, and it isn’t jolly at all. Jim is absent, due to his new secret job, and he’s taking Darryl (Craig Robinson) along for the ride. Andy’s not there, either—he breaks the news to Erin that he’s going to stay in the Caribbean longer than expected, which only pushes her closer to Pete. As more of the storylines diverge in the ninth season, Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein) and Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) share an intimate kiss in the kitchen.

    Memorable quote: “The belsnickel will decide if you are impish or admirable." -Dwight

  • #92. China

    Season 7, Episode 10

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    IMDb votes: 1,305

    Airdate: December 2, 2010

    Know-it-all Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez) may not actually know it all, when he faces Michael in a political debate. During this season, Dwight bought the office building and has been running it into the ground. He finally notices Pam's stress, and returns things to normal—but he’d never admit that it’s because Pam is his friend.

    Memorable quote: “Great. I was wrong. I'm wrong. Is everyone happy?” -Oscar

  • #91. Costume Contest

    Season 7, Episode 6

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    IMDb votes: 1,315

    Airdate: October 28, 2010

    The office is in a state of transition, now that Michael has successfully stolen salesman Danny Cordray (Timothy Olyphant). Darryl’s warehouse workers act as salesmen on their deliveries. Danny and Pam spend the night of Halloween arguing over why he never called her back after they briefly dated, Oscar gripes all day about the costume contest prize and Jim gets over his longtime costume aversion.

    Memorable quote: “I guess you could say I'm still in costume. I'm a rational consumer.” -Oscar