Tonight The Office finishes up its ninth and final season. Over the last nine years, that little paper company and its employees have been a source of swoons, joy, and, of course, laughs. Here are 59 reasons we will miss Scranton’s finest.
1. It taught us the pleasure of a good prank.
2. And of a great prank.
3. And of a totally crazy but absolutely amazing prank.
4. It perfectly captured the worst TV-watching experience ever.
5. It taught us unconventional ways to save a cat during a fire.
6. And what it’s like to go to prison.
7. It showed us crazy new ways to gain people’s sympathy.
8. And the coolest way to order a drink.
9. The Office often said things we’ve all thought at some point in our lives.
10. They often really hit the nail on the head.
11. I mean, this is perfect.
12. Sometimes characters’ private lives were delightfully hilarious.
13. Or delightfully lacking in self-awareness.
14. Sometimes characters were all too eager to share a little too much.
15. The show was a great guide for how to talk to people you no longer want to date.
16. And how not to make tea.
17. The show taught us a foolproof way to tell if someone is gay.
18. And the worst time to hook up with someone you don’t want to date seriously.
19. Speaking of dating seriously…
20. The Office was home to one of the greatest TV romances of all time.
21. And though things haven’t always looked good for them…
22. …and there were moments where it seemed like maybe one of them would give up…
23. …they were always going to end up together.
24. And it was their simple moments that will stick with us.
25. But it wasn’t all romance.
26. Sometimes it was nostalgic.
27. Sometimes it was surprising.
28. Sometimes it was educational about safety devices.
29. And sometimes it was just about funny people being goofy.
30. Other times it was about people who cared enough about each other to cheer each other up.
31. Sometimes it was about real talk.
32. Saying the things that some of us might not want to hear.
33. And though the pranks would occasionally go to dark places…
34. And some confessions would be disturbing.
35. It was always rewarding when dreams came true.
36. And even the seemingly least romantic of characters…
37. …would eventually show their hearts.
38. And though he’s been gone for a few seasons now, The Office also gave us one of the greatest TV characters of all time, Michael Scott.
39. He was sometimes dumb.
40. Sometimes nasty.
41. And sometimes inappropriate.
42. OK, often inappropriate.
43. But at the end of the day, no one had a bigger heart than Michael Scott.
Most of all we’ll miss The Office because of:
44. Meredith Palmer
45. Erin Hannon
46. Phyllis Vance
47. Ryan Howard
48. Kelly Kapoor
49. Stanley Hudson
50. Creed Bratton
51. Andy Bernard
52. Kevin Malone
53. Oscar Martinez
54. Darryl Philbin
55. Angela Martin
56. Dwight Schrute
57. Pam and Jim Halpert
58. And Michael Scott
59. Or to put it all another way:
P.S. Nobody will miss Toby.
(Just kidding, Toby.)