How The Office Survived

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved comedy series than The Office. Fans are endlessly watching reruns now that they’re playing on Comedy Central all the time, and they’ve also watched the series over and over again as one of the most popular library titles on Netflix. But The Office wasn’t always a hit. In fact, the first season of the series was mostly seen as a failure, and the show was nearly doomed from the beginning. So how did the show survive seemingly insurmountable odds?

The Office producer Michael Schur, who also played Dwight Schrute’s oddball cousin Mose on the series, has gone on to create such hit shows as Parks and Recreation and The Good Place. But initially, he was just a writer finding his own way in network television, and he observed how the series was able to survive past a first season that would have gotten most shows canceled. Read More »

The Good Place Season 3 Clip

This post contains spoilers for The Good Place seasons 1 and 2.

The first season of The Good Place surprised us all with that twist ending revealing that Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) were actually in The Bad Place as part of a new experimental form of torture by the demon Michael (Ted Danson). But the second season also delivered a surprising twist ending, and the first scene from the third season premiere shows us the logistics of how it’s done. Read More »