‘The Office’ Was the Most-Streamed Show of 2020

the office most-streamed show of 2020

When the Streaming Wars started to gain momentum a couple of years ago, one of the main pieces on the metaphorical battlefield was The Office, the mega-popular former NBC sitcom about a group of paper company employees and their ridiculous boss. The show has reliably been a huge performer on whatever streaming platform it’s on, and The Office once again dominated the competition last year. According to some new measurements, it was the most-streamed show of 2020 in the United States…and second place didn’t even come close. Read More »

The Office Set Tour

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a tour of the Dunder-Mifflin set of The Office with cast member Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson. Plus, check out a shot-by-shot scene breakdown from the third season of Cobra Kai with a special guest star joining Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. And finally, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg talks about the challenge of being a Hollywood filmmaker and an introvert. Read More »

Soul Storyboard Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the storyboards for a sequence from Pixar’s latest movie Soul compare to the final cut in the film. Plus, take a look back at the making of the pilot for The Office back in 2004, and let Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear help usher in the New Year with a familiar tune that will have you movin’ right along into 2021.

First up, now that you’ve had a chance to see Pixar’s new movie Soul on Disney+, see how the original storyboards for one of the film’s early sequences compared to the final cut. You’ll see that some of Joe’s features didn’t completely translate from the early storyboards, including the shape of his glasses and what he’s wearing, and the soul version of him isn’t quite as defined either. It’s all part of Pixar’s important development processes that makes them one of the best animation studios around.

Next, now that The Office is available on Peacock, the streaming service has provided some bonus treats for longtime fans. In addition to releasing a never-before-seen cold open over the weekend, they also provided a featurette about the making of the show’s pilot from all the way back in 2004. Enjoy how young everyone looks and how enthusiastic they all are despite having an uncertain future during the time of production.

Finally, Disney offered up a warm welcome into 2021, courtesy of a couple of our favorite Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear do a virtual rendition of “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie to ring in the New Year. Kermit plays the banjo while Fozzie hops in the car to actually move right along. Now if only we could get some of that Muppet magic back on Disney+ in a more satisfying way.

The Office Finale Matrix Prank

When The Office series finale aired back in 2013, it began with a little recap of what happened to the employees of Dunder-Mifflin in the year since the documentary camera crew stopped following them. But the last episode of NBC’s hit workplace sitcom almost went back to their cold open staple of a prank played on Dwight Schrute, and you can finally see it in its entirety.

Originally teased in the cast’s table read for the series finale (a bonus feature that’s been available for some time), the original cold open finds Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) playing an elaborate prank on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) inspired by the 1999 sci-fi action blockbuster The Matrix. Find out who offers Dwight the choice between the red pill and the blue pill in the never-before-seen The Office finale Matrix prank below. Read More »

The Office Peacock

The Office is heading to Peacock starting in 2021. We already knew this would happen: in 2019, NBCUniversal shelled out a staggering $500 million to purchase the streaming rights to the popular mockumentary workplace comedy.

What we did not know, however, is that Peacock would be putting most seasons of the show behind a paywall. Starting on January 1, the first two seasons of the series will be available to stream for free on the basic version of Peacock. But seasons 3-9, as well as new “superfan” episodes which contain extended cuts of the episodes with never-before-seen content added in, will only be available to stream on Peacock Premium. That requires a subscription for $4.99 per month with ads, or $9.99 per month for an ad-free experience.  Read More »

WandaVision Details

So far, Marvel’s teases of WandaVision have leaned heavily on the black and white, classic television sitcom world that Wanda Maxmioff and Vision find themselves living within. This makes the upcoming series on Disney+ unlike any Marvel Studios project we’ve seen before, but the emulation of classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and Bewitched is just the beginning of WandaVision‘s journey through sitcom history.

In a new interview, Marvel Studios boxx Kevin Feige said WandaVision‘s journey through sitcom tropes will take us right up to the popular mockumentary style present in the likes of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family. Read More »

The Office

It’s been over seven years since The Office came to an end, but people have never stopped talking about the show. That’s mostly because it’s been available on Netflix for the longest time (though it will jump to Peacock next year), and reruns always seem to be playing somewhere. This year, there has been even more discussion around The Office thanks to a recently published oral history book, as well as a new oral history podcast hosted by cast member Brian Baumgartner. And we have a new round of The Office anecdotes from those who were there on set making comedy history.

The Office Ladies podcast, hosted by series stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, has taken a dive into a pivotal emotional scene for Pam Beesly where she had a major breakdown in the office and only Dwight Schrute was there to console her. Plus, we also have a fun tidbit from the Television Critics Association panel for a new show from comedian Larry Wilmore, who was a writer on The Office who also appeared as the diversity training seminar leader in the early cringeworthy first season episode “Diversity Day.” It turns out there were even wilder scenes shot for that episode that ended up on the cutting room floor. Read More »

New The Office Funko POPs

There are already plenty of Funko POPs inspired by the beloved NBC comedy series The Office. Not only have the primary cast members been given generic regular vinyl figures, but Funko has started to dig into specific episodes to give us variations on characters, such as Meredith with her pixelated boob peeking out, Kelly in casual Friday clothing, the Florida version of Stanley, and tons of different versions of Dwight. But of course even more The Office Funko POPs are on the way.

The latest round of The Office Funko POPs include new retail exclusive versions of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Kevin Malone, and Jim Halpert, as well as the addition of Michael’s questionable lover Jan Levinson. Check them all out and find out where to get them below. Read More »

Tenet Puzzle

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a deep dive into the secrets that may be hidden in the title of Tenet after exploring the history of the word in an ancient puzzle. Plus, take a look at a specific sequence in WALL-E that defied the traditions of animation and resulted in the perfect romantic scene. And finally, look back at how Kelly Kapoor was a master manipulator on The Office. Read More »

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The Office Extended Episodes on Peacock

The Office is still sitting comfortably at Netflix as one of the streaming service’s most popular shows. But starting in 2021, if fans want to stream the series, they’ll have to head over to Peacock. In order to make sure fans who have seen the series countless times will follow the series to Peacock instead of just buying it themselves, they’ll be releasing extended editions of episodes that will restore cut footage that has never aired on TV before. Read More »