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The Office is an American television comedy series that originally aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for American audiences by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. It is co-produced by Daniels’ Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions (later Shine America), in association with Universal Television. The original executive producers were Greg Daniels, Howard Klein (Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project), Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty), Ricky Gervais (Derek, Extras), and Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies, Extras), with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it is filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track. The show debuted on NBC as a mid-season replacement and ran for nine seasons, and 201 episodes. The Office features Steve Carell (Web Therapy), Rainn Wilson (Six Feet Under), John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak (The Mindy Project) and Ed Helms (Childrens Hospital, The Mindy Project) on the main cast. Series star Carell, who portrayed Michael Scott, left the series near the end of the seventh season.
The first five seasons of The Office received widespread acclaim, were included on myriad critics’ top TV series lists, and won several awards including four Primetime Emmy Awards, one of which was for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. However, the final seasons were criticized for a dip in quality. The series initially debuted to low ratings, but during its second season it became the highest-rated scripted series on NBC and was eventually chosen to follow Super Bowl XLIII. Off-network syndication of The Office began in late 2007 on TBS and Fox-owned stations in the United States.