4 Shows to Watch if You Love ‘The Office’
Landmark television show The Office has become the gold standard of workplace comedy. While the show has been off the air for six years, fans still stream old episodes of the show daily, getting their fix of Dunder-Mifflin drama.
Fans of The Office have other options as well, shows that capture the humor and quirkiness of life at the office. Here are our picks for four shows that The Office superfans are sure to love. Plus, with streaming now officially the most popular method of catching up on television and film, all of these can be watched from pretty much wherever you happen to be.
‘Parks & Recreation’
For six years, viewers who tuned in to Parks & Recreation got to enjoy the good-intentioned bumblings of Indiana-based bureaucrat Leslie Knope, played by comedy genius Amy Poehler.
Knope worked tirelessly with her team to try and improve the Parks Department in Pawnee, Indiana. The show premiered in 2009 to immediate critical and audience acclaim. It used the same mock-documentary filming style as The Office, with characters speaking directly to the camera, and the humor and character interaction is remarkably similar to that of the hit show.
Much like The Office, Parks & Recreation is also responsible for launching the career of many actors. Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and Aubrey Plaza all grew launched their career from Parks & Recreation. Although it went off the air in 2015, it is considered to be one of the greatest television comedies of all time.
Toeing the line between doctor dramas and workplace comedies is Scrubs, which ran from 2001 – 2010. Starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Scrubs followed the lives and fortunes of a group of young medical interns. The show became popular for the inclusion of miniature daydream sequences sprinkled throughout every episode.
Much like The Office, fans loved the way the characters interacted. While fans continue to clamor for a reboot or possible full-length film, nothing yet has materialized. Scrubs will stand forever as a fantastic example of how medical shows don’t always have to be super-serious.
Tina Fey’s landmark series, 30 Rock, is based on her experiences as a head writer at Saturday Night Live. Like The Office, that hint of realism adds even more charm to the hilarious series, which also features stars like Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer.
30 Rock was built around the concept of surreal humor, and utilized high production values to go where no other television comedy had really gone before. It ran from 2006 to 2013 and during the course of the series run, won many awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards. 30 Rock is also widely credited for revitalizing Alec Baldwin’s career. Ironically enough, now he is a frequent player on Saturday Night Live.
If The Office viewers are in the mood for a throwback comedy with a lot of heart, Taxi is well worth a watch. One of the original workplace comedies, Taxi follows a group of disparate cab drivers in New York City, many of whom use cab driving as a means of supplemental income.
The Office viewers will love the fabulous cast that includes Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd (in one of his very best roles) and surrealist comedian Andy Kaufman.
Taxi often goes into territory that isn’t covered by many television shows. Showrunners weren’t afraid to address a character’s struggles as well as their joys. All in all, Taxi is a great choice for fans craving humor with a little bit of substance.
If you loved The Office, try any or all of these top TV shows – you might even discover your next binge! For all the latest television updates, stayed tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet.