Oh my God — okay, it’s happening. Everybody stay calm! Fans of The Office will soon be able to pass on the beloved employees of Dunder Mifflin to the next generation in more ways than one.
The scripted comedy came to NBC in 2005. Soon after, The Office would become one of the most quotable shows on television. When the series ended, fans refused to give it up, binge-watching it on Netflix and turning it into a cult classic. At the end of this year, the streaming service will remove The Office from their rotation altogether. Fortunately, fans will still be able to relive all of their favorite Dunder Mifflin moments, thanks to Robb Pearlman and Melanie Demmer.
‘The Office’ is leaving Netflix
Fans knew that this day would come, and now it seems the time is nigh. The Hollywood Reporter said The Office would be removed from Netflix at the end of 2020, per their contract.
In 2018 alone, fans streamed 52 billion minutes of the series on Netflix. With the advent of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus, many networks hopped on the bandwagon and started offering their own way to stream. It was only a matter of time before NBC decided to capitalize on a streaming service of their own and reclaim one of their most treasured series. According to USA Today, NBC will feature The Office on their streaming service for five years, beginning in 2021. That means fans will have to subscribe to NBC’s streaming service, catch reruns on cable, or dust off their DVD copies of the show to enjoy all of their favorite Michael Scott moments.
Meet the kids of Dunder Mifflin Elementary
The next generation of fans has already been introduced to Dunder Mifflin’s beloved employees through meme culture and, of course, being able to stream the show. Now, an even younger generation can meet The Office crew, thanks to a new children’s book titled The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary.
Thanks to author Robb Pearlman and illustrator Melanie Demmer, fans of The Office can get a glimpse of the child versions of these beloved characters. The book tells the story of elementary-aged Michael Scott, who aims to become the “World’s Best Line Leader.” According to People, The story also features other Dunder Mifflin employees, including Dwight, Jim, Pam, Stanley, Phyllis, Meredith, Ryan, and Toby. While the book was written for children ages 4 to 8-years-old, fans of the show will find plenty of easter-egg moments from the original series.
Where to buy ‘The Office’ book
This March will mark the 15th anniversary of the series, which originally aired Mar. 24, 2005. The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary won’t hit bookshelves and online retailers until Oct. 6. Until then, fans can enjoy other Office-inspired books by author Mark Cloud. He wrote Fun At The Office, another story that captures some of the series most memorable moments. This summer, Cloud is releasing another book inspired by the show, Goodnight Scranton.
Whether you have kids that require a bedtime story or you’re looking for a way to fill the inevitable void that’s going to appear when The Office leaves Netflix, these books are sure to delight fans in more ways than one.