‘The Office’: These Are The Top Jokes From the Series, According to Research
The Office was one of NBC’s funniest, most heartfelt comedies that quickly became one of the most quotable shows on television. When the series ended, fans were left with a comedic void. Fortunately, the series moved to Netflix for audiences to binge-watch over and over again.
Every fan holds a particular moment from The Office close to their heart. Whether it was a “That’s what she said” joke or a mention of Angela Martin’s cats, most fans of The Office can quote a specific line from the series.
Find out if your favorite memory from The Office is one of the most frequently used throughout the series, according to data from Simple Texting.
Michael Scott spoke the most throughout ‘The Office’
Simple Texting is a text marketing company that analyzed the dialogue from every season of The Office, then calculated the sentiment and reading level of each character.
It should come as no surprise that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) had the most dialogue on The Office. Despite only being in seven of the series’ nine seasons, the “World’s Best Boss” is at the top of the leaderboard for spoken dialogue with 146,600 words.
Behind Michael is Dwight, with 74,606 words of spoken dialogue. Dwight is trailed by Jim, followed by Pam and Andy, with 57, 373 words, 44,640 words, and 43,508 words, respectively.
Top mentions by character on ‘The Office’
You might think Michael Scott’s go-to line of “That’s what she said” would be the most-used of the series, but it’s not. Simple Text analyzed the number of times each character referenced something meaningful to them, and what they found might surprise you.
Clocking in with the most mentions of food is Kevin Malone, with 75 mentions throughout the entire series. Fans know of Kevin’s affinity for food, but probably wouldn’t guess he talked about it that much!
Angelina Martin comes in second with 51 mentions of — you guessed it — cats. Angela had another spot on Simple Text’s list for discussing “the Senator” 22 times in later seasons of the show (that’s the same number of times Dwight Schrute brought up beets).
Also on the list are the 46 times Kelly Kapoor mentioned Ryan Howard, the 36 times Michael summoned everyone for a “meeting” or to the “conference room,” the 27 times Andy Bernard brought up his “Cornell” education, and the 25 times Meredith made a reference to alcohol.
Shockingly, Pam Beesly only said, “Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam” 23 times in The Office.
Quantifying all of the ‘That’s what she said’ jokes
If you’re a fan of The Office, you know how special the “That’s what she said” joke is to Michael Scott. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that he holds the record for the most “That’s what she said” references in the show.
“That’s what she said” wasn’t solely reserved for Michael Scott. Throughout the series, Dwight, Jim, Holly Flax, and even Jan Levinson utter those words at some point. Following Michael’s 22 references of the infamous quote is Dwight with three mentions, Pam with three, and Jim with two. Both Holly and Jan only make the joke one time.
All in all, “That’s what she said” was used 35 times in The Office. Season 4 holds the most “That’s what she said” jokes with 10 mentions of it throughout the season.
The Office may have concluded in 2013, but the series lives on in our hearts through these memorable jokes.