“The Office” television series wouldn’t be the same without the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell.
The Cringeworthiness of Season One
In season one, we meet a version of Michael that is so so awkward that it is cringeworthy.
Luckily, Steve Carell still found a way to pull off the performance but NBC almost canceled the series because people just weren’t connecting with the show.
After season one, the writers made a pivot.
They decided that in each episode, they would find a way to transform the character of Michael Scott to become 10% nicer.
World’s Best Boss
From as far back as episode one, in season one, Michael has always wanted to embody his “World’s Best Boss” mug.
On his last day at Dunder Mifflin, Michael goes around saying goodbye to his staff (which have now become his best friends). While they don’t know it is his last day (they think it will be “tomorrow”), Jim finds out that Michael won’t be coming in the following day and tells him that he was “the best boss he has ever had.”
Never Give Up
Michael wanted Holly. They loved each other. She was transfered to a different branch by Michael’s boss. Holly started dating AJ. At a company picnic, Holly and Michael teamed up to give a skip and it seemed like no time had passed between them. All caught up?
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We all Michael in our own way: awkward and searching for connection.
“I sold paper at this company for 12 years.
My job was to speak to clients on the phone about quantities and types of copier paper.
Even though I didn’t love every minute of it everything I have I owe to this job.
This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.”
“I thought it was weird when you picked us to make a documentary. But all in all an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin was a great subject. There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things.”