The Office: Top 10 Episodes

Today is the 4-year anniversary of the series finale of The Office. That's a good enough reason to look back on the great moments from the show. To make things interesting, we ranked the 10 best episodes!

Today marks the 4-year anniversary of the series finale of The Office, which gives us an excuse to reminisce. With that being said, it feels appropriate to rank the 10 best episodes from the sitcom. There were many great episodes/moments throughout the 9 seasons, so trying to narrow the list down to ten episodes was rather challenging. Nonetheless, after re-watching several episodes I finalized my Top 10. Even though there are a lot of great episodes I stand by my list. For the sake of the article, I threw in a couple of honorable mentions that were snubbed from the list. Here we go:

Honorable Mentions:

Series Finale (Season 9 Episode 23)

The series finale is definitely a tearjerker, and belongs in a category of its own. It’s emotional enough with it being the final episode, but the return of Michael Scott is the icing on the cake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-REatfUEC6I

Michael and Dwight were close throughout the show until Michael and his new-wife Holly Flax moved to Colorado. AKA….Steve Carell wanted to move on from the show after 7-seasons. What made this moment between Michael and Dwight so special is that no one knew Michael Scott (Steve Carell) was making a return for the final episode. Weeks before the series finale was aired, Steve Carell made it known he was not returning for the final episode. Until about halfway through the finale he shows up saying his famous “That’s what she said” line to Dwight. Here is Steve Carell’s explanation for lying about his return:

“I didn’t want it to be a big thing. I did it out of respect for the show and for the actors,” he says. “My only hope with it was I didn’t want it to be about Michael coming back. I didn’t want the story to be about him in any way. I wanted it to be more of a tip of the hat to the show.” (With reporting by Scott Huver)

Goodbye Michael (Season 7 Episode 22)

If there’s another episode as emotional as the series finale….it’s Goodbye Michael. This is the last time we see Michael Scott until the series finale. And….if there’s another scene as emotional as Michael reuniting with Dwight, it’s when Jim is saying his goodbye to Michael:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuH82z5wwbQ

And you can’t forget the 9,986,000 minutes song the entire office wrote for Michael: (It’s not in the Goodbye Michael episode…..but it fits the narrative)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc-dg7DwDtU

Gossip (Season 6 Episode 1)

What makes this episode great is the opening scene when Michael, Dwight, and Andy attempt Parkour.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kvw2BPKjz0

Nepotism (Season 7 Episode 1)

Again….what makes this episode great is the intro. Season 7 begins with a lip dub performed by the entire cast for the song “Nobody but Me” by The Human Beinz. In my opinion...it’s the 2nd best intro scene of the show behind the fire drill in Stress Relief: (Don’t worry we’ll get to that later)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfokPqeSNcw

Our Top 10 list begins now:

10. The Dundies (Season 2 Episode 1)

You can’t talk about The Office without mentioning the Dundies. Michael gets the whole office together at Chilli’s and gives out hilarious awards to the employees. Ryan the temp gets “hottest in the office,” Kevin wins the “Don’t go in there after me” dundie for stinking up the bathroom. Last but not least, Pam wins the “Whitest Sneakers” dundie for always having the whitest shoes on. She went on to give this amazing acceptance speech….while obviously drunk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LtuaGBM4eI

And of course….Chilli’s placed the lifetime ban on Pam Beesley:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE8_Ixjx2OQ

9. Diversity Day (Season 1 Episode 2)

This episode is basically the first real episode of the show. The pilot was almost a word-for-word remake of the U.K.’s version of The Office. On Diversity Day Michael Scott gets in trouble for doing a Chris Rock routine about black people, which prompts corporate to send someone to lecture the entire office about racial diversity. Michael decides to turn it into a game, putting note-cards of different races on people’s foreheads. And that leads to this golden scene between Dwight and Pam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aVUoy9r0CM

8. The Deposition (Season 4 Episode 12)

Coming in at number 8 on our countdown is The Deposition. At this point Michael and Jan are officially together, and Ryan takes over Jan’s old job after she is fired. Jan sues Dunder Mifflin for wrongful termination citing that her recent boob augmentation was the reason she was fired. This puts Michael Scott in a sticky situation, deciding to defend his girlfriend or the company he loves very much. As you might have predicted, Michael freezes up under the pressure of being used as a witness in the case:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpCWbfY-DKU

Later in the case they discover Michael’s diary, which obviously has a lot of juicy information in it. The diary is used to help find important information about Michael’s romantic history surrounding Jan, and Ryan is mistaken to be a woman. Toby Flenderson’s reaction is priceless:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u413w8TQx0o

7. The Injury (Season 2 Episode 12)

This episode immediately begins with Pam answering the phone only to find out Michael has injured himself at home. Jim promptly puts him on speaker phone so the whole office can hear him. As Michael explains that he burned his foot on his George Foreman grill, Dwight (of course) is the only one not laughing and is legitimately concerned. Dwight runs out of the office, and drives as fast as he can to rescue Michael. Except….well, he crashes into a pole:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=merq8Btrwmg

Michael had his explanation of why he leaves a George Foreman grill by his bed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4amanPDo2s

6.  Casino Night (Season 2 Episode 22)

Casino Night was the turning point of the show. To this point, Jim is fighting his love for Pam. They seem to get closer to each other after every episode, but Pam is still engaged to Roy from the warehouse. Jim has talked to Jan about transferring to another branch, mainly because of Pam. Before he leaves Jim confronts Pam about his feelings and every fan watching the show holds their breath...but Pam once again rejects him. Here is the iconic scene that closed out Season 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE_fkZkPtsg

On the comedy side of things, Michael brings 2 dates to casino night! After Jan says she’s not coming, he invites Carol who immediately says yes. A few hours later Jan calls back and says she’ll come. Meanwhile….Jim gets the best of Dwight in poker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJv1Nm-n0c

5. Threat Level Midnight (Season 7 Episode 17)

This is when Michael’s movie Threat Level Midnight is finally shown after he had been working on it for almost the entirety of the show. I’m not going to waste anymore time, here is a good portion of the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EANilnIGlao

4. Dunder Mifflin Infinity (Season 4 Episode 2)

In my opinion this is the most underrated episode of the show. It’s a 40-minute episode and it kept you laughing throughout. The basic summary is that Ryan comes back to Scranton for the first time after taking over Jan’s job. He wants to get rid of the “old way of doing business” and use more technology, which freaks Michael out. He then spends the rest of the episode trying to prove old people aren’t lame:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j328SwxxQzk

Later in the show he goes on a sales call with Dwight...which gets ugly. While delivering gift baskets to old clients trying to get them back (none of them did) Michael drives the car into a lake trying to follow what the GPS tells him. An angry, and wet, Michael drives back to each client to take the gift basket back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f-hkuYTYNI

3. The Merger (Season 3 Episode 8)

This episode was highly anticipated as it is Jim’s return to Scranton and the beginning of the Andy/Dwight rivalry. To welcome all the new Stamford employees to Scranton, Michael makes the classic Lazy Scranton video with Dwight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS9qCre_sv8

2. Safety Training (Season 3 Episode 20)

This might be the number one episode for a lot of people, and rightfully so, but on this list it falls at number two. In this classic episode Darryl and the warehouse crew are forced to give a safety training seminar after an accident takes place in the warehouse. You should already know who caused that accident:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lhcr-Odjlc

This episode also gives us the classic “Dwight, you ignorant slut!” scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv9rZdjv4Mo

1. Stress Relief (Season 5 Episodes 14-15)

And the best episode of The Office is….Stress Relief! This is a two-part episode in Season 5 that is one of the highest rated episodes of the entire show. It opens with perhaps the funniest opening scene of any television show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yslB3BkDm8

Not only does this episode have the hilarious opening scene, but it also has first aid training seminar when Dwight cuts the face off the dummy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmb1tqYqyII

Well that’s all folks! That’s our Top 10 list. Agree or disagree with anything? Let us know what you think in the comment section below or on our Twitter page at @TheCLE4ME


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