The Office Showrunner Thinks a Reboot is a Bad Idea


The Office is an mockumentary sitcom television series that depicts the everyday work lives of office employees of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The series aired from 2005 to 2013 and was a huge success. So huge, in fact, that numerous fans are cheering for the reboot and even the cast of The Office began posting about their wish to be back on set.

However, the showrunner for The Office, Greg Daniels, explained why it would be a bad idea to reboot the sitcom. In a recent interview, he commented that the unique humor of the show would not work in today’s climate, since nowadays people are much more aware of how offensive certain things are:

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When people hear “reboot,” they think it’s the exact same show. I don’t think that would work. I also think that the content was very much pitched for that period of time, when people weren’t as sensitive to what is giving offense to people so that you could have a boss who kept putting his foot in it. You could feel that the content was sort of helping people see things as being offensive that they might not have seen as offensive before, because they were just used to it. Now, everybody’s much more aware of how offensive certain things are. We’re in a different place in the cycle of consciousness-raising.”

While the satire of The Office may not be a good idea to recreate, Daniels believes some other aspects of the sitcom are worth repeating. He says that he would ” take the documentary format and the idea that it is an examination from a documentarian’s perspective.” This mockumentary style was not invented by The Office, but since the series reached such fame, it certainly pushed the concept forward and made it possible for series such as Modern Family or Documentary Now to also succeed.

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