The Top 12 Episodes of The Office of All Time! (Nerdist News w/ Amy Vorpahl)


– Here are the top 12
episodes of The Office of all time! Even though it has been off
the air for over half a decade, The Office is easily one
of the most popular shows on Netflix. But sadly, 2020 will be
the last year to watch the workplace sitcom
on the streaming giant, as it is set to move over to NBC’s upcoming online service, Peacock. So we thought it was our duty, nay, our responsibility, to countdown the top 12
episodes of The Office, of all time, before it disappears forever. Unless you decide to sign up for Peacock, or, even worse, actually pay for physical media! Now, these episodes were heavily vetted by a team of Office experts, who carefully weighed
all of the humor, cringe, and classic moments and yes, there was many a hurt feeling. Sorry Stephen, but you and
Scott’s Tots can go to hell. But we did cut through
all of the 201 episodes to find the top 12. So let’s break them down now, starting with number 12, Murder. – There’s been a murder, in Savannah. – In the 10th episode of the sixth season, The office finds out that Dunder Mifflin is on the verge of bankruptcy. While Jim tries to keep everyone working, Michael pulls out a Whodunit party game and forces the staff to
play characters in the game to get their minds off the impending doom. – This plantation, we’re running low on greenbacks. – Not only did Murder
give all of the characters a chance to shine, it
showed us once again, that while Michael may
not be the best manager, Tube City anyone? He does genuinely love his employees, and sometimes that is the best
medicine to a bad situation. Plus, the cold open of
Dwight fighting himself is worth the price of admission. – Groin punch. Hip block, elbow to the gut. – Coming in at number 11, The Surplus. (whistling) – Whoo! – Practically a perfect bottle adventure, this season five episode finds the office with a surplus of 43 hundred bucks, and if it is not spent
before the end of the day, it will be deducted
from next year’s budget. – Why don’t you explain
this to me like I’m five? – This leads to the staff taking sides on whether it should be
used to buy new chairs, or buy a new copier, which has everyone vying
for Michael’s favor. Of course, things only get
worse when Michael learns that he can get a huge bonus
if he turns it back in. Couple the inter-office
politics with the B plot of Angela and Andy trying to set up their wedding venue at Schrute Farms, and you have a recipe for
a perfect little episode that also points out why
you should never buy a coat until you have the money, or eat tiramisu while
talking on the phone. – I am calling- (coughing) – With that, we’re in the top 10! And, to be honest, the 11 and 12 picks were basically just honorable mentions to keep a few of the
producers from quitting. Let’s get to the real gems. Number 10, Goodbye Michael. – T-shirt, idea, good bye stink. – Season seven’s send off of Michael Scott is easily one of the most
emotionally powerful episodes of the entire series. For seven years we have
watched as Michael Scott bumbled his way across the screen, but ultimately he found
his way into our hearts. While he may have made some
super problematic decisions, we’re looking at you, gay witch hunt, usually his heart was
always in the right place, and watching him leave
the show was undoubtedly one of the hardest and saddest moments. In this episode, Michael
quits to move to Colorado to be with the love of his life, Holly. And must now find a way to say goodbye to his pseudo family of 15 years. The humor takes a backseat
for heart, in this outing which hits the hardest during
Michael and Pam’s goodbye. Side note, this is Jenna
Fischer’s real life goodbye to Steve Carell. There are a few gems in the later seasons, but it’s clear that without Steve Carell, the show would never be the same. – Catch you on the flippity flip. – Next up, number nine, Casino Night! – I am going to drop a deuce on everybody. – It’s casino night for Dunder Mifflin, and the warehouse has been taken over to host a charity event. In the episode, we find out more about Creed’s thieving ways, watch
as Michael juggles two dates, learned about Kevin’s band Scrantonicity and witness one of the best
Michael Toby flare ups. – I hate so much about the things
that you choose to be. – But the night belongs to Jim and Pam. As much as The Office tried
to develop the love interests of other characters, the true heart of it was always those two. And in this second season cliffhanger, he lays it all on the line to let the then engaged Pam know how he feels. – I’m in love with you. – What? – Aw! While eventually find out that Jim ends up crashing and burning, there’s no denying that this is the moment that kicks off their
eventual relationship. Also, dinkin flicka. – Dinkin flicka. – At number eight, the season
three episode, The Convict. Following the merging of the
Scranton and Stamford branches, Michael has a whole new group
of employees to oversee. But when it is revealed
that one of the new staffers was previously incarcerated, Michael Scott goes off the rails
trying to defend the office after tales of prison
begin to sound better than working at Dunder Mifflin. While this episode has
it’s fair share of laughs, like when Jim tries to set
Andy up on a date with Pam, it’s a three minute scene of
Steve Carell letting loose that takes this episode
from great to awesome. – I’m Prison Mike. – Honestly, just pause
this video right now and go re-watch this scene. Because nothing we say is
going to do it justice. (upbeat jazz music) – Now, there’s a lot of debate over which holiday episode of
The Office is the best. But we had to settle on one, so we went with the one all
others are measured against. Season two’s Christmas Party
for the number seven spot. – Well Happy Birthday, Jesus. Sorry your party’s so lame. – It’s time for some holiday
cheer around the office, but when the party turns south, after Michael turns the friendly tradition of Secret Santa into Yankee Swap. – Yankee Swap, is like Machiavelli meets Christmas. – And everyone’s personalized gifts end up going to the wrong people as
the staff vie for ownership of the $400 iPod, he decides to violate the company’s policy of no alcohol. – Is this enough to get
20 people plastered? – 15 bottles of vodka? Yeah, that should do it. – Cool, cool, box it up. – And, off the chain it goes. Shots, lampshades, and of
course, a topless Meredith, which is why it made the top 10. – Alright, let’s head out. Sounds good, do you have a coat? – Let’s jump on to our number
six pick, Safety Training. In this season three
episode, the office is forced to go through the annual safety training. – It gonna be zoppity. – But, after feeling emasculated
by the warehouse workers, Michael decides how to show how dangerous life in the office can
be, due to depression. – Depression? Isn’t that just a fancy
word for feeling bummed out? – In true Michael Scott
fashion, it involves a roof, a bouncy house, and him preparing to jump to show the office the
real effects of suicide. – He’s going to kill himself
pretending to kill himself. – Yeah. – While everything ends up for the best, it’s a great episode that shows,
despite all of his antics, that Michael is truly
loved by his staff as well. – You Braveheart, man. – I Braveheart. – We’re in the top five, and what’s this? Another season three episode? That’s right, it’s Business School. Directed by Joss Whedon, this episode is hilariously
split down the middle with it’s A and B stories. As the name implies, one
plot focuses on Michael guest speaking in Ryan’s business class, which basically results
in him tearing apart a student’s book, and
throwing candy bars at people. While the second half
of the episode involves the rest of the office dealing with a bat that got loose in the building. Naturally, Jim uses this to troll Dwight into thinking that Jim
was bitten by the bat and is slowing turning into a vampire. But what solidifies this
episode as a classic is the Pam Beasley sub
plot, where she invites the rest of the office
to her art exhibition, and it’s only Michael who
truly appreciates her art. – Your art was the
prettiest art of all art. – Thank you. – It’s a beautifully vulnerable moment that highlights why The
Office is so much more than just a workplace sitcom. Now, for our number four pick. Some might consider it a cheat, since it was broken up
as part one and two, but it’s basically one supersized episode. Stress Relief. In one of the series’ greatest cold opens, Dwight holds a fire training simulation that goes about as sideways as any training simulation can go. Cats falling through ceilings, Kevin breaking into the vending machines, and of course, Stanley
having a heart attack. – Stanley! Stanley! Barack is president! – Though Stanley survives, it’s clear that after a CPR training
course gone awry, and an attempt at office meditation, Michael is the one causing
the stress in the office. And so he comes up with
the brilliant solution to relieve the tension by
letting everyone roast him. – I consider myself a good person. But I’m gonna try to make him cry. – While everyone has a good laugh at Michael’s expense, he’s clearly hurt by his co-worker’s jabs, and after a day of soul searching, feeding the birds, he returns to awkwardly
dish it back at them as only he could. The whole episode is bananas, but surprisingly
believable and that is why we place it firmly at number four. – Boom. Roasted. – We’re in the top three! And the bronze Dundee goes
to season two’s, The Injury. – I burned my foot! – In a rather insane, but
somehow completely logical set of circumstances, Michael burns his foot after
his George Foreman grill, that he uses to cook
bacon with by his bed, clamps down on it. – I don’t see what’s so
hard to believe about that. – From there, the episode just gets more and more outrageous. From Dwight’s attempt to rescue Michael, where he crashes his car, injures himself, and pukes all over the back windshield, to Michael hosting the
cringiest disability seminar with his special guest,
the wheelchair bound building manager, Billy Merchant. But, the cherry on top is Jim driving both Michael and Dwight to the hospital and using a spray bottle
to keep them in line. All of this adds up to one
of the funniest and silliest episodes of TV. – That’s what she said. – That’s my joke, dammit Dwight. – In the number two spot,
and this was a tough one, but we had to go with
Michael Scott Paper Company. – It’s Britney, bitch. – The whole arc of the Michael Scott Paper Company is one of the greatest story arcs for the entire series. And you should really just
watch all of the episodes, but here’s the too long, didn’t watch. – It’s gonna be mental! It’s going to be mental. – When the new boss, Charles Miner, played to perfection by Idris Elba, comes in to take over Jan and Ryan’s job, Michael decides to quit and
forms a rival paper company, the Michael Scott Paper Company. But even with a dream
team of Ryan and Pam, Michael’s new company struggles as they prepare to host
a pancake luncheon. But after some inter-office bickering threatens to tear apart
the fledgling company, leading to one of the best
screen grabs of all time, the team does manage to pull
through and make a sale, hinting that things might not be so bad for everyone in the long run. – Who would have thought, that the thing that would save
this company would be work? – Like we said though, just do yourself a favor
and watch the entire five episode arc, starting with New Boss
and ending with Broke. It’s basically one long episode. It’s The Office at it’s
best, and it proves again, that while Michael may not
have been the best boss, he was a killer salesman. – Our balls are in your court. – And now, it’s time for the number one pick. Drum roll, please! (drum roll sound) It’s Dinner Party! – That’s what she said! – Easily the best episode of the series, Dinner Party is the
perfect blend of humor, heart, love, sadness and most importantly, cringe. In this fourth season
episode, Michael is finally able to trick Pam and Jim into coming over to his condo for dinner with him and Jan. And from the moment the
two walk in the front door, it is off to the races with awkwardness. You’ve got the Serenity by Jan candles, the highly suggestive
song, That One Night, by Jan’s assistant, Hunter, the reveal that Michael had
three consecutive vasectomies, Jim almost abandoning Pam, the worst game of charades ever, Dwight showing up with
his former babysitter, only to reveal their
relationship is purely carnal. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and when the tension
between Jan and Michael finally explode in front
of all of their guests, with Jan killing Michael’s
200 dollar plasma screen TV, well, it’s almost too much. Ultimately, Dinner Party is a train wreck on top of a plane crash in
the middle of a garbage fire, it’s so hard to watch. But damn, if it isn’t one of
the funniest episodes of TV of all time. Which is why it is our number one pick. – Sometimes, I will just stand here and watch television for hours. – And there you go! The top 12 episodes of The Office. Don’t at us, don’t go in the comments and try to justify why
our list is bull (beep) without Robert California or why Niagara deserves to be in the top five. This is the list, and you know it. But what do you folks think? Why isn’t Niagara in the top five? Should a Robert California
episode have made the cut? And, what’s your favorite cold open? (car screeching and thud) Let’s discuss. Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed what you saw, why not give us a like and subscribe? If you want to get notified
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43 Replies to “The Top 12 Episodes of The Office of All Time! (Nerdist News w/ Amy Vorpahl)

  1. Yeah! My favorite show of all Time.
    Thanks for posting❤️
    Niagara
    Classy Christmas
    PDA
    Broke
    Cafe Disco
    Garage Sale
    Costume Contest
    The Lover
    Threat Level Midnight
    Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager

  2. Yes, the Lizard King should have been on your list💯 …. as Amy says "don't at us..etc..etc, this is the list" Well My Thoughts, Fuck your list! 😂… Amy I love you and all your content, but this channel is going down the tube. I un-subbed a while back but check in every now and then to see you, Dan, and Kyle. #dinkandflicka #perfectinschlog

  3. "The Injury" is my all-time favorite. Just a ridiculously funny plot. Whoever wrote that was high – and I love it.

  4. Although I do like your choices I would have put Product Recall on the list, probably #7 at the least. You get Michael trying to contact the YouTube, then making an apology video that ends in a threat.
    ps, my favorite cold open is Parkour! Parkour!

  5. You should have made it the top 15, and then it would just have been ranking every single episode. Or were you not counting the specials?

  6. Wow I didn’t think they’d mention one of my favorite episodes. Sure it’s number 12, but I didn’t think that many people liked it as much as me.

    Edit: I’m not sure if it’s #1 or just in my top 5.

  7. I've never seen the show before until it was all out on Netflix, it is one of the show's I thank God I watch. You guys should have showed Dwight cutting open the CPR dummy and then acting like he was Hannibal Lecter that was one of the best parts.

  8. May I ask how paying for physical media is bad? Netflix or Peacock can add and remove things at will. Or get shutdown completely. Not every streaming service will last forever. If you buy it yourself, it's yours forever

  9. The entire series is on sale on Vudu for $35 US. I had to get it cause I'm not gonna sign up for a streaming service for just The Office.

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