The Office is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I'm sure that it's some of yours as well. There are a lot of episodes, and a lot of great episodes, so it was really hard to narrow it down to just ten. I based most of these off of a mix of comedy, emotion, and great character moments. With that said, here are my ten favorite episodes of The Office.
10. Niagra (Season 6, Episode 4 & 5)
The Office is known for being one of the funniest shows of all time. However, as you will see throughout the rest of this list, a lot of these episodes are the more emotional ones. And Niagara was one of those. One of the best moments in the entire show is when Pam rips her veil and gets emotional because of the way she looks and because the office staff and her family had been ruining their wedding. Jim then cuts his tie in half and the two run off to get married on a boat. It was one of the most heartfelt episodes in the entire show. There are some laughs, but it really delivers on the emotions, too.
9. Finale (Season 9, Episode 25)
I don't love The Office finale. But I love The Office, so I have to put it on here. They do wrap everything up very nicely. I was miffed by Michael's brief appearance, but his brief appearance is one of the parts of the show that nearly made me cry. Jim and Pam's not-so-great storyline had a great ending. And that final scene is just absolute perfection. This isn't the funniest episode and it isn't the best, but it has to be put on here.
8. Goodbye, Michael (Season 7, Episode 22)
This was another episode that nearly made me cry. Michael Scott is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, and when he has the conversation with Jim about lunch, I almost lost it again. Steve Carell honestly gives one of his best performances in this episode. For being such a naive idiot, Michael was so lovable. And I'm glad he gets a happy ending.
7. Stress Relief (Season 5, Episodes 14 & 15)
Okay. This is a funny episode. Stress Relief has the best cold open in The Office. That fire drill scene is absolute gold and cements Dwight Schrute as the second-funniest character on The Office. That cold open leads to a ton of iconic gags in an episode filled with non-stop laughter. However, along with that, Pam is dealing with her parents' divorce, which leads to a great moment when Jim tells Pam what he said to her father. It was a mix of comedy and emotion, which makes for one of the best episodes in The Office.
6. Gay Witch Hunt (Season 3, Episode 1)
Another iconic episode, Gay Witch Hunt deals with Oscar being exposed by Michael as gay to the office. The most famous scene from this is when Michael forces Oscar to kiss him in front of the entire office. The reason that that moment is so great and so awkward is because Steve Carell improvised it. The surprise on Oscar Nunez (who plays Oscar Martinez) was actually surprised by this. This shows how great of a comedic actor Carell can be, and it makes this episode great.
5. Safety Training (Season 3, Episode 20)
Another hilarious episode, Safety Training deals with Michael trying to prove to Darrell that an office is just as dangerous as a warehouse. This leads to some incredible moments, the standout being Michael planning to jump off the roof of the office, pretending to commit suicide, only to land in a bouncy house, where he will still get hurt. My favorite moment is when Michael responds to Dwight, who is helping him by asking stupid questions about depression, saying "Dwight, you ignorant s**t.". It's so funny.
4. Dinner Party (Season 4, Episode 13)
Ah, Dinner Party. The single most awkward episode of The Office. The tension throughout this episode is hilarious. The discomfort that Jim and Pam feel is great. I love Jim's failed attempt to leave. I love Pam thinking Jan is going to poison her. The plasma TV part is just fabulous. And, of course, there's the final part when Jan and Michael explode at each other. This episode was just so good.
3. Gossip (Season 6, Episode 1)
I've always thought that this had one of the funniest concepts of an episode of The Office. Michael finds out that Stanley is having an affair and tells the entire office. He later meets with Stanley, who asks him not to tell anyone, even though he already has. This leads to Michael trying to cover his tracks by spreading rumors about everyone in the office. Andy begins to wonder if he is gay, Pam's pregnancy is exposed by coincidence, and Toby is said to be a virgin. I had so much fun with this episode and, obviously, I think it's one of the best.
2. Beach Games (Season 3, Episode 23)
This was it. This was the big episode. The season finale, The Job, was the next episode, which ends with Jim finally asking Pam out. But Beach Games was really the one that set it all in motion. Michael, thinking he's getting a job at corporate, organizes a day of beach games to determine who will succeed him as Dunder Mifflin regional manager. The games are filled with hot dog eating contests and sumo wrestling, which are fantastic, but the real highlight is the coal walk. It starts off with Michael being to scared to walk across the bed of hot coals. Then Dwight launches himself onto them, writhing in pain but refusing to get off until he is given the position of regional manager. The best part comes when Pam gets a burst of confidence after running across the coals and tells her co-workers and Jim her honest feelings. This was a great blend of comedy and emotion, second only to...
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1. Casino Night (Season 2, Episode 22)
I know I said Beach Games was the big episode, but this is truly when everything went down. It starts off with some of my favorite dialogue from Michael. Planning to invite children to a casino night in the warehouse, Michael gets excited until Toby shuts that idea down. Michael then asks Toby, "Why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun or exciting, you make it not that way. I hate so much about the things that you choose to be.". The episode ensues with Michael inviting both Jan and Carol to the casino night as his date. But the kicker is Jim planning on transferring to Stamford because of Pam's impending engagement to Roy. The episode ends with Jim confessing his love for Pam and kissing her before he leaves. This is in competition for the funniest episode as well as the most heartfelt, so it deserves the number one spot.