ByBlue Profitt, writer at

In 192 episodes, The Office seldom hit a flat note. Its mix of witty comedy and relatable drama made it a brilliant show and a joy to watch. Here is what one writer considers the 20 finest episodes -- even though there's no such thing as a bad episode of The Office. At least, that's what she said.

20. "Michael's Last Dundies"

Written By: Mindy Kaling

Directed By: Mindy Kaling

Episode Number: 7x21

Why It’s Number 20: Coming full circle and having Kaling write the last Dundies was awesome, as is this whole episode. There’s nothing better than a Dunder-Mifflin office party, and this one is no exception. It’s adorable and sweet, and Will Ferrell as DeAngelo Vickers doesn’t hurt. Nothing, however, is finer than the rewrite of “Seasons of Love” to send off Michael. That is REAL.

Best Line: “Everyday, millions of Americans suffer from extreme repulsiveness. Someone in our midst is bringing that problem to light. Toby Flenderson, please come up here and accept the Extreme Repulsiveness Award. Oh, that’s so mean!” / “No, it’s not.”

19. "Stress Relief, Pt. 2"

Written By: Paul Lieberstein

Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

Episode Number: 5x15

Why It’s Number 19: After Stanley’s heart attack proves to be stress related, Michael thinks there’s no better way to reduce the stress in the office than comedy. Specifically, Michael wants his employees to roast him, the old boss man. This doesn’t go as well as he planned, and he ends up hurt. However, he retaliates in one of the greatest Michael Scott monologues ever delivered. Stanley cracking up during the middle of it is perfect and awesome and so The Office.

Best Line: Jim, you’re 6’11” and weigh 90 pounds. Gumby has a better body than you. Boom, roasted. Dwight, you’re a kiss-ass. Boom, roasted. Pam, you failed art school. Boom, roasted. Meredith, you’ve slept with so many guys you’re starting to look like one. Boom, roasted. Kevin, I can’t decide between a fat joke and a dumb joke. Boom, roasted. Creed, your teeth called. Your breath stinks. Boom, roasted. Angela, where’s Angela? Whoa, there you are! I didn’t see you behind that grain of rice. Boom, roasted. Stanley, you crush your wife during sex, and your heart sucks. Boom, roasted. Oscar, you’re… Oscar, you’re gay! Andy, Cornell called, they think you suck! And you’re gayer than Oscar! Boom, roasted!”

18. "Garage Sale"

Written By: Jon Vitti

Directed By: Steve Carell

Episode Number: 7x19

Why It’s Number 18: Because Michael Scott, desperate for love, finally got engaged to the love of his life. Michael and Holly forever. Besides, that was one romantic, awesome proposal.

Best Line: “This is where I fell in love with you, and this is where I ask you to marry me.”

17. "Fun Run"

Written By: Greg Daniels

Directed By: Greg Daniels

Episode Number: 4x01 and 4x02

Why It’s Number 17: MICHAEL SCOTT HIT MEREDITH PALMER WITH HIS CAR AND IT’S ICONIC. Definitely the best physical gag in Office history. It’s like Mindy Kaling says in her book, Michael is driving along talking about how much he just loves his employees, and then he hits Meredith with a car. That’s painful irony on more levels than I can count. Then, when he becomes strangely convinced she has rabies and sets up a charity run for her, the episode just gets better when Pam accidentally walks in on him naked and when he shows a picture of Meredith and claims she is the face of rabies. That stuff is perfect.

Best Line: “I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I dunno, I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally, I’ll hit someone with my car, so sue me. No, don’t sue me. That is the opposite of the point I’m trying to make.”

16. "The Fire"

Written By: B.J. Novak

Directed By: Ken Kwapis

Episode Number: 2x04

Why It’s Number 16: I’m a big fan of B.J. Novak, so an episode he writes and a Ryan-centric episode is going to fall pretty high on my list of favorites. Hearing everybody’s side conflicts and conversations is so interesting and actually seems pretty true to form. Perhaps the best side conflict is Dwight’s jealousy that Michael is spending so much time with Ryan. But unarguably, this episode’s shining moment is when Dwight realizes that Ryan left his cheesy pita in the oven for too long and turns “We Didn’t Start the Fire” into “Ryan Started the Fire.” That, my friends, is awesome.

Best Line: “I hope the war goes on forever and Ryan gets drafted! I’m sorry I said that… I didn’t… just part of me meant it.”

15. "The Job"

Written By: Paul Lieberstein and Michael Schur

Directed By: Ken Kwapis

Episode Number: 3x24

Why It’s Number 15: Best way to put Jim and Pam together. It was quick and easy, just like it would have been in real life. Pam’s reaction is aces. Dwight painting Michael’s office black to “intimidate his subordinates” is hilarious and 100% in character. This episode was such a feel-good one, such a real-feeling one, that you can’t help but love it.

Best Line: “I’m sorry, what was the question?”

14. "Frame Toby"

Written By: Mindy Kaling

Directed By: Jason Reitman

Episode Number: 5x09

Why It’s Number 14: I mean, we can all agree with Michael, right? Toby should not have moved back from Costa Rica. He’s awful. The schemes Michael and Dwight cook up to try and get him fired are beautiful. There’s really nothing like the contempt Michael has for Toby, especially because it’s justified without any justification, which is genius. God bless Paul Lieberstein in this role. He’s perfect.

Best Line: “David, wait!” / “No.” / “Is there no way we can get rid of him?” / “Not without cause, Michael.” / “I have cause. It is be-cause I hate him.”

13. "Casino Night"

Written By: Steve Carrel

Directed By: Ken Kwapis

Episode Number: 2x22

Why It’s Number 13: Many critics place this episode at number one, and it’s definitely a contender because it’s awesome. Michael throws a casino party in the warehouse and takes two dates, Jan and his real estate agent, Carol, and he ends up choosing Carol (good move). We get to see Kevin Malone’s band play. We see the finest Michael freak attack on Toby in the show’s history. Jim decides to transfer to the Stamford branch, but he KISSES PAM and finally TELLS HER that he’s in love with her, and it’s all gold and gorgeous from there. You probably clutched your couch’s arms really hard. It’s great writing, great acting, and a great piece.

Best Line: “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.”

12. "Niagara"

Written By: Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling

Directed By: Paul Feig

Episode Number: 4x04 and 4x05

Why It’s Number 12: You don’t get much cuter and more meaningful than Jim and Pam, and their wedding is both of those things. This episode has so much to offer, like Andy’s injury or Jim spilling that Pam was pregnant to her conservative grandmother or even the cheesy walk down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever” (so terribly timely and accurate). But, of course, nothing tops Jim and Pam’s secret wedding ceremony on the boat. That was the perfect way for the office couple to get married.

Best Line: “I bought the boat tickets the day I saw that YouTube video. I knew we’d need a backup plan. The boat was actually Plan C. The church was Plan B. And Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.”

11. "Beach Games"

Written By: Jennifer Celotta and Greg Daniels

Directed By: Harold Ramis

Episode Number: 3x23

Why It’s Number 11: So much of this episode is genius, but nothing is better than Pam doing the coal walk and then telling off all her coworkers, including Jim. AND SHE FINALLY ADMITS HE’S THE REASON SHE CALLED OFF HER WEDDING. This episode is such an awesome testament to Pam’s character, and deep characterization is something The Office always did so well.

Best Line: “You were my best friend before you went to Stamford. And I really miss you. I shouldn’t have been with Roy, and there were a lot of reasons I to call off my wedding. But the truth is, I didn’t care about any of those reasons until I met you.”

10. "Dwight Christmas"

Written By: Robert Padnick

Directed By: Charles McDougall

Episode Number: 9x09

Why It’s Number 10: Perhaps controversially, this is my pick for best Christmas episode. Season 9 was a hundred times better than Season 8, and “Dwight Christmas” is a great example of that. The office forgets they scheduled a Christmas party for this day, so Dwight decides to dress as Belsnickel, a weird German Santa creation, and awesome hi-jinx and great physical comedy take place. He judges the employees on whether they are “impish” or “admirable.” That’s freaking awesome. Plus, when he judges Oscar as impish in solidarity with Angela, you just kind of have to clap. The hug Dwight gives Jim at the end of the episode just kind of makes it all.

Best Line: “So, he’s like Santa. But dirty. And worse.”

9. "Finale"

Written By: Greg Daniels

Directed By: Ken Kwapis

Episode Number: 9x24 and 9x25

Why It’s Number 9: In itself, this is an excellent conclusion. It takes place a year after the documentary airs, and everyone is in the perfect place. Except for Kevin. Dwight fired Kevin. And Andy’s a bit down on his luck, but Helms just freaking plays him so well that you’re both proud of Andy Bernard and embarrassed for him at the same time. But then they do that panel and ERIN FINDS HER PARENTS and if you didn’t cry you’re LYING. And Dwight and Angela get married and MICHAEL shows up and is the BEST MAN even though Dwight originally picked Jim and it’s just awesome. The return of Ryan and Kelly and how they finally got over their issues and ran off together was also a major win (Don’t say anything about real life. Don’t say anything about real life.). And remember when Dwight called Pam his best friend? Like The Office does best, this conclusion was equal parts funny and sentimental.

Best Line: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?”

8. "A.A.R.M."

Written By: Brent Forrester

Directed By: David Rogers

Episode Number: 9x22 and 9x23

Why It’s Number 8: In a lot of ways, this hour-long event is a better conclusion to the series than the actual finale. It wraps up the events of the past nine seasons perfectly and touchingly. Jim gave Pam the teapot letter AND made her the sweetest video of all actual time. Dwight proposed to Angela AND found out that Philip was his son and not the jerkface Senator’s. It was filled with the right amount of antics and heartwarming stuff, and that’s what makes this episode so very memorable.

Best Line: “I wanted to leave quietly. It seemed dignified. But having Kevin grind up on my front while Erin pretends to hump me from behind is a more accurate tribute to my years here. I’m gonna miss these guys.”

7. "Goodbye Michael"

Written By: Greg Daniels

Directed By: Paul Feig

Episode Number: 7x22

Why It’s Number 7: HEARTBREAKING. Absolutely heartbreaking. But in a good way. Michael is without a doubt beloved to this show, and losing him sucked for everyone. But the way this is handled is beautiful. Michael prepares individualized goodbyes for everyone in the office but doesn’t tell them he’s leaving that day. His conversation with Jim, who figures it out, will reduce you to a puddle. It’s a brilliant tribute on everyone’s part. However, the best and most iconic scene in the episode is the final scene, when Michael takes off his microphone at the airport and finally hugs Pam goodbye. That scene still sends waves of shock and awe through my body.

Best Line: “Well, I guess this is it. Hey, will you guys let me know if this ever airs? Thank you.”

6. "Broke"

Written By: Charlie Grandy

Directed By: Steve Carell

Episode Number: 5x25

Why It’s Number 6: This combination of writer and director is incredible, and this is the best episode in the Michael Scott Paper Company saga. Why? It showcases Michael’s character brilliantly. He’s a great salesman, a great friend, and yes, an excellent boss. Michael was the main character for a reason, and it’s because of his dimensions. “Broke” is the episode that reveals his assertive side, and it reveals it wonderfully.

Best Line: “We got the van at a used car lot. We think it says, ‘Alleluia, Church of Scranton’ in Korean. It was either this or an old school bus with an owl living in it.”

5. "Murder"

Written By: Daniel Chun

Directed By: Greg Daniels

Episode Number: 6x10

Why It’s Number 5: This is both a hilarious and touching episode of The Office. Afraid that the branch will lose their jobs, Michael decides to play a game of murder, much to the logical Jim’s dismay. But the reason he does it is to distract them, which is beautiful, and when the Dunder-Mifflin workers play their Southern characters, you can’t help but laugh a lot. Creed coming in late and then bolting after thinking there’s been a real murder is classic.

Best Line: “It’s never the person you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least expect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis, AKA Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect.”

4. "Dinner Party"

Written By: Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg

Directed By: Paul Feig

Episode Number: 4x13

Why It’s Number 4: The Office was never just a silly comedy. It had to be serious, and this is the best example of its occasional darkness. This episode is chilling. Seeing Michael and Jan together leaves your skin crawling even after the episode ends, and Carell and Melora Hardin’s performances are aces all around. But there are some funny moments, like Dwight bringing his former nanny as a date to the dinner party and the bro-country song by Jan’s ex-assistant, Hunter (though that was equally disturbing and funny).

Best Line: “I don’t care what they say about me. I just want to eat.”

3. "The Dundies"

Written By: Mindy Kaling

Directed By: Greg Daniels

Episode Number: 2x01

Why It’s Number 3: This is perhaps when the U.S. Office really came into its own and when its characters were starting to become fully established, primarily Michael. The idea of an awards show for work is genius, adorable, and so true to the Michael Scott we know and love. Plus, Jim and Pam kiss! Michael gives the award to Hottest in Office to Ryan! It’s all wonderful.

Best Line: “And I feel God in this Chili’s tonight.”

2. "The Injury"

Written By: Mindy Kaling

Directed By: Bryan Gordon

Episode Number: 2x12

Why It’s Number 2: A fan favorite, this episode is funny from the second it opens till the second it ends. This is the best episode that centers around one character, no question. Michael burns his foot on a miniature grill and milks it, and it’s excellent. Kaling’s writing mixed with Steve Carell’s performance is just perfection. Every word and every second of it seems believable. The speech in the conference room is golden. Excellence all around.

Best Line: “Ryan, who is supposed to be dead.”

1. "Threat Level Midnight"

Written By: B.J. Novak

Directed By: Tucker Gates

Episode Number: 7x17

Why It’s Number 1: Although a later episode of The Office, it’s the full ensemble’s best work. It’s a perfect conclusion to Michael’s character and fortifies the greatest theme of the show, which is (of course) friendship. The bits in this one are iconic. Jim as Golden Face, Stanley as the narrator, Michael accepting himself as silly, THE SCARN… just watching everyone come together like that was amazing and hilarious. Also, SUPER PROPS to Ed Helms in his performance as Billy the Bartender. He kills as the overzealous actor, and it’s just freaking brilliant. “Threat Level Midnight” is the epitome of Dunder-Mifflin.

Best Line: “I’m sorry I called you an ass. I’m angry, and I love you.”


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