Although it feels like The Office only just went off the air and my Thursdays suddenly freed up, it turns out that we first tuned into the Dunder Mifflin, Scranton office a decade ago today on March 24, 2005. It feels like just yesterday that I was watching the first episode...okay, so that was just yesterday. Thank you, Netflix!
Let's take a look at the cast of The Office from the first pilot season, to today. Keep in mind, this only includes the main characters who appeared in the first season, so there won't be any Andy, Erin, Karen, Holly, or anyone from the Scranton-Stanford merger. With that in mind, let's see the differences between the first season of The Office and what the cast is doing today:
Michael Scott - Steve Carell
Recent projects: [Foxcatcher](movie:264060), [The Big Short](movie:1289411)
The Office trivia: Steven Carell refused to watch more than a few minutes of the British version of The Office because he didn't want to end up copying Ricky Gervais' performance.
Dwight Schrute - Rainn Wilson
Recent projects: [Backstrom](series:895212), [The Boy](movie:2799050), and his YouTube web channel SoulPancake
The Office trivia: A pilot was filmed for a spinoff about Schrute farm, but NBC eventually passed on the Dwight-centered series, instead they used the footage as part of the series finale.
Jim Halpert - John Krasinski
Recent projects: [The Hollars](movie:1406608), [Aloha](movie:2687797)
The Office trivia: John Krasinski had to cut his hair for a role, so he ended up wearing a wig while playing Jim towards the end of Season 3.
Pam Beesly - Jenna Fischer
Recent projects: Apocalypse Slough, Newsreaders
The Office trivia: The name of Jim and Pam's daughter, CeCe is the name of Jenna Fischer's niece in real life. Fischer also kept Pam's engagement ring after the series ended.
Stanley Hudson - Leslie David Baker
Recent projects: [Wish I Was Here](movie:908954), Austin & Ally, Fallen Stars
The Office trivia: According to the timeline on DunderMifflin.com being hired in 1989 made Stanley Hudson Dunder Mifflin's first black employee. He worked for the company for 22 years before retiring.
Angela Martin - Angela Kinsey
Recent projects: [Bad Judge](series:1244504), Impress Me, The 46 Percenters
The Office trivia: In real life, Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer are best friends. She has also stated that her co-star Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer) is her hero.
Phyllis Vance - Phyllis Smith
Recent projects: [Trophy Wife](series:958127), [Inside Out](movie:332779)
The Office trivia: Phyllis' character was in the same grade as Michael Scott in high school, but since Scott was held back a year her character is actually younger than him. In real life, however, Smith is 11 years older than Steve Carell.
Kevin Malone - Brian Baumgartner
Recent projects: [Hot In Cleveland](series:883323), Geezer
The Office trivia: The Season 3 extras of The Office included Kevin's cooking show 'Kevin Cooks Stuff In The Office.'
Meredith Palmer - Kate Flannery
Recent projects: [The Comeback](series:1284315), Tenured, Slow Learners
The Office trivia: It was revealed in the series finale that Meredith had spent the first seven years of the show getting a PhD in child psychology. Technically, her title is Dr. Meredith Elizabeth Palmer, PhD. But we also know that she works in supplier relations and spends most of her workday playing Klondike and Solitaire.
Oscar Martinez - Oscar Nuñez
Recent projects: [Benched](series:1225148), [The 33](movie:630001)
The Office trivia: Oscar actually revealed to Michael that he was gay during his job interview, but, thinking it was just a joke, Michael just laughed and hired him on the spot.
Kelly Kapoor - Mindy Kaling
Recent projects: [The Mindy Project](series:722142), [Inside Out](movie:332779)
The Office trivia: Between 2005 and 2012, Mindy Kaling wrote 21 episodes of The Office and directed five. She also stated in her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), that she hated the way the costume designers dressed Kelly in the first season of the show.
Ryan Howard - B.J. Novak
Recent projects: Novak continues to write and guest star for television series like The Mindy Project. He also authored two books in 2014, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and The Book With No Pictures.
The Office trivia: B.J. Novak and John Krasinski both graduated from Newton South High School in Newton, MA in 1997. Novak also wrote 15 episodes of the show and directed five.
Toby Flenderson - Paul Lieberstein
Recent projects: Paul Lieberstein was the executive producer for the third season of [The Newsroom](series:663653)
The Office trivia: Lieberstein was a writer and producer for The Office. Initially his role as Toby was supposed to be a one-time thing, but NBC President Kevin Reilly enjoyed his performance so much, he asked that he become a recurring character.
Darryl Philbin - Craig Robinson
Recent projects: [Hot Tub Time Machine 2](movie:819327), Zeroville, [Sausage Party](movie:1127048), [Mr. Robinson](series:1212670)
The Office trivia: Craig Robinson is credited on his IMDb page as a performer for nine different episodes of The Office. His character Darryl sang the following songs: "You Oughta Know," "Dunder Mifflin," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)", "Don't Know Why," "Life Is a Highway," "Movin' On Up," "Remember to Call," "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Hello! Ma Baby," and "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."
Creed Bratton - Creed Bratton
Recent projects: Band of Robbers, Maybe There's a Tree
The Office trivia: Creed Bratton is the only actor who has the same first and last name as his character. He ended up playing essentially a parody of himself in the show when it was revealed in the series finale that he was the lead guitarist for The Grass Roots in the '60s, which is actually true!
So here we are 10 years later looking back on the very first, six-episode season of [The Office](series:723298). After re-watching the first season, it's really clear how much each of the character evolved and developed over the course of the nine seasons. Happy anniversary, everyone!
Even though it's hard to imagine anyone else playing these roles today, thanks to some old audition footage we can see how different the show could have looked! Take a look at some of the other famous actors who almost joined us in Scranton, PA:
So, has it felt like 10 years has already flown by since the first episode to you? Name your favorite moment from The Office in the comments section below and let's get all nostalgic together.