After binge watching my way through numerous Netflix box-sets recently, I have discovered and fallen in love with the American version of The Office. I've watched it over and over, and was devastated to see that the English Netflix had now removed it.
I used to be a huge fan of the original Office series, but the combination of Michael Scott, Jim Halpert and Dwight Schrute has made this version surpass the original by a long shot (in my eyes at least). I could wax lyrically for hours about how much I love this show, but instead I'm going to use my progressive growth in the MPU program to dive into my first "Then & Now"/"Where Are They Now" style list.
I apologize in advance for any holes in this layout or the basicness of this first attempt. But bear with me, my loyal readers, and let us explore where our favorite Dunder Mifflin employees are today. As I always say, "exploration and growth is always better when shared with others."
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Michael Scott - Steve Carell
The Office made Steve Carell a household name, and rightfully so. He started off as the world's worst boss that made you cringe as you watched, but as time went on, viewers learned to love his childlike and naive look on the world. He may have been a useless boss in the eyes of his superiors, but Michael Scott's quest for true love and a family to call his own, made us laugh and cry. He has become one of my favorite characters on TV for a long time. After he left the show, Carell became a big Hollywood movie star. He headlined Crazy Stupid Love, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Way Way Back, Despicable Me 2, Anchorman 2, and Foxcatcher, which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He shows no sign of stopping, with 11 projects in various stages of production, including the award-baiting Freeheld and Woody Allen’s latest.
Jim Halpert - John Krasinski
Jim Halpert was the inspirational prankster for many fans. His legendary pranks that he pulled on his desk neighbor, Dwight, were the stuff of comedy gold. He was also one half of the best "will they, won't they" couple on television. Pam and Jim's story was an archetypal display of true love in all of its glory, and the show's real heart. His rise from a lazy paper salesman to a devoted family man was a part of what made the show so incredible. I even got incredible hair envy from his slick 'do. Since The Office, Krasinski has done a bit of voice work in Monster’s University, The Wind Rises, The Prophet, and BoJack Horseman. He also co-starred in Aloha, is starring in Michael Bay’s upcoming 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and directed and starred in The Hollars, which does not yet have a release date. Krasinski even came close to becoming both Captain America and Star-Lord. Marvel seriously needs to snap this guy and his wife up. I mean, who wouldn't want to see him and Emily Blunt saving the day as two of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
Pam Beesly - Jenna Fischer
The second half of the Jim and Pam love story, is of course, Pam Beesly. The strong willed receptionist turned paper saleswoman was one of the best aspects of the show. Her wit and sarcasm won me round and her steadily growing friendship with the office stickler, Dwight, was one of the more touching parts of the story over the course of the nine seasons. Since leaving her desk behind, Fisher has appeared in the film Are You Here, and guest starred in an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! She is co-starring with Rob Lowe in the upcoming series You, Me, and the End of the World.
Dwight Schrute - Rainn Wilson
In the real world, Dwight Schrute would be a nightmare to work with, but his no nonsense attitude, coupled with his fondness for Pam and his rivalry with Jim, made him one of the most beloved characters to many fans. His hilarious attitude and fondness for weaponry always provided hours of entertainment, that I could watch over and over. Since the show's end, Wilson has started the online content project "SoulPancake" and appeared in the films Cooties and The Boy, as well as guest starring in an episode of Adventure Time. He also starred in the television show Backstrom, which ran for one season. He has a few upcoming projects, including the upcoming Smurfs sequel, Get Smurfy.
Phyllis Lapin-Vance - Phyllis Smith
Phyllis was the butt of many jokes at the hands of her tactless boss, Michael Scott. She was a woman of strong character and will and during the course of the nine seasons you really saw her character come into her own. In case you didn't pick up on it in the show, she was married to Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration. Phyllis Smith has since popped up in The Middle and Trophy Wife in a guest capacity, and had her big breakout voicing the scene-stealing Sadness in Pixar’s Inside Out this summer, with her instantly recognizable voice for fans of the show.
Angela Martin - Angela Kinsey
Everyone's favorite "crazy cat lady" and The Office's Christian stereotype. Angela was the hard-ass of the office who judged everyone harshly, regardless of her somewhat precarious romantic endeavors. She broke her co-worker Andy's heart after she spent most of their engagement having sex with Dwight in secret. But after all of her "romantic" contracts with Dwight, the pair eventually found love and ended the show's run with their wedding. Which was surprisingly emotional. Since the show's end, Angela Kinsey has had guest arcs on New Girl, Your Family or Mine, and Bad Judge, while starring in both of Hulu’s parody series, The Hotwives of Orlando and The Hotwives of Las Vegas.
Andy Bernard - Ed Helms
Despite not joining the show until its third season, Andy Bernard worked his way up to the top, eventually evolving into Michael Scott 2.0 (but he was nowhere close to the brilliance Carell provided). One of few staff to remain after the merger, Andy quickly became a fan favorite and provided plenty of comedy, even if most of it was at his expense. Ed Helms has since gone on to be a comedy star, doing guest appearances on The Mindy Project, Kroll Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and BoJack Horseman. He’s also done extensive film work, including The Hangover III, We’re the Millers, They Came Together, and Vacation. He’s a member of a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio, where Helms plays banjo (much like his character), guitar, and piano.
Darryl Philbin - Craig Robinson
No one could screw with Michael quite like Darryl, giving Michael gentle pushes towards his most misguided impulses. Darryl spent many hours teaching Michael the finer (and fictitious) points to being a man, many of which were hilarious and only Michael would believe them. His role grew as the series progressed, and Craig Robinson was given the opportunity to show off his great comedic timing. He’s gone on to work on films like Peeples, This Is the End, Rapture-Palooza, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Get On Up, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. He also guest starred on two episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and is headlining the new sitcom Mr. Robinson.
[source: IMDB and Google]