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30 Best Episodes Of The Office Ranked (2022 Updated)

The Office is a documentary-style series following the lives of employees in Dunder Mifflin. It may seem quite awkward at first, but the cringe factor of its humor actually made the show comedy gold!

We spent 48 hours compiling the best episodes of The Office for you to enjoy!

Top 30 Episodes of The Office

1. Dinner Party (Season 4, Episode 13)

Dinner Party (Season 4, Episode 13)

Steve Carell is a comedic genius, but the cringe of his character in this episode is insane. After inviting the members of Dunder Mifflin to a dinner party, they were not expecting a dysfunctional relationship unraveling fiasco as what Michael Scott and Jan Levinson had that evening. 

From the revelation of their videographed intimate sessions to Scott’s multiple “Snip! Snap! Snip! Snap!” vasectomies, the supposedly peaceful dinner party revealed the toxicity of Michael’s relationship with Jan. 

2. Casino Night (Season 2, Episode 22)

Casino Night (Season 2, Episode 22)

Casino Night is one great episode the writers couldn’t just screw up. Although it focused first on the illegal charity fundraiser, it then led to a Jim and Pam special. 

Casino Night has been the culmination of the 27-episode worth of “Jim Halpert flirting with Pam,” with Jim confessing his feelings for her. Incredible performances were seen both from John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, and the episode also featured one of the most gratifying “first kisses” in TV history.

The stint on Michael bringing two dates to the event, his girlfriend Carol and love interest Jan, was fun too!

3. Beach Games (Season 3, Episode 23)

Beach Games (Season 3, Episode 23)

In all his hope to land the New York city post, Michael Scott set up a Survivor-like competition to decide who would succeed him as the Regional Manager in Dunder Mifflin. This was a truly funny episode, especially since the absurd challenges he had in mind had nothing to do with the vacancy-making. 

The Jim-and-Pam-and-Karen tension plays heavily throughout and the love triangle among Dwight, Andy, and Angela.

4. Stress Relief (Season 5, Episode 14 & 15)

Stress Relief (Season 5, Episode 14 & 15)

Contrary to the title, the amount of stress everyone felt in this episode is immense. It begins with Dwight, played by Rainn Wilson, setting a small blaze like a fire drill. In response, Michael throws a printer out of the window while yelling for help, and Stanley almost dies of a heart attack. 

They conducted a CPR training session where Michael and Dwight again screwed up. The iconic episode ended where Michael takes his employees’ insults as a form of stress relief. Two days later, Michael burns his subordinates with a barrage of comebacks to their comments, which lit up the office mood. 

It’s pretty hard to remember the events from this NBC season two-part episode. To this, they tried to insert Jessica Alba, Jack Black, and Cloris Leachman into a show Jim, Pam, and Andy were watching at the moment.

5. Goodbye, Michael (Season 7, Episode 22)

Goodbye, Michael (Season 7, Episode 22)

This is the gut-wrenching part of the series where we bid goodbye to Michael Scott as Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin (and to the show, as a whole). This was after Michael decides to leave with his girlfriend, Holly Flax, played by Amy Ryan. 

After season 7 episode 22, the writers spent another 2 seasons trying to fill in the incredible hole that Steve Carell left behind. Nonetheless, they did a great job with it. A mix of comedy and heartfelt emotions is absolutely rightful for the departure of the show’s main man. 

6. Garage Sale (Season 7, Episode 19)

Garage Sale (Season 7, Episode 19)

While everyone in the Scranton branch was busy with their charity garage sale, Pam catches Michael writing, “will you marry me?” using gasoline. Along with Jim, Oscar, and Ryan, she tries to talk Michael out of his fire hazard of a plan. The still-dangerous proposal turned out to be a success as Holly said yes. 

Season 7 Episode 19 also set the stage for Michael’s departure from the show after leaving Scranton for Colorado.

7. Cafe Disco (Season 5, Episode 27)

Cafe Disco (Season 5, Episode 27)

Michael still had the lease under his name for the Michael Scott Paper Company. With nothing better to do, he turned the name into Cafe Disco and invited everyone else to join in the fun and dance. However, most of them declined his generous offer. 

It wasn’t until Erin and Kelly were dismantling the room when everyone joined in the fun. Jim and Pam segued by planning to get married that day, only to withdraw when they realized they wanted a real ceremony. 

8. Broke (Season 5, Episode 25)

Broke (Season 5, Episode 25)

Michael Scott Paper Company was getting into Dunder Mifflin’s nerves with their undercut prices. However, their steep discounts were counterintuitive as they rendered their company broke. 

With the help of Jim positing Pam, Steve, and Ryan as titan entrepreneurs, the management had no choice but to settle for a buyout offer, leading Michael and his subordinates to reinstate their previous positions in Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

9. The Injury (Season 2, Episode 12)

The Injury (Season 2, Episode 12)

The Injury is the one episode where we fully understood the depths of Michael’s narcissism. A simple seared foot from sleeping next to a George Foreman grill led to the biggest display of self-gratification. 

From trying to meddle with Dwight’s concussion CAT scan to asking Beasley to rub Country Crock on his burn, Michael’s lack of self-awareness is sickening -- and the audience loves it!

10. Niagara (Season 6, Episode 4 & 5)

Niagara (Season 6, Episode 4 & 5)

Season 6 Episode 4 & 5 is The Office heaven for those who’ve been shipping Jim and Pam since day 1. Yes - The Office NBC Season 6 episode 4-5 is where Jim and Pam finally tie the knot! However, it wasn’t a smooth ride to the ceremony. With Pam’s pregnancy going on, their stay in Niagara was far from easy. 

Jim and Michael struggled to keep Meemaw from knowing about the pregnancy. While Andy tears his scrotum apart from a dance-off, Pam had to bring him in, being the only one sober. The scene intensifies when Pam’s mom tries to talk her out of the wedding. To this, Pam sought Jim’s support, and they spent the day together before the ceremony. 

After all, the wedding pushed through in a blast-from-the-past-Chris brown-song-guest-flashmob-entrance like it’s 2009 [1]. 

“As an addendum, I have to admit, as much as I hate that Chris Brown aisle dance, using it as an inspiration for a totally Dunder wedding couldn’t have been more genius on the part of The Office writers.” - Michael Tedder, Writer at Vulture.

11. Gay Witch Hunt (Season 3, Episode 1)

Gay Witch Hunt (Season 3, Episode 1)

Oscar coming out as gay was the theme that drove this whole episode. After calling Oscar a “faggy”, Michael apologizes immediately after learning about Oscar’s homosexuality. 

This fiasco resulted in Dwight and Michael’s quest to learn if there were any other gay members in Dunder Mifflin. Subtle homage to Jim (in Stamford branch) and Pam’s (in Scranton) separation was also repeatedly shown throughout the episode. This was after Pam rejected Jim and broke up with Roy.

12. The Job (Season 3, Episode 24)

The Job (Season 3, Episode 24)

The Job, a.k.a. The Dwight Schrute special, was where Dwight finally became the Regional Manager of the Scranton branch. Jim, Karen, and Michael were all interviewing for the same position while Jan got fired from her corporate job. 

The real episode kicker is when Jim asks Pam out on a dinner date, reigniting their relationship cliffhanger from Casino Night.

13. Office Olympics (Season 2, Episode 3)

Office Olympics (Season 2, Episode 3)

If there is one thing that unites Dunder Mifflin, aside from procrastination, it’s their knack for fun and adventure. In this episode, everyone comes together to play their favorite office games in their Office Olympics! 

Ridiculous parlor games and medals using trash and stationery were used in the event. The gang hasn’t been this invested ever since Diversity Day when Mr. Brown (Larry Wilmore) was invited. 

14. Night Out (Season 4, Episode 15)

Night Out (Season 4, Episode 15)

After Ryan lands the corporate job, this episode reveals how he’s been on a downward spiral since. When Dwight and Michael visit New York, they meet a night-living-coke-snorting version of Ryan Howard. Seeing his life out of perspective and the duo looking like fishes out of the pond was also quite hilarious!

15. Local Ad (Season 4, Episode 9)

Local Ad (Season 4, Episode 9)

After shooting and directing their branch's local ad, Michael upgrades his title from the “world’s best boss” to the “world’s most creative boss.” The episode brought us the amazing Dunder Mifflin song by Darryl. 

Plus, it was a sneak peek at Pam’s editing mastery. The episode was really fun to watch!

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16. The Dundies (Season 2, Episode 1)

The Dundies (Season 2, Episode 1)

Ah yes, the annual Michael-hosted event where he gives members of the company embarrassing awards -- the Dundies! Although to Michael’s dismay, the corporate informed him that they wouldn’t shoulder the budget for the dinner party. 

Michael responds by pushing through with it. In this episode, we see a drunk Pam, an uncalled-for kiss between her and Jim, and a cliffhanger smile when Jim aids Pam to Angela’s car.

17. Finale (Season 9, Episode 24 & 25)

Finale (Season 9, Episode 24 & 25)

Nine seasons of The Office finally came to a victorious close. Each NBC season had its highs and lows, but the subtle comedy did leave a mark on audiences. The season finale was awesome, and everyone got the ending they deserved. 

Jim, Pam, and Dwight’s friendship was something to commemorate them with, the law finally biting Creed in the buttocks and Michael sticking in as a cameo appearance with a perfectly timed “that’s what she said.” It highlighted the entire cast. [2] Season 9, Episode 24 & 25 was truly a legendary end of an era.


“The Office finale does a good job at not focusing on one character for too long, instead of spending a little time with each of its stars.” -Brooke Bajgrowicz, ScreenRant Writer.

18. Goodbye, Toby (Season 4, Episode 18 & 19)

Goodbye, Toby (Season 4, Episode 18 & 19)

Michael and Toby had been at it for as long as we can remember, and this time, Scott got the W. Toby prematurely announces himself moving out to Costa Rica after everyone witnessed him holding Pam’s legs. 

Of course, Michael being Michael prepared a going away party to celebrate his adversary’s departure. This is the first time we met Holly Flax, a pregnant Jan Levinson, and an uncalled-for proposal from Andy that derails Jim’s.

19. Booze Cruise (Season 2, Episode 11)

Booze Cruise (Season 2, Episode 11)

The leadership training trip turned into a booze cruise party in this episode. It features several plot lines from Michael battling it out with Captain Jack on who’s the rightful party captain and ship authority, Jim getting seriously hurt when Roy finally committed to marrying Pam, and the clutch play by Michael who encouraged Jim to never give up because, as he said, “engaged ain’t married.

20. A Benihana Christmas (Season 3, Episode 10 & 11)

A Benihana Christmas (Season 3, Episode 10 & 11)

If you don’t remember the Benihana restaurant Michael, Jim, Dwight, and Andy visited, maybe you’ll be more familiar with “Asian Hooters.” The Michael-Jan relationship comes to an end after the latter dumps him. 

The ever famous conference room party-planning committee splits into two teams, Pam and Karen vs. Angela and Phyllis, to plan a Christmas party. This is truly one of the fun Christmas episodes from the show.  

21. Business School (Season 3, Episode 17)

Business School (Season 3, Episode 17)

Ryan made many questionable decisions in the show, but this is probably one of the worst. With a promise of a full letter grade increase, he invited Michael to share some paper company management goodness in Ryan's business class. 

Of course, Michael delivered a presentation that the audience loved, except for the business school students and, of course, Ryan. 

22. Frame Toby (Season 5, Episode 9)

Frame Toby (Season 5, Episode 9)

Michael has had a rough relationship with Toby ever since. But the intensity of Michael’s hatred has gone above and beyond in this episode. 

Following the higher-ups’ decision to keep Toby, Michael tries to frame him with a fireable offense. Jim also surprises Pam with a house that comes with an art studio just for her. This one is a good mix of funny and sweet!

23. Michael’s Birthday (Season 2, Episode 19)

Michael’s Birthday (Season 2, Episode 19)

Michael Scott is not in any way an awful person (except for breaking the hearts of Scott’s Tots). Although sometimes, he does need some nudge for self-awareness. In this episode, everyone saw that Michael had a good heart. 

In step with his birthday is Kevin awaiting the result of his cancer test. Albeit Michael showed a tad bit of bitterness, he learned to share the moment with Kevin, and we think he’s a real hero like Michael Scarn.

24. The Deposition (Season 4, Episode 12)

The Deposition (Season 4, Episode 12)

In this episode, Michael serves as the frontliner advocating against Jan’s termination after her breast implants. Although Michael faithfully agrees with the plan, he turns their scheme to shambles after an untimely “that’s what she said.” 

The Michael-Jan dynamic was great, but using his diary as a weapon ain’t cool!

25. Diwali (Season 3, Episode 6)

Diwali (Season 3, Episode 6)

While the gang spends most of their time in the office, Diwali offers a fresh change of pace. Kelly invites them to Diwali (an Indian festival), which Michael thought was a costume party. To this, Carol dressed up as a cheerleader. 

However, the episode escalated quickly into Michael’s abrupt proposal and Carol’s heartbreaking rejection. You’d wish Prison Mike kidnapped Michael instead of the president’s son!

26. Moroccan Christmas (Season 5, Episode 11)

Moroccan Christmas (Season 5, Episode 11)

It was Phyllis who came up with the Moroccan Christmas idea, which was against Angela’s will. The should-have-been peaceful celebration turned into a moment of Meredith’s alcoholism, Dwight’s toy doll capitalism, and Angela’s sexual affair revelation. 

The only thing you’d want in there is Robert California calling himself the “f***ing lizard king!”

27. Chair Model (Season 4, Episode 14)

Chair Model (Season 4, Episode 14)

The Chair Model episode gets pretty dark, but hey, that’s what this show’s here for! Michael finds himself out of luck in love in this NBC season episode until he finds a chair model attractive. 

Although it was revealed towards the end that she’s dead, so Michael did what Michael had to do: visit her gravestone and sing their rendition of American Pie (with Dwight on his side, of course!)

28. Fun Run (Season 4, Episode 1 & 2)

Fun Run (Season 4, Episode 1 & 2)

Michael hits Meredith with his car resulting in a broken pelvis.  To this incident, everyone was shocked at Michael’s carelessness. Instead of being the bad guy, Michael tries to promote rabies awareness via his now-famous 5k fun run entitled Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For the Cure. 

Although due to an abrupt dietary shift on Michael’s part, he was hospitalized for dehydration. A happy ending still ensues when Meredith visits the former and forgives him.

29. Michael Scott Paper Company (Season 5, Episode 23)

Michael Scott Paper Company (Season 5, Episode 23)

The show needed a new fresh angle on the fifth season, and Michael Scott Paper Company surely fit the bill. Although it only consisted of Pam, Ryan, and Michael, this was an interesting underdog spinoff. 

The interesting get-together also kick-started Pam’s career as a saleswoman, which she retained when the OG paper company bought them out.

30. Murder (Season 6, Episode 10)

Murder (Season 6, Episode 10)

Murder is one of the goofiest episodes when Michael tries to distract the Scranton branch by taking a murder mystery game seriously. Although the imminent fact that they might lose their jobs was apparent, it’s still a fun way to keep them occupied from thinking about it.

The episode's closing scene was the iconic finger-gun standoff when Michael, Dwight, Andy, and even Pam were present. It ended with Pam’s ever famous line, “I’m not going down for this!” 

The action was uncanny; you’d think it’s a scene straight out of Threat Level Midnight.

Ready for that Marathon?

Although very subtle in its delivery of comedy, The Office proved to be one of the greatest shows of the century. An average score of 90% from Rotten Tomatoes and a 9/10 from IMDB isn’t a basic feat, after all [3].

However, selecting 30 episodes from the show is extremely difficult, especially with much more bringing great comedy value to the entire series. Here are some of our runners-up:

  • Scott’s Tots 
  • Threat Level Midnight (Who can forget Goldenface’s plan to blow up an NHL All-Star Game?)
  • Golden Ticket

If you need to rewatch the series for some good laughs and relive the awkward moments, make sure to check this list out!

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References:

  1. https://ew.com/article/2009/10/09/office-wedding-recap/ 
  2. https://screenrant.com/the-office-finale-perfect-worst/ 
  3. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_office