The Office became one of the biggest shows in the U.S. when it launched in 2005. Well, that’s to say it became huge by the second or third season. The groundbreaking mockumentary style of shooting the lives of a paper company office was a massive hit with fans, leaving the series to become a cultural phenomenon. The show officially ended in 2013, and fans have wondered if it would ever be rebooted. Now, a star from the series, B.J. Novak, who played the temp Ryan, has revealed the best idea to reboot the series. According to Novak, “I think it needs to be approached as an artistic decision, not as a financial decision. I worry that there’s so much financial pressure, understandably, to mine this precious metal in the ground called The Office reboot, spinoff, or whatever.”
Novak has a good point in that The Office did become this hugely popular show, but it was something that wasn’t meant to be so. Of course, everyone was happy about how things turned out, but the idea behind the series made it seem as though it wasn’t going to work in the way that it had. He added, “The Office originally was done for the opposite of money. It looked to all of us in that writer’s room as the most unlucrative stupid decision, to make a dreary, fake documentary set in an office with no shiny stars, no music, no colors practically.” He also added that most people were upset that there was going to be another version of the Ricky Gervais series that had started in the UK. Since then, tons of countries have developed their own versions of the show, but it was the U.S. version that made the series as massively popular as it has become. However, it was the artistic style that was developed by Novak and the other writers, which made this show so successful. That is something he thinks should be replicated.
Greg Daniels, the show’s creator, owns the rights to The Office, so it would be up to him if a reboot was even going to be attempted. At this point, would it even be successful? Even when Steve Carell left the series, it began to wane just a little bit in popularity. That doesn’t mean that the show didn’t go out on a high note. In fact, the episodes where his replacement was being found were some of the highest rated in the show’s history. Still, it would be hard to get everyone to want to return to the series, which is one of the issues that Novak has stated with bringing the show back. Even if the reboot happened, and 75% of the original cast came back, there would still be some missing personality that wouldn’t make the reboot feel as special. Greg Daniels might think about making a reunion film of sorts, rather than trying to get everyone back to sign up for a full season or more.
The Office will go down in history as one of the most successful sitcoms in history, and plenty of other shows are now copying what The Office did in terms of the mockumentary style that it helped to perfect. With how special the series became it might just be time to let it go. A reboot could tarnish the legacy that the show still has. Sometimes the better course of action is to just let that magic stay where it is at and not attempt to replicate it. We can always just go back and appreciate the show that got John Krasinski and Jenna Fisher started.