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Would a Remake of The Office Be Appropriate Today?

Everyone loves The Office, because, really, what’s not to love? A spin-off of the Ricky Gervais British original, the series follows the employees of Dunder Mifflin paper company in Scranton, PA through a unique, documentary point of view. The premise sounds mundane—so what makes this seemingly uninteresting show about a dull paper company so addicting? Perhaps, the most loveable part of The Office is that the sitcom makes viewers fall in love with its ordinary characters and their connections with one another. This perfect combination of comedy and camaraderie between the characters is what makes it so hard to depart from after a memorable nine seasons.

Naturally, with rumors of an Office revival, fans went crazy over the possibility of seeing their favorite sitcom characters back together again. Most were ecstatic over the potential of a remake, so it's explainable why such a huge controversy erupted when Steve Carell, who portrays main character Michael, recently stated that an Office remake wouldn’t fly in the current social and political climate. In his interview with Esquire, Carell attributed The Office's continued success to its easy access on Netflix, but he made it clear that he did not think a revival would be the best idea. Carrell shared that “There’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago.”

In the interview, Carell alluded to his character as the main reason for the impossibility of a revival, stating, “I mean, the whole idea of that character Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”

Carell’s disillusionment over bringing back the beloved Office has sparked fan debates. Some believe that if the series remains popular on Netflix in this current climate, a continuation of the show would be deemed acceptable. Others agree with Carell that Michael’s depiction as an inappropriate boss whose jokes are mainly centered around the weight and race of his employees would and should not cut it in 2018. These fans credit the sitcom’s continued popularity in today’s politically correct climate solely to Carell’s indisputably exceptional acting and Emmy-nominated performance as Michael Scott.

While we can all agree that we can’t get enough of The Office's unique and hilarious characters, for now, it is probably best to leave things with Dunder Mifflin’s employees just as they left them. Right in 2013.

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