Tina Fey's 30 Rock has been queen of the TV hill for quite some time. Maybe it's me, but I just don't get it. The show's over-the-top farce leaves me cold. Sure, the acting is great, but the laugh lines seem forced.
The Office, on the other hand, is chockful of characters everyone has encountered in real life: the office Nazi (Dwight); the superior prude (Angela); the idiot (Kevin); the airhead (Kelly)…
And then there's Michael Scott, a.k.a. Steve Carrell: an inappropriate boss who thinks his office coworkers are his family, because he truly doesn't have a life outside the office.
At first his character was written to be crass. Then the writers got wise and infused his obnoxious behavior with an underlying pathos. We know that guy: he tries so hard to win us over that we are repelled by him.
In any regard, we feel his pain.
We'll miss in him the (many, I hope) coming seasons.
Many of regulars are also its writers: B. J. Novak was cast as temp Ryan Howard. Paul Lieberstein is human resources director Toby Flenderson; Mindy Kaling is the shopaholic airhead Kelly Kapoor. The infuse every character with emotional layers that go beyond the typical archtypes.
And that is why I think The Office should get its Emmy this year.
Ah, if only I were queen of the TV universe…but no, Tina Fey has that throne and sceptor.
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