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Is it time for fans to kiss ”The Office” goodbye?
On the season finale of The Office, Jim and Pam shared a long-awaited kiss. Many people have said this will [hurt] the show because the sexual tension between the characters will be gone. On any TV show, when two characters with obvious sexual tension hook up, does that automatically set the show up for disaster? —Katy Callahan
Disaster, no. Disappointment…often. I don’t think The Office will succumb, because, first, it’s too smart for that, and, second, it isn’t based entirely on the endearing flirtation between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer). Cheers was as sharp as The Office, but so much of the early comedy was based around the opposites-attract chemistry of Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) that once they finally, delightfully hooked up (remember their great face-slapping foreplay?), some of the air inevitably left. Part of the problem is that (oh, and forgive me, I’m about to sound like Alan Alda’s ”if it bends it’s funny” character in Crimes and Misdemeanors), humorous situations come easier to a bumpy relationship than a smooth-sailing one, and obviously, drama thrives on friction and doubt — thus the leadup to a romance holds more interest than the romance.
One series that made a nice transition is the recently canceled WB drama, Everwood, in which free-spirit Bright (Chris Pratt) took a wonderfully excruciating time to decide to court brainy Hannah (Sarah Drew). Once they became a couple, the series actually explored the opposites-attract relationship on a genuine level — just another unique thing about this much-mourned show.