By Michael Slezak
Updated August 03, 2020 at 07:39 PM EDT
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I’m not going to argue with those of you who say the increasing availability of TV shows on the Internet is a surefire path to loss of your job productivity — and quite possibly your job itself. Heck, even as someone who blogs about entertainment for a living, I’ve spent 13 and a half hours this week alone a tad too much time lately checking out very funny (but rejected) sitcom pilots, YouTube footage of Emmy nominees‘ highlight reels, and clips and trailers for brilliant but canceled series.

Still, you’ve got to hand it to NBC for helping fans of The Office cope with summer rerun season by creating 10 Webisodes of the highly addictive sitcom — focusing on the show’s supporting players and their efforts to track down $3,000 that’s disappeared from the Dunder Mifflin safe. The first two segments, “The Books Don’t Balance” and “Phyllis,” premiered today (click here and here to check ’em out), and while they’re more amusing than hilarious, they do manage to pack more laughs into two minutes than the average episode of According to Jim does in 22. (Without spoiling anything, the brilliance is in the details, like that fleeting gesture between Kevin and Oscar, or the way Phyllis exits her interrogation.) Check ’em out for yourself, and let your fellow PopWatchers know if you’ll be staying tuned for the final eight Webisodes. I know I will.

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