Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)

Am I the only one who thought that the commercial crefted by the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton team, for all its homemade amateurishness, was better than the on the pros made? (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch the “Local Ad” episode of The Office, streaming in full below.) I thought it did a better job of telling the Dunder-Mifflin story, a better job revealing that, behind the outrageous behavior, confessional asides, devilish pranks, and cringeworthy social faux pas, was a group of ordinary men and women just trying to earn a living. That sense of heart, along with the wince-while-you-laugh tone, is what landed NBC’s Britcom remake at No. 61 on our list of the Top 100 TV Series of the last 25 years in the current EW 1000 issue.

This is the ninth installment in’s selection of 10 great episodes of programs on our top 100 list. We’re streaming an episode from a different show every day, or you can watch the entire slate in one sitting at Hulu. The first half of the list is here; Part 2 is here.

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Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)
The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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