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The Office: Season 2 (2005-2006)

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Critic Consensus: The Office undergoes a steep improvement in its sophomore season, course correcting the series' bitter dynamics with a dose of warmth that makes the sour jokes all the sweeter.

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Series 2 of the hit mockumentary opens with the hardly coveted Dundie Awards, the annual ceremony honouring Scranton employees in such esteemed categories as Hottest in the Office and Whitest Tennis Shoes. In a typical move, regional manager Michael Scott emcees the show and picks the winners---but doesn't pick up the tab. In other Michael developments, he spies on staffers' emails, mistakes an IT guy for a terrorist, burns his foot while cooking bacon bedside, and becomes a reluctant homeowner. He does manage to find some success in the dating department. He goes out with his likable real-estate agent Carol and hooks up with his recently divorced no-nonsense boss Jan Levinson. The latter affair starts as a one-night stand but leads to a slightly warped (and somewhat imagined in Michael's eyes) love triangle between the three. In other office romances, Dwight Schrute and Angela Martin start a top-secret love affair, Kelly Kapoor crushes on Ryan Howard, and Jim Halpert continues dating Katy, the "hot girl" he met in the Series 1 finale. But it's Pam Beesly whom he not-so-secretly pines for, even though she's engaged (for three years and counting) to insensitive warehouse worker Roy. Much to Jim's dismay, Roy finds a moment of drunken clarity on Michael's ill-fated booze cruise and finally sets a date for his and Pam's wedding. Pam's thrilled at first, but then she starts thinking beyond the reception desk when a Women in the Workplace seminar inspires her to attend art school. Jim wholeheartedly encourages the idea, which is quickly shot down by Roy, planting seeds of doubt in Pam's mind about whether Roy is really the right guy for her.

Cast

Steve Carell
as Michael Scott
Jenna Fischer
as Pam Beesly
John Krasinski
as Jim Halpert
Rainn Wilson
as Dwight Schrute
B.J. Novak
as Ryan Howard
Leslie David Baker
as Stanley, Stanley Hudson
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Kate Flannery
as Meredith Palmer
Phyllis Smith
as Phyllis Lapin
Melora Hardin
as Jan Levinson
Oscar Nunez
as Oscar Nunez
Greg Daniels
as Neighbor
Tim Meadows
as Christian
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Oscar Martínez
as Oscar Nunez
David Koechner
as Todd Packer
R.F. Daley
as Mr. O'Malley
Dennis Garber
as Jeame Albini
Shannon Cochran
as Pam's Mom (Helene Beesly)
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Critic Reviews for The Office: Season 2

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

The Office has artfully looted Gervais and Merchant's show for jokes and characters while at the same reinventing itself into something truly, well, American.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's not just the stars who shine in this series; the supporting players (many of whom are also writers and producers for the show) are just as impressive.

January 6, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Something damn-well incredible happened: it stopped trying to be a carbon-copy of the original and grew as a completely separate entity... Who knows, it could even be the answer to the age-old question: "Will there ever be another Seinfeld?"

February 20, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

With Arrested Development sadly over, The Office is easily the best comedy on television these days.

February 20, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Full of great character development, awkward situations and laugh-out-loud moments.

February 20, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Gotta hand it to Steve Carell for bringing the physical comedy. I missed his mixture of wannabe mensch and total menace all summer.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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