The Office: Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Office: Season 5 (2008-2009)




Critic Consensus: The Office continues to power on like a trusty Xerox machine in a fifth season that has perfected the series' formula for balancing misery with sweetness.


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Love and reinvention---sometimes touching, other times cringe-worthy---are major themes in Season 5 of the acclaimed mockumentary that perfectly captures the petty agonies and daily lunacies of corporate America . The first episode sets up story arcs that resonate throughout the season. Repressed party-committee peon Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) reveals her scheming side by blackmailing Angela (Angela Kinsey), whom Phyllis witnessed having an interpersonal encounter of the illicit kind with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) at Season 4's end. But it's the coveted party-planning power Phyllis desires, not money. She later uses her newfound authority to plan a Moroccan-themed holiday fete that she promises will not be "your grandmother's Christmas party...unless of course she's from Morocco ." A not-so-humbled Ryan (B.J. Novak) returns to Dunder Mifflin as a temporary replacement for new art-school student Pam (Jenna Fischer), and later participates in an ill-conceived business venture by dunderhead boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell). A relationship develops between Michael and new human-resources associate Holly (Amy Ryan), possibly the only person in the world who doesn't think he's an idiot. Interfering with the budding romance, however, is the cold corporate machine that is Dunder Mifflin---not to mention Michael's very pregnant (and, according to Oscar, "certifiably insane") ex-girlfriend Jan (Melora Hardin). There's also a few surprises concerning the relationship between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam, including an engagement in the first episode. Idris Elba has a deliciously deadpan seven-episode arc as Michael's new boss, a no-nonsense manager who makes Jan look like a softy.


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 Hudson
Brian Baumgartner
as Kevin Malone
Kate Flannery
as Meredith Palmer
Melora Hardin
as Jan Levinson
Angela Kinsey
as Angela Martin
Oscar Nunez
as Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith
as Phyllis Lapin
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Ed Helms
as Andy Bernard
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Amy Ryan
as Holly Flax
Idris Elba
as Charles Miner
Ellie Kemper
as Kelly 'Erin' Hannon
Andy Buckley (II)
as David Wallace
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Critic Reviews for The Office: Season 5

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

The show includes plenty of more standard, easily digestible sitcom banter. But like any program that's been around for a while, The Office feeds on its own history.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

You can't keep a show fresh by returning to the same well every week, and these episodes prove that this is a series with virtually limitless possibilities.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

After 100 episodes, The Office is just as willing to try new things and buck formulas as it was four years ago.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The show has never quite returned to the never-ending hilarity and freshness of Season 2, but it's still the most entertaining half-hour on television.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A season that has turned all the members of Scranton into more than two-dimensional characters. It had been a while since we got to the heart of our favorite characters, but The Office has returned to what made it a must-see.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm truly curious but ultimately very hopeful about the direction for next season, largely because this season was so excellent.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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