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The Office: Season 8 (2011-2012)




Critic Consensus: The Office spends its eighth season in the midst of an identity crisis as characters leave and reappear, but at least Robert California is gone.


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Series 8 marks the first series of the post-Michael Scott era. Andy Bernard has assumed the role of regional manager after Deangelo Vickers' quick flame out at the end of the seventh series. James Spader costars as Robert California, the newly appointed CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company, Sabre. Much of the early season episodes focus on Andy's attempts to motivate and inspire his new reports. Later in the season, Pam prepares to go on maternity leave when she is expecting her second child, but worries that her temp replacement Cathy Simms may be too pretty, perhaps causing Jim to have a wandering eye. Also: Unhappy, and unfulfilled, office secretary Erin decides not to return to Dunder Mifflin Scranton after a special project takes her to Sabre headquarters in Florida, and Andy must head south on a mission to bring her back.


Ed Helms
as Andy Bernard
John Krasinski
as Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer
as Pam Beesly
James Spader
as Robert California
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
Angela Kinsey
as Angela Martin
Oscar Nunez
as Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith
as Phyllis Lapin
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Ellie Kemper
as Kelly 'Erin' Hannon
Zach Woods
as Gabe Lewis
Catherine Tate
as Nellie Bertram
David Koechner
as Todd Packer
Maura Tierney
as Susan California
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Critic Reviews for The Office: Season 8

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (16)

I find myself watching mainly out of habit, rather than anticipation. A show that used to be so fresh and funny is no longer fresh and only intermittently funny.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine The Office getting any worse... At this point, it's best to think of The Office as both David Wallace and Bob Greenblatt do: a purely financial investment. Silly, but probably necessary.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It was both warmly funny and wickedly funny, and it retained the sense of flawed humanity that always distinguished Carell's best work, even without him there.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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The transition has been awkward -- to be expected when a classic character has been replaced -- but The Office seems to know where it's going and seems to be enjoying itself in the process. Spader? Absolutely a keeper.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The Office has fallen and shows no signs of getting back up.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

While everyone was busy being disappointed, The Office sneaked in some genuinely great jokes, new characters, and affecting plotlines. All things considered, this is still one of the best shows on TV.

February 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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