The Office: Season 2 (2005 - 2006)


Season 2
The Office

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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.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Sep 20, 2005

The staff begrudgingly converges on the local Chili's for the annual Dundies award ceremony. A fight with Roy leads Pam to hit the sauce.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2005

When a sexual harrassment scandal hit the corporate offices, Dunder Mifflin buckles down on inappropriate behavior, much to Michael's chagrin.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2005

When a fire mysteriously starts in the kitchen, the staff must evacuate and find ways to pass the time in the parking lot.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2005

Under orders from corporate, Michael must fire someone from the Scranton branch, but can't make up his mind.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2005

When Michael and Dwight square off in a martial arts match, Jim gets too friendly for Pam's comfort.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2005

As Michael administers the staff's annual reviews, Jim and Pam play an elaborate prank on Dwight.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2005

When Jim puts together a personalized gift for Pam in the office Secret Santa, Michael throws a wrench in the gears by changing the rules of the exchange.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2006

When Michael takes the staff on a booze cruise, Roy makes an announcement that disappoints Jim.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2006

When Michael burns his foot at home, Dwight rushes to his rescue. In his haste, Dwight suffers a suffers a serious injury himself.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2006

When Michael discovers an unwelcome surprise on his office floor, he declares the act a hate crime.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Office Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Feb 20, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

What's truly brave is the comedy itself, which borrows a little bit of Dilbert and a whole lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm as it celebrates awkward interpersonal relationships with no hint of escape.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For the way it utilized these and other opportunities, the second season of The Office is one of my favorite seasons of a recent television program.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The Office was probably the only show to ever make you think working in an office could actually be kind of fun, and no season of the NBC sitcom did that better than the second, when it properly diverged from its BBC source material.

Jun 27, 2018 | 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?"

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

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

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

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

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

Besides the Jim-Pam plot making a promising new turn, the neuroses of the rest of the Office staff are a gift that keeps on giving.

Feb 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The first season is so remarkably British that it's a wonder it got picked up for a second season at all (less genuine laughter than nervous laughter), but by "Office Olympics," you've officially got a special show on your hands.

Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The second season premiere threatened this environmental chemistry, but also advanced the emotional complexity of the characters.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has managed to really find its groove, and episodes like the one with the office Olympics and the Christmas party are showing how good this show has become and how much continued potential for funniness it's got.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 2

  • 3d ago
    One of the best comedy series ever!
  • Sep 18, 2020
    The Office At Its best. Hilarious. Watch if you want a good time.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    The Office really comes into it's own this season by investing more on it's characters. The laughs are plentiful, much in part to Steve Carrell's superb comedy.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    9.1/10 Where the first season didn't do a great job at remaking the British version, this season knows exactly how to improve upon it. The absurd humour feels realistic and the awkward dry humour is done far better. The characters feel like real people and the documentary style makes it unique. Season 2 is great and subtly hilarious.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    This is a great season with 22 hilarious episodes. There is not a single bad episode in here. This is definitely something anyone will enjoy and it progresses the story perfectly.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Perhaps the sitcom's greatest season. The writers on this show seemed to have hit their stride.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    This season was also really funny probably not as funny as the first season but it had its moments when it made me die of laughter Dwight was funnier in this season than the first also and the pranks with Jim and Dwight were also really funny as well
  • Jul 07, 2020
    The second season of "The Office" is the height of the series. The characters, plot threads, and comedy are masterfully formed within these 22 episodes. The first season represented the series in its infancy; it established it's existence, and little more. The second season represents the series in its prime; a series freshly matured.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    I improve the series a lot with this season .... being unique and without copying something. Because they create something beautiful and fun full of quite funny and emotional moments. The characters have also improved and feel more human. And Michael Scott is the best of this season with unique feelings .... This time the characters were incredibly successful.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Much better than season 1 and probably the best season of the show Much improved So much to like

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