The Office: Season 3 (2006 - 2007)

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The Office hits its full stride in a raucous and romantic third season that gives the series' deep ensemble a generous raise in character development.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2006

The Scranton branch faces a surprising merger, which forces the staffers to cope with a variety of significant changes.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2006

Part 1 of 2. The party-planning committee feuds, resulting in two rival Christmas bashes; Michael gets dumped by his girlfriend for the holidays. Harold Ramis directed.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2006

Conclusion. Party-planning tensions continue to spike, resulting in two rival Christmas bashes. Meanwhile, Michael's romantic problems escalate; and Michael goes out drinking with Jim and the equally power-hungry Dwight. Harold Ramis directed the holiday episode.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2007

Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument -- with Pam caught in the middle of it all.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2007

Michael pushes his desk jockeys to pair up and hit the road for sales-call duty. Meanwhile, Angela misses a crucial deadline, so her secret boyfriend, Dwight, tries to cover for her; and surprising news comes Karen's way.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2007

Oscar returns from vacation pondering his future at the office. Meanwhile, power-hungry Andy exploits recent events to inch closer to Michael and Jim colludes with Pam and Karen to trick someone in the office -- but the target's not Dwight.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2007

To celebrate Phyllis's wedding shower, Michael heeds the terrible advice of his boorish bud Todd Packer (David Koechner) and brings in two performers -- Ben Franklin and a stripper. Meanwhile, Karen corners Pam about her romantic history with Jim.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2007

The crew prepares for Phyllis' nuptials, but the blushing bride regrets appointing Michael to an important job at the event after various things go embarrassingly wrong. Meanwhile, Phyllis' decorations cause Pam to reflect on her own aborted wedding, and Dwight prowls for wedding crashers.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2007

Michael is invited to be a guest speaker at Ryan's business school. Back at the office, Dwight goes batty trying to catch a bat and Pam invites her colleagues to her first art exhibit.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2007

Michael and Jan attend a party at a Dunder Mifflin bigwig's home, where they finally go public with their heretofore hushed romance. While at the party, Jim meets Karen's ex. The rest of the office dwellers are also in a partying mood, as they head out for a boozy happy hour.

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As Series 3 of The Office gets underway, Pam remains unable to express her feelings for Jim after the pair recently shared a kiss and now Jim has taken a promotion that means transferring to Connecticut. Michael has discovered that Oscar is gay, and has enlisted the aid of Dwight in determining who else in the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin might be homosexual. Despite the fact that Pam called off her wedding to Roy, her ex-fiancé is determined to win her back. Later, Michael holds a special meeting to encourage others who may be gay to openly express their sexuality. In a misguided effort to sincerely express that he believes there is nothing wrong with homosexuality, Michael attempts to kiss Oscar, who is clearly uncomfortable, on the lips. After that incident, Jan attempts to get Oscar to sign a document saying he will not sue Dunder Mifflin.

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Critic Reviews for The Office Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Aside from such occasional clangers -- fundamental-decency alert! -- the show has a near-perfect grasp of tone.

Feb 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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Just as clever but more enjoyable, The Office: An American Workplace has grown to be something far greater than a competent facsimile.

Feb 20, 2020 | Full Review…

If handled poorly, the A-story could've blown up in the show's face.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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No matter what anyone says, we still like Karen better than Pam.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Quite a few of the best moments in [the premiere] are the ones that show the impact of Jim and Pam being in different offices... Get back to Scranton soon.

Feb 21, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Though the third season doesn't offer nearly as many standalone episodes as last year, the writers have made great strides in the progression of the overall story.

Feb 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Who could have imagined that the American adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's brilliant limited-run British mockumentary TV series would not only succeed on its own terms, but continue to thrive in its third season?

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The characters' quirks are so familiar that they might as well be talking to us.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Now, if only Dwight's bombast remains in check, The Office might just end up being the best show on television that hasn't sold out yet.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

After showing some promise in an abbreviated Season 1, The Office became the hands down funniest show on television during Season 2.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

While this season has been just a teensy bit lighter on the laughs, to me at least, than season two, it's still been funny as hell. And at least once an episode I have to hit pause because I'm just laughing so hard.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The Office has one of the best casts on television. It's some of, if not the funniest writing you'll find on any channel.

Sep 21, 2006 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 3

  • 6d ago
    9.3/10 probably the best season of the office, introducing new characters and doing unexpected things with the other ones. Finding the great balance between humour and drama it stays hilarious with keeping the realism. Also the final episode is excellent.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    This is even better than the first two seasons. Even more laughs, perfect story progression and everyone will enjoy all of these episodes.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    This was a great season it was better than both the 2nd and 1st I rewatch The Return all the time it wasn't the best season but it was very good the comedy was great as was the acting I loved all the elements of this show and I really recommend it
  • Jun 30, 2020
    The series continues to build amazingly. The laughter does not stop like the funny moments. With new characters that were pretty good. Like the originals ... every time they earn a place in our hearts ... without exception. And the emotional moments are great, they make you see the human part that they carry inside ... WITHOUT DOUBT THEY MAKE YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE WORKING THERE !!! AND THAT'S GREAT
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Not as great as season 2 bt still great season New characters So much to enjoy
  • May 12, 2020
    Great sitcom, my favourite of all time, Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson delivered amazing performances..
  • May 09, 2020
    This is how a love triangle is done right.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Season 3 really excels in the writing, not only of just the crude jokes, but really in the underlying plot of Jim and Pam's romance. The show makes a great stride in a positive direction and Ed Helms along with Rashida Jones are both great additions to an ever expanding cast.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    Season 3 is once again an almost perfect season of my favorite show, The Office. Because of events that happened at the end of Season 2, The Office had to change a lot of things, and some people won't like that. However, even though some moments of Season 3 are pretty hard to watch at times, it is amazing once you get through that awkward phase.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    The more time we spend with these awesome characters, the more relatable and likable they become ; The Office understands that, and uses it to its advantage in this fantastic third season.

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