The Office: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)

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Season 5
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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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Critic Ratings: 16

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Air date: Sep 25, 2008

Part 1 of 2. The Dunder Mifflin staffers participate in a weight-loss program, only to become overly consumed with shedding pounds. Elsewhere, Michael works on building a friendship (and more?) with the new HR worker (Amy Ryan). And Pam attends art school in New York, leaving behind a pining Jim.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2008

Conclusion. The desk jockeys' efforts to shed pounds in a corporate weight-loss challenge progresses. Meanwhile, Michael continues to build an awkward friendship with Holly; and a geographically separated Jim and Pam agree to meet one another.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2008

Holly presides over a business-ethics meeting in the wake of Ryan's corporate scandal, but the seminar breaks into chaos when Michael allows the staffers to opine openly about workplace malfeasance. Elsewhere, Jim coerces Dwight to adhere to Dunder Mifflin's "time theft" policy.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2008

In preparation for Jan's delivery, Michael practices various potential birthing situations with Dwight. For Jan's benefit, Michael also gives the false impression that he dislikes Holly (Amy Ryan).

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Air date: Oct 23, 2008

After thieves prey on the office, Michael takes a bite out of crime by holding an auction to raise funds to replace the stolen items. Elsewhere, Pam aims to land a part-time job at corporate to pay for art school; and Michael and Holly anticipate their date night.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2008

Halloween gets tricky for Pam when she's the only one at corporate wearing a costume. Meanwhile, corporate delivers shocking news, and Dwight harasses Andy.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2008

The annual customer-survey report delivers shocking results, particularly for Dwight and Jim. Meanwhile, a separated Jim and Pam try to spend all their time together via their phones. And Angela and Andy's wedding plans move forward, as they choose an unlikely destination for their big day.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2008

Dunder-Mifflin bigwig David Wallace (Andy Buckley) sends Michael on a business excursion to Canada with Andy and Oscar, who form an unlikely bond. Meanwhile, Jim eagerly anticipates Pam's return from art school.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2008

Dirt is dished over a dirty dish: Tension boils over when a mysterious someone leaves a culinary mess in the office microwave. Meanwhile, Michael has trouble accepting that personnel changes were made without his knowledge.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2008

Tensions flare in the Scranton branch when staffers disagree on how to spend a $4300 surplus. Meanwhile, Angela and Andy visit Schrute Farms to work on their wedding plans.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Office Season 5

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Feb 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.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Season 5 offers prime Carell material, notably during the Michael Scott Paper Company story, which sees him attempt his own business. But it's not all up to that standard -- the fatigue that affects later seasons began to creep in.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'll admit I wasn't rolling on the floor laughing, but I did find myself clutching my hand over my heart several times.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The fifth series of the US spinoff of Ricky Gervais's comedy is now airing in this country and remains both funnier and more watchable than the original tale of Slough-based corporate ennui.

Mar 19, 2018 | 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

With 26 episodes covering so much ground, there's bound to be some up-and-down in quality. But an off episode of The Office is still, after five seasons, better than a lot of sitcoms on TV.

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

There were SO many highlights in the fifth season of "The Office" that I don't think the show has ever been better.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Most pleasingly, there's still a commitment by the makers to mixing up the format, setting and characters - and if nothing else, that shows a commendable lack of complacency.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 5

  • Sep 04, 2020
    The Dunder-Mifflin family falls apart in Season 5 of The Office. Michael Scott has a whirlwind office romance and is eventually pushed into quitting Dunder-Mifflin and starting his own competing paper company; meanwhile Jim and Pan start to make wedding plans. Amy Ryan, Idris Elba, and Ellie Kemper join the cast as recurring characters and bring a fresh new energy. Taking a que from last season the show continues doing two-part episodes and crosses the 100th episode milestone, and is even tasked by NBC to do a special post-Super Bowl episode. The Office has come a long way in 5 seasons, and has proven not only to have staying power, but that it can consistently deliver the laughs.
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  • 19h ago
    9.4/10 The dam stress relief episode is so good and the pinnacle of the show. It undermines how great the other seasons are.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    Probably the best season. Stress Relief is one of the best sitcom episodes of all time.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    This is The Office at it's best. This season has the laughs, the heartfelt and progresses the story perfectly. Everything good about the show is going on here.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    This season really fun bt tho had little things that could have been a little better bt overall fun season
  • May 31, 2020
    Though it had some of the show's weaker episodes so far in the first half of the season, The Office Season 5 also had some of the show's most memorable episodes including the legendary Stress Relief episode, and still manages to keep up the guffaws while having a bit of heart.
  • May 17, 2020
    Some of my favorite episodes of all time, a myriad of iconic moments and great storylines are what makes the fifth season of The Office one of the absolute best. It's incredibly funny, heartwarming and clever. Also, Stress Relief.
  • May 13, 2020
    **Spoiler alert** The way that Pam became a salesman in the later episodes, I find it absolute slick and smooth, great tv show, groundbreaking script, I'm in love with the characters <3
  • May 09, 2020
    The introduction of holly was awesome, I wish she could have been in the show for longer.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    Season 5 of The Office is probably my favorite season after Season 4 because there is so much that happens in this season that works so well. This is definitely the most progressive season, and at 26 episodes, so much happens to the characters; examples include Jim and Pam, Michael's job, and the addition of Holly. And I can't help but mention that Season 5 has my favorite episode of any sitcom: Stress Relief! I have watched that episode probably five times in the past year! This show never gets old!

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