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The Office: Season 5 (2008-2009)

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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.

Cast

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 (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

March 19, 2018 | 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.

August 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.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Not that guest stars should ever be used to fix a show, but in this case, they certainly helped by introducing new dynamics to play with.

September 12, 2013 | 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.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It was an episode full of big laughs and neat little character moments, as well as a number of gags rooted in camera placement.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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