The Office: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)


Season 5
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Critic Ratings: 9


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Air date: Sep 25, 2008
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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.


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.

Mar 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.

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…

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.

Sep 12, 2013 | 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…

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

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

I thought the Dunder-Mifflin material here worked fairly well.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Office has pulled off a small miracle.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 5

  • Jul 18, 2019
    The office is interesting since season 1 to season 9. Talking about the great and inimitable seasons 1 to 7, I can say that I never saw anything in my entire life that made me laugh so hard in the most part of its episodes. All of the characters have a great development and are interesting, portrayed by a charismatic and talented cast. The script is strong and the plot will always surprise you. Season after season they can construct something new, without being repetitive. The highest point in the office goes to Michael Scott, portrayed by Steve Carell. He is absolutely the heart of this show.
  • Jun 27, 2019
    SUCH AN AMAZING SEASON I LOVED THIS SEASON. They fixed Michael Scott a lot! But he's not as good as he was in season 2 but still pretty funny. Also something I forgot to mention was Angela's and Dwight's relationship. Their relationship is very emotional and weird and that's what makes it so great and so entertaining to watch. Moving on to characters I used to hate.... was Jim. They finally fixed his character and now he's really a cool laidback character which they tried to do in earlier seasons but failed. They fixed Pam kind of I guess but still a boring character that I don't care about. There's a lot of subplots in this and there's a lot of that I do care about , but the one I cared about is with michaels Scott's subplot because it really changed his character at the end of the season. This season was so rewatchable and entertaining, I' didn't get bored once and I think it has one of the funniest episodes ever.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    By S5, Steve Carrell and the rest of the cast have hit tremendous stride full of touching and cringe worthy moments, but nevertheless it's still one of the funniest show on TV with its perfect balance of sweet and quirky comedy.
  • Nov 23, 2018
    hough very sweet & likable on the most part, the writers really, reaaaally push it w/ Erin as well --- bordering her on the "Hateful" level as well. There's affably naive ... and then there's extremely .... retarded (i.e. horrendous writing to advance ploy points). "Phyllis' Wedding is a PERFECT example of said criticisms. "Pathetic," "asinine," "wretched," & "cringingly pathetic" do not come close to justice for how cringingly pathetic the episode/character/episode's writing is. (Motheeeeerrr EFF I hate Michael Scoottt & Angela. Remember her in the Christmas ep. of S3 singing "Lil Drummer Boy"? Ughhhh --- soooo. Damn. Ugly.)So damn.)
  • Sep 02, 2018
    Fantastic Show through and through.
  • Aug 25, 2018
    (all seasons) Season 1 followed the original very closely and thus felt slightly cramped. Soon though this remake found its own identity and at its peak (arguably seasons 2 to 6) managed to expand upon the original's cringe comedy, instill it with brilliant new ideas and characters, nail the emotional side of things and of course put together an ensemble cast for the ages, including an amazing Steve Carell. Still some things run their course and seasons 7 to 9, although still amusing, were far from essential.
  • Jul 20, 2018
    this season is very different than its predecessors. The office changes from the mostly normal cast reacting to the outlandish michael scott to the entire cast being funny and getting laughs out of me. it also has the best scene in the entire series. (stress relief)
  • Dec 19, 2017
    Solid character development
  • Nov 27, 2017
    Season five of the US version of 'The Office' stays funny, but it begins to make caricatures out of some of the characters which is typically a sign of things to come. Time will tell.
  • Feb 24, 2017
    After watching four seasons of "The Office", what I was consistently amazed at was the show's ability to stray away from the formula in order to cultivate new territory. For example, during a large portion of the third season Jim and Pam (the emotional backbone of the show) are separated and lose that incredible chemistry. However, that separation ends up bringing in the Andy Bernard character, who has been a wonderful addition to the show. This fifth season did much of the same. It started off great, especially when Michael Scott finds a new employee, Holly, who can match him step for step in the craziness department. Each episode contains at least one absolutely hilarious moment (and some come once every few seconds!), even despite the fact that the "same old" cast is back again. However, as the season approaches roughly the 2/3rds mark, there are some major changes that take place, primarily for Michael and Pam Beasley. This creates a run of 5-6 episodes that, to be honest, just aren't as hilariously funny as the rest of them (as Jim Halpert's character cannot hold the show in lieu of Michael). However, as they so often do, the writers take that disturbing change and eventually make it work out for the better, as the emotional sides of many of "The Office" workers are touched on more than ever before, what with all the changes occurring. When the show finally gets back to its original pattern/format, it feels like slipping into that old familiar spot on the couch might take it for granted while you have it, but removing it from your life will just make you want it back that much more! Thus, I once again give this season of "The Office" my highest approval for its ability to be incredibly funny and still develop characters in a meaningful way.

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