The Office: Season 8 (2011 - 2012)



Critic Consensus: The Office spends its eighth season in the midst of an identity crisis as characters leave and reappear, but at least Robert California is gone.


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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
Air date: Nov 10, 2011
Air date: Nov 17, 2011
Air date: Dec 1, 2011
Air date: Dec 8, 2011
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Series 8 marks the first series of the post-Michael Scott era. Andy Bernard has assumed the role of regional manager after Deangelo Vickers' quick flame out at the end of the seventh series. James Spader costars as Robert California, the newly appointed CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company, Sabre. Much of the early season episodes focus on Andy's attempts to motivate and inspire his new reports. Later in the season, Pam prepares to go on maternity leave when she is expecting her second child, but worries that her temp replacement Cathy Simms may be too pretty, perhaps causing Jim to have a wandering eye. Also: Unhappy, and unfulfilled, office secretary Erin decides not to return to Dunder Mifflin Scranton after a special project takes her to Sabre headquarters in Florida, and Andy must head south on a mission to bring her back.

Critic Reviews for The Office Season 8

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

It's a new era, but it's one that still has promise.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Even without Michael Scott, there's still plenty of laughs to be had with the staff in Scranton and there is still life left in The Office.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only has The Office returned to its former glory with this past season, but it has also evolved itself in such a way that longtime viewers of the series might actually say that The Office season 8 is the best ever.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

At this point, I'm too invested in the characters to give up on the show entirely... [but] it's hard to imagine that the show will recover the ground it's already lost.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This season got better toward its end, leaving behind some of the unwelcome sap between Andy and Erin, who sadly remain no Jim and Pam, and we no longer have to worry about James Spader's out of place creepiness.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

For now, there is value to the familiar.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Andy's antiheroic return to the bachelorette party could have been classic Office, but his love feels facile, since the object of it is so unarticulated.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This has been an inconsistent season for The Office, with fun episodes and great moments, but a dispiriting sense that it's too much in this late stage to hope for much more than that.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

No one seems bored or resentful to be figuratively stuck in Scranton, and energy will go a long way toward beating the Curse of the Eighth Season.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show officially went from being a shadow of its former self to being actively unwatchable.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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