The Office: Season 8 (2011 - 2012)

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Season 8
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Critics 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.

55%

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Critic Ratings: 11

58%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 410
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
2
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
3
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
4
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
6
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
7
Air date: Nov 10, 2011
8
Air date: Nov 17, 2011
9
Air date: Dec 1, 2011
10
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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 8

  • Jul 18, 2019
    After Steve Carell exit, The Office seems kinda lost, but Rainn Wilson and Dwight and Brian Baumgartner as Kevin make it worth to watch.
  • Apr 19, 2019
    Horrible. Some of the worst tv I've ever watched. I keep hanging in there because The Office was so good seasons 1-7 and I want to see how it ends. Season 8 the worst though. I didn't laugh even once.
  • Apr 15, 2019
    Yes, I miss Michael Scott. However, James Spader's performance as Robert California is largely overlooked due to his creepiness, when in reality he brings the show back to the cringe humor that made it so inviting in the first place. Gabriel Susan Lewis is another great example of an overlooked character with an excellent knack for cringe humor. I believe these are necessary characters for this type of show.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    Although not as witty as itâ??s previous seasons, the show focuses on new relationships and major changes in the lives of the characters.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    For this was the best season of all. With Scott out of the TV Show, the focus is on Dwight and he is absolutely fun to watch
  • Dec 29, 2018
    WORst season but still funny
  • Dec 16, 2018
    he thing about The Office is ... (and yes I know I'm in the massive minority) I HATE, HAAAATED MICHAEL SCOTT. His quirkiness was amusing on occasion, but his hyper-***ation, hyper-desperation for inclusion, hyper-sensitivity ('Oh no, ppl are laughin' at my movie. So I'm gonna cry like a bitch'); hyper lack of self-awareness is NOT cute & eeeextremely non-stop cringe-worthy (Perfect examples: "Phyliss' Wedding," "WUPHF" ... just a few immed. off the top of my head). Michael was AAAANYTHING but funny 90% of the time -- just a pathetic ball of -s--t). Bottom line: Terrible writing, so S8/9 was welcome. Prob. is, most all characters are still retarded (to say the least) on on a cartoonish level. For ex., Angela is ugly, nasty, ugly on so, so many levels. Even Erin, who is usually lovable pisses one off due to the TURRRIBLE level of writing. Dwight is the only consistently likable dude (Michael's treatment of him is another despicable strike against him). Darryl was also most always likable (and was something that would be COMPLETELY impossible today: His role, like Stanley, wasn't one of non-stop SJW-shove-down-your-throat msngr *GASP* ... individuals/networks would, of course, get sued to death over such today). Another mind-boggling head-scratching thing is the arc of Andy's character. He went from Michael-level idiotic/unlikable & fiiiinally somehow became one to root for, buuut then S9 happened. Further, what was w/ Daryl's desperate breakup storyline w/ Val? It was such a feel-good story that .. literally outta nowhere was just crazy random/stupid & sad. All in all ... again, HORRENDOUS writinThe thing about The Office is ... (and yes I know I'm in the maassive minority) I HATE, HAAAATE MICHAEL SCOTT. His quirkiness can be amusing on occasion, but his hyper-***ation, hyper-desperation for inclusion, hyper-sensitivity; hyper lack of self-awareness is NOT cute & eeeextremely non-stop cringe-worthy (Perfect examples: "Phyliss' Wedding," "Threat Level Midnight,""WUPHF" ... just a few immed. off the top of my head). Michael is AAAANYTHING but funny; he is a pathetic ball of -s--t). Bottom line: It's terrible writing. Yes there are many more eps, but the UK version is yes, inconceivably depressing for the latter half for no reason, but still head & shoulders, 1 million MILES better. ZERO contest. Most all characters are ***ed (to say the least) on on a cartoonish level. For Angela is ugly, nasty, ugly on so, so many levels. Even Erin, who is usually lovable pisses one off due to the TURRRIBLE level of writing. Dwight is the only consistently likable dude (Michael's treatment of him is another despicable strike against him). Daryl was also most always likable (and *GASP* wasn't used as a token black guy pontificating non-stop about SJW poison. In fact, he used terms such as "level of playing field" ... . individuals/networks would get sued to death over in 2018). Another mind-boggling head-scratching thing is the arc of Andy's character. He went from Michael-level idiotic/unlikable & fiiiinally somehow became one to root for, buuut then S9 happened. Further, what was w/ Daryl's desperate breakup storyline w/ Val? It was such a feel-good story that .. literally outta nowhere was just crazy random/stupid & sad. All in all ... again, HORRENDOUS writing where in which an ep where Mike does not piss you off a handful of times is an in INCREDIBLE anomaly (outside S1-2, as first 1.5 seasons were very good).
  • Dec 15, 2018
    S8 sets the new tone for this acclaimed mockumentary with Steve Carrell's highly evident absence, and while it never achieves the peak of previous seasons, fans who have journeyed this far will still find many of the episodes hilarious as Ed Helms takes over as the lead star.
  • Nov 03, 2018
    There's something missing this season and it's not hard to figure out whom very quickly.
  • Sep 24, 2018
    I personally like this season as well as the show. This season is one of those that you have to pay attention to.

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