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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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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.


Ed Helms
as Andy Bernard
John Krasinski
as Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer
as Pam Beesly
James Spader
as Robert California
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
Angela Kinsey
as Angela Martin
Oscar Nunez
as Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith
as Phyllis Lapin
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Ellie Kemper
as Kelly 'Erin' Hannon
Zach Woods
as Gabe Lewis
Catherine Tate
as Nellie Bertram
David Koechner
as Todd Packer
Maura Tierney
as Susan California
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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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

June 11, 2018 | Full Review…

For now, there is value to the familiar.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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