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Has The Office Jumped the Shark?

This post comes from The Office! group member Whiplash.

I've been giving this a lot of thought (too much thought, actually) and I believe that the answer is a resounding YES.

It's true that there are still some funny one-liners and some chuckle-inducing situations, but all in all, the show just isn't nearly as funny anymore. It's not necessarily bad, but I find myself not caring about any of it. And the reason can be summed up in two words: Jim Halpert.

I freaking LOVED Jim when I started watching the show. He was ridiculously adorable and hilarious. His relationship with Pam was so much fun to watch. And his pranks on Dwight and mugs to the camera were the funniest parts of the show. Now? He's married to Pam. He's a manager so he doesn't goof off anymore. Dwight still hates him but he doesn't retaliate. He's got basically no sense of humor anymore. And I'm disappointed.

I'm also pretty much over Michael being an idiot. It was always funny but now it's just the same thing over and over again. I find myself caring more about the supporting characters — Andy, Kevin, Stanley and Creed are pretty consistently funny. But they can't carry the show.

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