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The Office: Season Six
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09.23.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
The Office: Season Six order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Steve Carell
Jenna Fischer
Rainn Wilson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's another year at Dunder-Miflin, which finds the office staff including clueless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell), dealing with yet another series of managerial restructuring, including the sale of the office to a new company called Sabre. On a lighter note, office lovebirds Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) finally tie the knot.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Overall, Season Six is another great year for THE OFFICE, although the show arguably peaked around season 2 & 3. Since then, one can't help but feel it's lost some of the original magic, which especially became the case once Jim & Pam finally hoked up, got engaged, pregnant, and now married. The whole “will they or won't they?” dynamic is gone from the show- but luckily, everyone's so damn likable and talented, it's still one of the funniest shows on TV.

This is a particularly good season for Carell, as one gets the feeling that Michael is definitely evolving, although he's still the lovable buffoon he's always been. Highlights from the season include his brief love affair with Pam's mom (ewwww), his fear of an insurance agent he's convinced is part of the mob (cause, ya know- he's Italian), and his constant fear of being upstaged by Jim, who's now co-manager at Dunder Miflin.

The rest of the cast also shines, with Rainn Wilson's Dwight being his usual clueless self, with his friendly rivalry with Ed Helms' Andy reaching a climax in an episode where they try to out-favour each other. We also get more evidence of Dwight as a “love-em and leave em” ladies man, where he seduces and quickly discards one pf Pam's bridesmaids at her wedding in Niagra Falls (the same trip that finds poor Andy with a torn ball-sack). Andy also gets a relationship of his own, with the new receptionist Erin, who's just as dim as he is- making them an ideal couple. My two favourite minor characters, Creed, and Toby also get their share of laughs (Michael's intense hatred of Toby gets me every time).
THE EXTRAS
Once again, THE OFFICE SEASON SIX gets a loaded DVD set, with commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes , and a special producer's cut of the 'Secret Santa' episode, that runs a good five minutes longer than the original cut (although it's not particularly racy).

We also get a fun Welcome to Saber corporate video, a digital short , a blooper reel and some promos that ran during the Olympics. My only beef is that the online episodes that ran between the seasons aren't included (they are actually getting a DVD release of their own).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While it's not quite the smash it used to be (at it's peak, THE OFFICE came damn close to surpassing it's English counterpart), THE OFFICE SEASON SIX is still a damn solid purchase for fans of the show. It's still damn funny, and more importantly, a pleasant show to watch. My only caveat is that with Steve Carrell moving on after Season 7, now might be the time to end it, before it sinks into mediocrity.
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