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Can you remember when “The Office” wasn’t “The Office”?

March 24 marks 15 years since a remake of a cringe-humor British comedy premiered on NBC to low ratings. But since then, “The Office” has become a phenomenon, continuing to draw such loyal viewership that multi-billion dollar corporations compete for the right to stream all nine seasons of the workplace sitcom (yes, even the ones without Michael Scott).

“The Office” offered a unique blend of the relatable and the fantastical. Its setting, “an American workplace,” was distinctly unremarkable, a bland office park in the middle of Pennsylvania. But its antics – from staplers in a Jell-O mold to heart attack-inducing fire drills to fights and dinner parties – felt much bigger (and considerably less productive) than our own drab cubicles. 

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