The Lovable Buffoon

The Office, which aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013, continues to be popular today. This hilarious documentary-style series delves into the foolishness of a dysfunctional office in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Perhaps the greatest reason for its success is the lovable boss, Michael Scott.

Michael is that crazy, befuddling, lovable boss that most of us will come across at some point in our lives. Michael’s bizarre humor and unthinkable quests—and his employee’s reactions to the antics—brings us back to a nostalgic time.

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Michael is the manager who spices up the monotony of a 9 to 5 job. All of his employees talk about him, grow into themselves around him, and ultimately create incredible relationships with one another in his presence.

Although Michael can draw the ire of his Dunder Mifflin employees more often than not, he is a character who truly cares about them and ultimately wants to feel loved himself. We can relate with Michael so easily because he embodies humanness. He is not perfect, but he is certainly a good friend and a loving individual.

Perhaps Michael’s most compassionate moment occurred in Season 3, in the famous “Pam art show” scene. At the end of the episode, Pam tries to convince the office to come to her art show. She receives little enthusiasm, although Michael says he will attend.

Pam’s boyfriend, Roy, briefly shows up to her exhibition, boasting about the fact that he and his brother were some of the only people there. Downtrodden, Pam is about to take down her art when Michael arrives.

Although Michael is often a buffoon, he used this moment to marvel at Pam’s paintings. He offers to buy one from her, exclaiming that he wants to hang it in the office. Michael fulfilled Pam’s dream—and any artists’ dream—of having their work displayed for many to enjoy.

Pam hugs Michael, who is seemingly unaware of his kind act. The lovable buffoon becomes entrenched in our hearts in that moment, and make Michael one of the best parts of The Office.

 

-Jim Walton

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