If you love westernized jokes and give yourself a dose of virtual entertainment, there is no doubt that some legendary characters will make you laugh till your stomach hurts. If cringe-worthy comedy sitcoms are your thing, then The Office must have surely caught your eye. The raw and upbeat humor is what keeps the audience on edge.
However, the show somehow materializes people’s professional lives in their Office, and what’s better than enjoying a TV show that represents the interpersonal relationships of work culture? (Since this sitcom is a comedy series, it’s all about the hilarity on the work front. The absurdity of Steve Carell’s comic role is something to watch out for)
Unfortunately, renowned TV character Michael Scott bid adieu to this famous TV show during filming for the seventh season. And yet, The Office still remains the eye-candy of sitcom junkies! We take you on a wonderful journey with Steve Carell in the popular sitcom, The Office.
How it all Started?
Steve Carell was born on August 16, 1962, in the heart of Concord, Massachusetts, USA. The American actor is a graduate of Denison University (Ohio). After moving to Chicago, Steve Carell started his career with Second City.
The Hollywood star could not hold it anymore and immediately made his Hollywood debut in the movie Curley Sue. Ever since then, the success of films and TV shows in which Steve Carell starred has been unstoppable. He made a breakthrough in his acting career when he was featured on the satiric news show The Daily Show (1999).
This was when it all started to pour down a boost of fame for Steve Carell. The actor went on to sign multiple projects. The year 2005 was a game-changer for the actor.
It is the year that gave birth to the production of Greg Daniels’ The Office. The NBC-helmed sitcom was filmed in mockumentary style and gained momentum due to its whole corporate culture concept. The backdrop of The Office focuses on the employees of the Dunder Mifflin branch.
The Office ran from 2005 to 2013 with an IMDB rating of 9 out of 10. The sitcom also features Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, among others. Steve Carell was nominated for multiple Emmy awards and won several awards, including two Golden Globes. But, amidst all the great excitement, Steve Carell said goodbye to The Office in the year 2011.
The announcement left avid fans in despair. The good news is that Steve will once again collaborate with his sitcom co-star John Krasinski in a highly anticipated NBC-backed film. Rumour mills are abuzz that Ryan Reynolds will feature as the lead. Audiences can’t wait to get a piece of them!
The Beginning of Michael Scott
Even after several years, the humorous show and Michael’s character remain on top. The character was modeled after the British equivalent, David Brent, from the British version of The Office. When Steve Carell was called for auditions, the show’s creators knew nobody could outdo him from the start. The actor remains a true comedian at heart.
The filming process of the sitcom kicked off with an eventful day, as laughter surrounded the audition room in the background. Steve also exhibited some improvisational talents, which impressed the crew to their heart’s content. However, not many know that the first episode had characterization conflicts that were resolved later.
The show’s creators ensured that Michael Scott resonated with the audience, so they brought the “empathic factor” into place. The character is so original, with quirky and witty punchlines; the show’s writer, Paul Lieberstein, who acted in the sitcom, found authenticity in characterization. Michael Scott’s role was experimented with and molded in the first episode.
They wanted to know how the audience felt after watching him onscreen and how much the dialogue helped. The writers, directors, and producers worked hard to ensure that Michael Scott remained in the audience’s minds forever. Nevertheless, Steve Carell and John Krasinski‘s roles fit like a glove.
The Office Character of Steve Carell
Steve Carell, aka Michael Scott, played the main character role in the comedy series The Office. The Hollywood actor brought down the house as a deluded and socially awkward regional manager at the paper merchant firm, Dunder Mifflin. Next, things start to level up for Micheal Scott as he decides to develop his own paper firm alongside Pam Beesly and Ryan Howard.
He undergoes a transitional shift when he shakes hands with Jim Halpert to share a co-managerial role. Steve Carell’s character is extremely loyal because he stays true to his co-workers and employees. The way he treats his employees proves his admiration for them.
The bitter-sweet relationship with his girlfriend, Carol (Nancy Carell), is something all viewers crave. He is raw like a carrot and yet gentle as a cat! He uses his sense of humor to turn around the work culture in his Office.
Even though there are nice things to talk about Michael Scott, he can be quite self-indulgent and nosy sometimes. Nevertheless, as branch manager, Michael Scott became immensely popular. We are glad Michael Scott’s persona received the love he’d longed for.
The older you get, the more you relate to Michael Scott. pic.twitter.com/fe1fAWaXIo
— The Office on Peacock (@theofficetv) September 6, 2021
Steve Carell’s Salary for Michael Scott:
The show’s star Steve Carell received a lot of love and appreciation for his character. He was the highest paid actor on the show. He made $87,000 per episode for first two seasons for his portrayal of Michael Scott.
Then he got a raise for his work in season 3 which is reportedly $175,000 per episode. Although there is no exact information about his raise for last 6 seasons, but he definitely made a lot more than his character, Michael Scott. His net worth is around $80 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Iconic Episodes of The Office
Scott’s early life and childhood are surrounded by challenges and loneliness that he can’t cope with. Initial episodes portray all the tidbits of his family background and personal life. Watching the first episode is suggested if you want to encounter Michael Scott’s journey from scratch.
In one of the eps of The Office titled “The Meeting,” Michael Scott’s unstable and wicked side is depicted. In “Garden Party” ((season 8, episode 4), Michael moves to Colorado on a self-discovery path. But it turns out to be the sleaziest party of the episode.
(Episode 18) Negotiation is something that is hard to fit into Michael’s dictionary, but he steadily learns the techniques. He moves to New York to test his superior abilities. Michael’s unsolicited beginnings of hoola-hoola.
A fake romantic relationship with his boss Jan becomes essential to save his job! In (Season-3, Episode 9- The Convict), Michael Scott’s style and aura became an important part of popular culture. The actor donned an uber-cool purple print bandana.
While the portrayal of working in an office and getting imprisoned seemed to be on point, the scene where he locks employees in the conference room is epic in itself.
— Abhishek Pramod (@Abhishek_Pr_One) November 12, 2022
The Most-Watched Episode of “The Office.”
According to various statistics published, the highest-rated ep of the sitcom The Office was none other than (Season 5; Episodes 14/15): ‘Stress Relief’.The episode was slated to be watched by 22.9 million couch potatoes after its broadcast.
However, it was the sole and only episode that garnered more than 20 million viewers. Along with its immense popularity, the CPR training session scene powerfully influenced people to overcome difficulties in real-life scenarios.
Emotionally and physically, the audience had a powerful impact. The CPR scene was painfully etched to save people’s lives but went horribly wrong! But ever since the episode was aired, many have used this technique to rescue lives. So, it was a win-win situation!
A Pretty Perfect Farewell Episode
The sitcom managed to well play Carell’s farewell. Michael is somebody who entertained the viewers with his witty humor and aced his character like a pro! It was pretty heartbreaking to see the soul of the show left.
While The Office geared up for the last day with Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin, he decided to leave earlier, which surprised everyone. Nevertheless, the co-workers managed to keep up with their client’s work pace. Even though the world seemed to be falling apart, Michael gathered his strength.
As a result, there is less drama through the farewell stage of the sitcom when Michael takes his departure forever. Since the cast shared a great bond and became friends. We are waiting for a possible remake.
Goodbye, Michael Scott!
The Greg Daniels-developed sitcom sadly saw Steve Carell exit, which saddened TV fans to no end. In several interviews, Steve Carell said that his reason for quitting The Office stemmed from wanting to spend quality time with his family.
His acting style and persona immensely touched audiences emotionally. Some fans still hope to see him back in the series. After the actor’s absence, the show’s ratings fell by large numbers.
Is Steve Carell in the Series Finale?
Steve Carell‘s one-of-a-kind character, Michael Scott, dominated the show’s recognizable roles. After moving to Colorado to spend marital bliss with his fiancee, Holly Flax, Steve Carell was seen attending Angela and Dwight’s wedding in the last season. It was a delightful surprise for Mifflin’s employees as well as his fans. Both off-screen and on-screen, Steve happens to be one of the warmest people.
How do Fans Relate to Michael Scott?
The Office fans will do anything to search Michael’s iconic episodes, from hunting online to downloading from YouTube. There is no end to the fan frenzy. As far as the Twitter ratio is concerned, audiences love to steal dialogues from the show, one such punchline that became famous was ‘I wanna be married and have 100 kids so I can have 100 friends, and no one can say no to being my friend‘.
Ever since the day, The Office saw its premiere, fans have taken note of one-liners that resonate with their routine. Other famous line from the show is “I’m Beyoncé, always,” and “I have a cause, it is beCAUSE I hate him.” Having said that, a witty boss like Michael can bring a beacon of hope into your professional life.
You might somehow dislike him, but you cannot ignore his pretty brilliant qualities. And that is the reason why fans love to watch his character smolder like a cake. His acting traits, which can transition from good to bad, is what women love to see in their bosses.
Michael Scott and Controversies
Controversies are, at times, hard to ignore. No show exists on the planet that runs without fostering unexpected controversies. Too bad, The Office became prone to some.
Comedy Central took down the episode ‘Diversity Day‘ without any explanation. Michael Scott‘s character damaged the reputation of the show quite drastically. His dialogues defamed Chris Rock, which caused an uproar within the industry walls.
Besides that, insulting Indian accents to label ethnicity with sexual names is now a part of history. When the channel removed the ep, fans were extremely furious. As the sitcom’s concept moves around cringe-worthy humor.