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Friday, March 27 • 08:00 - 17:00
[VIRTUAL] “Beauty in Ordinary Things”: The Effect of the Real and Unreal Characteristics of The Office (U.S.)

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The Office, a mockumentary sitcom based on a British television show by the same name, is easily one of the most popular shows of the 2000s. The show has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89% and has been reported to be the most frequently streamed show on Netflix in 2019 in a Chicago Tribune article (Metz). So, what is the reason for the success of a TV show with such a bland-sounding premise? While some people would say they love the show for its humor and quotability, I believe that The Office is so popular among audiences because of its familiar depiction of real life that is often made to seem fantastical through the use of real and unreal elements.

Friday March 27, 2020 08:00 - 17:00 EDT