The funniest The Office reaction GIFs and memes
What’s the funniest The Office meme? Why are The Office reaction GIFs so universally appropriate in literally 100% of scenarios? And are the best The Office memes so unbeatably good because we can all relate to the mind-numbing slog of the world of so-called work?
The Office – the American version, obvs – ran from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013 – a decade ago today!! – and set a new standard for sitcom-based hilarity. The characters, the setup, the style of filming all created an enormous cult following.
So much so, its reckoned that in 2018 alone folks on Netflix binge watched some 45.8 billion minutes of the show.
Why is it so popular? And what’s the best way of creating custom GIF memes based on The Office? Only one way to find out friendos…
THE OFFICE GIF MEMES
It’s maybe surprising that memes from a show that went off air ten years ago are so popular. Until you take a moment to think about why.
The Office is an incredibly relatable show. Who among us hasn’t, at some stage, worked in a dismal, fluorescent-lit box alongside a load of freaks with whom we have literally zero in common?
The drab colourschemes. The boring meetings. The overzealous boss, and his keen-as-hell sidekick. It speaks to our very modern civilisational malaise.
THE OFFICE MEME CULTURE
The Office’s seismic contribution to online culture can hardly be overstated. Scroll through any meme page and inevitably you’ll come across a Kevin, or a Stanley, or a Dwight.
The show’s catchphrases are etched into the minds of anybody with even a passing acquaintance with internet humor. ‘Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship’. ‘False’. ‘Yeah I have a lot of questions – number one, how dare you?’
And of course, the biggest one of all…
THE OFFICE TRIVIA MEMES
The show has such a vast following, fun facts about The Office have become ingrained in the culture to the point they’re almost memes in themselves.
Did you know, for instance, that Phyllis Smith was originally a casting director on the show? Her line reads were so good she was offered the part. Oh, and she used to be an NFL cheerleader, and a burlesque dancer.
‘There was no stripping,’ Smith told an interviewer for Yahoo! Entertainment. ‘We had strategically placed feathers and G-strings with feathers covering our rumps. It was quite sexy, but no stripping or nudity.’
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Bob Odenkirk – Saul in Better Call Saul – was originally cast as Michael Scott, before Steve Carell unexpectedly became available when the show he was working on got cancelled.
The CPR episode – season five’s ‘Staying Alive’ – actually saved somebody’s life. A fan used tips learned on the episode to save a lucky stranger.
The show is still a thing thanks to Apple. It was going to be cancelled after two seasons, but when producers saw it occupied the top-five slots on the iTunes chart, they realised it’s appeal went much further than the white-collar demographic they anticipated.
Billie Eilish is apparently a fan.
Steve Carell’s actual real-life wife, actress Nancy Carell, played Michael’s realtor girlfriend, Carol. She first appears on the season-two episode, ‘Office Olympics’ and becomes a recurring character until her breakup with Michael on season three’s ‘A Benihana Christmas.’
Even cooler, a lot of the opening sequence footage was actually shot by John Krasinski during a fact-finding trip to Scranton, way before anybody know the show would be a hit.
Krasinski apparently sold his footage to the show about $1,000. And he later regretted his decision, noting that it ‘could have been the greatest investment in my entire life.’
THE OFFICE MEMES SLAP
During the 2007 writers strike, Steve Carell let everybody know exactly where his sympathies lay by calling in ill that week.
What was the complaint, as detailed on his sick note??
Make your own dank customised The Office memes with a little help from the team at Memix.
Hey, IS STEALING MEMES ILLEGAL?
While we’re here, does anybody know IS IT PRONOUNCED GIF OR JIF?