My fiancé and I fought incessantly when we were dating in high school, but no matter how heated our arguments got, we always put them aside on Thursday nights to watch the newest episode of The Office. It would not be an exaggeration to call me a superfan of the show, and because I associate watching it with such a tender, hormone-addled time in my life, the nostalgia of rewatching it from time to time is particularly acute. The characters feel akin to friends, which is why, when a couple of those friends made a podcast for superfans like me, I plugged in my headphones and listened immediately.
The “friends” in question are Pam Beesley and Angela Martin, a.k.a. Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, and the podcast is called “Office Ladies.” Though I’m not actually friends with them IRL (sorry, was that implied?), the two of them are friends with each other IRL, and that’s how the podcast came to be. When the duo released a 19-second teaser in September, it became the No. 1 podcast on the Apple charts by THAT SAME EVENING. Needless to say, there was much hype when the first full episode dropped last Wednesday, and I was relieved to discover the hype was merited.
Consider this a PSA for my fellow Office fanatics: The podcast is dorky, a little disorganized, and humorous in a niche way. In other words, it’s pretty much perfect–scratching many of the same itches as the show that inspired it but (and this is crucial) without trying to replace it or improve upon it, which is conceivably what a reboot might have attempted. It’s new content that doesn’t piggyback so much as it enhances, contributing additional color and context to one of the most beloved television series of all time.
Highlights include: nerdy banter between Angela and Jenna, numerous fun facts that only someone who worked on the show would know (like that every actor was required to spend 30 minutes sitting at their “desk” in the morning before filming just to get in the right mindset), a shared degree of over-enthusiasm (they were so nervous about recording the first episode that they admitted to turning off the mic at one point and dancing around the room to calm down), and an opportunity to re-consume a body of entertainment in a completely fresh way.
If you’re a fellow fan of the show, have you listened to this podcast yet? If so, can we dweeb out about it together in the comments? TYSM.
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