I am generally not a big fan of television. “The Office” is the first TV show I can say I watched from end to end, ever. This is me thinking all the way back to grade school.
I think I only want to watch shows that have finished because I'm terrified of a huge disappointment at the very end of the show that ruins everything. If it's finished, and gets good reviews all the way through, and ages like fine wine, then it's a safe bet that it's a good watch. Also, no advertisements! Also apparently it's comforting to immerse yourself in an environment where you already know the ending, which makes it comforting content in uncertain times.
That being said, wow. I can kind of get why people enjoy watching TV now. Besides the addiction aspect, TV sometimes has good content, and “The Office” is one show where I really laughed and cried with the characters. Working in an office for three years made everything much funnier. It's like a healthy release of pain and suffering through comedy.
If I were an Office character, I don't think I'd be Jim. Everybody wants to be Jim. Jim's too perfect, the doting husband and romantic who gives up his dream job to be with his wife. I'm probably an amalgamation of multiple characters. I have Michael's aloofness, Dwight's rigidity, Andy's predilection for untimely breakdowns, and at times Phyllis's passive aggressiveness. I'm not Ryan, thank God, but I don't see myself as a saint. On the other hand, I also have Michael's loyalty, Dwight's shrewdness, and (I like to think) Pam's people skills.
I felt so empty after finishing the finale. I wish I could forget it all and watch it again for the first time. This is where I'm hoping the “fine wine” aspect comes in, and rewatching episodes is just as, if not more, enjoyable as the first time.
I feel like there are very few cult classic TV shows that match “The Office”. I'm thinking “Parks and Rec” might be one, so I might try that. I tried watching “Community” back in the day but knowing Chevy Chase is a bit of a jerk kind of ruins it for me. Other great TV shows, like “Breaking Bad”, I think are unhealthy role models for me. “Friends” I've heard has dated racial jokes, I think “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are still running. I'm incredibly picky.
You can watch free episodes of the office here. I for one purchased the boxed DVD set and a DVD player (yes, a DVD player) in order to watch it on my laptop without needing Netflix or anything. Then I can burn the videos to a USB drive, and upscale them to 4K as necessary.