Parents' Guide to

The Office

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Workplace spoof is hilarious but filled with mature humor.

TV NBC , Syndicated Comedy 2005
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 12+

Based on 87 parent reviews

age 12+

Outstanding sitcom with plenty of mature elements.

The Office is an American sitcom set in a mislead office environment. Lead by Micheal Scott (Steve Carell) every employee in the work place grows on you, and eventually you’ll love them like your best friends! They go through the goods and bad’s of life with you, and you’ll find tons of moments where you want to laugh your guts out, and some times where you want to cry. If I had children, I would definitely want them to experience this show sometime in their lives, but you may be asking “When is my child ready?” Well, I’m going to take you through it all in 5 sections: Season 1-4: VIOLENCE: Nothing actually violent occurs throughout the show, but you will find some rare moments of mild threats, mild violence and injuries that requires some medical attention like: Dwight punches Micheal in the stomach after being told to do so. Another scene shows 2 characters trashing a bar and throwing stuff at walls (this scene is serious), then a man charges at a beloved character attempting to kill him before Dwight quickly removes pepper spray from his desk and sprays him (this is also one of the more serious and graphic scenes). At the very beginning of season 4 Micheal accidentally hits Meredith with his car, this is quite frightening because we don’t expect this to happen and there is a loud sound accompanying it (the scene is meant for laughs and she turns out OK). Also some other comedic injuries shown in the series. LANGUAGE: The language in the show is mild throughout. You will hear “B*tch”, “A**” and “D*mn” on occasion (Uncensored) and very rarely “F**k” (Censored). There are a total of 9 uses of censored language on these seasons, 7 of them being uses of “f*ck”. Also some rare use of “Slut”, “Whore”. DRUG CONTENT: A couple episodes have a primary focus on substances such as Marijuana and several other drugs. Nothing is shown being smoked/consumed however. We only see pictures of the drugs along with the lists of them and confrontations about them (Talks about smoking pot, being offered drugs etc.). Probably the most heavy on substances is season 2 episode 18 “The Drug Test” SEXUAL/SUGGESTIVE CONTENT AND NUDITY: The Office has suggestive dialogue and some mild sexual references throughout. Most of these aren’t severe and they can be considered mild. There is also some blurred nudity that can contain some sexual images (pictures of people having sex, dangling penises, etc.) Here is some examples of suggestive dialogue shown: We hear “That’s what she said” Jokes (usually not too severe), we hear some conversation about “Boning” people, we hear they Michael “did” a girl.”, we hear talk of boobs. The suggestive and sexual dialogue isn’t really much to worry about, and most episodes have none in it. FRIGHTENING CONTENT: None at all. Season 5-7: VIOLENCE: Dwight accidentally discharges a gun into the floor nearly hitting Andy, Pam slaps Micheal hard across the face, in a comedic intro, Dwight holds a knife to Andy and Jim’s neck (as a dance move, not to specifically hurt them). In a more violent, but comedic scene, Dwight violently hurls snowballs at Jim, landing him on the floor. He then walks into the office with blood smeared down his shirt and on his face. Is is then hurt more and more throughout, but this is comedic. There is a serial killer revealed in Season 6 named “The Scranton Strangler” who supposedly strangles his victims (never explained in full detail) however at a costume party Dwight dresses as him and carries around a rope and pretends to strangle his co-workers. The strangler is later arrested and trapped in his home shown in a news report. LANGUAGE: Some uses of the expletive “f*ck” throughout (censored) along with censored middle fingers and other censored language such as “sh*t”. There are a total of 24 uses of censored language in these seasons, 13 of them being uses of “f*ck” and it’s variations. and more uncensored uses of “b*tch”, “a**” and more are used similar to the previous seasons. DRUG CONTENT: Andy gets high off of powdered sea horse, people are drunk. SEXUAL/SUGGESTIVE CONTENT AND NUDITY: More of this content is slightly toned down here in the later seasons, but more (slightly more graphic) “Thats what she said” jokes are heard along with suggestive dialogue. Dwight also has a sex contract with Angela, where they sleep together on several occasions off-screen, but it is referenced heavily throughout. In one episode, Pam finds Angela naked in her car expecting Dwight. In another episode, PDA is discussed and Dwight reads of everyone who had sex in the workplace. Jim and Pam later come out of a closet suggesting they had sexual intercourse there. I would go into more detail, however there are just too many jokes in the series, but the most severe have been covered. OVERALL: I would say 12+ would be able to watch the show, however this is your choice.
age 13+

One of the best shows ever made. A lot of the humour is based on sex references which are constant, some characters are ignorant of racial, sexuality issues but once your kid is able to recognise that they should be fine. Some great characters and messages here!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (87 ):
Kids say (545 ):

Though some viewers might find this series' intentional awkwardness uncomfortable, others will think it's well worth the investment. Inefficiency runs amok in The Office, a deft remake of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's classic BBC mockumentary that cemented its status as a stand-alone hit. As Michael Scott, Carell set the bar high (and won a Golden Globe Award) by creating a character who is both offensive and oddly endearing. While The Office became a different sort of workplace for sure once he left the show after season 7, it's still one that keeps fans punching in for more.

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