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Is "The Office" still a part of your Thursday night ritual?

Sunday Sound-off: Has "The Office" jumped the shark?


The term "jump the shark" comes from an episode of "Happy Days" where The Fonz, wearing a leather jacket and swim trunks, waterskis over a shark. Fans and critics believed this episode was a turning point for the show and the start of its decline.

Fast forward 32 years later, and Pam and Jim got married on "The Office." Some feel the lack of tension and flirtation between the two is one of many reasons why the show is losing its appeal.

But what do you think? Is "The Office"'s water cooler still half full ... or getting emptier by the week? Sound-off, Milwaukee and tell us your thoughts. How many more seasons of "The Office" are you willing to watch?

"The Office" is still bringing it. Sure, the show has changed a lot, but I still love it. The funniest characters are no longer Michael Scott (Steve Carell) or even Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Instead, characters like Andy (Ed Helms) and Meredith (Kate Flannery) are bringing the most to the show. I will continue to watch "The Office" as long as it airs.

"The Office" is losing it. I don't think "The Office" is as funny as it used to be. I still watch it, but I am losing interest. The show peaked a couple of years ago, and now it has a "same old, same old" feel to it. Time to hang it up, guys, before it becomes pathetic.

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HeritageSpringer | Oct. 12, 2009 at 3:54 p.m. (report)

I thought the wedding episode was funny, but overall the last two years have been disappointing. It seems like they put all the effort in the opening scene. However, if you like the Office, especially the older ones, you will love the British comedy the IT Crowd.

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alwaysrocking | Oct. 12, 2009 at 12:01 p.m. (report)

The show has its ups and downs overall I still love it and never miss it. I agree the michael character has going so far over the top it rediculious but i still dont think it has jumped the shark.

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MKEDave2009 | Oct. 12, 2009 at 12:01 p.m. (report)

The show jumped the shark long ago. It peaked in Season 2 and it's been a long slow decline. The Pam - Jim love story subplot has taken center stage, and the show now seems more like a soap opera than a comedy. The character of Dwight Schute, the comedic engine of the first few seasons, has morphed into a totally non-believable, cartoon-like character with none of the wit of the old Dwight. The greatness of The Office has always been the fact that it rings so true. But these days it rings less and less true and more and more "zany."

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schubert65 | Oct. 12, 2009 at 8:04 a.m. (report)

Pam needs to have less and shorter lines. This episode was painful to watch. I DVR all the old episodes and watched an old episode back to back with the wedding. I was able to directly compare them mentally and I found nothing funny with the wedding. Each character seems to be trying too hard to get a laugh. I swear, it's like a whole different group of writers. As I said to Tim's earlier review on OMC last week, I will DVR the new episode one more week and decide at that point if I will continue to watch. As far as the old, I still enjoy them just as I still enjoy Seinfeld.

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taylerbaby | Oct. 12, 2009 at 7:47 a.m. (report)

The Office hasn't jumped the shark, but the Michael Scott character has. Just like Homer Simpson, the obnoxious oaf has been given too much screen time over much better characters. I don't think we'll be rid of Michael Scott - isn't Steve Carell a producer?

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