The BEST Episodes of The Office

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Network: BBC Two

A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is?


#1 - Training

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 30, 2001

Wernham Hogg, Slough branch are having a training day. Rowan, an outside consultant tries his best. Dawn has other things on her mind...

star 7.99
885 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
New Girl

#2 - New Girl

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 13, 2001

Brent decides to take on a new secretary despite the spectre of redundancies in the Slough branch. He can choose between some bloke that's turned up for interview and a pretty young blonde. The day is rounded off with a trip to Chasers nightclub...

star 7.91
840 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#3 - Charity

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 2002

It's Comic Relief Day and the staff of Werhnam Hogg all do their bit to raise money including Dawn, whose 'kisses for 1' stand finally provides Tim with the opportunity he's been waiting for. But when David can only produce a draft of his new gameshow concept in place of an important company report, Neil and Jennifer draw the line and inform him that he is being made redundant.

star 7.91
779 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#4 - Interview

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 2002

Although slightly peeved that the staff seem to be taking his redundancy in their stride, David's spirits remain high as he plans his future while also being interviewed for an article in 'Inside Paper'. Tim takes drastic action when he learns that Dawn has resigned in order to move to the USA with boyfriend Lee. However, when David is told that his services as a motivational speaker are also no longer required he sinks to his lowest ebb and begs Neil to reconsider the dismissal. But is it too late?

star 7.89
720 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#5 - Merger

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2002

As a result of the Swindon merger, a group of new staff arrive at Slough branch and David wastes no time in familiarising them with his unique style of management. Meanwhile, Tim seems to be taking his promotion very seriously.

star 7.84
715 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#6 - Party

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2002

A colleague's birthday provides a welcome distraction for the employees of Wernham Hogg and leads to a series of practical jokes at the expense of David and Gareth. Meanwhile, David's growing frustrations with new boss Neil constantly looking over his shoulder are somewhat alleviated by the arrival of two representatives from a public speaking company who seem keen to recruit him.

star 7.81
758 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Work Experience

#7 - Work Experience

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 16, 2001

A new girl arrives on work experience. The day is brightened up even more by a doctored picture of David Brent that's been e-mailed around the office. Cue Gareth Keenan Special Investigator...

star 7.80
1,092 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#8 - Motivation

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 2002

David's preparations for his first motivational training seminar that evening don't get off to the perfect start when he first discovers the staff's new nicknames for him that are doing the rounds and then receives another reprimand from Neil for neglecting his duties. Meanwhile, Tim and Rachel finally go public with their relationship, much to the dismay of Gareth.

star 7.78
780 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#9 - Judgement

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 20, 2001

Jennifer arrives to give the final decision. The Slough branch is to be merged with Swindon and some people will lose their jobs, and Dave has been offered Jennifer's job, which he accepts.

star 7.70
823 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#10 - Appraisals

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 2002

As David conducts the annual staff appraisals he discovers that the group from Swindon are less than impressed with their new boss and a lunchtime trip to the pub does little to improve the situation. The same cannot be said for Tim however, who is getting on particularly well with new girl Rachel.

star 7.66
711 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
The Quiz

#11 - The Quiz

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 23, 2001

Tim is 30 today and receives some special gifts. Dawn wants to organize after-work drinks for him but it's also the annual quiz night. Brent & Finchy see it as a point of honour that they win. The only real competition comes from Tim & Ricky...

star 7.63
1,002 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

#12 - Downsize

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 9, 2001

David Brent, manager of the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg paper merchants, is told that it might be closed down. He makes the rash promise of No Redundancies...

star 7.53
1,558 votes
Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant