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I have had a lot of love affairs with television shows in my short 25 years of my life. Considering I got a degree in Radio Television (great major choice, 18-year-old Rachel. Really solid), it’s been my steadfast excuse that I could watch hours and hours and hours of television because “I had studied it in college” and “it meant more to me than to the average person.”
And while a lot of shows have struck a chord in my heart (“Mad Men,” “It’s Always Sunny,” “Breaking Bad,” and, cringingly, “Gossip Girl” just to name a few), there’s one show that took hold of my soul and has never let go. “The Office” (US version) is my one, true, small screen love. The main characters. The secondary characters. The hilarious situations and heartfelt moments these ordinary people get themselves into make for something incredible. Almost every person on the show has an arc. Every season has a good message. And all of the drama and confusion and miscommunication is tied up perfectly in one of the best and most tear-jerking finales of all time.
But one of my favorite parts of “The Office” isn’t even the show itself — it’s the cast members outside of it. Since I’m obsessed to the point that I embarrassingly tweet at John Krasinski everytime I’m drunk, only to delete it shamefully in the morning, it’s gotten to the point where I follow every cast member on every form of social media possible. And one thing I’ve noticed? They’re all hella supportive of each other.
They go to and watch each other’s shows. They support each other’s causes. And a lot of them are friends in real life. But no friendship from the show is as shocking and wonderful as that of Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer.
Angela (who played Angela on “The Office”) and Jenna (who played Pam on “The Office”) weren’t exactly the people you’d expect to love each other IRL. On the show they pretty much hated each other for the entirety of the series, making jabs and mean remarks any chance they got. Angela all but called Pam a slut, and Pam all but called Angela a bitch and together, they made beautiful television. But it turns out, they were actually pals for basically the whole show and now, twelve years since the start of the “The Office,” they’re actual best friends.
If these declarations of social media love for each other don’t give you all “The Office” nostalgia, then well, you’re wrong.
I don’t know what’s better — the fact that Angela is actually obsessed with cats in real life, or that they turned into the total mom friends you just knew they would be at the end of the show. Either way, just because “The Office” is over for us (unless they want to do a reboot, which I am totally here for) it’s nice to know that it sort of lives on in the friendships we can creepily stalk online. .