The Office (Season 9) (2012)

The final season of NBC’s blockbuster adaptation of the BBC sitcom is just as strong as those that have come before it. Although Steve Carell’s absence (following his depature at the end of the seventh season) is still felt, the show manages to navigate that gap by enhancing its ensemble-cast structure, which then lets many characters take center stage and create a sense of unity to the proceedings. In addition, series newcomers Jake Lacy and Clark Duke manage to fit right in – Lacy, in particular, seems completely at ease here, and that relaxed approach to character building makes him a standout. This show wouldn’t be what it is without the intersection between its terrific writing and performing, and the show’s wrap-up of the documentary structure that’s defined the directorial approach so far is surprisingly poignant and effective.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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