While “The Office” has been honored for millennia, most agree with u / Cameront9 that the quality of the show declined rapidly as the immature yet beloved Regional Manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left the show after season 7. With swirling loyalty from fans, later seasons made several attempts to jump over the shark, as fans pointed out.
The top comments quoted the first episode of season 9 saying goodbye to Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan Howard (BJ Novak) while two new staff members join the team. While it starts innocently enough, the episode ends with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) cycling across a string across the building. It’s not quite a shark, but it’s an over-the-top stunt – even for Dwight.
Season 8s “Gettysburg” and season 9s “Work Bus” could not impress fans on this thread either. Both episodes followed the staff on unnecessary out-of-office adventures that did not quite capture the show’s crooked spirit. Without Michael’s quoteable, deadpan humor, “The Office” had growing pains that did not go out for most fans.
Referring to “Niagara,” the two-part season 6 premiere, u / SnooStrawberries7898 jokingly said it “would have been great with the addition of a shark and The Fonz.”