The sixth season of the American comedy show The Office began airing on NBC on September 17, 2009, and ended on May 20, 2010. There were a total of 26 episodes made for the season. There were 22 half-hour episodes and 2 hour-long episodes. The Office is an American version of a British TV show with the same name.
It is a mockumentary that shows the daily lives of office workers at the made-up Dunder Mifflin Paper Company branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The season features Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, and Ed Helms. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, and Phyllis Smith also play supporting roles.
Several critics have said that this season isn’t as good as previous ones, even though most reviews have been positive. With an average of 7.80 million viewers per episode, the season ranked fifty-second in the season ratings. This was a big drop from the previous season, which had an average of 9 million viewers.
In the United States, the sixth season of The Office aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. On September 7, 2010, Universal Studios Home Entertainment put out a four-disc box set of the season on DVD for Region 1. The DVD set has all 26 episodes, and some of them have commentaries from the show’s creators, writers, actors, and directors. It also has bloopers and scenes that were cut from all of the episodes.
Production of The Office Season 6
Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both of which work with Universal Media Studios, put together the sixth season of the show. The show is based on a British show that was made by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who are also the executive producers of both the US and UK versions.
Greg Daniels is in charge of making The Office, and he is also an executive producer. Daniels was busy writing his new show, Parks and Recreation, which he co-created with Office writer/producer Michael Schur, who left the writing staff of The Office after season four to focus on the new show. He only co-wrote one episode and directed another.
Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Brent Forrester, Justin Spitzer, Jennifer Celotta, Aaron Shure, Charlie Grandy, Warren Lieberstein, and Halsted Sullivan are some of the writers who are back from the last season.
Daniel Chun, Jason Kessler (who was the script coordinator), and Jonathan Hughes are among the new writers for the sixth season (who previously wrote several of the Office webisodes). Lieberstein was the showrunner and executive producer. Kaling, Novak, Eisenberg, Stupnitsky, and Shure were all co-executive producers. Celotta and Forrester were consulting producers, Chun was a supervising producer, and Spitzer, Grandy, Warren Lieberstein, and Halsted Sullivan were all producers.
This season had 26 episodes that were each made by a different director. During the season, Paul Lieberstein, Randall Einhorn, and Seth Gordon each directed a few episodes. Episodes were directed by Jennifer Celotta, Lee Eisenberg, and Brent Forrester, all of whom were also writers. B.J. Novak, John Krasinski, Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, and Rainn Wilson, all of whom were also in the show, all directed episodes.
A look at This season’s Recap
Some important plots that continue after the sixth season are:
The promotion of Jim Halpert to co-manager with Michael Scott
Because he didn’t get the co-manager job, Dwight Schrute was angry and jealous, and he tried to hurt Jim because of it.
Jim and Pam Beesly’s wedding
Michael started dating Pam’s mother Helene, which made Pam very unhappy.
How Dunder Mifflin Deals with the Economic Crisis
Sabre, a printer company in Florida, bought Dunder Mifflin, and Jo Bennett and Gabe Lewis, who work for Sabre, came to work at Dunder Mifflin. Andy Bernard’s attempts to date Erin Hannon led to Darryl Philbin getting a new job in the upstairs office.
Jim and Pam’s first child, Cecelia “Cece” Halpert, was born.
Dwight Schrute and Angela Martin agree in a contract to have a baby.
Cast of The Office Season 6
A lot of The Office’s characters come from the British version of the show. Even though these characters usually think and act the same way as their British counterparts, their roles have been changed to fit the American show better. The show is known for having a large cast, and many of its actors and actresses are known for how well they can work on the spot.
Main Cast of The Office Season 6
Steve Carell plays Michael Scott, the Regional Manager of the Scranton Branch of Dunder Mifflin. Scott is a dimwitted and lonely man who tries to make friends by being the office comedian, but usually makes himself look bad in the process. He is based on Gervais’s character, David Brent, from the British version.
Based on Gareth Keenan, Rainn Wilson plays Dwight Schrute, who is the best salesperson in the office.
John Krasinski plays Jim Halpert, who is based on Tim Canterbury. He is a sales rep, assistant manager, prankster, and was co-manager for a while. He is in love with his wife and the mother of his child, Pam Beesly, who used to work as a receptionist at Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch but is now a sales rep.
Pan Beesly/Halpert, played by Jenna Fischer, is based on Dawn Tinsley. She is shy, but she often hangs out with Jim Halpert, whom she marries and has a baby with.
B. J. Novak played Ryan Howard, who had left Dunder Mifflin to go to Thailand but was then rehired in the “Michael Scott Paper Company” story arc of the fifth season. Ryan is moved to a closet office after making enemies with Jim, who just got a promotion.
From the episode “Sabre” on, Ed Helms, who plays Andy Bernard and has been a regular since the start of the third season, joins the main cast.
Reception of The Office Season 6
The Nielsen ratings for viewers aged 18 to 49 showed that the sixth-season premiere of “Gossip” was seen by 4.0 percent of people in that age group. 8.21 million people watched the episode. With an average rating of 4.0 in the 18–49 age group, the show was ranked 17th in the season 18–49 ratings.
Compared to the first episode of the fifth season, “Weight Loss,” the number of viewers dropped by 18%. “Whistleblower,” the season finale, had 6.60 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/10 percent share in the 18–49 age group. This was a 3 percent drop from the fifth-season finale, “Company Picnic,” which had a 3.5 rating/10 percent share in the 18–49 age group. With an average of 7.80 million viewers, the season also ranked 52nd for the whole year.
Critical Reception of This Season
Metacritic gave the sixth season an overall score of 78/100, which means that most critics liked it. But some critics said that the quality was lower than in previous seasons. People mostly didn’t like the season because the characters didn’t have much at stake.
Some critics also didn’t like how the love story between Jim and Pam ended, and others didn’t like how Michael didn’t change. Cindy White of IGN gave the season a 7.5 and said it was “Good.” She also said, “We did get some funny moments and some good episodes in Season 6, but as a whole, it just doesn’t compare to the strength of previous seasons.”
She also said bad things about the plots, like Jim’s time as co-manager. Will Leitch from New York said, “The Office’s sixth season was usually funny and always kind, but there was never much at stake.” The writer for Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich, said that this season was the “least cohesive” of the whole series.
Honors of This Season
List of the awards and nominations that The Office has won or been nominated for (American TV series)
There were many nominations for the show. At the 36th People’s Choice Awards, the show was up for Favorite TV Comedy, but it lost to The Big Bang Theory. At the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the show was up for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the fourth time.
However, Glee won the award instead. It was also up for two awards at the Writers Guild of America Awards 2009. The episode “Gossip,” which was written by Paul Lieberstein, was nominated for both Comedy Series and Episodic Comedy.
At the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, this season was nominated for four Emmys: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Steve Carell), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (“Niagara”) by Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.