Ed Helms

XXVIII: How Did I Miss This?

Two shows that everyone talks about, and that I have completely ignored are now two of my new favorites:

1. The Office

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How did I let this gem slip right past me? This show makes me laugh effortlessly, every episode. There are no words for how much I love this type of comedy and this type of story-telling. To say that I am now obsessed would an understatement. I literally listen to this show all day in the background while I'm working, and then I come home and watch it while I'm working out or falling asleep. 

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Although I got the feeling that the character development was, at times, too focused on Pam & Jim, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable show. My favorite character came late in the show and it was the character played by Ed Helm, Andy. 

There's something about Andy that I cannot get over. Maybe as a lover of all things "musical", I just can't get enough of him and his need to sing. Maybe it's his dapper way of dressing (it could be this because Orange and Yellow are my favorite colors and he wears them all of the time). Or maybe it's the fact that he is absolutely insane. Whatever it is, he is my favorite!

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Back to Pam & Jim, it's not that I don't think that their love was adorable, because, of course it was! It was tiring but adorable. What woman doesn't want a guy to look at her the way Jim looked at Pam? What man doesn't want a woman to blindly support every endeavor just based on he fact that it was something that he was doing? Pam & Jim represent the love that every woman and every man deserve. Although, if I'm stuck loving at all, I want more of a Dwight & Angela story, as crazy as that sounds.

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Dwight, like me, has a weird way of showing how he feels. Throughout this show Dwight and Angela were on-again off-again and definitely took each other for granted. This is something we all do in our everyday lives. Dwight & Angela were the more realistic couple in this show and I lived for their union!

If you can even get past how hilarious Dwight Schrute is and spark an understanding for him as a character, then you will get to see how truly amazing his character was. I wondered, a lot of the time, whether or not Rainn Wilson wrote his own lines for Dwight because how could it be possible for someone to play Dwight and not be connected? That may just be excellent acting, I have no clue, but Dwight's character was amazing from start to finish! 

I can't move on without mentioning the fact that the fire drill episode/the safety episode is my all-time favorite episode of this show. I cried laughing at this episode, and I literally watch it all of the time. This is comedic genius.  

The office, hands down, has stolen every piece of my heart. As a creative, I am always so shocked when someone creates something this big and this amazing! 

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2. For The People

So, like many others, I got excited when the promotion for this show came on, but after the first episode, I just couldn't get into it. Big ups to Vaneska, however, for getting me to give this show a second chance! As a law student, I like to watch shows centered around law to see how realistic they are. This is one of the shows that comes pretty darn close especially when they are giving their closing arguments in the courtroom.

I love that it provides a very good perspective of both a prosecutor and a public defender. Many people believe the surface level things about both prosecutors and public defenders without knowing anything else. They base their whole arguments on the nothing that they know about what it means to do these jobs, so I love that this show walks you through how each side feels. They walk through how they feel before a case, and after a case. It also shows how law literally becomes your life when you choose this field.

I think that, if there were a contest to see which "law show" came closest to real life, then this one would win. Also, whoever is writing these closing arguments is killing the game completely. It inspires me. 

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I do have a favorite character on this show as well and it is Kate Littlejohn. Kate Littlejohn is literally me minus her dating choices. She is well-dressed, takes no nonsense, and she is all about her job. She is driven by success and although her character has not fully been developed yet, she is still interesting.  

We see her going to work early and leaving late. We see her neurotic tendencies while in the office. And we see her setting people straight, laying down the law and being good at it. I aspire.

One final thing that draws me to this character is the fact that she is honest. In today's world, no one is honest (not even with themselves). So, when I am honest about how I feel about a situation, or about what's going on in a situation, people get mad like they'd prefer to be lied to! This is a different breed from what I know because I refuse to lie and I DO NOT like being lied to. 

However, the fact that they made a character like Kate Littlejohn means that I'm not the only one that believes in being 123% honest at all times. It means that there's hope that I will meet people in the future that tell the truth just as I do, and I'm excited for this. 

So, again, how I've missed these shows for this long is beyond me! But, I am SO glad that I've caught onto them and now I can watch them over and over!