‘The Office’: John Krasinski’s 16 Best Episodes as Sitcom Hero Jim Halpert (2023)

While his new role has the "Jack Ryan" star fighting battles on an international level, the humble paper salesman of Scranton also had his moments.

“The Return”

Season 3, Episode 14

From the beginning of “The Office,” there was no better partner in crime than Pam for Jim’s antics. By Season 3, even Pam and Jim knew that — but circumstances had conspired to keep the couple away from each other. And although Jim and Karen Filippelli had chemistry, in “The Return,” Karen’s not keen on Jim’s plan to hide Andy’s cell phone — and drive him nuts by continually calling it. Pam, however, was all in on the prank. Karen had already suspected that Jim hadn’t worked through his unrequited feelings for Pam — and to his credit, when Karen confronts him on it, he quietly cops to it. This wasn’t the end of Jim and Karen, but it continued to set the stage for an obvious break between the two, and the eventual return of “Jim and Pam” as a thing.

“Product Recall”

Season 3, Episode 20

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Not only does this episode feature perhaps one of Krasinski’s funniest ever moments on the show — the cold open, in which Jim’s flawless impression of Dwight sends the latter into a fiery rage — but later scenes spotlight Jim’s ability to put aside his occasional annoyance with his co-workers and find room for empathy. The final beats of his storyline with Andy, who’s just received some devastating news about a relationship he thought he was in (with a high school student), reveal Jim’s innate compassion, as well as a pretty decent singing voice.

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“The Job”

Season 3, Episode 23

In the episode previous to this one, “Beach Games,” an empowered Pam tells off most of the Dunder Mifflin staff while saving most of her ire for Jim — noting that she called off her wedding because of him. But what hit Jim the hardest was Pam’s admission that she missed their friendship. Now, in “The Job,” it’s Jim’s turn to make a grand gesture. Interviewing for a management position in New York, Jim realizes that he has no interest in moving with Karen (who was also a contender for the gig) to the Big Apple. Instead, back in Scranton, he asks Pam out for a date. It was the end of Season 3, but the start of a whole new storyline for Jim and Pam. Krasinski is even seen with a new haircut — which he had gotten for a movie role but also worked as a signal that a new Jim was here, and that “The Office” was done playing games: “Jim and Pam” was here to stay.

“Branch Wars”

Season 4, Episode 6

Jim has limits, and though it’s not often we see him as a buzzkill, it’s important to note that Jim isn’t willing to be a jokester at the expense of someone’s feelings. Dragged to Utica by Michael and Dwight, the trio is out for vengeance after Stanley gets poached by another Dunder Mifflin branch. That means taking on Jim’s ex-girlfriend, Karen. Obviously, Jim doesn’t want to go at all, but he stays with the team in order to keep the two loose cannons in check. “This is the dumbest thing we’ve ever done,” Jim says, and later, he’s forced to explain himself to an angry ex, colleague, and superior. It’s a deserved moment for Karen, who disappears without a trace after Jim and Pam get their happy ending, even if Jim doesn’t fully deserve the scolding. Krasinski plays embarrassed and scared for peak hilarity, but it’s his reunion with Pam after returning home that really emphasizes the kind of man Jim is: a good one.

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“Weight Loss”

Season 5, Episode 1

Jim as a character was all about the big dramatic gestures, which is why his proposal to Pam in the Season 5 premiere came as such a surprise, as he simply gets down on one knee during a rushed rendezvous at a roadside gas station. But even when filmed from a distance, through the rain, Krasinski is able to sell all the pent-up passion and love he’s been carrying with him for years, making this moment not just a cathartic one for romantics, but for anyone who had come to care for Jim as a character.

“Company Picnic”

Season 5, Episode 28

In an episode with Idris Elba, Rob Huebel, James Urbaniak, and the triumphant return of Amy Ryan as Holly Flax, it takes a lot to break through. Jim and Pam masterminding a plot to get everyone home early by setting all the clocks forward (2009 was such a simpler time) comes close, though, as does Pam’s smirking reveal that she can play a little volleyball. The kicker, though, is another classic season-closing Jim/Pam moment, as the two of them find out that she’s pregnant. Jim finding out is a lovely beat, sold by a lovely bit of wordless acting from Krasinski and Fischer. That big grin and those welling eyes tell more than any cheesy line of celebratory dialogue ever could.

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“Niagara” (Parts 1 & 2)

Season 6, Episodes 4 & 5

Here, Jim gets the girl in an hour of television that runs the gamut from tears to laughter to dance numbers to happily ever after. It’s not a perfect wedding, thanks in no small part due not just to the expected antics of the Dunder Mifflin family, but Jim blowing his and Pam’s big secret (that she’s already pregnant). However, he recovers nicely from that massive slip-up with two weddings for the price of one — emotionally, anyway — capped off by one of Jim’s most romantic talking head moments: “I bought those boat tickets the day I saw that YouTube video. I knew we’d need a backup plan. The boat was actually Plan C. The church was Plan B, and Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago, pretty much the day I met her.”

“Costume Contest”

Season 7, Episode 6

Jim doesn’t do Halloween costumes. Prior to Season 7, his most elaborate look is Three-Hole Punch Jim, followed closely by the time he wore a name tag with “Dave” written on it. But when he finds out Danny (Timothy Olyphant) never called Pam back for a second date because she was “too dorky,” he realizes why it’s so important for her to have a man in full Popeye costume standing next to her Olive Oyl. Jim earned never-ending good boyfriend points over the course of the series, but this example from late in the game introduces a tinge of jealousy to the proceedings, as well as another mature move from a character often perceived to be childish.

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“Jury Duty”

Season 8, Episode 13

What “Jury Duty” does as an episode that feels relatively essential to Jim’s arc as a character is the reveal of just how awkward he initially found family life. After choosing to lie to the office about why he was absent for a week — his “jury duty” lasted half a day, and he spent the rest of the time at home helping Pam with the kids — Jim tries to orchestrate a cover-up with the help of Andy. But his final gambit backfires when he brings his two young children into the office, and we see that as often as smooth as Jim can be, when it comes to fatherhood he’s still more than capable of helpless floundering.

“Suit Warehouse”

Season 9, Episode 11

When Daryl comes to interview at Jim’s sports startup, it’s our first glimpse into the Philadelphia office, but more importantly, it’s our best look at what Halpert’s professional future looks like. Happy, excited, and creative, Jim operates with confidence and a “real Facebook energy,” as Daryl describes the office vibe. Jim’s busy, sure, but he’s thrilled to be busy instead of beaten down by the work. It’s necessary for the audience to see what a difference a good environment makes for Jim’s life; after all, this is the company Jim and Pam move to Austin for at the end of the show. He wants this, and viewers needed to see why.

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What is the most iconic episode of The Office? ›

1. “Casino Night” (Season 2, Episode 22) Two seasons of will-they-won't-they drama comes to a head in “Casino Night”: a spectacularly romantic finale episode and the first written by Steve Carell.

Is Jim the best character in The Office? ›

Jim Halpert is one of the most important characters on The Office, and without him and other characters like Pam, the series wouldn't have had good balance. He was more relatable and realistic and provided a good foil to characters like Dwight and Michael.

What are the best Jim and Pam episodes of The Office? ›

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What is John Krasinski favorite episode of The Office? ›

From the cringe-fest of “Scott's Tots” to his racism in “Diversity Day”—which is John Krasinski's favorite episode—Michael Scott is responsible for many of the show's best gags, and none would be accomplished without the comedy prowess of The Office's Steve Carell.

What is the highest rated episode in TV history? ›

The most watched non-Super Bowl broadcasts are the finale of M*A*S*H in 1983 (106 million viewers), Dallas's 1980 "Who Done It" episode (83.6 million), the 1993 series finale of Cheers (80.5 million), the February 23, 1994, broadcast of ladies' singles figure skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics (78.8 million), and the ...

What episode of The Office was banned? ›

The episode first aired in the United States on September 27, 2005, on NBC. "Sexual Harassment" saw the first physical appearance of recurring character Todd Packer (played by David Koechner) after first being heard through a phone call in the first episode.
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"Sexual Harassment"
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What is the darkest episode of The Office? ›

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"Spooked"
Directed byRandall Einhorn
Written byCarrie Kemper
Cinematography bySarah Levy
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Is The Office the most watched show ever? ›

For example, U.S. viewers watched 30.5 billion minutes of “Ozark” during 2020, which was across a total of 28 episodes.
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Program NameThe Office
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Who is the most loved character of The Office? ›

Pam Halpert

She's one of the show's most beloved characters, and she has plenty of memorable moments and hilarious lines throughout the show.

When did Pam fall in love with Jim? ›

Season 2. Throughout the second season, Pam's romantic feelings for Jim become more evident although Pam herself seems to be ignorant or in denial of its existence. Jim and Pam share their first on-camera kiss in "The Dundies", when a drunken Pam kisses Jim full on the lips after receiving a Dundie Award.

What episode do Pam and Jim sleep together? ›

"After Hours" is the sixteenth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office and the show's 168th episode overall.

What episode does Jim say he loves Pam? ›

"Casino Night" is the second season finale of the American comedy television series The Office, and the twenty-eighth episode overall. Written by Steve Carell, who also acts in the show as Michael Scott, and directed by Ken Kwapis, the episode originally aired in the United States on May 11, 2006, on NBC.

Who did Jim almost cheat on Pam with? ›

According to Brian Baumgartner's new book, Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: the Ultimate Oral History of The Office, a plotline for the show's Season 8 episode "After Hours" involved Jim cheating on Pam with her maternity leave replacement Cathy Simms (Lindsey Broad).

Who is Jim Halpert love interest in The Office? ›

Feeling bored by his job and tortured by his situation with Pam, Jim investigates a transfer to Dunder Mifflin's branch in Stamford, Connecticut. In the season-two finale, "Casino Night," Jim confesses his love for Pam in the office.

Why is Steve Carell's hair so thin in season 1 of The Office? ›

As for why Carell's hair looked so noticeably different in Season 1, Ferry says the style was done intentionally. "What I was told was that his character in the first six episodes — basically they were going for like a Gordon Gekko [Michael Douglas' character in the 1987 movie, Wall Street]. They wanted it to be slick.

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1Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales1997
2Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer1981
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1. "M*A*S*H" — "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" (Series Finale)

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Was Jim from The Office toxic? ›

Jim Halpert is a bully and terrible co-worker

'Hilarious' prankster Jim pushes an already volatile man over the edge and sends him to anger management by hiding his phone in the ceiling ('The Return', Season 3 Episode 14) but apparently that's hilarious.

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The kiss between Michael and Oscar in the conference room was not scripted. The scene had been shot a couple of times with Steve Carell not kissing Oscar Nuñez. Then on one take, Oscar saw "[Carell's] lips coming closer and closer". Nuñez recalled "I'm like, 'Dear God, he's going to kiss me.

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“The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion. Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticize a specific racist European practice. Blackface is unacceptable and making the point so graphically is hurtful and wrong.

Who is the main villain of The Office? ›

Type of Villain

Ryan Bailey Howard is the main antagonist of the American workplace sitcom The Office.

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Michael Scott : My biggest fear is turning into him. Creed : Michael, you should have much bigger fears than that.

Is The Office 100% scripted? ›

A complete script was written for each episode; however, actors were given opportunities to improvise during filming. Fischer said, "Our shows are 100 percent scripted. They put everything down on paper. But we get to play around a little bit, too.

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The Office was by far the most popular show to stream on Netflix in 2018. Viewers spent 52.1 billion minutes streaming the completed NBC series, while only 32.6 billion minutes were spent on Friends and 30.3 billion on Grey's Anatomy.

Is Friends bigger than The Office? ›

'The Office ' Beats Out 'Friends ' as the Most Watched Licensed Show on Netflix — See the Top 10.

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We gave it a spin and found out that you'll need 74 hours (3.1 straight days) to re-watch all nine seasons of The Office.

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Let me take you back to the scene: Andy has just attempted to make Michael Scott (Steve Carell) his new best friend and was shot down pretty publicly. Then Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) calls Andy's phone that he has hidden so Andy hears the "Rockin' Robin" ringtone endlessly, but isn't able to find it.

Why did Michael dislike Toby so much? ›

Michael intensely despises Toby because, according to Michael, his job was to "make the office fun, while [Toby's] job is to make the office lame". Michael's often-successful self-delusions that he is the life of the party frequently have a light shined on them by Toby's interactions with him.

Who is Jim Halpert's best friend? ›

Jim Halpert and Dwight Schrute may have started out as mortal enemies on The Office, but these fan favorite sitcom characters grew to become BFFs. At the beginning of The Office's nine-season run, Jim Halpert and Dwight Schrute were mortal enemies. However, as the series went on, they grew closer and closer.

Does Jim cheat in Pam? ›

A new book about 'The Office' reveals that Jim almost cheated on Pam, but John Krasinski refused to do the scene.

Who was Scranton Strangler? ›

Creed Bratton is the Scranton Strangler due to the many suggestions that he has killed many times before. Including the "Murder" episode where he comes in all bloody. Shortly after, he runs away. Additionally, he killed and assumed the real Creed Bratton's identity.

What kind of personality disorder does Dwight Schrute have? ›

Noting his feelings of superiority toward himself and his responsibilities alongside his delusion that there is always someone out to get him, it is only appropriate that Dwight Schrute be diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.

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John Krasinski's character, Jim Halpert, is an ENTP.

Is Jim Halpert a jerk? ›

Although Jim did questionable things and was arguably a jerk earlier in the series, he did most of his worst actions later in the series.

Is Jim or Dwight a better salesman? ›

While Jim has many strengths when it comes to dealing with people, on the other hand, Dwight is said multiple times to be the top-performing salesperson at the Scranton branch.

Does Jim divorce Pam? ›

Thankfully, the iconic TV couple remained together till the end.

Did Pam sleep with Brian? ›

Writer Owen Ellickson says there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit,” but Daniels says he never intended for their relationship to get that far: “Ultimately, I didn't think it was about actually going there. They never did anything.

Did Jim and Pam almost divorce? ›

It'll take you hours to go through all of the gossip and oral histories, but we'd like to direct you to one particularly interesting tidbit that involves the second greatest couple in TV history: It was originally planned for Jim and Pam to split up in the final season, only to reconcile in the series finale.

Do Jim and Pam get a divorce in season 9? ›

Despite some confusion on the matter, The Office season 9 was never actually going to split up beloved couple Jim and Pam, says creator Greg Daniels.

What episode does Jim and Pam get divorced? ›

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Does Cathy seduce Jim? ›

Catherine “Cathy” Simms is Pam Halpert's temporary replacement while she is on maternity leave in season 8. During her employment, she develops a "friendship " with Jim Halpert, which quickly develops into feelings. Despite his marital status, she plans to seduce him.

What episode does Jim hugs Pam? ›

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Directed byJesse Peretz
Written byHalsted Sullivan Warren Lieberstein
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What episode does Jim finally kiss Pam? ›

Some logical fans of The Office swear Jim and Pam's first kiss took place in Season 2, Episode 1, titled, "The Dundies." But others claim that their drunken Chili's kiss didn't count, and argue that the two didn't officially touch lips until 21 episodes later, during the Season 2 finale, "Casino Night."

Why did Pam stop trusting Jim? ›

Jim Might Have Cheated On Pam...

According to the fan theory, Jim admitted he cheated on Pam during the last episode of The Office titled 'Finale. ' When Pam was asked during the Q&A session why she stopped trusting Jim, he appeared to hastily cut her off.

Which is better The Office UK or US? ›

Is The Office US better than the UK? Based on the factors mentioned above, The Office US is better between the two versions. Since the American remake has Michael (who is better than David) and has less realistic yet funnier scenes, The Office US is definitely a better sitcom.

What is the most controversial episode of The Office? ›

Sexual Harassment (The Office)
"Sexual Harassment"
The Office episode
Episode no.Season 2 Episode 2
Directed byKen Kwapis
Written byB. J. Novak
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Did the Office UK get Cancelled? ›

” In the first of three tweets (read them below), Gervais said he'd been slightly misquoted: “Just to be clear, I did not say The Office would be cancelled if it were made today. That makes no sense. It's still around.

How much did Ricky Gervais make from the office US? ›

As of 2022, Gervais' net worth is estimated at 140m dollars. The famous comedian is believed to have earned 100m dollars before taxes through syndication sales, with Comcast's NBC having paid 500m dollars for the rights to show 'The Office' in 2019.

Did Ricky Gervais write The Office? ›

Created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme follows the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictional Wernham Hogg paper company. Gervais also starred in the series, playing the central character David Brent. The Office (U.S.)

Is The Office the greatest sitcom of all time? ›

The Office (2005 - 2013)

Based on the popular British sitcom of the same name, The Office is one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The series covered many classic tropes of what it is like to work in an office, all while introducing some absurd personalities.

How long would it take to binge all of The Office? ›

Try it out for yourself here. We gave it a spin and found out that you'll need 74 hours (3.1 straight days) to re-watch all nine seasons of The Office. The calculator kindly reminds you that it would have taken you 9.3 workdays to complete the binge session if it was your job.

What mental health disorder does Michael Scott have? ›

Michael Scott - Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) would explain majority of the character, Michael Scott's personality quirks and behavioral oddities which include such things as extreme self-centeredness, attention seeking, fantasy thinking, etc.

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