5 Shows to Watch if You Like ‘The Office’

As one of the most hilarious mockumentary sitcoms that ever aired, “The Office” will forever have our hearts. From season one where we were introduced to some of our favorite characters like Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Dwight Shrute (Rainn Wilson), to the ninth and final season where we have to say goodbye to the employees of Dunder Mifflin. However, you can only watch this series on repeat so many times. So, if you like “The Office” continue reading to find a show that you will love just as much!

1. “Parks and Recreation”

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Although the ongoing debate about if “Parks and Recreation” or “The Office” is better, both are definitely worth a watch. Set up in a similar mockumentary sitcom style, “Parks and Recreation” follows mid level official for Indiana Parks and Recreation Development, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), and her colleagues as she strives to turn her town into a beautiful area for the residents of Pawnee. The political satire mixed with cringe comedy makes this show comparable to “The Office” and is a must-see if you are looking for a good laugh

“Parks and Recreation” is available to stream on Peacock and Apple TV.

2. “Abbott Elementary

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After winning several awards at this year’s Golden Globes, the hilarious sitcom “Abbott Elementary” confirmed that it will be returning for a third season. Rather than taking place in an office in Washington, Abbott Elementary is set in Philadelphia and documents the lives of passionate teachers as they try their best to help their students succeed in life. Similar to Michael 

Scott in “The Office,” Principal Ava Coleman (Janelle James) is a slightly out-of-touch boss who successfully contributes to the witty comedy of “Abbott Elementary.” More main characters including Jenine (Quinta Brunson), Barbara (Sheryl Lee Ralph), Jacob (Chris Perfetti) and Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter) all contribute their comedic skills to the show and are sure to give you a good laugh. 

You can stream “Abbott Elementary” on Hulu and HBO Max

3. “Ted Lasso”

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At first glance, this show seems very different from “The Office.” However, if you enjoy dry, witty humor and a charismatic main character, you are sure to fall in love with “Ted Lasso.” Ted (Jason Sudeikis) gets hired to coach a professional soccer club in England, despite being an American football coach who knows nothing about soccer. This series follows Ted’s journey as he navigates coaching, friends and family. Ted’s extreme positive outlook on life is sure to leave you wanting more episodes. Luckily, new episodes of season three are being released weekly on Apple TV.

You can stream “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV.

4. “Modern Family”

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Full of loving yet flawed characters and awkward situations, “Modern Family” and “The Office” go hand in hand as some of the best sitcom-style shows to date. Instead of taking place in an office, this series follows a family through their everyday struggles, events and drama. The crude humor and the array of different personalities like the hilarious duo of Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) make this show an enjoyable watch. 

You can watch “Modern Family” on Hulu and Peacock

5. “The Mindy Project”

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If you like “The Office”, this series starring Mindy Kaling as the eccentric lead character might be the comedy you have been searching for. Mindy is a successful doctor on the search to become a more well-rounded person. “The Mindy Project” follows her through her various journeys involving work, love and friendships. Also set in an office, this show includes light-hearted humor relating to office life. With a diverse and eccentric array of characters, this series is a witty comedy you will love. 

You can stream “The Mindy Project” on Netflix and Hulu

While some may argue that no comedy series will ever beat “The Office,” there are many comparable shows with similar elements that you will surely enjoy just as much or even more than “The Office.”

By Madison Shauer

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