MICHAEL SCOTT WILL ENDURE AS A COMEDIC LEGEND

Character from The Office - MICHAEL SCOTT (perhaps you know him as Michael Scarn) has been one of the greatest characters to grace television in recent times.

It has been five years since The Office US ended its nine-season run, and yet Michael Scott remains fresh in our minds. Why? Because of the following:

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He’s a romantic.

Yes, he may have gone over the top at times, like proposing to Carol after only nine dates or pasting a photo of his face over a photo of Carol’s ex-husband. But, honestly, who hasn’t thought of doing those things when in love?

Michael took Jan to Sandals, Jamaica - remember and that was damn romantic.

Yes, he did accidentally forward a provocative image of her sunbathing on the beach to everyone at the Scranton branch, but that was just because his premature love for her had clouded his senses.

He really cares about the people he works with.

He took Meredith to the hospital after she was hit by a car in the Dunder Mifflin car park. OK, it was Michael who hit her - but what a great boss to take her to the hospital. Would your boss have done the same?

And what about trying to make changes to the work environment after Stanley had a heart attack? He brought in a woman to teach the staff at Dunder Mifflin first aid. Yes, they break out into song and, yes, Dwight cuts the face off the dummy and puts it on his own, but it happened because Michael cared for Stanley.

He considers friendship very important (except with Toby) and tries his hardest to get along with the people at Dunder Mifflin (except with Toby).

He considers Jim and Pam to be among his closest friends, he worships Ryan, and he tolerates Dwight (to be fair, Dwight can be annoying). You would be lucky to have Michael Scott as your friend (unless you were Toby).

He is also intelligent.

Sure, his logic might seem baffling to the untrained mind, but what we witness when watching him is pure genius.

When trying to decide who his successor should be Michael hosts an egg-and-spoon race, a sumo-wrestling contest, and a hotdog-eating contest. Clearly, these tasks tested all the traits needed to be a good manager at a paper company.

Also, what does he do when paper is sent out with a crude image of a duck and mouse to numerous customers? He calls the media to announce the mistake, of course.

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And it’s for these traits that Michael Scott, Regional Manager of the Scranton branch, will be affectionately remembered.

Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, did a tremendous job in the role. He portrayed Michael’s romantic and caring nature, his dedication to friendship, and his strange approach to things in a highly believable way. But what else would you expect from such a fine actor?

Michael Scott has gone down as one of the great characters of American comedy. He absolutely nailed it…that's what she said.

Robert Cutillo

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