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After bagging on The Office for most of last year, I feel the need to say that I've enjoyed much of this season. In the last few years of Michael Scott, I felt like I was being asked to enjoy watching a dude be a jackass. This was always a problem for the American version of The Office because it never seemed to allow Michael Scott to explore the levels of self-abasement that granted David Brent. There always had to be a "Oh Michael, it'll be OK moment" at the end.

At any rate, I felt like the series really started to breath with Scott's character gone. I haven't much enjoyed James Spader's Robert California, but he's such a distant presence that I haven't felt like he impeded the show. The recently concluded Saber arc was, for me, the high-point of the season. Catherine Tate (who I didn't know before now) has just been stellar.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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