The Limits of the Insufferable Boss

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.

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