“Office Ladies” Podcast Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beloved Sitcom


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Elyse Kim '21, Communications Editor

Thanks to actresses Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, fans of NBC’s The Office can hear behind-the-scenes stories from their favorite show through a brand-new podcast. 

For those who have not yet experienced its brilliance, The Office is a sitcom which aired from 2005 to 2013 and followed the everyday lives of employees at Dunder Mifflin, a fictional paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

The Office’s popularity is largely due to its unique style — it is a ‘mockumentary,’ meaning it portrays fictional events in a documentary format. This approach allows producers to interact with characters in ways that are forbidden in traditional television: characters frequently look at the camera as they react to strange situations, and each character is ‘interviewed’ about office happenings. 

Two of these beloved characters have made the jump from the small screen to the podcast microphone. Jenna Fischer’s shy receptionist Pam Beesly and Angela Kinsey’s unamused Angela Martin were fan favorites on the show, and the two actresses are best friends in real life. They bring this chemistry to each episode of their new podcast, Office Ladies, which premiered on October 15 and is produced by Earwolf. 

Each week, Fischer and Kinsey take listeners through one episode of the show. They point out inside jokes hidden in the background of scenes, answer fan questions, and share fun facts about everything from props to stunts. 

One of the most surprising facts they shared was that while the first season was being filmed, the cast and crew never knew if NBC would renew the show for another season. Assuming the episode they were filming would be their last, the actors appreciated every moment on set and devoted themselves to their performances. 

The two new podcasters even welcome their fellow cast and crew to the show. Their first guest was none other than Rainn Wilson, or the one and only Dwight K. Schrute. Wilson helped his Office castmates discuss “Health Care,” which was one of the first episodes to focus almost entirely on Dwight. However, Wilson revealed that this episode holds a special place in his heart for a more personal reason: he became a father while shooting the episode. Memories like these shed light on elements of the actors’ experience that viewers could never have known without the podcast.

Office Ladies is engaging and surprising, and it has improved with each new installment. In the latest episode, Fischer and Kinsey remembered watching tears come to Steve Carell’s eyes as he reacted to “Office Olympics.” They revealed that their castmates became emotional as they watched him bring unexpected vulnerability to his performance as Michael Scott. 

Listeners can hear Fischer’s and Kinsey’s love for The Office in every episode, and their feelings for the show are contagious. After listening to the actresses’ reflections, listeners can understand why the characters’ interactions seem so natural and genuine: the cast became a family, and actors believed in the show’s potential. 

Fischer and Kinsey will feature all 201 episodes of the show, meaning the podcast will conclude sometime in 2023. Be sure to check out Office Ladies on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Earwolf.com to explore more behind-the-scenes facts from the set of The Office!