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The computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set are wired for the internet. Cast members have admitted that when they're in the background of scenes they are often checking email and surfing the net.
The show had to stop production in November 2007 because of a writer's strike. The show's star Steve Carell (himself a WGA member) supported the writers, and refused to cross the picket lines even for non-writing duties. Carell went so far as to call in sick to the network on the first day of the strike, citing a case of "enlarged balls" as the reason he couldn't come in.
Paul Lieberstein's role as Toby Flenderson was meant to be a one-time appearance, since Lieberstein had never acted before, and never actually wanted to because of his quiet, reserved personality. However, NBC President Kevin Reilly saw the episode where Toby appeared and reportedly said "That red-haired guy is terrific, we should see more of him." Toby then became a recurring character, and the cast and crew have repeatedly lavished praise on Lieberstein's acting abilities, and he has allowed the role to expand somewhat while remaining abashed by the attention it's brought to him. Notably, Toby has no or few lines or story presence in any episode that Paul Lieberstein writes or directs.
John Krasinski and B.J. Novak went to high school together. They went to Newton South High School in Newton, MA and they both graduated in 1997.
Steve Carell only watched a few minutes of the British version before permanently stopping such viewing because he did not want to copy Ricky Gervais' performance as the office manager. John Krasinski, on the other hand, was an avid viewer of the original.
Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) are best friends in real life.
Some of the video used in the opening theme song specifically the exterior shot of the building was taken by John Krasinski and his friends in their Jeep. John had just gotten the part and was coming out for shooting.
Rainn Wilson is the only cast member to appear in every episode.
Rainn Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott before being cast as Dwight Schrute.
A pilot for a Dwight centered spin-off called 'The Farm' was shot. NBC passed and the pilot eventually was aired as part of the final season.
Jenna Fischer kept Pam's engagement ring after the series wrapped.
It is frequently mentioned that the characters Phyllis Lapin Vance and Michael Scott are the same age, having gone to high school together. In real life Phyllis Smith is 11 years older than Steve Carell.
Seth Rogen also auditioned for the role of Dwight.
Poor Richards Pub, a bar the gang often refers to in the show, is an actual bar located in the South Side Lanes bowling alley in South Scranton.
Fictional company Dunder Mifflin is now an actual member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Throughout the series, each time we see Creed at his desk he is playing Spider Solitaire; Meredith is playing Klondike.
Michael Scott has a "Certificate of Authenticity" on his wall that states he is the "Proud Owner of a Quality Seyko Timepiece."
NBC.com sends out bobble head coupons on character birthdays. They have sent one out on Michael's, Jim's, and Pam's birthdays. This reveals that Michael was born on March 15, 1964; Jim- October 1, 1978; Pam- March 25, 1979.
The cast is frequently seen on-screen drinking cans of Crystal Club soda (various flavors, Jim seems to prefer their cola), which is made in Scranton by the Crystal Club Soda Water Company.
Four of the regularly appearing secondary characters have the same first name as the actress or actor that plays her or him: Angela (Angela Kinsey), Oscar (Oscar Nuñez), Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) and Creed (Creed Bratton).
All the principal characters have had their full names revealed throughout the series. Michael Gary Scott; Dwight Kurt Schrute III; James "Jim" Duncan Halpert; Pamela "Pam" Morgan Beesly; Ryan Bailey Howard; Andrew "Andy" Baines Bernard (Born Walter Jr.); and Angela Noelle Martin.
Four of The Office cast members were interns on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993): Angela Kinsey in 1993, Mindy Kaling in the winter of 1999, John Krasinski in summer of 2000, and Ellie Kemper in spring of 2005.
The "Welcome to Scranton" sign featured in the opening credits, formerly located on the Central City Expressway, is now on display in the food court of the Mall at Steamtown. It is setup with a backdrop so people can get their picture with it. It was moved there when the city replaced the signs with new signs.
Many main and supporting cast members have written episodes of the show. B.J. Novak (Ryan), Paul Lieberstein (Toby) and Mindy Kaling (Kelly) wrote 12 of the 28 episodes over the first and second seasons (albeit separately). (Lieberstein would even go on to direct a fourth season episode, "Money".) Steve Carell (Michael Scott) has written two episodes so far: "Casino Night" (which was the second season finale) and "Survivor Man". One episode (2.8, "Performance Review") was written by Larry Wilmore, who plays Mr. Brown, the diversity instructor. Michael Shur, a seasoned writer, plays Dwight's cousin Mose Schrute. Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg, two writing partners, play the delivery men in the Valentine's Day episode and others. Greg Daniels, the developer and show runner of the Office, played Michael's neighbor in "Office Olympics" but his scene was cut.
The first season was filmed in actual office space located just above a sound-stage. The sound-stage is often used to replicate the Dunder-Mifflin warehouse, most notably in the "Basketball" episode. For the second season, an exact set replica of the original office was built on a sound-stage for further shooting.
Dwight states that Jim Halpert "looks like the world's tallest hobbit." The character of Jim is based upon Tim Canterbury from the original UK version. Tim was played by Martin Freeman, who had already been cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Originally, after the show was first picked up, NBC planned on retitling the series "The American Workplace" in order to differentiate it from the original British version. The idea was later scrapped.
Michael Scott's home address is shown as either 42 Kellum Court (per NBC's Dunder Mifflin website) or 126 Kellum Court (seen on the show). Kellum Court is a real street in Scranton, but house numbers start at 300 because of the city block numbering system. If it existed, the physical location of 42 Kellum Court would actually be in the rock quarry depicted behind the "Scranton Welcomes You" sign in the opening credits.
The Office's address is 1725 Slough Road. Slough was the name of the town in which the original version of the show takes place. There is no actual Slough Road in Scranton.
Dwight has a "Froggy 101" bumper sticker on the filing cabinet next to his desk. Froggy 101 is the #1 rated country-western station in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the setting for the show. This bumper sticker can also be seen in the office of Michael's boss at his short-lived night job at the telemarketing company.
Steve Carell announced during the hiatus between Seasons 6 and 7 that he would not sign a new contract beyond the latter, and this was confirmed right before the 7th season began in September 2010.
The document being highlighted in the opening credits scene is a copy of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Section 12.22.
The exterior shot of the building the office is "in" in Scranton, Pennsylvania is across the street from a bar which is coincidentally named "The Office". Greg Daniels has said that he hopes this is a sign of good karma for the show. The Office (the bar) was actually condemned by the city a few years back.
There are some changes in the set between the first season and the subsequent ones. The exterior of the building is completely different in the first season than what's used after. Also, the wall in between Michael's office and the conference room (the one Andy punches a hole in) is much thinner in the first season. Also in the first season there is a door to the left of the break room door. Now there is just a door between Creed's desk and Oscar, Kevin, and Angela's island.
Paul Giamatti, Martin Short, Bob Odenkirk, and Hank Azaria were all considered for the role of Michael Scott before Steve Carell was cast.
Nick Offerman also auditioned for the role of Michael.
Many of the famous insert shots from the original series such as the water cooler and copier machine are not used in the show. Instead they pay homage to those particular shots by placing them in the opening credits.
Before becoming cast members on the Office, both Ed Helms and Steve Carell were correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996). Larry Wilmore also appears on both shows.
Michael has a Union Jack Flag on his desk that appears in various shots as a homage to the original British series.
Some of the characters' names are the actors' real first names. Creed is the only one whose real first and last name is the same as his character.
Besides the sales-team and the accountants, characters have the following jobs: Creed works in quality assurance, Meredith works in supplier relations, Toby works in human resources, Kelly works in customer service, and Ryan is a temp for most of the show.
The plaque on Pam's desk reads 'Receptionist' in the opening credits but throughout the show it says 'Reception'
The Penn Paper building featured in the opening credits is located at 215 Vine Street in Scranton, PA, which is about one block from Mifflin Ave. This is likely where the fictional company name "Dunder Mifflin" came from. The "Penn Paper" sign on the building has now been replaced by "PA Paper" in blue lettering.
There is an actual lamp banner in Scranton, PA of the fictional company Dunder Mifflin on N. Washington Ave. It had to be replaced once after being stolen.
Dwight currently has four bobble-heads on his desk. The most well known is the "Dwight Schrute" bobble-head, a present from Angela in season two. Two others seen throughout the series are of Mike Lieberthal and John Kruk. Lieberthal played catcher for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons before being promoted to the Philadelphia Phillies and John Kruk was a Philadelphia Phillie before retirement. The fourth bobble-head, added in the fourth season, is of former Syracuse University guard and Scranton native son Gerry McNamara.
Both the original and remake won Golden Globes for acting.
Four of the main cast members are originally from Massachusetts: Steve Carell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard) & Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor). Guest stars Nancy Walls (Carol Stills), Steve Carell's real-life wife, and Andy Buckley (David Wallace) are also from Massachusetts.
Both Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Ed Helms (Andy) graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.
The cast has three St. Louis natives - Jenna Fischer, Phyllis Smith, and Ellie Kemper. Smith was a cheerleader for the St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals football team in the 1970's.
First ever NBC comedy series on NBC to be presented in wide-screen to non-HDTV viewers, resulting in horizontal black bars. Previous NBC dramas have been presented in wide-screen to non-HDTV viewers, but no previous comedy.
Adam Scott also auditioned for the role of Jim Halpert.
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By the time the show ended, a lot of the cast members have directed episodes. Not only the writers/producers B.J. Novak, Mindy Kalling or Paul Lieberstein, but also Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner.
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Thomas Lennon and Ken Marino were considered for the role of Michael Scott.
Michael's birthday is March 15th.
Matt Walsh was in the final running for the Dwight role but was turned down.
Ben Falcone and Alan Tudyk auditioned for Michael Scott.
There is an actual town in Pennsylvania called Scranton. However the show was not shot in this city.
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Ever Carradine also auditioned for the role of Pam.
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Hamish Linklater and Adam Scott auditioned for the role of Jim.
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Anne Dudek and Mary Lynn Rajskub auditioned for the role of Pam.
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Jim Zulevic and Bill Chott also auditioned for the role of Michael.
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Matt Besser, Matt Price, and Jarrett Grode also auditioned for the role of Dwight.
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B.J. Novak (Ryan) and John Krasinski (Jim) went to the same high school.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The name of Jim's and Pam's daughter - Cecelia, aka "Cece" - is also the name of 'Jenna Fischer''s (Pam) niece in real life (by way of her sister Emily).
Jim and Pam's relationship oddly mirrors famed comedy duo Gracie Allen and George Burns
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