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Greg Daniels has said that The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) was a huge part of the process where the show went from being promising but very erratic in Season 1 to a huge hit that would win the Best Comedy Series Emmy in 2006 and run for seven seasons after that. The reason for this is that Steve Carell's performance in Judd Apatow's film gave them a guide for how to make Carell's Michael Scott into a more nuanced and likable character (even as Michael was not intended to be, and wasn't, as nice or good a person as his Andy character from the film). One of the major problems with Season 1 was that Michael Scott was often mean or menacing, and keying into Carell's other work helped re-calibrate Michael Scott into more of a well-meaning person who was still often ridiculous and/or incompetent.
Despite references in several episodes to a Chili's restaurant, Chili's does not have a restaurant in Scranton. The closest is in Wilkes-Barre, approximately 16 miles away.
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In "The Dundies" and "The Client," some characters go to Chili's for various things. Michael says it is just a few blocks down the road, but the closest Chili's to Scranton is actually 15 miles away.


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First episode where Jim and Pam kiss.

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