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TV Squad Visits the Set of: The Office

by Kevin Kelly, posted Oct 27th 2006 12:06PM
dunder mifflin(NOTE: The below post regarding security at the set of The Office and our "sneaking" onto the set is simply a joke. We were invited onto the set like good little doobees and were escorted around the set proper like. Just so you don't go thinking you can sneak onto this set or anything.)

TV Squad snuck into Dunder Mifflin recently to try and unearth some dirt on the employees and their offices. Security was very lax, as we coughed something about "paper salesmen" at the front gate and were let into the building easily. Our strategy was to blindly wander around and try and discover anything that would give us some insight into the lives and workspaces. What we encountered was equal parts fascinating and disturbing.

Check out our recon photos after the jump, and let us know what part of the television landscape you'd like us to sneak into next.

The above photo was about the extent of the security that we encountered, almost enough to make us turn back. However, we had come to this undisclosed location armed with a camera, a notebook, a pen, and a rudimentary knowledge of corporate espionage. We decided not to let a simple sign reduce us to tears and pressed on.

After we snuck past several loitering employees, we discovered an unlocked door. Sure it was marked "Visitors Welcome," but that was probably some sort of a clever ruse. Upon entering the actual offices, we found what could only be the receptionist's desk. Cluttered and inefficient, oh well. Maybe she's a slacker.

Upon further inspection though, we noticed her honorable mention award proudly displayed on the wall behind her desk. Maybe we had underestimated her.

However, she had a poorly drawn caricature on her desk that seems to mock herself. Looks like it was crudely drawn by a fellow employee. Is there something else here? Maybe something to investigate. Loose lips sink ships.

We turned to her computer to try and get some information from the Dunder Mifflin servers. She had left her browser open (will people never learn!?) and we were able to see how she spends her work time.

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Here's a closer look so you can see how productive she is.

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We wondered where everyone was until we saw the entire Dunder Mifflin team ensconced in their conference room, watching School of Rock. Perfect for us. We used this time to sneak into the boss' office.

tv squad visits the office
Clearly a man who loves his tchotckes. Is this how he inspires his employees?

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At least he tries to inspire company pride. We do give him points for that.

tv squad visits the office
However, he apparently wastes valuable time doodling. Subtract some for that.

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But, he did have a lot of well-organized and important binders nearby. Perhaps this man really can run a tight ship and is someone to be reckoned with.

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And he also seems to have been brave enough to eat something called "The Big Stinky." Brave as well as well-organized.

tv squad visits the office
Outside his office was also a plaque honoring his fallen former boss. So the man obviously has a heart as well. Fine, big deal, we get it. Moving on.

tv squad visits the office
We crawled under the conference room windows and checked out two desks of seemingly normal employees ... or were they? This woman seems to have her act together, but that could be to throw us off the trail.

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But if you look closely at this gentleman's desk, you'll see some warning signs. Matchbox cars and a stress ball? Mid-life crisis.

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Clearly getting nothing, we decided to head into human resources to see if the files would tell us anything. The first thing we encountered was this suspiciously tidy desk. According to one post-it he needs to return the movie Camelback Mountain to his local video store. Hmm.

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His degree seemed to be in order, but we have calls in to the California Coastal College for verification.

tv squad visits the office
Next, a desk that seems normal at first glance.

tv squad visits the office
However, upon closer inspection, check out these sales figures! That Ryan guy really should be let go. Abyssmal sales.

tv squad visits the office
However, have we found out why he hasn't been fired? Possible blackmail material.

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We quietly slipped through the kitchen and into whatever lay in store for us.

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Which in fact turned out to be the breakroom. Which seemed innocent enough until ...

tv squad visits the office
We found their vending machine, full of products just waiting to clog arteries, induce sugar comas, and make the waist bulge.

tv squad visits the office
Especially stuff like these Herr's Pork Rinds.

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However, we've heard that these chips are hard to find, and fairly decent tasting.

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Local events in the Scranton area, good for company morale, but look at all of that premium-bond paper they are wasting.

After that, we heard the sounds of the conference room door opening, and had to scramble to get back to our car before we were found out. With the sheer amount of office supplies we stole, we definitely threw a wrench into their works.

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This was really cool. I would love to visit the Office set, it seems like a really fun place to work at and yet it's the set of a place that's supposed to be boring.

October 31 2006 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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October 29 2006 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike C

neat to see details you would never get from the tv show. on a show like this they really need to pay attention to details. On most sitcoms, the stuff in the background stays the same for the whole series.

October 28 2006 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thats sweet. Thanks for the pictures.

October 27 2006 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennie Tan

Oops, here's the link:


October 27 2006 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennie Tan

Thanks for posting these fantastic photos! Come check out some of the details Office fans are noticing ...

:) Jennie

October 27 2006 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

looks like pam has a few windows open...i see a myspace.com tab......hmmmm.

October 27 2006 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wendy Mac

Thanks so much! These are some really great photos. It's those little things that are so cool, like the "Hearsay's" chocolate bars, and how "Camaraderie" is misspelled on Pam's certificate.

More, more!

October 27 2006 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Dorr

Wow, great attention to deal there. I'm sure not as hard to fabricate as something like a the huts on Lost, but it definitely shows some great production values.

October 27 2006 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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