The Office (1995 TV series)
The Office is an American sitcom television series starring Valerie Harper that aired for five episodes on CBS from March 11 to April 15, 1995 as a mid-season replacement during the 1994–95 television season. The series, billed as an office comedy version of the British series Upstairs, Downstairs, centered on the camaraderie of executives and their secretaries of a busy corporate office at a design-packaging company.
|Created by||Susan Beavers|
|Written by||Susan Beavers|
|Directed by||Jay Sandrich|
Debra Jo Rupp
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (1 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Paul Junger Witt|
|Production location(s)||Sunset Gower Studios|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Witt/Thomas Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||March 11 –|
April 15, 1995
Rita Stone (Valerie Harper) is a divorcée and 19-year veteran of a secretarial pool at the executive office of a package design company in Chicago called Package Inc. She is outspoken and mainly the glue that holds things together at the company, seeing that everything gets done on time, mediating disputes and trying to be a good listener to both job-related and personal problems.
While Rita is responsible for the company's inept CEO, Frank (Dakin Matthews), she also manages three other secretaries: Beth (Debra Jo Rupp), a flustered mother of four who works for the company's only female executive, Natalie (Lisa Darr); Mae (Andrea Abbate), a free-spirited, thrice-divorced former temp who works for the firm's temperamental artist (Gary Dourdan); and Deborah (Kristin Dattilo-Hayward), a naive MBA student who works for a sleazy salesman (Kevin Conroy).
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot: The Office"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Beavers & Barbara Corday||March 11, 1995|
|Rita and the secretaries are upset and stage a job action when the boss announces that overtime pay is being eliminated by corporate headquarters.|
|2||"Laboring Pains"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Beavers||March 18, 1995|
|Beth is forced to bring her sick, havoc-wreaking 4-year-old son to the office on a day when Frank hopes to close a major deal.|
|3||"Rita & Frank"||Jay Sandrich||Ken Estin||March 25, 1995|
|Frank is jealous of Rita's new romance; meanwhile, Beth attempts to put the spark back into her marriage.|
|4||"Power Playing"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Beavers||April 8, 1995|
|Mae enjoys a position of power when a former boyfriend (Mars Callahan) visits and shows interest in Package Inc.|
|5||"Judgement Day"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Beavers||April 15, 1995|
|The staff is unhappy with newly instituted merit evaluations; meanwhile, Beth earns low marks on her household skills from Rita.|
|6||"My Guy"||Jay Sandrich||Tami Yellin||Unaired|
|Rita mediates when Deborah and Natalie unwittingly date the same man.|
The Office was the fourth starring vehicle for Harper, following her previous television ventures in the sitcoms Rhoda (1974–78), Valerie (1986–87) and City (1990). However, the series did not catch on with the public and was cancelled after five episodes, with one episode remaining unaired. It was broadcast Saturday nights on CBS at 9:00 p.m. throughout its brief run.