4 Shows Like The Office That Find Funny At Work
Somewhere between the second and fifth time your workplace has Taco Thursday, you’ll need to regain your love of working there, hopefully by watching four shows like “The Office” that find funny at work. Let go of the lingering cubicle smells and relax in workplace fiction that doesn’t care that you’re wearing nothing but Care Bear slippers.
“Parks and Recreation”.
Even without the rest of the cast, Ron Swanson’s battle to avoid the general public and have all forms of government cut to nothing would be enough to make “Parks and Recreation” worth watching. Specifically, “Hunting Trip” puts a male centered tradition in the scope of Leslie Knope’s quest for equality among all genders, allowing for a ton of Ron Swanson action that won’t let you down. Much like “The Office”, this show tosses crazy and contrary personalities together in a workplace environment along with another imaginary documentary crew.
A megalomaniacal boss and workers intent on squeezing the most money out of their customers turns “PhoneShop” into one seriously amusing comedy. With a semi-con men team of two, a strait-laced new hire and some rather embittered lifers, this mobile phone store has enough storylines building behind the employees to carry it for years and years. “Bear Bad Man” is an episode that takes a big sales day and sends it careening out of control with a giant mascot so cracked out on caffeine that he ends up taking hostages, giving you a story worth retelling.
The cubicle farm is but another playground for the boys from “Workaholics”. Adam, Blake and Anders take on the world of telemarketing with the occasional pharmaceutical helping hand from their drug dealer Karl. Featuring an ensemble cast that adds to the banality and the goofiness of cubicle life, this show wallows in not taking work seriously unless there’s a prize involved. The parking lot self-pleasure scene in “Temp-Tress” will have you torn between looking away and laughing until you vomit.
The doctors and staff of “Green Wing” take the bizarre and craft a finely honed comedy. With a murderous staff liaison (think Human Resources head) whose every thought is how to defy physics and reality while trying to get one of the doctors to fall in love with her, this British show doesn’t make small parts-just psychotic ones. Sue, the liaison officer, helps Martin deal with his personal development using sarcastic fairy tale props in “Joanna’s Birthday”, showing everyone what HR truly does when left to their own devices. "Green Wing", like "The Office", finds the humor at work with an overarching tendency to ignore actual work in favor of relationship interplay.