After the success of the original series The Office, which aired in the United Kingdom from 2001 until 2003, The U.S. got its own version of the show, which is arguably even better than its British predecessor and ran for a whopping nine seasons. The show centers around the weird and crazy day-to-day goings on in a seemingly innocuous setting: The regional office for the paper supply company Dunder Mifflin. The setup may not sound very interesting, but it’s the antics of the workers, including the ineptitude of manager Michael Scott (until actor Steve Carell left the show at the end of the seventh season).
Although the inner workings of the paper company’s office are the central focus of the show, romances among the show’s characters provide some of the most interesting, funny, and gossip-inducing moments throughout The Office‘s running. (If you haven’t seen the show, fair warning, there will be some spoilers ahead. Also, if you haven’t seen the show, you have no business doing anything else until you have binge-watched all nine seasons.)
Of course, the most interesting romantic story is between Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly. Their on-screen chemistry tantalizes us throughout the first three seasons. We all know that Pam, played by the funny and adorable Jenna Fischer, won’t end up with her fiance Roy. Just as we know that Jim’s flings with different characters only happen to fuel his denial of who he’s really in love with. Other inter-office romances include Angela’s relationship with Dwight until he’s forced to win her back after she leaves him for Andy, as well as Michael’s dalliances with his boss, Jan, and with Carol Sitlls, played by Carell’s real-life wife Nancy. And those are just a few.
With all the on-screen romance fluttering around The Office, here’s a look at the cast and their real-life romantic partners.
A Workplace Full Of Dunderheads
The American version of The Office had a similar setup and cast of characters to its British counterpart, but with its own style of humor – sometimes slapstick, sometimes dark, sometimes oddly tender – the U.S. Office stood out as its own hilarious animal. One of the central differences between the two versions of the show was the boss that reigned over each Office in question. While Ricky Gervais’s David Brent was petty in a mean-spirited way, Carell’s Michael Scott was consistently clueless about his own idiosyncrasies.
This difference in tone allowed the American Office to often take on a more genuine, heartfelt tone, despite the silliness of each episode’s plot. Wrapped up in that warmer feel were the workplace romances that we started to root for – or against – because we actually felt something for the characters. Even Michael’s affair with Jan Levinson, the Vice President of Northeast Sales and technically Michael’s boss, had its more serious undertones once in a while.
As our personal interest in the characters grew, so did our affection for them. When getting wrapped up in the personal life of an on-screen character, it’s only natural to start wondering about the life of the actor behind the persona. What are they like in real life, and who are they hooking up with? A few of the romantic interests in the series were even mirrored by an actual relationship between the actors themselves.