The beloved sitcom, The office, tells the story of people who work for a paper company called Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. During the series’ 9-year term, many romances flourish under the office’s fluorescent light. Some are sweet love stories and some are so funny that we love to hate them. But which pair of colleagues are good together, and which are the most toxic? Here is the right location of The offices 15 office romances from worst to best.
15. Toby & Nellie
Poor Toby. (Paul Lieberstein) He really had an unfairly harsh treatment. And being half the worst couple among some very bad couples is just another sad reality for everyone (except Michael Scott)’s favorite HR representative. When Nellie (Catherine Tate) arriving at the office and giving Toby some much-needed attention and an unexpected kiss, Toby thinks he has finally found his match. Nellie, on the other hand, is not that fond of the idea. And Toby really, really can not take a hint. This “couple” is just painful to watch. Too bad you can not report HR to HR, otherwise Toby would have had a specific complaint filed against him for this matter.
14. Pam & Roy
This love affair between office and warehouse is an unparalleled mess. Roy (David Denman) does not appreciate Pam (Jenna Fischer), at all, and she resents him for it. She is unfaithful to him; they break up; they find each other again; he starts breaking things when he finds out about the affair; they break up again. The two try to make their relationship work, but it was never a good coupling.
13. Jim & Karen
Some Office fans think that Karen (Rashida Jones) was the right person for Jim (John Krasinski). And of course – they could have had potential if he was not completely in love with someone else (Pam). But it was him. And he hid it from her, lied to her and tried to use her to replace Pam and left her eventually. To quote Kevin (Brian Baumgartner), Jim gets “two thumbs down” for this whole situation.
12. Michael & Jan
Of all couples on The office, this one probably gives us the most laughs. And while we all love to laugh at them, this couple is way too toxic to tolerate. After some bizarre, erratic turn-on-turn-off back and forth, Michael (Steve Carell) finally admits that when he is with Jan, (Melora Hardin) he is unhappy. He ends things, but of course he stays with her again because of her breast augmentation. Things do not surprisingly not get better from there. So even though we might want to revisit “The Dinner Party” over and over again, actually attending a dinner party with such a couple… not so much.
11. Andy & Angela
Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) is certainly not a character that is always right. Yet he was 100% the victim in his relationship with Angela (Angela Kinsey). Angela used Andy and carried him on, all the while treating him horribly and cheating on him. And as bizarre and sometimes annoying as he can get, Andy really loved Angela and had the best of intentions when he was with her. It was a relief when he gave up this relationship (even though it was in the middle of the duel).
10. Andy & Erin
In the early days, Andy and Erin (Ellie Kemper) seemed like a perfect couple. There are periods during their back and forth, and they will (again) / they will not (again), where it is difficult not to mess with them. They are two well-meaning weirdos who complement each other well – what’s not to like? Well, that all changes when Andy gets weird in a less funny and silly way and in a more disturbing way. Erin certainly deserved better, so it was great to see her get it.
9. Erin & Gabe
Angela may cruelly call Pam the “office mattress,” but Erin is the character with the most in-off relationships during her tenure at Dunder Mifflin. And in the end, Erin breaks the heart of every guy who loses her. Gabe (Zach Woods) certainly fits that description. And while the two were both sweetly awkward, this relationship was not ideal for either of them.
8. Kelly & Darryl
Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Darryl (Craig Robinson) really had potential. In one of Kelly and Ryan’s (BJ Novak) many off-again periods meet Kelly and Darryl. Darryl seems to like Kelly, and Kelly is surprised by the way Darryl says “exactly what he’s thinking”. Still, of course, Kelly uses Darryl to lure Ryan and cheat on him in the end. It’s too bad, because if anyone was going to get Kelly (in Darryl’s words) to “go to her unfamiliar side”, it was probably him (and certainly not Ryan).
7. Darryl & Val
In a department store love story, Val (Ameenah Kaplan) is another colleague with whom Darryl had serious potential. These two were certainly sweet together and could probably have made it in the long run. But Darryl was not ready to settle down or prioritize her when it was time to move.
6. Erin & Pete
Pete (Jake Lacy) is not the most memorable or funniest character to adorn Dunder Mifflin Scranton. But when he stays with Erin, it’s hard not to breathe a sigh of relief that the Andy / Erin romance is finally over. And Pete is the most solid match for Erin, the office has seen, so everything is good, it ends well.
5. Kelly & Ryan
Kelly and Ryan is the little unlikely office romance that could. No matter how many roadblocks get in the way, they always find their way back to each other. Sure, their relationship is painfully unhealthy and messy, and both are to blame for doing it that way. But there’s something sweet about the fact that these two just can not leave each other. So maybe they can make each other happy in the end (or at least they will continue to enjoy their tumultuality forever).
4. Jim & Pam
Ah, Jim and Pam – sitcoms royal couple. Jim and Pam gave Dunder Mifflin the slow romance of the century. These two really love each other and overcome many problems to make that love work. Yet there are often problems in paradise for these two. It’s hard not to wish that Pam got to live out her dreams like Jim did, and they are not always the “couple goals” they claim to be. Nevertheless, they always end up working through their problems and fighting for each other, and that gives a really good couple at the end of the day.
3. Dwight & Angela
Being in a relationship both at the bottom of the list and at the top of the list is a pretty strange feat, but it’s typically Angela. (This woman has had two different sets of men dueling over her …) Like Jim and Pam, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela are a longtime couple who started their romance way back in season 2. These two are perfectly matched in extreme quirkiness, outdated values and passion about some very strange problems. Their relationship is far from hassle-free. But there is never any real doubt that these two are playoffs. Despite trials and tribulations, affairs, paternity tests, and dead cats, Dwight and Angela were always destined to tie the knot at Schrute Farms and live bizarrely to the end of their days.
2. Phyllis & Bob Vance
Yes, maybe Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration (Robert R. Shafer) is it not in the office, exactly, but he’s part of Scranton Business Park, so he’s close enough. And these two are worth including because they really are the “couple goals” the others strive to be. Bob treats Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) how she deserves to be treated – as the queen of the refrigeration industry in Pennsylvania. He sprinkles her with flowers on Valentine’s Day and never misses an opportunity to stand up for her. And the two never stop having fun together, supporting each other and having a (not-so-secret) wild sex life.
1. Michael & Holly
Michael has his fair share of failed romances and suffers from some severe pain as a result. Still, Michael and Holly’s (Amy Ryan) relationship proves that everything changes when the right person comes. Holly is on Michael’s level with her humor and stupidity in a way that no one else is. But she also helps Michael become a better person by inspiring him to keep inappropriate jokes in check, appreciating her commitment to ethics and even rejecting his flashy friend, Todd Packer (David Koechner). Michael and Holly understood each other deeply, made each other better and had fun with it, which is what true love is all about. And Michael’s continued commitment to their love story, even through their breakups and separations, was proof that in matters of the heart, you should not give up and things will work out as they should. Michael and Holly are really “soup snakes”. (AKA soulmates).
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