The Office has become arguably the most popular workplace comedy to ever hit the airwaves. While it was plenty popular on its initial run on NBC, the series eventually found a massive second wind while streaming on Netflix. Though it’s one of the most-watched sitcoms in television history, one of the lead writers of the show recently revealed it was a surprising inspiration.
In a new interview on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, The Office writer and star BJ Novak revealed the show’s comedy was largely inspired by that of HBO’s The Sopranos and its lead man James Gandolfini.
“He was shy and intrigued,” Novak said. “I just thought it would be great, because, to me, The Sopranos was actually the biggest influence on The Office because of the way that comedy and drama and character were all completely indistinguishable.”/