Why The Office Changed The Original Michael Scott

When you look back at The Office episodes that best define Michael Scott, very few of them are from the first season. The best Michael Scott moments come in moments like CPR or fire drill and there's a reason for this. The office changed the character in big ways between the first and second season. This is a look at why the office changed the worlds best boss so much.



  • Did you like the original version of Michael Scott or the “fixed” one better?

    NerdstalgicNerdstalgicAylar önce
    • Original.

      Sore LoserSore LoserGün önce
    • I like how he evolves

      Anna CAnna C2 gün önce
    • I like Date Mike almost as much as Prison Mike.

      Chasón TheDonChasón TheDon3 gün önce
    • Neither. I hate shows like that. It's one long cringe. But my husband watches it over and over and I found the analysis interesting. I couldn't get into the UK Office either. I saw episode 1 and the boss was too mean and annoying.

      Bee WhistlerBee Whistler4 gün önce
  • The British Michael Scott works for the British version

    LunazulLunazul7 saatler önce
  • so it was the shirt collar that made him look fatter? and not the extra fat that was on his face and body?

    aa bbbaa bbb13 saatler önce
  • Stanley’s overrated

    MuddfishMuddfish18 saatler önce
  • Michael actually mentions using propecia (a hair restoration product) a couple times later in the show

    Our Last Night • ArchiveOur Last Night • ArchiveGün önce
  • I prefer the fixed one. The original one annoyed me and kept me from getting in to the office for a long time.

    Kristina HawkKristina HawkGün önce
  • Personally, I like the first season Michael, I like the dark humor he was much funnier, but I also like the new Michael And Kevin, and I love this show so much that I've watched 9 times. I watch at least one episode every day!

    Dioguinho TorresDioguinho TorresGün önce
  • I love this show so much!!!

    DeemememeDeemememe2 gün önce
  • *“identity theft is not a joke, jim!”*

    lexi boyerlexi boyer2 gün önce
  • The Brit version doesn’t hold my interest. Maybe cuz I’m american 🤷🏽‍♀️

    Anna CAnna C2 gün önce
  • I loved when “better call Saul” interviewed Pam in Philadelphia. He was almost cast as Michael Scott, but they went with steve carrol

    Anna CAnna C2 gün önce
  • I liked the original office, and liked the first season of the American one because of how simmilar it was, after that, I hated it, more and more.

    stapuftstapuft2 gün önce
  • I want to punch your voice

    Kerry MccarthyKerry Mccarthy2 gün önce
  • They gave him empathy...right?

    Emily SikoraEmily Sikora2 gün önce
  • Character development

    Flynn CoonFlynn Coon2 gün önce
  • He was the best 💯

  • So who, in your opinion, had the biggest arch in the show? (The biggest change from first episode to final episode)

    Arm & A Leg: And Other Opinions We Like To Give PodcastArm & A Leg: And Other Opinions We Like To Give Podcast2 gün önce
  • What was the music in the background at the start? Great background music!

    Trice JTrice J2 gün önce
  • Balding was because he was not rich yet and didn’t have money to fix his hair

    Trippxjai Trippx jaiTrippxjai Trippx jai3 gün önce
  • I never understood any of these critical reviews...... I watch the show and I never think anything other than it's a show.....there are parts of the show wher me I felt Micheal had to be a dick, in other episodes he had to be more human. But you can't take away the funny Michael.

    George KainGeorge Kain3 gün önce
  • do more videos about the office please!!!

    Rutger Van GestelRutger Van Gestel3 gün önce
  • I wanted to finish the entire series because I’ve never really watched it before, I couldn’t make it past the first season. It just made me sad.

    OctoAnimatesOctoAnimates3 gün önce
  • See the thing is, I still hated Michael. He had his moments but he was still a selfish jackass that didn't realize how sexist, racist, and homophobic he actually was. It definitely led to good comedy, but that doesn't mean I like the character.

    Kazza JaxonKazza Jaxon3 gün önce
  • He was and will always be the best boss!

    Yo MummaYo Mumma4 gün önce
  • Mike's "Momentary Competence" is more like a duality. 70% of the time mike is doing anything he is playing around and trying to keep it light-hearted. He has shown time and time again that he is fully capable of functioning as an adult and handling responsibility. But he also looks out for his people. In one of the later episodes, everyone is freaking out about the branch closing. He chooses to play a murder mystery game in order to distract everyone from the unpredictable outcome. Jim didn't realize it until later in the episode what he was trying to do. But in that brief moment he showed that he had the best interest of his workers in mind even if it cost production. Season after season after season 1 are littered with moments like these. Especially the moment where erin refers to him as a father like figure and he acknowledges that and tells her to "go to your room young lady" and prompting her to say "No, I won't go to my room". The spontaneity of these brief moments of clarity show the viewers that mike is absolutely capable and has the unique ability to read his workers. Albeit he goes about this with a kind of candor on par with a child's mind. He is without a doubt one of my favorite characters on the show because steve carell makes you believe that he truly and emphatically cares about these people AS michael scott. If you pay close attention in the moments where mike gets serious throughout the seasons. You'll notice a trend with his behavior. This begins when stanley embarrassed him and he pulls him to the side and states "I am your boss, You can not talk to me that way. You do not have to like me, but you NEED to respect me while you are here" That moment changes mike and stanley at the same time. Stanley actually becomes more fun loving after that moment and a little bit care free.

    Wonder WomanWonder Woman4 gün önce
  • The fact is that the UK Office follows that same trend of being "10% nicer" to David Brent, though it isn't until the very end (the Christmas special). Tim is nice to David by offering to go out for a drink with him when everyone else in the office is snubbing him. The woman David gets set up with by the dating company is nice to him and listens genuinely to what he has to say--it helps that she hasn't seen the documentary herself, but still, she just listens to what David says without judgement, and responds kindly. This results in Brent being more confident to be himself, and like you put it in this video, "remove the toxicity from his life", when he finally tells off his rude, bully "friend" Chris. Both Michael and David's stories end in the same fashion, establishing that being kind to someone and treating them with respect can cause them to be more confident, kind and patient in return.

    bakuhatsubutsubakuhatsubutsu4 gün önce
  • For me the first ep of season 1 was boring but after that season 1 was great

    Sadia SajjadSadia Sajjad4 gün önce
  • Actually, he really was balding and fatter in season 1 but then started making that celeb money and could afford hair transplant surgery and a personal trainer which led to his change in appearance.

    Thomas KyleThomas Kyle4 gün önce
    • Your statement is hardly believable when 40 year old virgin was filmed nearly side by side with season 1 of the office and carrel was lean in that movie. That was how he thin he looked in snl so you cant say it was cgi or makeup either

      Paul CPaul C7 saatler önce
  • This makes sense because when I first watched the office I hated him. It took multiple tries to get through maybe 3 episodes.

    Goblin210Goblin2105 gün önce
  • All I’m saying is if you don’t like Michael Scott from season 1-7 through and through you’re not a real office fan ❤️

    Ty DanceTy Dance5 gün önce
  • These videos are so slow I watch at a faster speed

    Shelby BanksShelby Banks5 gün önce
  • I’ve never liked Michael

    blink180fooblink180foo5 gün önce
  • I always thought the first season was him trying to create an image for the documentary team and after season 1 he gave up and went back to being himself. At least that's how it came across to me

    VFBjesseVFBjesse5 gün önce
  • you're smoking donkey ass crack if you think the british office is better than the american one...

    Andy GarciaAndy Garcia5 gün önce
  • "When me President, they see; they..see" --Kevin Malone, Inventor of Keleven.

    Ahmad AhmadAhmad Ahmad5 gün önce
  • Just watch the fucking show lmao

    Crybaby AldoCrybaby Aldo5 gün önce
  • Ah lo-fi

    Sombre PlaysSombre Plays5 gün önce
  • Waaaahhhhhtttt ... diversity day is my favorite episode. I saw it on repeat! 😂😂😂

    Masala BoxMasala Box6 gün önce
  • They tried to do David Brent but it just didn't work so some character development happened😏

    caring is creepycaring is creepy6 gün önce
  • The only thing I am afraid of? Is getting a boner

    Daniel ToftelandDaniel Tofteland6 gün önce
  • Michael is a jerk in all seasons

    Lewis CarterLewis Carter6 gün önce
  • Why must these videos have INSUFFERABLE narrators?

    Richard WhittallRichard Whittall6 gün önce
  • I think another thing you probably didnt catch, is that michael in s1 was ordinary bad at his job yes but ordinary, or replaceable. S2 and on(and i do mean on. More specifically the rest of the show when michael left.) he was made irreplaceable as the boss. And the best example is the episode when michael goes camping on his own, jim takes charge and not only is he a bad substitute but on the most minimal task he fails which leads him to admit to michael “im sure glad your back” making michael the most irreplaceable bad boss in history

    Yeshua Bar martinezYeshua Bar martinez7 gün önce
  • What's the song in the beginning?

    Alvin BuyinzaAlvin Buyinza7 gün önce
  • 0.39 - BURN!

    Ben LambertBen Lambert7 gün önce
  • I liked the original Michael better, because the changed one didn't correspond to any personality type. The first was like "Yeah, I know that kind of boss!" whereas the second was full of unrealistic contradictions.

    hultonclinthultonclint7 gün önce
  • I look at season 1 Michael and just think "hmm, I dislike this despite not normally caring what people look like. They must have intended this." I was right I guess, plus I never did like the British office or "most" British comedy, though some British comedy completely destroys American comedy. Australian is best.

    Christopher MichaelChristopher Michael8 gün önce
  • So they stopped having other characters hold him accountable for his toxicity so that it would be more relatable for Americans.

    Shibby120Shibby1208 gün önce
    • It's actually more complicated than that. For me, the biggest change was that they gave him redeeming qualities, mostly pertaining to his sincere love for his employees and his lifelong feelings of rejection, which made him willing to do anything (even stupid) things to get love/respect/approval. In season 1, they had no reason to empathize with him because he was just an unrepentant asshole. From season 2 onward, even at his worst, they/we all knew that he was a guy trying the wrong way to do the right thing. It doesn't make him a great person, but makes him human and relatable.

      Alexandre MullenAlexandre Mullen5 gün önce
  • I never made it past the 2nd episode of he office. I wanted to like the show so badly, and yet it was just so bad. And the problem was definetly Michael. All the episodes of later season I love but I just couldn’t get past the 2nd episode. I’ll try and make it to the second season though.

    JustyoureverydaycasualshipperJustyoureverydaycasualshipper8 gün önce
  • I tried watching the office the other day on Amazon prime, and was actually quite put of by the first season, notably by Michael Scott. I find it so annoying I couldn't even understand how people could like that show. Should I just skip season one?

    YbalridYbalrid8 gün önce
    • Michael Scott is a very loveable character besides season 1

      Fabliha RozaFabliha Roza8 gün önce
    • Definitely! I remember I started watching the show because my friends loved it so much. And I was very displeased by season 1. But I knew there's a reason why they love it so I kept watching, and boy was I pleased. It's an amazing show. Season 1 just did not work out.

      Fabliha RozaFabliha Roza8 gün önce
  • I-I’m not crying , you are

    xxEcliplse_m00nxxEcliplse_m00n8 gün önce
  • I'm sure I've heard the track at 7:03 before... would be cool to have the tracks in the description

    BlooBloo8 gün önce
  • American audiences don’t like meanies

    JasmineSkyyJasmineSkyy8 gün önce
  • I loved the office since the beginning but I made the mistake of introducing my mom by way of the diversity day episode. Big mistake!

    JasmineSkyyJasmineSkyy8 gün önce
  • Was there really only 12 episodes of the British one?

    Liam RLiam R8 gün önce
  • Honestly I don’t even know how I started watching this show I needed something to fill the how I met your mother void from Netflix so I watched this and don’t know how I kept going

    Fredy MendezFredy Mendez9 gün önce
  • I always just thought of it as showing more of him and different sides. I never viewed it as him being changed (other than appearance), but just seeing more of him as time went on. Michael Scott was clearly great in every season.

    Shane GrayShane Gray9 gün önce
  • If one has to take that long to explain the changes, the changes were not that major (other than appearance). I've never, ever talked to anyone that even noticed a significant change in his character at all. It just took awhile for people to get to know the show and the format.

    Shane GrayShane Gray9 gün önce
  • why is the end so emotional

    Ainsley MAinsley M9 gün önce
  • hahahahahhahahha mooooooo XD XD XD XD

    Olectra LabOlectra Lab9 gün önce
  • Just started rewatching The Office and forgot how much I hated the old Michael. 😂 Great vid!

    Emily CEmily C9 gün önce
  • for god's sake stanley it's not real don't have a heart attack

    Corner BackCorner Back9 gün önce
  • Season 1 was by far the most hilarious season. I know his character was different and Micael Scott what kinda jerk, but thats what made it funny.

    KhalidKhalid9 gün önce
  • Mose made the show?!

    Danieru PieruDanieru Pieru9 gün önce
  • Boooo! I thought you were gonna talk about why Steve Corell left The Office.

    Whitney L.Whitney L.10 gün önce
    • Whitney L. I believe he left the office because his contract was up and he decided not to renew it!

      hailey hillhailey hill9 gün önce
  • Interesting. I never looked at Michel like this.

    Talaris Watts-ELTalaris Watts-EL10 gün önce
  • umm ok Michael Scott was always the funny character in the office. ANDY screwed up everything ever! and also Andy changed the office not michael!

    Jackson DeBiaseJackson DeBiase10 gün önce
  • I liked the improved Michael Scott more, because for one, I think otherwise they were kind of just copying the UK series. But also, like you said in the video, it made him more likeable and more relatable, and more fun in general, in my opinion.

    Melissa SchimkatMelissa Schimkat10 gün önce
  • First Micheal Scott was of course unlikable because he was a realistic portrayal (and that's it). They had to change it. People didn't want to feel they were 'at work' while watching The office us, they wanted a break from that. The entire atmosphere changed based on this decision

    Stephen KingStephen King10 gün önce
  • I fucking hate how you read scripts. Sad, faux intellectual, down tempo. Just so lame

    justin justinojustin justino10 gün önce
Why The Office Changed The Original Michael Scott