Picks and Pans Review: The Office

UPDATED 11/10/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/10/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

NBC, Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET

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Sure, its time-slot neighbor 30 Rock may have scored all the Emmy glory—it's Tina Fey's world, after all, and we're just lucky to live in it—but The Office is still NBC's workhorse comedy. Now in its fifth season, the series is as dependable as Angela's eye rolls and Stanley's sighs, and for the most part its awkward-sweet-sad magic is still in fine form. A giant binder's worth of credit goes to guest star Amy Ryan, whose arc as HR rep Holly—a dorky gal with touching self-awareness—has provided the season's best moments so far.

As for the lows, well, the ever-manic Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is exhausting to watch. And engaged Office mates Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) are separated again, this time by Pam's art-school ambitions. I'd love to see them reunited, once and for all. Note to producers: Bring on the Office wedding!

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