Being original is not that original. And what better way to illustrate this than with 9 seasons of The Office! In Joe Sabia’s own words, the The Office Time Machine “was created to show how culture enriches comedy”. “The Office is relatable and funny because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references. Culture is society’s collected knowledge, art, and customs. It’s what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal.”
So go ahead, head on to the Office Time Machine, select a year and see how many references there are. Hint: there’s a total of 1,312 references from 189 episodes covering over 6000 years of human history.