After The Office Power Rankings
I was watching The Office blooper reel the other night with some friends and I made the comment that Ed Helms has had the best career post Office (Turns out I was wrong). It got me thinking about the top 20 characters on it and what order they would fall into now that we have had a couple years since the show ended. Below is my opinion based on some facts such as money earned, box office hits, number of projects, how often you still see them, and other things I make up that I deem important.
20. Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson)
He has to be number 20. You can’t do any Office list and have him finish anywhere but last. I have too much respect for Michael to put him anywhere else. After The Office he hasn’t been seen too often. He was an executive producer on the show the Newsroom. It’s something, but executive producer seems like a title they give out when they don’t know what else to call you.
19. Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson)
Fallen Stars, Austin & Ally, The Exes, When Duty Calls, Marry Me, Wish I Was Here. I took the time to list everything on his IMDb page. That tells you all you need to know.
18. Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton)
Creed was a former Grass Roots band member way back in the 60’s. After The Office his IMDb page doesn’t look much different than mine. He has done things, but we all have done things.
17. Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer)
She was in something called Cooties. Do you need to know anything else?
16. Melora Hardin (Jan Levinson)
She has done quite a bit of work. Unfortunately, most of it happened prior to The Office. She has appeared in a few T.V shows most notably Transparent, but everything else on her IMDb page are brief appearances. No matter what she does though, I will always love her for her role as Trudy Monk.
15. John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)
Who would have thought that he would be in between Jan and Kevin on any list ever?
14. Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone)
I love Brian Baumgartner. However, besides playing in some celebrity golf tournaments he hasn’t been up to much. He has had a lot of guest appearances on numerous shows but hasn’t done anything worthy of him not being number 14 on the list.
13. Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez)
He had a little run on a show called the Bench, but besides that he has been sitting on the bench. Yes, bad pun intended and yes, they pay me for brilliant lines like that.
12. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)
He popped back up again with his show Backstrom, but quickly went away as it was cancelled. He did have an awesome appearance on the Adam Carolla Show, one of my favorite episodes ever. Unfortunately appearances on the Adam Carolla show don’t exactly make you rich and his paying gigs are a lot like Brian Baumgartner’s hair. Few and far in between.
11. Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly)
She got very lucky to have recently been cast in the show You, Me, and the Apocalypse. Otherwise she would be hanging out with Toby in the rankings. The fact that it is still currently on air gives her a slight the edge over Rainn Wilson.
10. Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance)
Like Jenna, Phyllis was saved recently. Being cast as the voice of sadness in the movie Inside Out was a big get. With a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes that is enough to place her in the top 10. Albeit number 10.
9. David Denman (Roy Anderson)
He has been busy since Pam broke off their engagement. Showing up in Parenthood, Mad Men, True Detective, and as co-lead in the upcoming T.V show Outcast. He was the biggest surprise to me on this list. He also recently married Mercedes Masöhn and that counts for something. Well done David. Well done.
8. B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard)
His IMDb page is quite impressive. While I don’t think any of parts have been that big, the movies he has been in are real movies. He also wrote a book called The Book with No Pictures. Add that to dating Mindy Kaling and you will find yourself at number 8.
7. Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)
She started slow after The Office but with the release of her Netflix show the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she made up for lost time.
6. Zach Woods (Gabe Lewis)
If it were up to me he wouldn’t be this high since he single handily tried to ruin The Office. Unfortunately, he is in Silicon Valley, Playing House, and has had features in to many other shows to name. You can’t argue with his body of work. I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me in 2010 that he would have the career he is having, but he is. Nice work Zach!
5. Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)
I was prepared to put her around 18 on this because I hadn’t seen her since The Office. When I got on her IMDb page I realized why. She has been in The Hotwives of Orlando and Las Vegas. Not exactly in my wheelhouse. She also has 2 other shows with real roles as well as 3 projects she is currently working on. With a net worth of 12 million she has made it and has earned her spot in the top 5.
This is where it gets tough. The Final Four.
4. Craig Robinson (Darrel Philbin)
He is another surprise success for me. Not that I haven’t seen him around, but if you would have told me during season 1 that he would become a A- list celebrity I would have yelled liar and bid you good day. With Hot Tub Time Machine, Mr. Robinson, and 6 more projects set to come out next year he finds himself in a well-deserved spot at number 4. Unfortunately the only thing keeping him out of the 3 spot is his 6 million dollar net worth.
3. Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor)
Obviously we all know about the Mindy Project, but she also a New York Times best seller. Her new book Why Not Me, by all accounts is a fantastic read. I couldn’t decide whether to put her 3 or 4, but her 15 million dollar net worth was good enough to edge out Craig Robinson.
2. Ed Helms (Andy Bernard)
How crazy is it that Andy became an A list celebrity? Having recently starred in We’re the Millers, Vacation, and Stretch, he has found himself at number two. He also has four projects he is working on that are set to come out next year. I can’t forget to mention his net worth of 20 million which helped is ranking quite a bit.
1. Steve Carell (Michael Scott)
Of course. Could it be anyone else at number 1? The way I judge acting is by asking the simple question. Could I do what he does? There are a lot of shows where I think I could that. For example, I could play Nick Cannon on Real Husbands of Hollywood. I could also play Booth on the show Bones. What I could never do in a million years is play Michael Scott. Steve Carell is just too good at acting. His net worth of 50 million sealed the deal and landed him in the top spot.