“The Office” has left Netflix and is now streaming exclusively on Peacock, along with some previously unreleased content.
The NBC streaming service began hosting all nine seasons of the workplace comedy on Friday, Jan. 1, with a slew of “superfan” footage including new, never before-seen clips and deleted scenes. One is an unaired cold open showing Jim (played by John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) playing a prank on Dwight (Rainn Wilson), tricking him into believing he’s in “The Matrix” and security guard Hank (the late Hugh Dane) is Morpheus’ brother, Dorpheus.
In the clip, Dwight is the Dunder Mifflin paper company’s manager and is seated at what used to be Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) office. On the desk is a bobblehead of former Syracuse basketball player Gerry McNamara, shown clearly in the foreground several times, with an orange No. 3 jersey.
McNamara, now an assistant coach at SU under Jim Boeheim, is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the show is set. G-Mac also appeared in bobblehead form on Dwight’s sales desk in other episodes that were part of the original broadcasts after he helped Syracuse University win the 2003 NCAA Championship.
Throughout the series, Dwight had several other bobbleheads, including one of baseball player Mike Lieberthal (who played for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre minor league team), one of Cornell’s Big Red Bear mascot, and one of Dwight himself given by Angela (Angela Kinsey). The series also made several other Central New York references, including Dunder Mifflin branches in Syracuse and Utica, and used Wegmans products.
Some deleted scenes were previously featured on “The Office” DVDs, but more footage has been unearthed for its new streaming home on Peacock. “The Office” was one of the most popular shows on Netflix, but Universal Television sold the rights to the NBC-owned platform in a five-year, $500 million deal.
Peacock also created a special “The Office” website that resembles a Dunder Mifflin computer loaded with extras, including an employee directory, extended “Superfan” episodes, webisodes, and inside jokes like emails about Pretzel Day and the Dunder Mifflin Infinity Launch Party. Additional bonus content will be added in March.
The first two seasons of “The Office” are available for free at peacocktv.com. Additional content, including the newly released deleted scenes and extended episodes, can be viewed with a subscription for $4.99/month (with ads) or $9.99 (without ads); a seven-day free trial is also available.
Peacock also features a large collection of movies and TV shows, including Peacock Originals like “Brave New World,” “A.P. Bio” and the new “Saved By the Bell” reboot/sequel.