With its Jan. 1, 2021, launch on Peacock, “The Office” will introduce new “Superfan Episodes” that include never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes in extended cuts of the original series, starting with Season 3, with more coming in March. (NBCU released a sample clip here.)
NBCU is making the first two seasons of “The Office” available for free with ads on Peacock (which currently is available only in the U.S.). Seasons 3-9, as well as the “Superfan Episodes,” will be available to subscribers on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99/month with ads, and Peacock Premium Plus $9.99/month without ads.
Back in 2019, NBCU clawed back streaming rights to the popular sitcom featuring the Dunder Mifflin gang from Netflix, where “The Office” has been among its top-viewed content.
“Having ‘The Office’ back in the NBC family opens up access to a lot of extra content that we originally shot,” Greg Daniels, creator of the U.S. version of the show, said in a statement. “The experience on Peacock should feel like a celebration of ‘The Office’ for fans.”
According Daniels, he went back into the dailies of “The Office” with the show’s original editors to find footage that was cut for time “but is still fun to see.” On Peacock, fans will be able to choose to watch the classic version of the show or the superfan extended cuts.
Peacock, in addition to having all 201 episodes of “The Office,” will offer a range of bonus content, including:
- Curated themed episode collections such as the best of the Scranton branch holiday
parties and fan-favorite cameo appearances.
- Other behind-the-scenes footage including bloopers, featurettes and interviews.
- The Office Zen, a 24-7 channel of ambient noise devoted to the sights and sounds of
the office for anyone working at home.
- A range of clip playlists to chronicle pranks (featuring Jim Halpert and Dwight K. Schrute); best office romances (featuring Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly); and office words of wisdom (feat. former regional manager Michael Scott).
NBCU said Spanish audio and Spanish closed captions will be available for both “The Office” original series and the superfan episodes in February.
Based on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s British series of the same name, “The Office” is mockumentary-style look at life inside the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pa. The series debuted on NBC in 2005 and went on to become a critical favorite, picking up 42 Emmy nominations and five wins (among many other awards) over its run. It also helped launch the careers of actors like Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling and Mike Schur.