It's been 11 years since "The Office" premiered stateside for NBC and not only did it change the way comedies were made -- and perceived -- on television, it introduced the world to a cast of mostly unknown talent who would go on to do great things in the world of entertainment. One of those actors who would soon be endeared to audiences -- John Krasinski, who turned 37 on Thursday.
And to think, he was just 26 years old when he entered Dunder-Mifflin as salesman Jim Halpert. A lot has transpired since those days and while Krasinski has had all sorts of upgrades in his life -- he's an action star, married to Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) and even helped create Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle" -- revisiting his early role is a breath of fresh air.
Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) may have been known for his nerdy knowledge and in-your-face elitism, but the yin to his yang was always Jim. From placing Dwight's stapler in a gelatin mold to gift wrapping his desk to putting all of his items in the vending machine, Jim's pranks against Dwight have gone down in "Office" history as comedy gold. But if the pranks were the cake, then Jim's signature looks to camera were the icing.
"The Office" lasted 8 seasons and in that time, Jim's looks to camera helped to solidify that, while this was presented as a documentary series, "The Office" was also a study of human drama, a look at the importance of at-work relationships and an exploration of friendships that can blossom from the most unexpected places.
Also, they're still super funny.