It's the beginning of the end for the Emmy-winning, Scranton-set series. The ninth and final season of "The Office" is under way on NBC, with most of the regulars back for 24 more episodes of funny business.
If "The Office: Season Eight" (2011, Universal, unrated, $50) is any indication, the series will go out on top. Sure, the first season without Steve Carell isn't all golden, but there are more than enough laughs to go around. At the start of season eight, Andy (Ed Helms) assumes management duties but first has to contend with interference from CEO Robert California (James Spader). Hapless Dwight (Rainn Wilson) stages his own power grab when he leads a team to Florida to work under Nellie Bertram ("Dr. Who's" Catherine Tate.)
Among the plot twists: Pam (Jenna Fischer) goes on maternity leave, the warehouse staffers win the lottery, Dwight opens a gym, and the Andy/ Erin (Ellie Kemper) relationship finally comes to a boil.
As is always the case with the show, there are plenty of references to Pennsylvania, including an entire episode that revolves around a trip to Gettysburg.
Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.