The Office came to the United States in 2005, just a few years after the U.K. version concluded its two-season run. The show follows employees of a paper company in Scranton, PA and their hapless leader, Michael Scott. The American version of The Office spun stories across nine seasons, concluding in May 2013.
Fans of dry humor and workplace shenanigans find it easy to love The Office. But then so do viewers who enjoy a will they/won’t they love story, in this case the journey of office employees Jim and Pam. Other fan favorites include Dwight, the office curmudgeon and sometimes beet farmer, and Angela, a stoic accountant who loves cats a little too much.
The Office was on Netflix in the U.S. for several years, it moved to the Peacock network as of January 2021. In addition to watching the series there for free with a cable login, users can find the show on a few streaming services and for purchase on Amazon (even without a Prime membership).
Best way to watch The Office (2005-)
The easiest way to watch The Office is by using the Peacock app. If you have cable through a participating provider (such as Cox or Xfinity), you can gain access to the premium version of Peacock at no additional cost. For everyone else, there are three tiers of service. The free version grants access to a limited number of movies and TV shows from NBC. Premium service also includes Peacock originals, live events, and next-day access to shows that are currently on the air. Premium Plus is Premium with no ads.
When it comes to The Office, viewers can catch seasons 1 and 2 with a free Peacock membership. To watch seasons 3-9, you will need to pay for a premium plan or use your cable login to watch premium-level shows. We like Peacock for watching The Office because it’s affordable, has all seasons available, and you don’t have to pay for each season separately. The seven-day trial on Peacock Premium even makes it possible to binge most of the series before you pay — if you’re committed.
Peacock premium service is $4.99/mo. with ads and $9.99/mo. without ads. You can sign up here.
All the ways to watch The Office online
There are four streaming networks that we’ve been able to confirm provide all seasons of The Office. In addition to Peacock, which you can access via cable provider or separate streaming service, you can catch the series on Amazon, SlingTV, and YouTubeTV.
In order to watch The Office on Amazon, you must purchase the show by season. Alternatively, you can purchase a single episode for $2.99 if you just want to grab your favorites for viewing. Given that most seasons have about 22 episodes priced at $17.99 per season, it is more cost-effective to go all-in on an entire season at once (season 1 has just six episodes and is available at $11.99).
SlingTV offers basic cable channels as a part of its standard service. But while Peacock is a part of the NBC family, SlingTV says it requires an additional fee to watch Peacock on the streaming service. Contact SlingTV for more information.
YouTubeTV also offers The Office as a part of its standard streaming service via the Comedy Central channel. Keep in mind that viewers can only watch the show live using this service. On-demand viewing is very limited for the show.
|Streaming service||Starting Price|
|SlingTV||$35/mo. + Peacock Fee|
Streaming The Office
The following streaming services offer on-demand viewing of The Office. You can fire up the episode where Michael burns his foot on a grill at 2 am. Go for it.
Aside from The Office, Peacock promises thousands of hours of movies and TV. Think everything from fan favorites 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights to current shows, like Mr. Mayor. You can also watch shows from networks in the NBC family, including Bravo. Premium service also includes live sports and Peacock original series, including the Saved By The Bell reboot.
Service tiers include:
- Free: $0 per mo., thousands of shows and movies, Peacock-only channels, kids-specific programming.
- Premium: $4.99/mo., 7-day free trial, benefits of a free plan plus live sports, additional movies and shows, next-day access to current NBC shows.
- Premium Plus: $9.99/mo., 7-day free trial, benefits of Premium service plus ad-free viewing and some shows are available offline.
Amazon has become a streaming beast, offering thousands of movies and TV shows. In addition to offering The Office for purchase on-demand, viewers can find old seasons of Survivor, Dexter, Alias, and Suits. Some titles require an Amazon Prime membership, while others can be purchased with a free account. Available movies on Amazon include: Coming to America, Judy, and Avengers.
- Free Amazon: No annual or monthly fee, pay per movie or TV show as you watch (including The Office), purchase and rentals both available.
- Amazon Prime Membership: $12.99/mo., thousands of TV shows and movies included in membership, no annual fee.
SlingTV is popular among viewers looking to cut the cord altogether. Plans offer more than 30 channels with live viewing access, as well as more than 80,000 shows and movies available on demand. You can also get a DVR with this service that can save up to 50 hours of programming at one time. The service says you must pay an additional fee to access Peacock, and though it does not clarify how much this is, it’s likely to be the same $4.99 that non-cable users pay for Peacock on its own.
Sling Blue: $35/mo., channels recommended for news and entertainment, DVR included, 3 streaming devices, most channels.
Sling Orange: $35/mo., channels recommended for sports and kid-friendly viewing, DVR included, 1 streaming device, most popular channels included.
YouTube TV only has live streaming, which makes it good for replacing cable. You can also use the DVR service to record and watch shows later. You’ll catch reruns of The Office on the Comedy Central channel. Sometimes episodes are also available on the video on-demand (VOD) service.
YouTube TV: $64.99/mo., free trial available, at least 85 channels available (more in some markets).
Renting vs. buying The Office
If you want a copy of the show to call your own on demand, there are a few ways to buy a season or the entire series. There are currently no rentals available.
Buy The Office on Amazon
As we mentioned, you can buy the show on Amazon by season or by episode. Default prices are in HD, but SD quality and prices are also offered. For most seasons, the price per episode is $2.99 for HD and $1.99 for SD, while seasons are $17.99 for HD and $15.99 for SD.
Buy The Office on iTunes
If you have iTunes player on your computer, or AppleTV+ on any device, you can also purchase The Office via iTunes. Season 2 and beyond are available for $19.99 per entire season.
Buy The Office on FanDangoNow
You can also purchase the show on FanDangoNow if you have a free account. The pricing here is the same as Amazon: $17.99 per season for HD video and $15.99 per season for SD video. Individual episodes are available starting at $1.99.
The final cut
The Office changes streaming services like Kelly and Ryan break up: often. If you want to watch the show on your favorite service now, get going! While it’s likely to remain on NBC’s Peacock streaming service for some time — you can never be too careful. And remember to take advantage of free trials on services like SlingTV when you sign up.