The Best Regional Managers of Dunder Mifflin - Scranton
The Office features some of the best comedy of the past decade. After nine successful seasons, The Office has seen a plethora of managers at the helm of Dunder Mifflin come and go. This list ranks the regional managers of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. Spoilers will follow throughout this entire list.
Charles Minor is briefly the manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton after Michael indignantly quits in Season 5. He has a no nonsense attitude and has a strong dislike for Jim Halpert. When Michael returns, Charles goes back to New York and is fired when Sabre takes over Dunder Mifflin.
Charles is not very likeable overall, mostly because he dislikes one of the character favorites on The Office, Jim Halpert. It's a relief to see him fail to mitigate the mess that the Michael Scott Paper Company causes, and the audience is not sad to see him go.
Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell, provides a few episodes of comedic relief until Robert California and then Andy Bernard is hired as Regional Manager. Deangelo never hits his stride in the office, especially among the female workers. He creates an inner circle that comprises of Jim, Dwight, Gabe, Kevin, Andy, and Darryl. He eventually gets involved in a workplace related accident and remains in a coma for the duration of the show.
After Michael Scott leaves for Colorado with his fiancee Holly Flax, Andy Bernard becomes the first official mainstay at the manager helm. He has his good moments, like when he motivates the entire office to accumulate 5,000 work points to force him to get a tattoo on his rear end. However, like Gabe Lewis, Andy's work performance is constantly hampered by his love for Erin Hannon, which leads to him abdicating the manager position to Nelly in Season 8. In Season 9, Andy is reinstalled as the Regional Manager, but later quits to pursue a career in show business. Andy is an overall likeable character, but he loses a lot of value towards the end of Season 9.
After languishing in the shadow of many Regional Managers, David Wallace installs Dwight Schrute as the Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin. The manager position has always been one that Dwight Schrute has greatly desired, and it's great to see him end up getting the manager job at the end of the series. The office flourishes under Dwight's tenure as regional manager with Jim working as Assistant to the Regional Manager.
For seven seasons, Michael Scott is the heart and soul of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. He has decidedly unorthodox methods, but his branch manages to outperform all of the other branches. He is completely self deluded, but he genuinely cares for his friends and his job. After he leaves at the end of season seven, The Office loses a lot of what made it really great.
Each of the Regional Managers of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch provided their own flavor to the show. The best of this list is Michael Scott because of the genuine energy and atmosphere that he gave the show. The show never really is the same without Michael, and although I like how The Office ended, I'm not surprised the show ended only two seasons after Michael's departure.