The renowned theme song for The Office was almost completely different. The show’s theme has been hailed as one of the best in sitcom history since its debut in 2005, with giants like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Cheers. The Office theme earned the 2007 Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Comedy Television Program for composer Jay Ferguson, who also composed music for NCIS: Los Angeles and The Terminator.
Due to frontman Matt Thiessen’s love for the song, the band Relient K would play it at gigs on a regular basis. Some fans may know Ferguson as the guitarist for Kevin Malone’s band, Scrantonicity, as an Easter egg.
During its nine-season run, The Office won four Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and was based on Ricky Gervais’ British TV series of the same name. Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson, and John Krasinski were among the comedians who got their start on the mockumentary series.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who developed Office Ladies: a podcast about their experiences on the series, went on to do a range of other projects after the show ended in 2013.
According to Mashable, the theme song for The Office almost wasn’t its renowned piano and accordion melody, as Fischer and Kinsey recounted on Office Ladies. The top three possibilities for the music were “Float On” by Modest Mouse, “Better Things” by The Kinks, and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO, according to creator Greg Daniels.
While the cast ultimately chose “Mr. Blue Sky,” they later realised that the song’s title had been taken by another NBC drama, LAX, starring Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood. With only a week until the series premiere, Daniels recruited Ferguson to write an original theme tune.