Where was The Office filmed?

Last Modified Dec 24, 2022 18:48 GMT
Source - The Office’s Facebook account

Most of the filming of the hilarious sitcom "The Office" was actually shot in Los Angeles. After it gets picked up for the second season, the office block that followed each season thereafter was at Central Valley Studios, in Panorama City, California.

The Office has been one of the most popular comedy series on TV for the past ten years. The show was released in 2005 and broadcasted its last episode in May 2013. The series focuses on the day-to-day lives of office workers at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's fictional Scranton, Pennsylvania branch, featuring a star cast including Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, and more.

There are plenty of different places for different scenes which are also scattered around California, such as two fake restaurants in Chilli, a daycare center, a quaint country house, and a shopping mall, among others. Most of it, however, was shot at Central Valley Studios in California.

How was The Office filmed?


The Office was filmed with only one camera to give the appearance of a real documentary, without a studio audience or laughter track, as in other sitcoms. It enables the audience to reach the deadpan and absurd humor of the show fully. The main premise of the show is that a film crew is filming Dunder Mifflin and its employees, reportedly 24 hours a day. The presence of the camera is recognized by the characters, including Michael Scott, who takes part with enthusiasm in the shooting. Actor John Krasinski shot Scranton's video for the opening credits after he discovered he was picked as Jim.

What are the real locations of The Office for fans to visit?

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There are many other landmark sites of the sitcom that fans can visit, which include the houses of its characters and the multiple places of weddings seen in the series. Now, let's quickly look at the list of the locations of the show with real-life addresses:

  • Jim & Pam’s House: Located at 13831 Calvert Street, Van Nuys

  • Poor Richards Pub: Located at 21010 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

  • Phyllis and Bob Vance’s Wedding Church: Located at 4390 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood

  • Steamtown Mall: Located at 14006 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks

  • Jim & Pam’s Church: Located at 14115 W Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks

  • Oscar’s House: Located at 5232 Longridge Ave, Sherman Oaks

  • Dunder Mifflin Building: Located at, 13927 Saticoy Street, Panorama City

  • David Wallace’s house: Located at 5133 Louise Ave, Encino, CA 91316

  • Deryl’s House: Located at 14152 Emelita St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

  • Rite Aid: Located at 7239 Woodman Ave Van Nuys, CA 91405

  • Michael’s Famous Italian Restaurant: Located at 13726 Oxnard St, Valley Glen, CA 91401

  • The Coup: Located at 10001 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Can fans visit The Office set?

Source - The Office’s Facebook account

No, you cannot visit the sound stage used to film The Office. But you can go to Los Angeles and visit the outside of The Office's shooting grounds yourself. The interior of Dunder Mifflin's fake location is still a working studio, so don't try to sneak in.


Q. Where does The Office take place?

A. The show takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but it is shot in California.

Q. Does Steve Carell write any episodes in The Office?

A. Yes. Carell wrote two episodes of The Office - the season 2 finale, “Casino Night” and "Survivor Man" from season 4.

Q. What was the expensive shot in The Office?

A. According to an "Office Ladies” podcast episode, the scene where Jim proposes to Pam in season five was the most expensive in the series. Although the scene lasted less than a minute, it was the most expensive shot of the show at 250 grand.