‘Office’ Plotlines Reflect Recession Anxieties

Dunder Mifflin has some real-life problems this season.

Last Updated: November 23, 2009 @ 7:09 AM

Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper company at the center of NBC’s prime-time comedy "The Office," is facing bankruptcy. Staffers in the Scranton branch are anxious about their fate.

"The Office" is among a great many prime-time shows that have integrated recession-era themes into their plotlines this fall in an effort to reflect the changing American economic climate. Art imitating life on television can offer a sense of solidarity for the viewing public and a new type of coping mechanism for dealing with recession-related stress.

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