The Office is known for being one of the greatest comedies to ever be on television. It's been off the air for six years, but fans still binge watch the show religiously, myself included. And while we all love Michael Scott's antics, the feuding between Jim and Dwight, and even Toby being his Toby self, there's one thing about the show that always had people coming back to watch it every week. And that was Jim and Pam's relationship.
This was the case even before they were a "real" couple. Their chemistry was enthralling, their flirtatious nature was charming, and the tension between the two was unmistakable.
We all knew from day one that Roy was never going to be the one to end up with Pam, but that didn't make the Will they?/Won't they? between Jim and Pam any more bearable. But they at least found their way in the end.
Throughout the entire series, there were so many endearing moments they shared, and times where Jim was the romantic partner we all hoped to find one day.
Since then, we still reminisce or even rewatch, the best scenes between the two that occurred during the entirety of the show. On top of that, we've gotten juicy tidbits since then about behind-the-scenes stories between Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski during their time on the show. And that is exactly what you will find in this article.
So here are the 32 Things Only Superfans Knew About Jim And Pam's Relationship.
32 A Different Jim And Pam
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were so incredible as Jim and Pam that it is very difficult to imagine any other actors in those roles other than them. But that almost was exactly what happened.
The creator of the show, Greg Daniels, had, at first, a much different vision of them in his head. In this different version, they were more “Americanized."
This meant that he wanted to have them be an interracial couple.
He had actually planned on casting Erica Vittina Phillips in the role of Pam and Craig Robinson (who later went on to play Darryl on the show) in the role of Jim. But then John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer each nailed their auditions, which made the creator change his mind on his original vision.
Obviously, the original actors could have been just as amazing in their respective roles, just in a different way. But I have to say that I think the fact that they cast John and Jenna in the roles was pure destiny.
If we're all being honest with ourselves, it's near impossible to picture anyone else in the iconic roles. And it's probably safe to say that no one could have that same insane chemistry that these two had.
31 Subtlety At Its Finest
Often on television shows, they have little nods throughout their show that either references a real-life person or is a direct reference to a person or relationship on the show itself. And that exact thing happened on The Office on more than one occasion, but one of the sweetest ones was in a season 4 episode titled “Branch Wars.”
Of course, you may have missed it completely because it was a very subtle easter egg for Jim and Pam fans. During this episode, it is shown that Pam, Oscar, and Toby, all are a part of “The Finer Things Club,” where they get together in the break room and have a classy lunch while they discuss literature.
During one scene we see they’re having a tea party and if you look closely, Pam is using the teapot Jim gave her in the season 2 episode, “Christmas Party.”
That was a big episode for them, even though they weren’t together yet, because Jim specifically got Pam the teapot and filled it with inside jokes between the two of them…as well as a letter declaring his feelings. After Secret Santa turned into Yankee Swap and an iPod was repeatedly taken, Pam eventually traded the iPod for her teapot, which pleased Jim immensely.
He ended up taking his love letter out, but it was still obvious that they both had feelings for each other already. And to see she was still using it in season 4, in her fancy club no less, is definitely endearing.
30 Thanks For The Memories
Whenever an iconic show or film wraps, a lot of times actors and actresses will take props from the set for sentimental reasons. That way they can always remember one of the best times of their life. And that is precisely what Jenna Fischer did after The Office, sadly, ended.
When Jim proposed to Pam (finally!) in season 5 in an episode titled “Weight Loss Pt.2,” it was a moment that fans have cherished years after it first aired. Rightly so too, because it was a seriously sweet moment that was a long time coming for the two lovebirds. And obviously, when he proposed, he presented Pam with a gorgeous engagement ring.
The thing is, Pam went on to wear it for the rest of the series, which, of course she did, but that's not where the story ends. When the show ended, Jenna Fischer actually ended up taking the ring as a souvenir and has been seen wearing it multiple times in the years since the show has ended.
That is a seriously sentimental souvenir to take and it’s also very nice to see that The Office, as well as Jim Halpert, was just as special to her as they were to us.
29 Life Imitates Art
There have been countless shows over the past several decades that have had to either adjust or improvise when an actress on the program suddenly becomes pregnant. This means they have to either hide the pregnancy with ridiculous props or they simply write it into the storyline.
So in season 8 of The Office, when we learn that Pam Halpert is now pregnant with her second child with Jim, it was easy to assume that this was something the writers had to suddenly fit into the storyline. That was because, in real life, Jenna Fischer was also pregnant.
Lucky for Jenna, the writers were already planning on Pam becoming pregnant again, and her own real-life pregnancy just coincided perfectly.
That doesn’t always work out for actresses in such a seamless way, but this was just the best scenario for her, and the show, to have happened.
This meant that she didn't have to wear a ton of baggy clothing or use humungous purses or large objects to block her baby bump from being visually seen (much like Angela Kinsey had to do when she was pregnant in season 4). It's not often that things work out so perfectly for a pregnant actress like that, but it was a happy accident, indeed.
28 Never Forget Your First Kiss
Everyone always remembers the first person they’ve ever kissed, and the same goes for actors who share their first on-screen kiss with another actor/actress. That was also the case for John Krasinski when they filmed Jim and Pam’s first kiss in the season 2 finale, “Casino Night.”
Apparently, John had never kissed anyone on-screen before and he was understandably nervous. But he played it cool and actually lied to Jenna Fischer when she asked him if it was going to be his first on-screen kiss.
He could have fooled us, though, because not only was their chemistry extremely evident on-screen, but that kiss was sizzling. Everyone had already been waiting with bated breath for the moment they finally told each other how they felt, but then they were all rewarded with one of the most electric kisses to ever air on television.
It's quite remarkable when you think about it that they were able to accomplish that in spite of the fact that John was beyond nervous. It's also kind of adorable that he felt the need to lie to Jenna about it being his first time doing that on camera. It seems she didn't even notice, judging by how perfect the scene turned out to be.
27 The (Actual) First Kiss
Everyone remembers the first time Jim and Pam shared their first real kiss. It was in “Casino Night,” in season 2, and it was epic, to say the least. It was a lot of tension finally releasing and left fans guessing what was going to happen with them next thanks to a cruel but brilliant cliffhanger.
But that wasn't their actual first kiss. See, back in the season 2 premiere, “The Dundies,” was when they actually kissed for the very first time. The only problem is, Pam was probably (definitely) too tipsy to remember it.
During their annual Dundie Awards, Pam got rip-roaring intoxicated due to her fiance at the time, Roy, being a jerk and leaving before she wanted to. She ended up having a lot of fun that night, and after she received her own award for “Whitest Sneakers” she gave an…interesting speech, to say the least.
Right after that, she ran up to Jim to hug him and gave him a quick kiss after she did so. Jim was clearly flustered yet happy after that little “accident” of her’s, but it was never really talked about again.
At least the superfans will always remember their actual first kiss.
26 A Love Triangle
When you think of The Office and Jim and Pam’s relationship, in particular, you probably first think about the love triangle they had when things first started.
Pam was engaged to Roy, a warehouse worker for Dunder Mifflin, when the show first started. But Jim clearly had feelings for her from the beginning, causing tension between him and Roy at times, even though he had never told Pam about his feelings.
But there may have been another man Jim should worry about starting all the way in the Pilot episode of The Office.
In season 9, we met the boom mic operator, Brian, when Jim and Pam were having problems and he went to console her. It seemed they had some sort of connection that was mildly past the line of proper. But nothing ever happened with him in the end, luckily, but it looks like he was right there when Jim and Pam first started.
In the Pilot episode, when Jim is flirting with Pam at the receptionist desk and Roy comes in, the camera catches a boom mic right above them. Fans have speculated that was Brian and he was there from the beginning to witness the ups and downs of Jim and Pam.
Sure, it may have just been a mistake, but it seems a little too coincidental if you ask me.
25 Thank You, Michael Scott
There is a very real possibility that despite the fact Jim was aware of how deeply in love with Pam he was that he would have never admitted his true feelings for her, that is if it weren’t for Michael Scott.
It was extremely rare that Michael had a moment of clarity where he said something so meaningful and profound that you couldn’t help but take his advice. But he did just that on the Booze Cruise when he was talking to Jim.
In fact, when the “Booze Cruise” episode first aired and we saw Michael giving Jim advice about Pam, we almost had to do a double take.
See, Pam had just set a wedding date with Roy for June 10th, which clearly upset Jim since he was about to tell her how he felt. He was ready to throw in the towel, which he basically told Michael when confessing his feelings for her. Michael told him “engaged ain’t married” when he seemed hesitant to pursue her.
He then followed that up with “Never, ever, ever give up.” At that moment, you could tell Jim was ready to fight for Pam.
So thank you, Michael Scott, for helping the star-crossed lovers along.
24 Inspiration For A Quiet Place
John Krasinski had a huge success recently with his horror film, A Quiet Place. He not only starred in it, but he also wrote and directed it. It was a box office hit and apparently, he has The Office partially to thank for the success of it.
There are typically life lessons to take from any job you have. As well as professional lessons, too, which is very evident in this next fact.
He said recently in an interview that it was because of something producer Greg Daniels of The Office said to him when he was on the show that was the reason for how authentic the film was. Daniels said, “Your job is not to deliver these lines funny. Your job is just to deliver the lines and whether people find it funny is up to them and if people find it sad when you say nice things or cry when you say nice things to Pam, that's up to them, too.”
In other words, it’s up to them to make the audience feel something, rather than just tell us it’s funny or sweet or sad.
He used that advice to make his horror film that’s based on a family trying to survive truly authentic. Apparently, all that practice with being super romantic to Pam paid off in the end.
23 Love At First Sight
Many people are very skeptical about whether or not you can actually experience "love at first sight." People are even usually pretty skeptical about stories of people falling in love in a matter of a few weeks.
And honestly, it is very rare that anyone feels like they knew they were going to marry someone they just started dating. Usually, it takes several months before they know they’re the one and are planning to propose to them.
But that was not the case for Jim Halpert. He knew he was going to marry Pam immediately, buying an engagement ring for her a week after they started dating, as referenced in the season 4 episode, “Chair Model,”
Don’t get me wrong, they had obviously had feelings for each other a long time before they started dating. There was such a back and forth between them for a long time that audiences couldn’t keep up with the “will they?” or “won’t they?” of it all.
But once they were finally together, it didn’t take long at all for Jim to announce he’s already ready to marry Pam.
So whether or not you are on a skeptic of love at first sight or not, you have to admit that Jim and Pam's love story is one for the ages.
22 Friends Forever
While it's always nice to see actors stay close friends well after the show they were on together has ended, it's also very rare that that happens. Whether it's because they are just immensely busy in their personal or professional lives, or they just drift apart, there's always a reason why they don't tend to stay close.
But then there are the rare instances out there. Especially when you work with someone for an extended period of time because you often will strike up a bond that is extremely hard to break. This is especially true when you are an actor who has been “married” on the show you work on with this other actor for years.
There’s a level of trust that needs to be there when you are playing a couple together, and there’s also a lot of time spent together when the majority of the scenes you’re doing involves the other person.
Because of all of those factors, that made John and Jenna inseparable friends for life. They share a bond over their time on The Office together and will now be friends for a lifetime.
Jenna has even remarked that they will always be close because he was her “partner” for a long, long time. If that's not adorable, I don't know what is.
21 The Couple That Pranks Together…
All throughout the nine seasons of The Office, Jim was known for his elaborate pranks on Dwight, his co-worker and nemesis. Well, Dwight would say that he was his nemesis at least. Jim, on the other hand, just enjoyed getting under his skin for the fun of it.
There was the time he put his stapler in a jello mold or the time he wrapped all of his desk (and supplies) in wrapping paper as a "Christmas present." And they only got more elaborate from there.
A lot of the time when he would put these pranks into action, it was with the help of Pam.
And that didn’t change even after they were married with a child. For example, in the season 6 episode of The Office titled, “The Cover-Up,” it is revealed that Jim and Pam have taken time out of their busy schedules to learn morse code so they could make fun of Dwight right in front of him.
Of course, Dwight recognizes the morse code immediately, but they brush it off saying it’s ridiculous. But obviously, they definitely learned morse code for that purpose alone.
The couple the pranks together, stays together, as evidenced by Jim and Pam.
20 Real-Life Husband
We first learned that Pam was pregnant in the season five finale of The Office, "Company Picnic." It was during an intense volleyball match against the corporate office, that Pam twisted her ankle. She insisted she was fine but was forced to check it out at the hospital anyway. But while she was there, she found out she was pregnant, which resulted in a classicly sweet Jim moment. He was beyond ecstatic to hear the news, and all of season six then resulted in a lot of storylines surrounding Pam's pregnancy.
So when Pam gave birth to Cecelia Halpert, the entire office was there in support. It was a fantastic moment not only for the Halperts but for Michael and the rest of the office as well. The only problem was that Pam had a little trouble getting her daughter to drink her milk. This meant that she needed to have a “lactation consultant” come in to assist her.
This ended up making Jim feel very uncomfortable because the consultant turned out to be a man, and he had to get a little handsy with Pam to actually help her with her child.
What is truly hysterical about this, though, is the fact that the lactation consultant was actually Jenna Fischer’s real-life husband, Lee Kirk.
This scenario is beyond ironic and amusing seeing as Jim was playing the jealous husband at that moment on the show when her real-life husband was the one assisting her with his touch.
19 John Krasinski As…Dwight?
Whenever a new show is in the casting process, many faces come in and out those doors before they find the perfect actor for each specific role. The same was the case when casting was happening for The Office.
But during the casting process, several of the actors who auditioned later went on to become very famous for other roles, even though they didn’t get these coveted parts. For instance, Seth Rogen auditioned for the role of Dwight, while Adam Scott and John Cho auditioned for the part of Jim Halpert. Additionally, Kathryn Hahn auditioned for the role of Pam.
It would have been odd, in retrospect, to see any of those actors in these now iconic roles that we know John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson for.
But what is truly surprising is the fact that the people casting the show actually wanted John Krasinski to audition for the role of Dwight Schrute, rather than Jim Halpert. He insisted that the part of Jim was a much better fit for him, though, and even went on to say, “If they don’t find a Jim, I’ll come in and read for that.”
We should all be glad that John didn't simply accept the fact that they wanted him in the role of Dwight, and rather fought for the role he was truly meant for.
18 Left Out Of The Loop
The Office was known for leaving the audience on cliffhangers nearly every season finale. A lot of the time the cliffhanger had everything to do with a milestone in Jim and Pam's relationship. In the season 2 finale, they finally kissed and we were all left wondering what that meant for them now. Would Pam call off her wedding to Roy? Would they finally start dating?
We soon got our answer in season 3, when Jim was now at the Stamford branch, and Pam and Roy ended up eventually calling off the wedding. But the season 3 finale was an even greater torture. “The Job,” was another finale that left us on a serious cliffhanger, especially in regards to Jim and Pam. Jim had left his interview with David Wallace to go back to Scranton and ask Pam on a date...and that's where it ended.
Apparently, though, we weren’t the only ones left in the dark about where their relationship was heading.
That’s right, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were both not told what was going to happen to their character’s after that point. When they asked the writers if they were going to start dating in season 4, the writers responded by saying they weren’t even sure if they were going to start dating yet. Or at all.
On top of not knowing how their character’s relationship was going to progress, they also were only given scripts one week in advance. How they didn't go completely mad from that, I'll never know.
17 People-Pleasing Pam
In the first two seasons of The Office, Pam is seen as the pretty but quiet receptionist who is only really herself when she’s with Jim. That means she does what she’s told for the most part when it comes to her fiance, Roy, and never wanted to rock the boat with anyone else.
Because of this, she rarely ever spoke up for herself. She would nod along and accept snide remarks being said to her or Roy telling her going to art school is a waste of time and money.
And apparently, audiences preferred that over the “strong-willed” Pam that appeared in season 3 of the show as well as the rest of the series.
What is beyond ironic about that is if it weren’t for Pam becoming more self-assured and confident, she probably never would have said what she did to Jim at the beach in the episode, “Beach Day”. And if she hadn’t done that, there’s a real chance they wouldn’t have ended up together in the end.
Jim would have never even known that was how she really felt, or how much she missed him and the friendship they had before he left. And therefore, he would have never asked her out in the first place. So why on Earth would anyone want Pam to be a people-pleaser again?
16 Friends First
There’s something to be said for couples who started out as friends before melding into romantic partners. A lot of people find that going about things that way can make for not only a better relationship but a long-lasting one as well.
Jim and Pam seemed to feel the same way since they were friends for years before they were even able to tell each other how they really felt about the other. Their mutual attraction for the other wasn't only stemmed from a physical level but also each other's personalities. Each of their little idiosyncrasies and inside jokes made for a stronger friendship, and in turn, a stronger attraction between the two.
And even when those feelings were revealed, it still took a lot of trials and tribulations before they finally made it as a couple. Some even thought it took them too long to finally get it together and become the amazing couple we all knew they were going to be.
But once they did, their relationship was pretty damn near perfect. And maybe it was their strong friendship they had to thank for that.
After all, they always say to marry your best friend. And that’s exactly what they did.
15 First Time For Everything
The one thing Jim Halpert always refused to do was wear an actual Halloween costume to work for a Halloween celebration/party. He just was never a “costume guy” so he’d come up with a very basic one that pretty much looked the same as his everyday look we've all come to know and love.
One year, for instance, he went as “three-hole punch Jim” because he taped three black circles to the side of his shirt. Another year he wore a name tag that said: “Hello, my name is Dave.” And he even just wrote BOOK across his face another time to indicate he was…Facebook.
All of these were clever but not exactly costumes. So when Pam tried to get him to dress up as the Popeye to her Olive Oyl in the season 7 Halloween episode, it was with little success. That is until she was told by Danny Cordray, a guy she had been on two dates with, that he never called her back because she seemed dorky.
This made her bummed out and caused Jim to immediately dress up, along with their daughter, just to cheer her up.
It was such a simple gesture that was immensely sweet.
14 Lost Without You
As we’ve seen, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski became very close over the years that they worked together on The Office. And portraying a couple such as Jim and Pam only made that bond of their’s even stronger.
So it’s completely understandable that Jenna has said in an interview that she wouldn’t have been able to do the show without John in the role of Jim. And honestly, we probably wouldn't have been as enthralled by the show we were watching if it weren't for them and their ability to sell Jim and Pam's tension with their captivating performances.
Their chemistry was palpable, and I honestly couldn’t picture anyone else in either of their roles other than them. But having a trusting bond with your “scene partner” for that many years means it’d be hard to ever trust anybody else in their place. And that’s precisely how Jenna felt about it too.
I'm sure it would be difficult to ever have the same trusting bond with another actor after being in that role for several years with John by her side. But even if it's never the exact same experience she had with him in new roles she takes on, at least she'll always have the memories.
13 The First Date
When we finally got confirmation that Jim and Pam were indeed a couple in the season 4 premiere episode, "Fun Run," it was sweet relief to know that the back and forth between them was finally over. The only downside was that we would not be able to see the very early days of their relationship since they had already been dating for some time. That includes their very first date.
But back in season 2, when Jim was still pining for Pam, even though she was still very much engaged to Roy, was when they had their actual first date. I know what you’re thinking - “how is that possible?” Well, that’s because it was their first date that wasn’t technically a date.
During the episode, “The Client,” at one point they go up on the roof to enjoy a meal together while Dwight and Kevin set off fireworks in a field down below.
Then, later on, they listen to music on an iPod together and start lightly swaying to the music together. Jim “jokingly” insists that it was a date because of those facts. It was a really cute moment, even though the date itself wasn’t technically a reality. At least not yet.
12 Plan C
Jim and Pam’s wedding took place over two episodes at the beginning of season 6. It was arguably the biggest event on television that year. The receptionist and the salesman were finally tying the knot, and it was one of the sweetest things we’ve ever seen.
There were several moments that were both endearing and charming between the two, including their "mental pictures" during the entire event. Or the fact that Jim cut his tie in half when he saw Pam crying over her ruined veil. But if you can imagine, it got even sweeter than that.
That is because after several different things went wrong both before and on their wedding day, Jim put his backup plan into motion.
Well, I should say his backup plan to the original backup plan. He took her on a boat in Niagra Falls and had the captain marry them so it was just the two of them.
They still went back to the church to get “married” in front of all their friends and family, but it was the first one that really counted. Jim ends up saying that “Plan C was the boat, Plan B was the church, and Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago.”
And that is why everyone deserves their own Jim Halpert.
11 Marital Problems
Season 9 of The Office had our favorite couple on the show go through a lot of ups and downs. It was difficult to see because they always seemed to be such a strong couple who could get through anything that came their way, as long as they were together.
But even the strongest relationships go through their rough patches. A lot of it had to do with Jim pursuing a different career in Philadelphia which caused him to split his time between there and Scranton. A lot of tension arose between the two and caused more than one argument.
Eventually, Pam started to feel that maybe she wasn’t “enough” for Jim anymore. This caused Jim to do quite the romantic gesture for her in the second to last episode of the series. He had the crew help him create a montage of all of their moments together over the years that they’ve been shooting a documentary to show her how much she means to him.
He also finally gave her the letter that accompanied the teapot he gave her in the "Christmas Party” episode in season 2. To further prove his point, he told her, “Not enough for me? You are everything.”
10 The Cruise
The "Booze Cruise" episode in season 2 was one of the funniest episodes of the season. But there was also plenty of drama, as well as some seriously intriguing moments between Jim and Pam.
A lot happened on this particular episode of The Office, including Jim realizing how badly he needed to tell Pam his feelings for her. We all thought everything would finally be out in the open, but boy were we wrong.
When Captain Jack was talking to Michael about who you should save first if the boat is sinking, Michael starts to ask his employees who they should save first by using metaphors for the office.
Jim at first gives him an answer he thinks will go along with what he’s looking for, even though he’s clearly distracted by something...or someone. But then he clarifies that he “would save the receptionist” when he walks away. That further indicated how deep his feelings for Pam were at that point.
And even though Roy took his opportunity away to tell Pam about his feelings right after that by saying they should set a date for their wedding, it was still a really sweet moment for them.
Luckily, that wedding didn't end up happening anyway.
9 Worth The Wait
We’ve already talked about what a huge event Jim and Pam’s wedding was for audiences everywhere, and it was all because of the many hysterical and many sweet moments all throughout the two-parter.
One of the sweetest moments was Jim’s impromptu speech at the rehearsal dinner. This is when he began to speak after Michael interrupted his brothers’ speech to start his own comedy routine of sorts.
This leads to Jim talking about how they came to be a couple in the first place. He starts out by sharing stories of the ways he would flirt with Pam even though she was with someone else, including when he pretended he needed to learn to drive stick for a year.
He went on to say, "I've been driving stick since high school, so... For a really long time, that's all I had. Little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And, a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl I work with but I think, even then I knew that... I was waiting for my wife."
He knew Pam was worth it even though he had to wait a long time to finally be with Pam. First, she was with Roy, then they went through a rough patch, then he dated Karen, and then they finally ended up together. But he summed it all up perfectly when he said, “...I knew that I was waiting for my wife.” Cue the tears.
8 A Total Disaster
That same speech that Jim gave also very nearly ruined the wedding. The main thing they wanted to keep a secret at the wedding was that Pam was pregnant. It was hard to ignore the fact that she had been intimate with Jim before marriage if everyone knew she was already pregnant. That was a big deal for someone in attendance, namely Pam’s Grandma.
She is very conservative and didn’t believe in engaging intimately before marriage. So Pam and Jim told the entire office to not even mention the pregnancy. But at the end of his toast, Jim asked everyone to raise their glasses, “Except for Pam, of course.”
This caused Pam’s grandmother to ask why she wasn’t able to drink. In turn, things got real awkward real fast. First, Jim couldn’t come up with a quick reason why she wasn’t drinking. And then he revealed it was because she was pregnant, which caused Michael to do what he does best: ruin an evening.
He awkwardly started talking about their relations and how it happened, making everyone feel incredibly awkward. It’s crazy to think that Jim was the one who nearly ruined their wedding in this scenario, and not Michael, but maybe it was because he was starting to pick up some bad habits from Michael? At least Michael ended up saving the day in the end...sort of.
7 A Kiss To End All Kisses
Whenever fans are watching their favorite show, and they have two characters they are rooting for to get together, or are "shipping" them, it is extremely nerve-wracking for them to have to wait for that epic moment their feelings are finally revealed. Or better yet, when they share their first kiss.
So the moment that Jim and Pam finally kissed was a huge moment not only for this television show but all television shows everywhere. And the reason for that was because it was one of the best kisses to be on television…ever.
That was according to the writers, of course. But I’m pretty sure we can all agree with them on it.
The second that the scene cut, they immediately knew they had filmed “one of the best kisses” on television to date.
And that is a pretty incredible feat.
But it’s also astounding to know that two of the best characters on The Office, and definitely the best couple, ended up creating one of the most romantic and epic kisses to ever grace our television screens.
Who knew that a show about a boring American workplace could result in one of the best kisses on television to occur? I sure didn't.
We first find out that Jim and Pam are officially dating at the beginning of season 4, which was really exciting since we were left on a cliffhanger at the end of season 3 when he first asked her out on a date.
Now that they are an actual couple, we got multiple moments throughout season 4 that were both adorable and swoon-worthy.
One of these moments was during the episode, “Launch Party”. Most of the episode’s storyline was all about the launching of Dunder Mifflin’s website, which Michael wasn’t invited to, much to his dismay.
But there’s a great moment when Jim sneaks a pizza up on the roof with Pam to enjoy some alone time and they reveal the moment they each first knew they liked the other.
Jim’s was when she told him on his first day, "Enjoy this moment, because you're never going to back to this time before you met your desk-mate, Dwight.”
Pam’s ended up being when he came up to her desk, and he said, "This might sound weird, and there's no reason for me to know this, but that mixed-berry yogurt you're about to eat has expired.”
And that’s when they became the most adorable couple on television.
5 Meant To Be
There was an instant spark between Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski when they first met, so much so that they knew they wanted the other to be in the role they were going for. Jenna even commented that when they were passing by and introduced themselves at auditions, they shook hands and she felt an instant spark.
Which makes sense why John wanted Jenna to be Pam just as much as she wanted him to be Jim. And luckily for them, as well as us, their wishes came true.
But before they knew that, when Jenna was first told she was cast in the role, the first thing she asked was, “Who’s playing Jim? Is it John?.” She, of course, found out that he did indeed get the role.
And when John was told he was cast, he asked a near identical question about Jenna. They were both thrilled to find out they had each been cast in their respective roles because they knew the chemistry was there for their characters already and that they would become great friends in the process of shooting as well.
It's not often that you get your ideal co-worker, but it's definitely exciting when you do.
4 Long Time Coming
There are so many iconic moments for Pam and Jim that went down in Office history as being one of the best scenes to ever be on television. So much so, that's it's hard to always pick a favorite.
Another moment in the Jim and Pam history that was utterly perfect was the scene where Jim proposed to Pam, for instance. They had met between Scranton and New York, while she was still in art school, and because he couldn’t wait a second longer, he proposed to her at a rest stop.
It was so romantic and was the perfect way for them to become engaged after all that time. But it turns out it took quite a lot to make that moment as perfect as it was, according to the show's producers and crew.
The crew actually had to build a replica of the rest stop they had in mind for the Jim and Pam proposal scene. It ended up costing them $250,000 to do so. The producer described it as, “the most expensive and elaborate shot we've ever done, but it's also sort of the highlight of five years of storytelling”.
I’d have to agree that we, the fans, wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
3 A Happy Ending
In season 5, there was a two-part episode titled, “Stress Relief,” that mostly surrounds the stress that Michael causes everyone in the office. He finds this out after Stanley has a heart attack.
But there’s also a B-plot storyline about Pam’s parents, who are having serious marital troubles. Her dad is currently staying with her and Jim at this point because things are so bad with their marriage.
She ends up enlisting Jim’s help to talk to him and see if he could find out what’s wrong and how they can fix the problem.
Not long after, she is told by her dad that after talking with Jim, he’s decided to divorce her mom. This upsets Pam greatly. That is until she finds out the reason he came to that conclusion.
It turns out Jim went into great detail about how he feels about Pam, and how he feels when she walks into a room. It’s evident how madly in love with her he is, and her dad realized that he never felt that way about her mom even on their best days.
So Pam realized that even though she always assumed her parents were soulmates, her kids will be right about that when they think the same thing.
2 Setting The Mood
There have been so many moments all throughout The Office that showcased what an amazing couple Jim and Pam truly were. Jim Halpert quickly became the ideal man for women everywhere, not only because of his good looks but also his sweet nature and the way he was completely devoted to Pam, always.
One of the first truly fantastic moments between them when their feelings were finally out there was that epic kiss in the season 2 finale. There are so many stories about the filming of Jim and Pam’s kiss, including some we’ve already covered, but this next one will really take the cake.
It turns out that when they were filming the scene, they decided not to yell, “Action!," so as not to ruin the setting.
They wanted Jenna Fischer to really immerse herself in the role, and she definitely did just that. She actually felt as if she was heartbroken and on the phone with her mom to talk about it when John walked in as Jim. Once they kissed it was as if she was, “transported to a new reality” according to Fischer and it made the moment that much more authentic.
It's difficult to make a scene come across with that much originality, but the cast and crew definitely perfected the art of it.
1 Accidentally In Love
A big part of the reason that Jim and Pam’s chemistry was so apparent whenever they were on screen together apparently had a lot to do with the fact that the real-life actors had parts of them that are “in love,” so to speak.
According to Jenna Fischer, “There’s like a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that’s Jim and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another.” She stated this on an episode of Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen.
She went on to clarify that, “in real life, we aren’t totally Pam and totally Jim, so in real life, we’re not the perfect match. He was like a type of spouse that I had for a long time, he was my partner and we will always be close because of it.”
Fans everywhere twisted that to mean, at first, that they were in love in real life, regardless of their spouses. But both John and Jenna clarified what she meant after that so no one would get too carried away.
And of course, they may not be the perfect match in real life, but it’s nice to know they always have been and always will be close thanks to The Office.