6 of Our Favorite TV Shows That Aren’t Realistic About the Workplace


With summer finally here, all of you  graduates are understandably nervous about what your future job holds. While events like Beyond UConn have prepared you for some things, there are other sources that are working against the reality of what the workforce is really like post-graduation. That’s right, those TV shows you know, love, and binge-watch may be blurring your perceptions. Here are just a few:

  1. “The Office”

I know, I’m crying, too. We all want our work colleagues to be as tight-knit as the Office staff, and that may happen over time. However, starting off at a new company may not result in an automatic nine-season friendship, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away.

  1. “Parks & Recreation”

Similar to Michael Scott, there’s a good possibility that you won’t encounter an extreme boss such as Rob Swanson from Parks & Rec. While you may have a boss that has some humoristic or sarcastic qualities, the professional world has boundaries and expectations for bosses in the workplace, unlike reality TV.

  1. “Broad City”

While Ilana’s work antics are worthy of a few snickers, it is in no way how you should conduct yourself at a real-life job. It may seem obvious, but it is important to follow the dress code at your new job, as well as answer your work emails, and not take naps in the bathroom. Even though Ilana gets away with it, there’s a good chance that you won’t.


  1. Seinfeld

How can we resist quoting this beloved show in our day-to-day lives? Keep your quotes, but know that the grueling and tedious work the characters have to do is not all together realistic. Elaine picked salt crystals off pretzels, for goodness sake. You might have to do some filing, but at least you won’t be doing that.

  1. “Friends”

Is it just me or do the cast of Friends never work? How is it possible for them to not work and still pay rent on those larger than life studio apartments in New York City? Any person who has dreams of living in the big apple (myself included) knows that these #apartmentgoals are not feasible upon graduation.

  1. “The IT Crowd”

Even if you decide to work in IT, there’s very little chance that even half of the incidents that occur in this show will happen to you. Chock it up to British humor, but office fires are nothing to aspire after or laugh about during your first few weeks on the job. Keep a fire extinguisher, just in case, though.

Your first job in the “real world” is bound to be a little nerve-wracking, but hopefully exciting and filled with opportunities, as well. While binge-watching our favorite workplace shows, it’s important to keep in mind that they don’t always reflect reality, so have fun with it, Huskies!

By Autumn Magro
Autumn Magro Communications Intern