Pam Beesly

Played by Jenna Fischer

Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) is one of the most down-to-earth characters on "The Office." The typical girl next door, Pam is wholesome and friendly, with a good sense of humor. Compared to some of the other characters on the show, Pam is very normal. Although she takes her job at Dunder Mifflin seriously, she amuses herself by joining her coworker and now husband, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), in playing pranks on different employees, especially Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Although she recognizes the quirks and bizarre behavior of her boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell), she is sympathetic toward him, and he often turns to her as a confidant.

When the series begins, Pam is the administrative assistant in the office and engaged to Roy Anderson (David Denman), a warehouse employee. Although her dream is of being an artist, her role is to tend to her fellow employees' needs, some of which are very peculiar. She does her job well, but doesn't go above and beyond what is necessary. In fact, she finds some of the tasks she is responsible for a little ridiculous and at times, rolls her eyes at the other employees. Despite this, Pam is diligent and completes her work as assigned.

To keep herself from going crazy with boredom, she and Jim often joke around. They share inside jokes, and often play pranks on other employees. The sexual tension between Pam and Jim increases throughout the seasons, and Jim finally admits that he has a crush on her and kisses her shortly before her scheduled wedding to Roy. This confession is part of the reason that Pam ends up not marrying Roy. Newly single, Pam begins to break out of her shell. She begins to speak out more in the office and devotes more time to her art. She finally begins dating Jim, and they become engaged although she spends time in New York attending an art school, so they have a long-distance relationship for a short time.

When Pam returns to Scranton, she finds Michael ready to walk away from Dunder Mifflin and start his own paper company. In a rare break from character, Pam joins him. She is ready to become more than an assistant; she wants to work in sales. The Michael Scott Paper Company eventually dissolves, and Pam returns to Dunder Mifflin as a salesperson. She becomes pregnant with Jim's baby, and the two marry and deliver a baby girl.

Pam is perhaps one of the most relatable characters in "The Office." A relatively typical girl stuck in corporate America, whose dreams for more are never quite fulfilled resonates with the audience. Her character is also perhaps the most evolved over the course of the show. She represents how people can truly grow, no matter their surroundings. She begins the show as a young, naïve, and somewhat meek character, taken advantage of by others and becomes a more assertive woman who is both a wife and mother.

Memorable Quotes

"I mean, seriously, how is it possible that in five years I've had two engagement rings, and only one chair?"

"I just drove twenty miles round trip to the office to get Michael a single sheet of white paper. So, I could have just had him fax it to me, I guess."