Labor Day is a day to rest, oddly enough, after a summer full of labor. Even if you’ve broken up the long days with a vacation, it’s still a nice chance to take some time, maybe to travel, maybe to grill.
But for certain, you’ll want to stream and chill by watching some great things on your TV.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite work-themed things to watch on your streaming devices.
The Office (2005-2013)
Based on the award-winning British comedy of the same name, this acclaimed sitcom starring Steve Carell is told through the lenses of a documentary film crew. You get all the poor management techniques, gossip, pranks and romance of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Michael Scott (Carell) has no clue that his employees can barely tolerate him. In his mind, he is their guru, their mentor and their cool friend. His staff includes his dedicated-to-the-point-of-annoying assistant, Dwight Schrute, office receptionist Pam, and likable sales rep Jim.
Anyone who has ever worked in a “team” environment can appreciate the humor and suffering of the Dunder-Mifflin staff and “The Office.”
Office Space (1999)
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss in Mike Judge’s classic comedy.
Disgruntled IT worker Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) reaches a breaking point with his soulless programming job where he simply stops caring and would prefer not to. He skips work and asks out a waitress he’s had a crush on. Jennifer Aniston is fun as Joanna, the fed-up food server who doesn’t need 37 pieces of flair to express herself.
And the real star of the piece is the red Swingline stapler, clutched jealously by mumbling wallflower Milton Waddams (Stephen Root), who threatens to set the building on fire. I’m going to need to go ahead and say this is a funny film.
“Office Space” is available to stream on Starz.
Mad Men (2007-2015)
This is a landmark period-piece drama about a Madison Avenue advertising agency and the U.S. in the 1960s.
Featuring one of Sterling Cooper’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper (Jon Hamm), the show focuses on the business of the agency as well as the personal lives of the characters. “Mad Men” won acclaim and awards by regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of America, exhibiting style all the while with its note-perfect clothes, furnishings and look.
All seasons of “Mad Men” are available to stream on Netflix.
Norma Rae (1979)
Norma Rae (Sally Field) is a minimum-wage cotton mill worker, wife and mother who stands up to the system in an attempt to unionize her shop.
Field earned her first Oscar in this based-on-real-events story. She has one of the most emotionally satisfying moments in any labor film in the famous scene in which she holds up the sign reading “UNION” in the middle of the factory until the other workers at last demonstrate their support for her cause.
This is the film that led to Field’s iconic “You like me! You really like me!” speech at the Oscars.
Available to stream on Starz.
9 to 5 (1980)
This office satire is about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves.
It’s full of stereotypes, but it’s fun nonetheless, as Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin exact their revenge on the perfectly cast Dabney Coleman.
The trio, one of whom has been passed over for a promotion because she is a woman, spend a night together having drug-induced fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. One of them panics the following day when she suspects she really has poisoned the tyrant.
This is the film (and theme song) that launched Parton permanently into popular culture.