As Steve Carell Departs “The Office,” Here Are 12 Other TV Bosses Worth Living For

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Tonight, NBC’s “The Office” bids a final farewell to faithful Scranton branch manager Michael Scott — and with him, star Steve Carell.

We still don’t know who’s replacing him (and we’ve been speculating plenty).

But we can comfort you with this: television is rife with wonderfully fun-to-watch bosses right now.

So if you’re anticipating a painful bout of Scott-withdrawal, get to know these characters — and quick, before much of the primetime TV disappears for the summer.

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title=”Amy Poehler’s indefatigably positive Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation” (NBC).”
content=”Critics once feared that Poehler’s Knope would play like a Michael Scott redux. But she’s more than come into her own — and we root for the Madeleine Albright devotee just as we’ve always cheered for Scott.”
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title=”But she’s not the only amazing boss on “Parks” — Nick Offerman’s “Ron Swanson” is pure character gold.”
content=”He’s Knope’s beef-happy superior — and the anti-boss, the only man we know whose lips curl into a mustache-hidden smile at the threat of a government shutdown.”
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title=”Christine Baranski’s wry, powerful Diane Lockhart on “The Good Wife” (CBS).”
content=”The word fabulous is overused today — but that’s what Baranski’s law-firm partner is. There’s a ‘Mad Men’ quality to her tailored-suit-rocking, scotch-swilling performance — but it’s her dry one-liners that make her such a joy to watch.”
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title=”Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold on “Entourage” (HBO) has still got it.”
content=”The show may be flagging, but Piven’s spastic agent extraordinaire can still coax a laugh out of us — especially when he’s in a scene with Beverly D’Angelo.”
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title=”Jim Rash’s Dean Pelton on “Community” (NBC) gets our prize for most underappreciated.”
content=”He only dashes in and out of the gang’s study room — often in costumes that beg to be mocked — but Rash’s clueless, lonely Pelton is impossible not to love onscreen.”
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title=”Courteney Cox’s Jules Cobb on “Cougar Town” (ABC) is the ultimate friend-boss.”
content=”And you thought Michael Scott had no boundaries. Cox’s Cobb is the ultimate sweetheart pushover — but her intentions are so good, and her foibles so fun, we can’t hold her terrible management skills against her.”
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title=”Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” (NBC) will be long-term legendary.”
content=”Try and find a real-life executive as likable as this guy.”
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title=”Another boss who deserves more credit (from us and on the job): Scott Adsit’s Pete Hornberger on “30 Rock.””
content=”He’s ignored, overworked, and broken-spirited — if only he knew how happy he makes us.”
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title=”H. Jon Benjamin’s Bob Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX).”
content=”If you’re not watching ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ start — Fox has given it a second season pickup, largely thanks to the tired, curmudgeonly restaurant owner played by Benjamin.”
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title=”The whole host of network brass on “Episodes” (Showtime) is downright delightful.”
content=”Kathleen Rose Perkins, John Pankow and Daisy Haggard (not pictured) nail the absurd thickness of network executives without becoming caricatures. Can’t you hear the phony laughter?”
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title=”Patti Stanger is the boss of everyone on “Millionaire Matchmaker” (Bravo).”
content=”Now, stick with us on this one. Even if you find Stanger horrifically abrasive, admit that she does make you laugh — if only out of pure, scandalized shock.”
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title=”And last but not least, Will Forte as Ted Turner on “Conan” is our favourite late-night cameo.”
content=”‘Any area I physically enter is instantly named after me. There’s Turner Field, Turner centre and Turner Lincoln Memorial.'”
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title=”Now check out the undisputed boss of tweens.”
content=”How Disney achieves total mind domination over America’s kiddie culture consumers >>
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