The Office [US] 9 Seasons 2005

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1. Office: An American Workplace AGES_12_AND_OVER

When a documentary crew comes to the offices of Dunder Mifflin to observe the employees and learn about modern management, manager Michael Scott tries to paint a happy picture of his domain, but his jokes keep falling flat. Then, worse, his supervisor from the corporate office tells him that his branch may be downsized.

Starring:
Steve Carell,Rainn Wilson
Runtime:
23 minutes

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Office: An American Workplace

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Ken Kwapis
Starring Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson
Supporting actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robin
Season year 2005
Network NBC Universal
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sketch on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
Okay, so the US version of The Office has taken a lot of knocks from many sources, rather undeservedly. Yes, it is a remake of a UK show, but to kick it just for that is to be woefully ignorant of an excellent, surprisingly well written comedy.

The first episode is painful and the only direct copy (other shows in this season borrow a few ideas but never as much as the first episode) and as such, it is the weakest - this is a problem as many will judge the show based on this and watch no further. Mistake.

What started as a remake that had the hallmarks for a typical overseas mess up of an innovative idea has grown swiftly into a great show. It surpasses the tag 'remake' and becomes it's own entity, finding it's feet more as the first season progresses and bursting into life in the second season.

The characters are very loosely based on their British counterparts but with differences that become more obvious over time and the gulf between the two shows widens. Michael Scott is a very different character than David Brent, so to compare the two and dismiss the US show on that basis is crazy - Scott is never meant to be Brent, he is his own sad, flawed character and is all the better for it.

Michael Scott is a more tragic character, portrayed beautifully as sad, lonely, and desperately needy on a level that Brent never was. Brent was pathetic at times, even pitiable but there is an air of pathos about Michael Scott that invokes more emotion than Brent ever could. Brent was intelligent in a limited way, but more wilful and strong and arrogant. Scott is bright, but his arrogance is more based in self delusion and an often touching oblivion.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Howard on 18 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Firstly I want to say that I am British and a HUGE fan of the original
Office (British version). secondly I want to say that it annoys the
hell out of me when British people review the American version of the
Office and just compare it to the original and write it off as a bad
idea.... Get a Life people.

The American Office is hilarious and has to be watched with no
comparisons to the British version, just treat it as an individual
comedy. Also please remember that David Brent (who wrote the British
version) wanted the Americans to go with the "Office" sitcom idea and
run with it and he personally loves it, so its not like the USA have
stolen the idea.

There are lots of similarities but so what ? If you sat down and
actually watched this comedy it is really funny and I was chuckling to
myself on every episode I viewed.

I have to be honest and say it is not as good as the British version
but it is almost right up there and its a huge hit in the States so it
cant be all that bad. The British Office wouldn't go down so well in
the USA as its British humour, like wise with the American version over
here but I have to say I love them both.

It just annoys me when narrow minded Brits cant see past the end of
their noses and don't give it a chance. I love both versions of the
office and find them both excellent. You just need to treat the
American Office version as a completely different entity from the
original.

Broaden your minds people and enjoy the ride. Quality show !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bishop on 29 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This series is fantastic and is so much funnier than the UK version (which I loved). I think that the Jim and Pam (Tim and Dawn) storyline is done a lot better then the UK version and the other characters are also better too. Dwight is just hilarious and is easily my favourite. When you watch it try and put any similarities to the UK version aside if you can and try and enjoy it as it's own series. One thing that annoys me though is that the US are onto to season 6 now on TV and we're only up to season 3 being released on DVD....hurry up and get the rest of them out....that's what she said!!!

Overall a very funny series and I can't wait for future boxsets of it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hippopotamus on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Apart from the pilot, which is a shot for shot remake of the first episode of the British series, this series of The Office is absolutely brilliant. They obviously shot the pilot to show the TV network what the series would be about and, because it is a remake you can see the jokes coming, so it is a bit weak, but the rest of the series is dynamite. The show is more of a homage to the original show than a watered down remake. It's just as subtle and ironic, but with a lighter, warmer and more optimistic edge than the original series. Some people dismiss the American version, treating the original as sacred and is if the mere presence of another version somehow detracts from the original, but there's enough room for both shows, just because you liked the original series doesn't mean you can't like the American show. If there had never been a British version of The Office the American version would be as big and as popular as Seinfeld and Friends. The British public have an air of superiority when it comes to their sense of humour and their TV comedy, but there are no differences between the two countries, there are funny and ironic people and there are stupid and humorless people in both countries, and it would be a shame to let this prejudice get in the way of experiencing a show as great as The Office: An American Workplace.
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