The Office [US] 9 Seasons 2005

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Season 1
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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.

Steve Carell,Rainn Wilson
23 minutes

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Season 1

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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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

Broaden your minds people and enjoy the ride. Quality show !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
I have been a huge fan of THE OFFICE ever since its first season. And, up to and including the very last episode, I am glad I did. The Series was original in its premise and execution, the pseudo-documentary format opening up numerous previously little explored avenues of storytelling. And it was great fun to watch.

The setting (the office of a small branch of paper-selling company) and the stories (everyday life of the people found working in such a low-prospects jobs) seem mundane at first. And there lies the magic of the creators. For (if the endless strings of CSIs are any indication) it not hard to create good TV with car chases, gadgets and explosions. It is extremely hard to make excellent TV with only the everyday grind to work with. It seems effortless only because they made it look easy.

The brief one-way interviews each character had with the camera functioned as either prefatory summaries of stories about to unfold (building up the anticipation) or as instances of pushing back, yet never breaking, the forth wall, and, thus, making the viewing experience more personal and involving. All without the show ever loosing its step.

Producing, directing and writing will only get you so far without the right cast. And THE OFFICE enjoyed such stellar cast. Steve Carell may have risked getting typecast by creating the unforgettable character of Michael Scott but it was worth it. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) served first as the precarious love interest and then as the familiar friends you care about and the rest of the cast was one successful pick after another.
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