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on 1 April 2009
This is one of the best comedies around and this season is one of the best season's. It has probably one the best ever The Office episodes ever, both US and UK versions included, where Michael, Dwight and Jim get caught spying on another branch, in costumes consisting of warehouse uniforms and moustaches. Absolutely hilarious!
I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good comedy and to anyone who has seen the UK version, its really worth giving the US version a go!
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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. From hypochondriac and hypercritical (not to mention hypocritical) Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) to perky Kelly Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper), I could not imagine anyone else portraying these memorable characters. However, the show stealer has always been obsessive nerd Dwight Schrute, portrayed to perfection by Rainn Wilson.

Purists and snobs will try to argue that the precursor BBC Series was better. Strangely for someone who usually finds Hollywood remakes watered down and bland, in this case I strongly disagree. The US version was much better. It had the perfect mix of familiar workday desperation and sweet quirkiness to make it a weekly craved addiction. In contrast, I found the BBC version too mean for my taste. Maybe one should have grown up in a cruel class system carved out by accent hues and prep-school rankings to appreciate it; however, during the handful of episodes I managed to watch I found myself laughing at the characters, not with them, and then felt bad about it. Anyway, in all honesty, how could Gareth ever compare to Dwight!

The series is unique in another aspect as well: it respected its viewers. Every producer, director and writer wants to make his or hers memorable splash so we often end up with unnecessary cliffhangers, ambiguous endings or unsatisfying closures. Not so with THE OFFICE. No spoilers but I will just state that the show does not disappoint to the very end.

Now, how many reams of Dunder Mifflin Premium acid-free paper should I you down for?
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on 31 December 2009
I was left waiting for this one for almost two and a half years but finally season four of the brilliant American adaptation of The Office is here at last, in superior PAL format without the need for importing a Dutch copy! Why it took so long, I've no idea and hopefully seasons five, six and beyond won't take as long to be released.

Sadly, there's fewer episodes that usual here thanks to the 2007 writer's strike but they make up with five double episodes. Season four does have one of the weakest episodes of the entire run (the Steve Carrell-penned "Survivor Man") but sucky Office episodes are like sucky pizza - even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

Amongst the classics are Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure from "Fun Run", Michael, Dwight and a reluctant Jim declaring war on ex-Scranton employee Karen Fillipelli's Dunder Mifflin Utica branch ("Branch Wars"), Michael proving where his loyalties lie ("The Deposition"), the astonishing transformation of Ryan ("Dunder Mifflin Infinity", "Night Out", "Goodbye, Toby"), Michael's financial problems and stint at a call centre ("Money"), Pam's return to her high school ("Job Fair"), Michael's torrid, non-existent relationship with a dead woman he sees in a catalogue ("Chair Model"), the ongoing love triangle between Dwight, Angela and Andy ("Dinner Party", "Did I Stutter?", "Goodbye, Toby"), and the arrival of the lovely Holly Flax and departure of Michael's despised Toby Flenderson ("Goodbye, Toby").

However, the highlight of the season has to be the all-time classic episode "Dinner Party". From Michael's cunning trick to get Jim & Pam to agree to attend, Jan's candles ('Serenity By Jan'), Michael's tiny plasma screen TV, Michael & Jan's sleeping arrangements, Jan's former assistant Hunter's music CD, Dwight's 'date' for the evening, Michael attempting to convince Jim and Andy to invest in Serenity By Jan (and Andy's enthusiasm in doing so) and Jan's excruciating public meltdown, this is classic Office all the way!

Highest recommendation possible but PLEASE get future seasons out for the UK market quicker! We're already halfway through season six in US broadcast terms!
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on 16 April 2009
The office An American workplace has to be the best show on tv at the moment. Far better than the UK version. characters Michael and Dwight are such a great pairing !
i always laugh so much watching it ! season 1 2 3 and now 4 are the best tv shows i own on dvd !
5 stars !
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on 18 May 2010
With The Office now on its sixth season it is hard to believe that season 4 is only just coming out in the UK, however it is well worth the wait. Yes now the Jim/Pam relationship has developed the dynamics between the two characters have changed slightly, but the whole set-up still remains desperately funny.

Michael kidnaps a pizza delivery boy, Dwight battles with a computer and Jim continues to terrorise them both (but especially Dwight). Though the season is relatively short due to the Writer's Strike, it remains as hilarious, uncomfortable and charming as ever.
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on 23 October 2008
Just got this from the US & am currently up to episode 4. It's as fab as ever. More emphasis on character development rather than themed episodes and this works very well. More double-length episodes too.
The best comedy writing on TV currently.
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on 10 March 2011
Season 1 established, 2 refined, 3 perfected, and 4? well 4, at least initially, underwhelms.
Early episodes in particular feel laboured. The opener revolves around a run which proves
'fun' in name only. Jim & Pam have fused into one entity [Jam? Pim??], and the getting-to-be-
a-couple was a lot more entertaining than the actually being a couple. Kelly continues to be
screamingly annoying, with Ryan fast catching her up. And that difficult balancing act
between sublimely silly and just plain silly keeps tipping over into the latter.
But
around half way in it starts to perk/pick up and the old snap is thankfully back.
Some interesting character arcs develop: Phyllis beginning to assert herself, Creed hinting
at even deeper shadiness, and Dwight having some touching - yes, touching! - moments.
You even get Stanley hulking out. And believe me, you *Will* like him when he's angry.
To close, an episode as neatly played out as it is heartbreakingly titled: Goodbye Toby.
And the introduction of Holly (Amy Ryan). Has Michael finally met his match?...
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on 6 February 2012
I'm a big fun of Greg Daniels and many others behind the scenes. Thank you for bringing new funny situations and let the casting show off even more. Worth watching among all other episodes from season 2 onwards
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on 7 May 2011
Yet again The Office manages to be utterly hilarious and in this series it continues to develop its characters. As an avid fan of this series I can definitely say it didnt disappoint. Some of the one liners would have you laughing out loud and it sometimes appears that Steve Carell is ad-libbing which adds to the madness of it all and makes for side splitting laughs. I loved the "Dinner party" when Jan unravelled and the grave-yard scene in "Chair Model" but I can say I enjoyed every episode. The DVD is good quality also and is packaged better than series 1-3
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on 8 October 2009
this tv show is great i just finsh this dvd was so great i just started to watch season five now i think everyone should get it if you like the usa verison
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