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The Office [US] 9 Seasons 2005

Season 1
4.0 out of 5 stars (60) IMDb 7.4/10

In this first series, Dunder-Mifflin Regional Manager, Michael Scott leads the documentary team and his staff on a journey through inappropriate behavior, well-intentioned but misguided comments and a myriad of poor management techniques. Michael has no clue that his employees barely tolerate him. In his mind, he is their guru, their mentor and their cool friend.

Starring:
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

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1. Office: An American Workplace

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.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: 1 January 2005
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2. Diversity Day

When a special consultant, Mr. Brown, arrives to teach a seminar on racial tolerance and diversity in the workplace, Michael implies that it was his idea while in reality his offensive behaviour necessitated the training. When Mr.

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3. Health Care

When Corporate wants Michael to pick a cheaper health plan for his employees, rather than lose popularity points with his staff, he shirks the responsibility and Dwight happily accepts the task. Delighted with his new position of power, Dwight takes over the conference room as his new "office" and manages to offend everyone by asking staff members to divulge their private medical history.

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4. The Alliance

Amid the rumors of downsizing, Michael (Steve Carell) tries to raise employee morale with a birthday party, despite the fact that the closest birthday is a month away. As the birthday card for Meredith (Kate Flannery) makes the rounds in the office, Michael struggles to pen the funniest birthday message.

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5. Basketball

Michael (Steve Carell) and select members of the office staff prepare for a game of basketball against the workers in the warehouse. Overly confident about his team's ability, Michael trash-talks his opponents and he makes a bet - the losing team has to work Saturday. During the game, Jim (John Krasinski) shows off to impress Pam (Jenna Fischer), whose fianc��� is on the opposing team. B.J.

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6. Hot Girl

An attractive woman arrives at the office to sell purses and causes furtive glances from male staff members who vie for her attention. Dwight attempts to ask her out on a date but his advances are deflected, leaving the door open for Michael to step in. Michael believes he's going to "score" by giving her a ride home but his chances are blown by another sly co-worker.

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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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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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I would just like to make reference to the previous reviewer who said that the picture quality on this DVD was poor and that everything was slighty sped up, just incase anyone is concerened about this and put off buying the DVD. I have just watched the entire DVD and can see no such problems at all! I don't know what equipment this reviewer was using, but everything looks and sounds fine on my Sony multi-region DVD player and 12 year old Panasonic TV.

That out of the way, I would also like to say that although I don't think this US version of The Office is quite as good as the excellent original, it is still well worth getting especially as it has some different content such as the basketball game between the office and warehouse staff.
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This might be heresy for die-hard (UK) office fans, but in some respects the American version is better than the original. One American reviewer got it right when he said that Steve Carrell couldn't possibly match Ricky Gervais which is why the supporting characters have been made much stronger.

And they do more than make up for it. Dwight (the American Gareth) looks down-right creepy with glasses that exactly run across the top of his eyebrows and his hair parting. You could actually imagine him being the type of person who keeps bodies in his freezer, something you'd never have believed of Gareth.

Pam is a much more rounded character with better lines and simply not as wet as Dawn was. And Ryan the hapless temp has a bigger role than his UK equivalent in the original series.

The joy of the American series is that it doesn't exactly ape the UK one word for word. Elements of the UK series are in there, but the story lines are partially new - for example 'diversity day' and 'healthcare.' 'Hot girl' also has a different take on Jim's (Tim's) love interest, which in the UK appeared at the start of series 2, making much more of Michael (David Brent) and Dwight's (Gareth's) bungled attempts to get lucky.

Finally, as for the DVD itself, it's worth buying just for the deleted scenes alone. Each of the six episodes has around five minutes of scenes that didn't make the final cut. Amazingly, especially with Hot Girl and Diversity Day (where Michael develops a racial awareness slogan that spells 'incest'!), they are every bit as good as the scenes that made it into the actual TV series.
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