After watching the British version of The Office it was tough to imagine that an American version could do it any justice. So I was skeptical of the newer incarnation, even with original creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant working on it. The few episodes I caught on TV, though, totally converted me, and lately Becky and I have been watching seasons one and two on DVD.
This is exceptionally well done. The pacing is spot on, the humor makes you have to choose between laughing or cringing, and every single cast member puts in a great performance. The actors, the makeup, the set design all work — this looks and feels like a genuine workplace.
If you haven’t seen either version, I don’t know which to recommend more. But here are some clips to whet your appetite:
The Office is on NBC at 8:30 Eastern. But you’re better off with the DVDs. And here is the official website.
ALSO: Pam is hot.