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The Office: Season 1 (2005)

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The American TV version of the award-winning British sitcom The Office opens Season 1 by establishing its faux documentary format, as Michael Scott (Steve Carell), regional manager of a branch office of Dunder Mifflin Paper, jumps through hoops to convince the filmmakers that he presides over a happy, well-running ship. This is but one of Michael's many pathetic self-delusions: he also thinks he's the epitome of "cool," he's convinced that everything he says is a laugh riot, and even worse, he actually labors under the misapprehension that he is qualified for his job. Meanwhile, sales rep Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) continually cooks up methods to undermine his hated cube-mate, the obnoxious know-it-all Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson); receptionist Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) continually deals with Michael's insensitivities and flubs; and office temp Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) acts mostly as an observer of the insanity around him. Some of the episodes in The Office's six-episode trial run carried over general plot ideas from the earlier British series, particularly the threat of wholesale downsizing that weaves through the various plots and subplots; however, only the pilot was a direct adaptation of one of the U.K. version's episodes.

Cast

Steve Carell
as Michael Scott
Jenna Fischer
as Pam Beesly
John Krasinski
as Jim Halpert
Rainn Wilson
as Dwight Schrute
Amy Adams
as Katy Moore
B.J. Novak
as Ryan Howard
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Melora Hardin
as Jan Levinson
Larry Wilmore
as Mr. Brown
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Toby Huss
as Todd Packer
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Critic Reviews for The Office: Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

By the end of the short-run first season, this show had managed to overcome my skepticism by not trying to be the British version and, instead, creating its own creature out of the original's tone and style.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Though some viewers might find it difficult to adapt to this series' painfully intentional awkwardness, for older audiences, it's well worth the investment.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the show got more original, it also found stronger legs. While the original idea of the characters from show to show may have been the same, each actor has managed to make their part their own in the American version.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

And though it grates to admit it, the American version of "The Office" is very funny - for viewers who never saw the original series on BBC America.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

While no one who saw the original will forget the character created by Gervais, [Steve] Carell is nothing short of superb in crafting his own version of a boss who is utterly unaware of how he is perceived by others.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

... shouldn't a remake have some other purpose than cashing in? Shouldn't it differ, with irony if not respect?

January 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 1

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