The Office: Season 1 (2005)

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Critic Consensus: The Office quickly distinguishes itself from its source material within the first few episodes, proving the show won't be content to simply copy what came before -- and proving not all Hollywood remakes of overseas hits are destined to end in failure. (That's what she said.)

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Air date: Mar 24, 2005
2
Air date: Mar 29, 2005
3
Air date: Apr 5, 2005
4
Air date: Apr 12, 2005
5
Air date: Apr 19, 2005
6
Air date: Apr 26, 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.

Critic Reviews for The Office Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

But just when many viewers dismissed it as a copy, The Office became hilarious.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Most of the time, it works to near perfection.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Though at first you may think Carell labors to approximate Gervais's frantically phony bonhomie, I couldn't help laughing at Michael's unshakable delusion that his tired act is going over big with the troops.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

The American version of The Office is not only funny, it creatively pays homage to the original... and then, in subsequent episodes, comes up with completely separate scripts that define the NBC edition as unique and audaciously clever in its own right.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Producer Greg Daniels created not a copy but an interpretation that sends up distinctly American work conventions (the staff party at Chili's, the mandated diversity seminar), with a tone that's more satiric and less mordant.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Although comedy doesn't always travel particularly well, "King of the Hill's" Greg Daniels has pretty deftly adjusted the show's ingredients to achieve a more American flavor.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
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Just as clever but more enjoyable, The Office: An American Workplace has grown to be something far greater than a competent facsimile.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The American Office is a dysfunctional and unfunny pastiche of the original.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This smart series may revive TV's interest in workplace sitcoms of the NewsRadio stripe - comedies that functioned almost as reality shows: See how smart people betray, bond, and go mad when trapped in petty bureaucracies.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 1

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Based on a British television series, NBC's The Office is a quirky workplace comedy that follows the wacky antics of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company. Presented as a documentary, Season 1 introduces the audience to the employees of the Sranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin and follows their day-to-day activities. Starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson, the show features a strong cast that's really good with dry, sardonic humor. And the documentary style shooting, coupled with personal interview segments, gives the show a unique look and feel. Additionally, the writers do an impressive job at taking on real-world issues, such as racial sensitivity training, choosing a healthcare plan, and corporate downsizing. Though only 6-episodes, the first season of The Office shows a spark of brilliance that will lead to one of the most popular sitcoms of the 2000s.

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