The Office: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1
The Office

Critics 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.)



Critic Ratings: 17


Audience Score

User Ratings: 616
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Air date: Mar 24, 2005
Air date: Mar 29, 2005
Air date: Apr 5, 2005
Air date: Apr 12, 2005
Air date: Apr 19, 2005
Air date: Apr 26, 2005

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Tv Season Info

The American TV version of the award-winning British sitcom The Office opens Series 1 by establishing its faux documentary format, as Michael Scott, 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 continually cooks up methods to undermine his hated cube-mate, the obnoxious know-it-all Dwight Schrute; receptionist Pam Beesly continually deals with Michael's insensitivities and flubs; and office temp Ryan Howard 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)

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…

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…

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…
Top Critic

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

  • Sep 01, 2019
    The Office's inaugural season is filled with highly enjoyable episodes, but struggles at finding the right tone for the rest of the show, making it an outcast compared to the others.
  • Aug 06, 2019
    needs no review, just stars
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Ok so I do love The Office but I haven't watched every episode season for season. I just started to however and just judging from this first season I can tell this is going to be very enjoyable. The humor is amazing, certain one liners have me laughing like crazy. The directors of this show are so risky when it comes to the humor, it makes it even more funny. It's so funny that the jokes and even whole episodes are controversial. This is the beautiful thing about The Office. "Diversity Day" was hands down the best episode in this short season. I mean the directors are so creative in creating this whole series.
  • Jul 18, 2019
    The office is interesting since season 1 to season 9. Talking about the great and inimitable seasons 1 to 7, I can say that I never saw anything in my entire life that made me laugh so hard in the most part of its episodes. All of the characters have a great development and are interesting, portrayed by a charismatic and talented cast. The script is strong and the plot will always surprise you. Season after season they can construct something new, without being repetitive. The highest point in the office goes to Michael Scott, portrayed by Steve Carell. He is absolutely the heart of this show.
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Honestly the last 3 episodes were pretty funny but still has that British office feeling which I don't mind. But the first 3 were just bland and boring. Pretty average start to an amazing series
  • Feb 21, 2019
    This is just pure goodniss. I love the documentary style of it. Great sow would reccomend.
  • Jan 25, 2019
    I enjoy offensive comedy way too much.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Probably the best season. It's pretty much an exact translation of the Brit original for 80% or so of it, but still really good. It's also one of 3-ish seasons in which Michael isn't an intolerable lil you-know-what that rendered countless eps impossible to get through.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    In this short-ran S1, "The Office" manages to break free from its UK source material easily through its cast of characters and deliver a quirky workplace comedy.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    I thought the show started off a bit slowly, but by the end of the first season, it had my heart. The comedy incorporated into this while also showing "real" aspects of an office was actually quite well and it was enjoyable to watch.

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