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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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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 (17) | Top Critics (8)

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

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Most of the time, it works to near perfection.

August 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.

August 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.

November 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.

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 1

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