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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as Michael Scott
as Pam Beesly
as Jim Halpert
as Dwight Schrute
as Katy Moore
as Ryan Howard
as Toby Flenderson
as Jan Levinson
as Mr. Brown
as Kelly Kapoor
as Todd Packer
But just when many viewers dismissed it as a copy, The Office became hilarious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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