The Office: Season 1 (2005)

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Season 1
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The Office quickly distinguishes itself from its source material within the first few episodes, 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

In the series pilot, Michael is told a downsizing plan is to be confidential; thus, it spreads like wildfire.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2005

Despite creating the need for a diversity seminar, Michael feels he's the best candidate to run one, which he does after the facilitator leaves.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2005

Michael promises a surprise to distract the troops from Dwight's dictatorial choosing of a cut-rate health-care plan.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2005

Dwight proposes an alliance with Jim to combat downsizing; Michael forces Pam to create a birthday party to improve morale.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2005

Michael captains his handpicked basketball squad against a team from the warehouse, where Pam's boyfriend Roy works.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2005

The competition for attention is stiff after Michael lets a comely handbag vendor set up shop in a conference room.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Office Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (20)

The harder it tries (and even, at times, succeeds) in amusing us, the more melancholic we'll feel, remembering how magical things used to be.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…
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American TV comedy is ripe for reinvention, and an ambitious effort like 'The Office represents a step in that direction. Like Arrested Development and Scrubs, it tries for -- and sometimes achieves -- something offbeat, distinct, and intelligent.

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So painfully unfunny that you have to believe the documentary maker would get fed up and leave.

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It's broader and less understated, especially in Steve Carell's Michael Scott, who lacks the terror behind David Brent's eyes. Yet the new American material is generally as funny as the original.

Feb 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It's still not clear that the awkwardness, a staple of the original, really works on American TV, but when compared to the shrill, chirpy pace of most sitcoms, well... why not at least hope that this show finds its own little place in the universe?

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Not an unqualified success, but it is eminently watchable. What's more, it does the near-impossible: It doesn't make the viewer forget the original, but it actually inspires affection, instead of cries of "sacrilege!" from this rabid "Office" fan.

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As a pilot, this one is largely a failure. However, as an initial effort to bring the universal comedy of the original and its take on the workplace -- it works.

Feb 24, 2020 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

It's an enormous relief that it isn't bad. It couldn't be, really, because although the scenes are in a different order, the scripts are almost word for word the same as the British series written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Feb 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It feels and smells like The Office. But there's something that doesn 't feel quite right; like watching TV in a foreign hotel room and seeing a well-known TV show or movie that has been dubbed into the local language.

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The fact that the States' version of The Office is every bit as funny and uncomfortable as its UK counterpart is high praise, indeed.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Just when you think The Office is working, it starts to crumble. You reach a point of giving up on it, and then suddenly it pulls you back. The thing defies concrete evaluation because it could go either way.

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It isn't exactly surprising to learn that NBC's The Office can't compare to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's lauded, mold-crushing, brilliant BBC original. That said, it's still a funny show, with Carell handily wringing wince-inducing laughs.

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Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 1

  • 23h ago
    It is nothing like the show we know and love today. It was more testing out the The office to see what things work and what doesn't work.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    The tone and characters aren't quite there yet, but there is plenty of charm and laughs in this adaptation of the British cult comedy.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    What can I say I really wish this season had more episodes but hey I guess it was just a pilot season and what a pilot season it was I really enjoyed it and had so much fun watching it as well. Steve Carrell as this character Michael Scott was so great that I wanted to be his friend even. What more can I say this was a great introduction to the characters, the story and most importantly the office itself great season. Much Love.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Although season one is light on episodes and doesn't quite pack the comedic punch of some of the ladder seasons, it still introduces its characters nicely and has some very memorable moments to boot.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    7/10 The first season tries far too hard to replicate the humour and style as the Office UK, and fails where it succeeds is bringing us more relatable and fun characters to the work place. This show does get much better in the next season.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    This is a good but obviously short introduction season. There are still many laughs with only six episodes. Fun watch.
  • Jul 10, 2020
    I watched the entire show and I love it SOO much! Best Sitcom I've ever seen!
  • Jul 09, 2020
    This was a great season it was better than both the 2nd and 1st I rewatch The Return all the time it wasn't the best season but it was very good the comedy was great as was the acting I loved all the elements of this show and I really recommend it
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Although .... many say that this season is a copy of the original. It has quite good and funny moments that made me laugh a lot. I also think that Jim and Pam's relationship is stronger in this series. But there are some things that could change in the characters ... which they did not do this season
  • Jun 18, 2020
    I thought it was funny on certain parts bt again it was too similar to the uk parts and show wasn't long

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