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Gervais is also goofily spot-on in what he doesn't say; the show, shot in documentary style, has him continually directing self-consciously insecure sideways glances at the camera, always to amusing effect.
A half-hour of the first season still works like an anti-emetic after the all-you-can-eat binge-fest of the recent sweeps week. After the full 40 minutes, I'm as good as new.
But the British office was mean where the American office is nice. And that's better.
The Office is a very funny spoof documentary series, though more "Ouch!" than "Ha, ha!"
It's a wonderful, subversive concept, and by failing to romanticize the players, Office remains true to its ghastly, funny self.
The first time you watch the show, you really don't believe what you're seeing.
"The Office" isn't a place anyone in his or her right mind would want to work, but shadowing these characters for a half-hour is entertainment at its most brilliantly nuanced.
The brilliance of the series lies in this juxtaposition of the seemingly boring with the outrageous.
Even though some thought it wasn't funny at all, due to its cringe-worthy humour and awkward characters, it's certainly an achievement to take all of these terribly unlikeable people and make us fall in love with them.
There is no laugh track, no frenetic action, no too-clever sex jokes, no cute daydreams, no outsize office kooks... The Office is perfect as it is, a sharp, ill-tempered slice of life.
[Ricky] Gervais is brilliant as the clueless office manager.
Audience Reviews for The Office (UK): Season 1
Jan 08, 2021I've never laughed as hard, been more uncomfortable and cared as much about characters before this show. It's incredible what Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have done. This show feels so real. I love that they didn't use a traditional intro listing the actors name. It made the show more authentic and grounded. Great storylines and characters. All of the cast were great, suited the characters perfectly. The awkward humour might put people off, but I loved it so much, it made it more funnier. The theme song is great, I've been playing it non- stop in my head.
Dec 08, 2020Shamefully underrated by audiences that aren't even from the same region, so of course they don't understand the humor. I'm from the USA, but I've watched so much UK stuff in the course of my life that I understood 95%+ of the jokes in this show, and they were almost all hilarious. Ricky Gervais was amazing as an awkward, highly cringey boss and Martin Freeman was fantastic as a bored, sarcastic loner. Fantastically British show.
Dec 17, 2018So, sooooo damn brilliant, on so many levels. Original levals, at that as well. S2 has a senselessly overarching depressive theme, but even so, it is MILES better than Steve Carrell & the US version.
Nov 23, 2018Absolutely legend. A giant's head s & shoulders better than the US version. SO damn genius.
Sep 04, 2018(all seasons) The mockumentary style and everyone's acting convey an authenticity that's very rare, and that's the case with the array of awkward moments taking up most of the show's time to the extent where it can be hard to watch due to the high levels of pure cringe. That's how well-made this is. Gervais tackles Brent in an excellent way and Freeman absolutely shines in one of the most likable roles. Brent is a one-of-a-kind creation but it's the subtle characterization of the others that makes this fly.
Jan 18, 2018The office (U.K) follows the lives of several middle-class people employed in Wernham Hogg, a paper company in Slough, a dull town that breeds high amounts of both disgust, and boredom. In order to maintain sanity, the workers resort to a never-ending series of pranks, usually at the expense of the dreary Gareth, a frightening looking young man who never tires of reminding viewers of his service in the Army. The most relentless prankster is Tim, a 33-year-old loser who still lives at home with his parents, and is one of the few who knows that hes throwing his life away. And then we have Dawn, the receptionist who flirts with Tim, but maintains her engagement with the incredibly dull Lee, who works in the warehouse in the lower quartile of the office building. Other memorable characters include Chris Finch (a typically dickish sales rep), Keith (an overweight middle-aged man who does little but stare at his computer), and Jennifer, the manager of the company who sees through every member of staff and their immature ways. Memorable TV characters come and go, but none as simultaneously loveable and loathsome as David Brent, played by the brilliant Ricky Gervais. Gervais inhabits this character so fully and with such complexity its truly magnificent hes incredibly offensive, endearing, cheeky, hilarious, and absolutely clueless, often all in the same scene. During my first watch, I was truly perplexed at his talent. Although never personally working in an office environment hes entirely believable; creating the sort of boss that exists throughout the world as an example of how even the smallest amount of authority will turn any man into a bit of an arrogant asshole. Hes demeaning and patronising towards his employees, almost always asinine, and easily the laziest man ever to rise through the ranks of a major corporation, but thats what makes him so entertaining to watch. What makes these characters so memorable is that they are in a sense so much themselves. For example, I love Gervais character because, despite his obvious insecurities, he believes the crap he peddles, and would be genuinely shocked to know how much his fellow employees hate him. Or perhaps hate is too strong a word, although they certainly find him a source of unintentional amusement. The show also manages to rise above the clutter of Television stereotypes completely rejecting the idea that plots must move in a linear, predictable way with clear starts and finishes. With the Office, each episode just sort of begins, and as the show is shot as a documentary, we are enabled to watch a level of self-awareness on the part of the characters that would be doomed to failure in a thousand other programs. When David utters a remark that shocks the office with its insensitivity and explicit nature, Tim will sort of glance at the camera in disbelief and for some reason, it seems the most natural response. He seems to be saying, Did you catch that? Am I crazy, or did he really just say that? The stories are also occasionally interrupted by character interviews, where we learn more information about each person, or hear confidential commentary that might not be acceptable to the rest of the staff. And then theres the background action, one of the funniest examples of this is when Tim is explaining the professionalism of the office, the camera pans quickly to a hyena-like David as he stands over a man who is having his pants pulled off by a cheering crowd. The struggling man is stripped clean, right down to his genitals. Because the scene develops out of literally nowhere, you cant help, but laugh at its absurdity, but we never question it. Yes, this could very well happen at a place like Wernham Hogg its just that random. As for critical success, This gut-busting comedy won a Golden Globe award for best comedy series and was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant, its honestly one of, if not the most hysterical sit-coms I can ever recall watching and would be hard to top.