The Office (UK): Season 2 (2002 - 2003)

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Season 2
The Office (UK)

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Ending the only way a show about an office really could -- with resignations and promotions -- The Office concludes on a high note that remains utterly rewatchable.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 28

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 30, 2002

The second season opens with David coming up comedically short in his battle of wits with Slough's new manager (Patrick Baladi). Also, Tim's chemistry with a sexy new co-worker (Stacey Roca) irks Gareth. Oliver: Howard Saddler. Jennifer: Stirling Gallacher.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2002

David tries to impress the new staffers with a liquid lunch at the pub and has a run-in with Neil; Tim's chemistry with Rachel irks Dawn. Meanwhile, the employees suffer through a fire drill and performance evaluations.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2002

David is approached to conduct a business seminar; Tim's chemistry with Rachel heightens Dawn's insecurity and Gareth's envy; a risqué birthday gift for one of the staffers inspires a practical joke.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2002

As David prepares to speak at a training seminar, he learns he's been given several unflattering nicknames by his new staffers; Gareth berates Rachel for dating Tim; Neil tires of David's management style.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2002

The staff dresses up in costumes and perform wacky stunts for charity, but Neil and Jennifer's ultimatum to David is no joke; Tim hides Gareth's belongings to raise money; a pensive Dawn ponders a holiday in America.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2002

In the second-season finale, David muses about his future after Wernham Hogg; Dawn hands in her notice and makes a decision about Tim; and Neil offers a staffer a promotion.

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Wickedly funny mockumentary tracking the monotonous doings at a paper-product firm in the dreary London suburb of Slough.

Critic Reviews for The Office (UK) Season 2

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

The genius of the show is Gervais, who also writes and directs, putting the vile Brent into situations that are ripe for disaster - and promptly turn out much worse than anyone could have imagined.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It is all unspeakably beautiful.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Fortunately the BBC series (2001-'03), totaling about eight hours, has been collected on DVD, and this marathon screening offers neophytes a chance to immerse themselves in its black humor and disarming pathos.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Although you'll never forget that The Office is fake, one aspect of the show feels very real: It captures the blend of frustration and tedium that makes up the bulk of most people's lives.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

But if we are to take The Office as a perfect artistic expression of the passions, desires and fears of our age, like a Michelangelo painting but on telly and starring a fat bloke, what makes it what it is?

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

t's a hilarious, funny, terrific show, but it's also a deeply sad one, a comic tragedy that puts the emphasis on the latter word in the final two episodes of its second series.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Office is a remarkable piece of TV history - a genuine institution of comedy and creativity that has inspired more television series than most.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's worth taking a trip to the darker, more depressing, awkward, uncomfortable, and just plain sad version of The Office that started it all: the original.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The humor's slightly darker than the American version, with more focus on characters' dissatisfaction with their dead-end job at a paper company, and Ricky Gervais steals every scene he's in as David Brent, the bumbling boss.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

What is so endearing and hilarious about the show is the utter honesty captured by the camera.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Written and directed by star Gervais and Stephen Merchant, "The Office" stings with its depiction of office politics and personalities at their most petulant.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Throughout all 14 episodes of the British series, we never once believe that what we are seeing couldn't ever happen in an actual office.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office (UK): Season 2

  • Dec 08, 2020
    Remains to be astonishing and underrated by audiences. A great pseudo-ending to a truly great show.
  • 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.

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