The Office (UK): Season 2 Reviews

September 11, 2018
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.
September 11, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 8, 2018
It is all unspeakably beautiful.
September 8, 2018
The Office is a remarkable piece of TV history - a genuine institution of comedy and creativity that has inspired more television series than most.
September 8, 2018
What is so endearing and hilarious about the show is the utter honesty captured by the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 7, 2018
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.
September 7, 2018
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.
August 30, 2018
Written and directed by star Gervais and Stephen Merchant, "The Office" stings with its depiction of office politics and personalities at their most petulant.
November 9, 2017
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?
November 8, 2017
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.
November 8, 2017
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.
November 8, 2017
The Office is most appealing when it's most appalling.
November 8, 2017
The Office still feels unique in its commitment to the bleak monotony of the average British working day.
November 8, 2017
But perhaps what was most surprising was that a comedy set in the average workplace appealed so much to us - people too young to have spent much time in one. It proved good comedy is universal and eternal.