The Office (U.S.) as everyone knows was developed for American television after the monumental success of the original English version. It started in 2005 with a six part season that heavily followed the first series of the original; and it was not an easy start. The close resemblances to the original episodes inevitably lead to direct comparisons between characters, actors, and the interpretation of the original dialogue. This made many memorable scenes from the original unbearably clunky and awkward as these direct comparisons left the US version lacking a certain something; a certain Englishness and originality.
From there the show went on to exceptional heights. Like its predecessor, it is crammed full of jokes from start to finish. It also managed to do this in a variety of ways, there are beautifully crafted one liners, such as Erin’s “Disposable cameras are fun, but it seems a little wasteful. You never get to see your pictures” as she throws one into the bin after taking a picture, or Michael’s “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious”. The show is always switching from laughing with the characters, to at them with instant ease, embarking on all sorts of weird and wonderful journeys before returning to sanity with a biting sarcastic one liner from Jim and Pam
The Office (U.S.) is one of the best things on Netflix, despite declining a lot after the departure of Steve Carrell. Series Nine in particular lacks the same punch, as the show seems to abandon its rules on the boundaries between the documentary crew and the cast. Some of the storylines became very odd and unbelievable. But they are necessary viewing to allow for the final few episodes to make sense. The show is pumped to brim with heart, and I can’t stop watching it.