A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series.
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 Dwight Schrute (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Jim Halpert (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Pam Beesly (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Stanley Hudson (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Kevin Malone (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Angela Martin / ... (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Phyllis Vance / ... (188 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Meredith Palmer (187 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Creed Bratton (180 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Oscar Martinez (177 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Ryan Howard (168 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Kelly Kapoor (161 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Andy Bernard (152 episodes, 2006-2013)
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 Toby Flenderson (142 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Michael Scott (139 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Darryl Philbin (120 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Erin Hannon (102 episodes, 2009-2013)
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A mediocre paper company in the hands of Scranton, PA branch manager Michael Scott. This mockumentary follows the everyday lives of the manager and the employees he "manages." the crew follows the employees around 24/7 and captures their quite humerous and bizarre encounters as they will do what it takes to keep the company thriving.. Written by john_regrut

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A comedy for anyone whose boss is an idiot. See more »

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24 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The Office: An American Workplace  »

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The computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set are wired for the internet. Cast members have admitted that when they're in the background of scenes they are often checking email and surfing the net. See more »

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[after a sexual harassment seminar]
Michael Scott: Stanley, how about that hot picture you have by your desk? Centerfold in the Catholic school girl's outfit? I mean, it is hot, it is sexy, and it turns him on. And I will admit, the best part of my morning is staring at it. But what, are we gonna just take it away?
Stanley Hudson: That is my daughter, she goes to Catholic girl's school. I'm taking it down right now.
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Referenced in The Family Guy 100th Episode Celebration (2007) See more »

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The Office Theme
Written by Jay Ferguson
Performed by The Scrantones
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Surpasses the brilliant original.
15 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

After reading all of the horrible reviews coming from the UK, I felt the strong desire to comment. I learned that most of the reviewers bashing it have only seen a few (at most) episodes from the first season - many haven't seen it at all, and are simply bashing it because of an overwhelming sense of pride in the original. I'd be surprised if this review isn't skimmed over and marked unhelpful by them. Obviously I'm not speaking to all the British, but the majority that unfairly judge this show with little to no basis in the truth.

This whole fanaticism is juvenile and petty. The casts of the US and UK versions love each show. Ricky Gervais even wrote and executive produced a few episodes of the US version. Open your minds, people! Most of the US fans KNOW that it's based on a British version. It has gotten the credit it deserves for being a brilliant and hilarious show.

But the American version is also brilliant and hilarious. I've read comments ranging from 'bad acting' to 'direct copy', neither of which are true. The first season may have had its borrowed bits, but that was to get it on its feet. The second and third seasons have proved that it is a show entirely on its own, with scenarios and characters having NOTHING to do with the UK version at all. The acting is just as convincing and real as the UK version.

I've even read that Michael Scott is devoid of David Brent's humanity! In actuality, Michael Scott is shown as far more human than David Brent, who was more manipulative (albeit, poorly) and heartless. The US version still has the cruel elements of the UK version, but it balances these awkward, painful moments with tender, human moments, which makes it more enjoyable and watchable.

As for the humor, each show has its own moments of subtlety, detail, absolutely outrageous moments, awkwardness, pain, cuteness, ridiculousness, and vulgarity. The UK version was groundbreaking. But instead of blindly basing your opinions on bias and arrogance, see the US version for what it is - a brilliant, brighter version that, in its first season, simply used the framework of the original (the characters and basic situations) to get started with.

This is the funniest, smartest American television show in recent history besides Arrested Development. Not since Seinfeld has a show made me laugh so hard and smile so much. These three shows get better with each viewing and are great because there's so many levels of humor, from the apparent outrageousness to the minute details that are noticed after repeated viewings and are often funnier than the surface material.


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