The Office (2005–2013)
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Pilot 

The premiere episode introduces the boss and staff of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania in a documentary about the workplace.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

Greg Daniels (developed for american television by), Ricky Gervais (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Steve Carell ... Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson ... Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski ... Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer ... Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak ... Ryan Howard
Melora Hardin ... Jan Levinson-Gould
David Denman ... Roy Anderson
Leslie David Baker ... Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner ... Kevin Malone
Angela Kinsey ... Angela Martin
Henriette Mantel ... Office Worker
Mike McCaul Mike McCaul ... Office Worker
Oscar Nuñez ... Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith ... Phyllis Lapin
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Storyline

Michael Scott is the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, a failing paper supply firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Also working there are Dwight Schrute (assistant to the regional manager), Jim Halpert, a salesman and Pam Beesly, the receptionist. It is Ryan Howard's first day as a temporary worker and Michael makes a day of showing him the ropes of the office. Meanwhile, Michael's boss, Jan Levinson-Gould, visits from corporate in New York City to tell him that his branch may be downsized. Written by Anonymous

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boss | office | team | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Directed by Ken Kwapis, who directed many episodes in the series including the Finale, the very last episode. See more »

Goofs

There is a point when Jim is setting up pencils around his desk to annoy Dwight, and Dwight hits them all down with his phone. Originally, the script had called for Jim to set up boxes around his desk but it was later changed to the pencils and re-shot. However, if you watch a little bit later in the episode, you can still see the boxes set up on Jim's desk outside of the conference room door. See more »

Quotes

Michael Scott: ...it's really beyond words. It's really incalculacable.
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Connections

References Punk'd (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Drummer Boy
Written by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone
Performed by Rainn Wilson
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Needed a whole new script for the US version.
20 August 2019 | by jackVSjackSee all my reviews

There was absolutely no way they were going to be able to match the UK first episode by doing pretty much the same script. The actors don't fit as well into the original roles as they were written. Krasinski is no Freeman, he misses the beats in between the lines most of the time. Carell is closer. But his part works better when the character works to include the audience at home as he searches to he discovered. He doesn't come over quite as desperate. It's good they have tried to make it different but this opening pales when we've seen it done better.


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