Watch The Office online free – Do they think that Americans can’t understand English accents? Evidently. So they attempt a carbon copy but miss all of the funny bits, make horrid casting decisions, and manage to present such a lifeless, tepid, and flat shadow of the original that I couldn’t even finish watching the opening episode. Given that no British sitcom has ever been successfully adapted to an American version, you think they would have figured it out by now. I guess it makes sense that the US media is giving it good reviews already. After all, we live in a society that chose to re-elect our current president. Go figure. At any rate, watch the original. I trust that you will be able to understand the language if you can read this!
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Review The Office by temporary_fault – well what can i say really!
This show really is outstanding, in fact its the only show i think i can rate as a 10.
From watching the original uk series back in 2001 on bbc TV, i never thought an American remake would stand any ground whatsoever. When the first series aired in the uk it did’nt really make its mark, and unfortunately never caught on. I was disappointed when it disappeared from our screens, and then quickly forgot about it. I thought it had 1 series and crashed and burned. Then one day i was checking out the reviews for evan almighty on IMDb and noticed that steve carel had still been making this show. I had to get hold of it and see it, And to my joy there was 5 series waiting for me. I never get into TV like i have done with this, i ended up watching 10 episodes in a day, i think i did all 5 series in just under 2 weeks. This show is funny, its acted brilliantly, its over the top, totally crazy but totally entertaining. If your ever down just bung on a couple episodes from good old dunder miflin in scranton and you cant go wrong.
Gervais said that 2 series of the office in the uk was enough. And that he did’nt want to take it further. I know he helps on the US version, and i sure he is surprised to see 6 series already of what i can only describe as the best American sitcom of all time!
Review The Office by Yfguitarist – Surpasses the brilliant original.
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.
Review The Office by Nigel Joy – My favourite sitcom EVER!!
Honestly, I thought show as ‘boring’ even before I watched a single episode. Seriously, what interesting could happen in an office environment? I remember first scene I saw from this show. It was from an internet wallpaper with Michael Scott with a white board behind him saying “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
Then after years from that, I somehow started watching “The Office”, I don’t really remember why I did that. What I love most about this show is it’s raw nature. The camera is kind of shaky yet still brings the best scenes…something that I had never seen before in a TV sitcom. It may seem less professional but adds real life, personal touch with the TV show and the characters in them.
Obviously, Michael Scott is one of my favourite character. Jim, Andy, Dwight, Pam, Erin, Kevin, Oscar, Angela, Creed and even the camera crew include in my favourite list.
What I learned from this show is that it’s okay to be weird and different ,that you won’t be welcomed as you wanted it to be ( remembering Michael Scott attempts ), that you can’t wait and expect things to happen for you, that it’s okay to be hated and feel hate to others….it’s all dependent on time. People change, feelings change, situations change. All you got to do is be yourself and be true to your heart and everything will fall into it’s place.
I love every minute I spent on this show
Review The Office by PauloNA – They made the impossible
I watched the British version of The Office and became a fan – as almost everyone. So I decided to see if the American version was as good as the original. A doubt feeling emerged at the first episode, since I still was with the original – and awesome – characters in mind. They were not just funny, but peculiar, inimitable. I didn’t let this impression ruin my experience, though. Gladly. The American version is obviously inspired in the British version, but they are not the same. Simple like this. The American characters are not mere counterparts of David, Tim, Gareth, Dawn… They are hole new versions of the kind of people we can easily find in any office. And equally inspired versions of these workers. Since I’ve lost several episodes when they aired for the first time, I’m now at the third season, and I will surely see all the episodes through the end. More than one time…
Review The Office by wooxr_pt – Mindblowing
I only started seeing this series on this year and i’m on the 6th season already. on the first season i couldn’t understand how this could be a good series, the actors were charismatic and the acting were very good but there was almost no story that i could follow and Michael seemed like a very hateable person. on the second season things started to pick up a bit but nothing so special. from the third season to the sixth i got completely hooked because after all there is a story to follow, a very interesting one, and Michael is in fact a genius and that is more evident on the fifth and sixth seasons. if someone believes that Michael does something that goes against the objectives that he has inside the company (even if a lot of times it seems that he does), i’m sure that that person isn’t really understanding what’s the main philosophy behind Michael’s character. it took me 3 seasons to understand Michael Scott and it was because of that, that i didn’t liked the series very much, after that, i loved it, and it’s my favorite series now. When you do understand all the characters, besides being very entertaining and delightful to watch, it is going to blow your mind sometimes.
Review The Office by Andrew Morris – A pleasant surprise….six years later.
I am a huge fan of the British version of the Office. I remember looking forward to the American version when it first came out and being disappointed immediately to the point that I refused to watch it after the first episode. Almost 6 years later I gave it another go as people were telling me that it was actually quite good. I took the advice that I should start from season 2. This time around I enjoyed it more and gradually warmed to the characters that were basically copies of the British version. I can’t believe that I would ever say this, but this show is as good as the British version. The bonus is that there is a lot more of it. It was certainly a knee-jerk reaction to give up on it so quickly, but it seems that a lot of people did. The Jim/Pam relationship is a clone of Tim and Dawn, but some of the pranks that they play on Dwight (Gareth in British version) are quite brilliant. There are certainly differences between the two versions, but generally the American version stays fairly true to the original.
If you loved the original, definitely give this a go.
Review The Office by steve e – British Haters
Stop with the nonsense. This show is hilarious. If they used the same cast or facsimiles of them, it wouldn’t be a remake. It would be the British version. I’ve seen both versions, and each has its own charm, style, and tense scenarios. Ricky Gervais, who created the series, is a co-producer and writes some episodes, which is ironic considering he took the biggest part in the first, three episodes (to get it off its feet) and they have been trashed the most.
It’s clear that Steve C. (I don’t want to butcher the spelling of his last name) either took tips from Ricky Gervais or studied his performance. They even readjust their tie the same way. Albeit, the first two seasons were a little weak as the show gained steam and attempted to match its predecessor, but that’s no reason to shrug it off. From the third season onward, the “American” Office has come into its own with story lines that introduced new characters and shook the formula of a nerdy boy awkwardly pining for a pretty girl.
Every fan should be happy to have new episodes of a great show that would otherwise be off the air. For a true fan of the Office that should be enough, but since it’s labeled “American” some immediately set out to find the wrong. Cheers to the people that were capable of giving the remake a chance and didn’t base their opinion on what country it’s filmed in. All I ask of those whom originally ripped the “American” version is to go online and watch the seasons with Ed Helms as Andy, a kiss-ass with anger management issues. The feud with Dwight and he (once the branches merge) has become my favorite storyline of the show, culminating in a duel. It’s classic.