Friday, December 14, 2012

TV Series of the Month – The Office (U.K.)

This month’s TV series: The Office (2001-2003).

A documentary crew follows around David Brent, the manager of British paper company Wenham Hogg’s Slough branch, and other employees as they go about their daily routines at work.

The show ran for two seasons and a finale special. The Office was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It is their first series. They went on to create Extras, Life’s Too Short, The Ricky Gervais Show, An Idiot Abroad, and the feature film Cemetery Junction (all of which are good – they also executively produce the U.S. version of The Office).

The cast is fantastic as well, featuring Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, and Lucy Davis in the lead roles. They are a very funny group that plays off each other well.

The series revolutionized sitcom comedy, changing the style of jokes that would become prevalent in both Britain and America over the next decade – specifically, awkward humor – giving birth to shows like The Office (U.S. version), Parks and Recreation (two that have the same mockumentary style), and others. The series won multiple Golden Globes and BAFTAs during its run and is thought of as not only one of the greatest British comedies of all-time but also as one of the best TV shows as well. It is a must-see for awkward comedy fans.

Trailer: Here
Available on: DVD and Streaming

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