Critic Consensus: The Office quickly distinguishes itself from its source material within the first few episodes, proving not all Hollywood remakes of overseas hits are destined to end in failure. (That's what she said.)
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as Michael Scott
as Pam Beesly
as Jim Halpert
as Dwight Schrute
as Katy Moore
as Ryan Howard
as Toby Flenderson
as Jan Levinson
as Katie, Katy Moore
as Mr. Brown
as Kelly Kapoor
as Todd Packer
The harder it tries (and even, at times, succeeds) in amusing us, the more melancholic we'll feel, remembering how magical things used to be.
American TV comedy is ripe for reinvention, and an ambitious effort like 'The Office represents a step in that direction. Like Arrested Development and Scrubs, it tries for -- and sometimes achieves -- something offbeat, distinct, and intelligent.
So painfully unfunny that you have to believe the documentary maker would get fed up and leave.
It requires a high tolerance for watching other people put themselves into impossible situations - and then make them worse.
As more people are required to surrender more parts of their lives to work, whether it is a dream job or not, there may be collective nostalgia for the monotony of a stable job...
Audience Reviews for The Office: Season 1
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