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The Office: Season 1 (2005)

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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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The American TV version of the award-winning British sitcom The Office opens Series 1 by establishing its faux documentary format, as Michael Scott, regional manager of a branch office of Dunder Mifflin Paper, jumps through hoops to convince the filmmakers that he presides over a happy, well-running ship. This is but one of Michael's many pathetic self-delusions: he also thinks he's the epitome of "cool," he's convinced that everything he says is a laugh riot, and even worse, he actually labors under the misapprehension that he is qualified for his job. Meanwhile, sales rep Jim Halpert continually cooks up methods to undermine his hated cube-mate, the obnoxious know-it-all Dwight Schrute; receptionist Pam Beesly continually deals with Michael's insensitivities and flubs; and office temp Ryan Howard acts mostly as an observer of the insanity around him. Some of the episodes in The Office's six-episode trial run carried over general plot ideas from the earlier British series, particularly the threat of wholesale downsizing that weaves through the various plots and subplots; however, only the pilot was a direct adaptation of one of the U.K. version's episodes.

Cast

Steve Carell
as Michael Scott
Jenna Fischer
as Pam Beesly
John Krasinski
as Jim Halpert
Rainn Wilson
as Dwight Schrute
Amy Adams
as Katy Moore
B.J. Novak
as Ryan Howard
Paul Lieberstein
as Toby Flenderson
Melora Hardin
as Jan Levinson
Amy Adams
as Katie, Katy Moore
Larry Wilmore
as Mr. Brown
Mindy Kaling
as Kelly Kapoor
Toby Huss
as Todd Packer
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Critic Reviews for The Office: Season 1

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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.

February 19, 2020 | Full Review…
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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.

February 19, 2020 | Full Review…

So painfully unfunny that you have to believe the documentary maker would get fed up and leave.

February 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It requires a high tolerance for watching other people put themselves into impossible situations - and then make them worse.

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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...

August 27, 2021 | Full Review…

As a pilot, this one is largely a failure. However, as an initial effort to bring the universal comedy of the original and its take on the workplace -- it works.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

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