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The Office (BBC) Season 1 - 5 out of 5
For a few seasons, I wouldn't watch the U.S. version of The Office because I was such a fan of the original. Eventually, I gave the American version a shot and I enjoy it but the BBC version kicks its ass.
Unlike the American version, this one doesn't go past its expiration date. However, this is a problem common with American television. Whenever a show becomes profitable, the artistic integrity gets tossed out the window and the show is then dragged out until it becomes a laughable shadow of its former self. It happened with Lost, it happened with The Simpsons and we are now seeing it with the U.S. version of The Office. They did a clip show last season for crying out loud. That is the first sign your show is dying. Not to mention that Steve Carell is leaving soon and the producers plan to KEEP the show going. The same fate that struck Scrubs shall strike The Office, you'll see.
Anyway, this original version of the show not only showcases better (and wittier) humor but the writing and acting was far superior. Ricky Gervais as the boss; David Brent and Martin Freeman (who's playing Bilbo Baggins by the way in The Hobbit) as Tim is a combination that is better than most combination on television. These two men are just hilarious on the show. But having funny men doesn't guarantee hilarity, you need good writing too...and of course, this show has it because it was written by Gervais and the EXTREMELY humorous, Stephen Merchant. These two are the dynamic duo of great comedy writing. If you haven't seen it, check out Extras--absolutely hilarious!
Like all BBC programs, the season moves fast because it's only six episodes long but the depth to the content you get doesn't make you feel cheated as each story progresses the story and it doesn't feel episodic like the American version. After not watching this for so long, it was nice to return to it and laugh my ass off.