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UK "The Office" vs. US "The Office." [Jan. 23rd, 2008|10:41 pm]
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I've watched every episode of the UK "Office." I've watched most of the US "Office" through the third season.

Of the two, I prefer the US "Office."


1. I'm an American. Some of the subtle UK-centric jabs did escape me, while I get pretty much every less-subtle US-centric poke.

2. I was utterly disappointed that Gervais's fantastical moron, David Brent, wasn't murdered in the final episode.

3. Carell's Michael Scott stays as branch manager (and probably got that job) for a reason - he's a really wonderful salesman. Brent seemed terrible even at sales.

4. The US "Office" features a much more developed set of characters to round out the office.

When I prefer the US "Office," I prefer it by a small margin. Both have great qualities. It's a virtual tie between Gareth Keenan and Dwight Schrute, in terms of preference. Each is different in his suck-up to the branch manager. What's interesting about Gareth is that he was able to run the office on his own. Dwight, however, would likely be a disaster because Dwight is far more anti-social in his similar geekery.

Is it just me, or is the US version largely relying upon the UK version and the documentary aspect as backstory?

Has anyone else seen both versions? There are many similarities. Also, the differences seem, again, to me, to slightly roll in favor of the US version.

While the UK version is the original, and therefore, it is the more pioneering of the two, the US version seems to be the more well-developed and character-rich. Both have their merits. Each has drawbacks.


[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2008-01-24 07:17 am (UTC)
I think the difference has something to do with the way TV is made in the UK. 6 episode "seasons" are the norm. No need to round out characters and extend things over several episodes. 2 seasons and you can be done (it's a good tradition of some of the better UK shows that really didn't have a more than a dozen episodes made... go out leaving them wanting more).

The UK version is more off the wall, and uses the 'documentary' better. It's more of a rough feel, and more shock-comedy. The US one is better rounded, but says SitCom to me. They got the jist of UK show and turned into a bigger story with a longer life span.

MacKenzie Crook used to live in the same part of London as me. Saw him several times moping around Muswell Hill.... he is that odd looking in real life as well.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-01-24 07:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I also noticed BBC shows are awfully short . . . while USA shows are awfully long.

The documentary is far more pronounced in the UK version, yes. The US version tends to bend rules, such as a flashback sequence at some point.

Crook's awesome.

There's also a personal dislike trend I hold for both Brent and Scott - their character I've experienced IRL, and their character I tend to find . . . my blood boils. I seem to enjoy their characters far less than the usual person.
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[User Picture]From: lilymd
2008-01-24 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh yeah, I agree with pretty much everything you wrote here. It's like I wrote it out myself! ;)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-01-24 11:36 pm (UTC)
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