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    The Office: Uk or US Version?

    Have seen both, now but saw the US one first. This perhaps has biased me against the UK one, which was also good, but also more eccentric, bland and repellant. However, there were so many intersting points of reference between the two because they are virtually the same episodes reshot with different actors, all well-cast for their roles. Same mockumentary format.

    I like comparing the Bosses in both. The American guy is a really top actor, very talented, perfect for the role. Very pathetic.



    The English guy is also repellent, bad teeth, classic follower-leader.


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    Both are very good, but the original English series is superior. When I first saw they'd make an American version I thought they'd mess it up completely as is usually the case with American versions of movies and series from other parts of the world, but in this case they actually made a good show out of it.

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    ^ agreed.

    i prefer the English version.

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    The American version, from the few episodes I've seen, is played as a comedy.
    The British version was designed to make you cringe.

    By the way, I agree about the actor in the American version who plays the boss. An excellent actor who I first noticed in Jim Carrey's movie Bruce Almighty. He plays the slimey news reader.
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    The only reason to watch the American version is if it was very bad, if it's OK, I don't think I'll bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    The American version, from the few episodes I've seen, is played as a comedy.
    The British version was designed to make you cringe.
    that is comedy.

    they also managed to play the love interest angle as well....


    By the way, I agree about the actor in the American version who plays the boss. An excellent actor who I first noticed in Jim Carrey's movie Bruce Almighty. He plays the slimey news reader.
    he's done a few other similar type roles also, agreed, he is a decent actor.

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    i watched the first american one and was so horrified at the way they had murdered a very funny show and turned it into a sit com that i will never watch another one.

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    well the US version has been made to appeal more to the lowest common denominator and will probably be a huge success worldwide.

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    neither, this show is the biggest load of over-hyped bollocks I ever had the misfortune to sit through.

    I gave my copy (DVD) away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    neither, this show is the biggest load of over-hyped bollocks I ever had the misfortune to sit through.

    I gave my copy (DVD) away...
    Miserable bloody Yarpie.

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    i know.

    He's a boring twat isn't he.

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    ^^^You have obviously never worked in an office on a cold industrial estate in England in a shit job - I have it was exactly the same

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    I have too. The office was full of early 20-somethings and you could literally smell the sexual chemistry whenever you entered it. A truly marvellous job. *sigh*

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    I have never worked on an industrial estate anywhere, least of all the UK!!

    While at Uni in London, however, I did have the delight of experiencing what it felt like to work behind the bar in London's King Cross, a job I gave up for the delights of cleaning the mens bogs at Heathrow Airport

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    a job I gave up for the delights of cleaning the mens bogs at Heathrow Airport
    i didnt realise you were indian

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    second worse job I've had in my life

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    second worse job I've had in my life
    i imagine the worst job was cleaning the womens bogs at Heathrow airport

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    nope, I worked [part-time] for an insurance company doing *job training* when I first went to the UK in 1986.

    It worked like this: person would buy life insurance with the company. Person would die. Spouse/beneficiary would make claim. Once the claim was susbmitted, the paper-work would be sent to us to phone the spouse/beneficiary to ask if they were interested in reinvesting the money in the company.

    Fucking hated that job. Worse, it was mostly commission based and I would phone these dear people who had just lost a loved one and I found I couldn't close a deal for my life, So I bloody starved too.

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    UK version is one of the best shows ever made. The love interest with the blonde bint was magnificent.

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    I enjoyed the English version but have a bit of a downer for Ricky Gervais - I think that he is a git.

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    I am now getting into the English version, it too is excellent. It just takes a while to get used to the characters and predict how they'll behave.

    In terms of production value, using a reality tv format with good actors allows for a new "naturalistic" approach that includes:

    -improvised scenes
    -nuanced performances

    It also proves that office jobs in the UK are ever bit as inane, boring, and meaningless as office jobs in the US!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    The American version, from the few episodes I've seen, is played as a comedy.
    The British version was designed to make you cringe.

    By the way, I agree about the actor in the American version who plays the boss. An excellent actor who I first noticed in Jim Carrey's movie Bruce Almighty. He plays the slimey news reader.
    Best scene in the film was with that dude.

    Anyways, Uk version for sure, sublte, dry wit, even using one of the characters on a regular basis to break the 'fourth wall', great stuff.

    The American verison, well what to be said, it was dumbed down for the mainstream American audience, no contest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo View Post
    I enjoyed the English version but have a bit of a downer for Ricky Gervais - I think that he is a git.
    agreed, i don't think it took too much acting for him to be a twat in the series.

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