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Old 11-26-2007, 04:00 PM   #826
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pfan, this is all you really need to know:

Brit version - more snarky
US version - snarky, but with a heart
Dwight v. Gareth - Schrute FTMFW
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:03 PM   #827
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I saw the British version first, but can't really compare it to the American version. Sure, the general outline of the show is the same, but the sensibilities are different enough (more sexual jokes in the Brit one, for sure) to like them as two separate entities. That being said, you have to like David Brent to enjoy the British series, and he's probably one of my favorite TV characters of all-time, so I enjoy it.
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That being said, you have to like David Brent to enjoy the British series, and he's probably one of my favorite TV characters of all-time, so I enjoy it.
Just like you have to like Michael Scott to enjoy the American version.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:30 PM   #829
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You're probably right, but the length of this series (45+ episodes of material) vs. the Brit series (12 episodes + 2 hour-long specials) means more characters are fleshed out in the US series. The only characters you really get into in the Brit series are David, Tim (Jim), Dawn (Pam), Gareth (Dwight), and possibly Lee (Roy) and Keith (Kevin).

There are too many parentheticals in that last bit, but you know what I mean.
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You're probably right, but the length of this series (45+ episodes of material) vs. the Brit series (12 episodes + 2 hour-long specials) means more characters are fleshed out in the US series. The only characters you really get into in the Brit series are David, Tim (Jim), Dawn (Pam), Gareth (Dwight), and possibly Lee (Roy) and Keith (Kevin).

There are too many parentheticals in that last bit, but you know what I mean.
I think that's the main difference right there. The BBC version was intended as a short run with little room for character development (at least in the way that North American viewers think of development), with no neat, happy endings*. The main point was to show how soul-crushing it is to work in an environment like that, and the little things people do in order to cope in that sort of environment. Given the short run, we don't really have to like, or to form any attachment to the characters at all. Unlike some of you, I didn't particularly like David Brent, he made me cringe, but I did enjoy the series for what it was. With the US version, they pretty much had to make the characters quirky but likable, to hold our interest for the long term.


*I read recently that the specials weren't part of the original plan, they were sort of tacked on due to viewer demand. For those of you who have seen them, the main plot conclusion of the specials, Gervais didn't want it to end that way, he intended the last episode of the second series to be the ending.
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Exactly. Two shows of the same vein, but with two separate objectives with their humor.

Maybe my favorite scene from the Brit version:

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how long is this freaking writers strike going on for? having withdrawals
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Exactly. Two shows of the same vein, but with two separate objectives with their humor.

Maybe my favorite scene from the Brit version:

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Old 11-27-2007, 01:49 PM   #834
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Those of you who liked the BBC version, have any of you seen the subsequent Gervais/Merchant series Extras? I love it even more than the BBC Office. Many, many laugh out loud scenes, and some of the guest appearances are priceless!

Like The Office, it was two series, each 6 episodes long. It ran in 05 and 06, and there's a special that will be airing this holiday season. I believe it aired on HBO in the US. If you haven't seen it, run out and get the dvds, like, right this second.
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One thing I did like about the BBC series is that it did end. It was a complete story. US TV tends to drag shows out and let them die long, boring deaths. I like how the BBC one told it's story and was done. Like a movie, ie "film".

I didn't know that about the specials. That ending would have sucked. I like the specials - especially the "If You Don't Know My By Now" video - I laugh just thinking about it. And David Brent does make you cringe, but I think it also makes him more real. Like you ever been sitting next to someone, like say, in a bar, and they say something and you're just like, "Ugggghhh....dude."? That's David Brent.
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Extras is genius, it's tied with The Office for me.
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Extras is genius, it's tied with The Office for me.
What is extra?
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Ricky Gervais and his woman friend are extras on major films, all while Gervais is trying to get his series script out with little help from his terrible agent. Some of the best guest appearances ever on TV have been on here. It's on HBO if you want to check it out.
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how long has the US version been on the air now?

Everytime I see the clip where the stapler's in the jello I can't help but laugh hysterically....and then get depressed because if I were to do that to anyone in my office....I'd actually just be doing it to my own stuff. My assistant uses my stuff because she doesnt have a desk, and same with the other girl here.
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