Friday, May 1, 2009

The Office

Ever watch The Office? Not the American one; the real one.The American version is alright, I guess. I dunno, I can't watch it. It's not the worst show around, but it does nothing for me. The original British series, though, is absolutely brilliant.

I always feel kind of stupid and pretentious saying that sort of thing. "Oh, yeah, I was into The Office before it was cool. Americans don't know what they're missing." I don't like being that guy, but it's true. Every time I catch an episode I'm surprised to find that my impressions of of the show were dead on. It's one of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

The concept of the series is great and the writing is superb, and it does so many other things well, but for me, what really makes the show is the acting. The direction is fantastic, too. Okay, forget the "one thing;" everything about this show is good. Going back to the American version, though, you see that the execution really does make all the difference. To make a very, very general statement, the British version is believable and restrained, whereas the American version is a wacky sitcom.

I'm straying from my point again. I meant to talk about how the British The Office is a funny show; not about the American version being a dumb show for stupid people.

Alright, this is rambling, even for me. I like this show. You might like this show. It may very well have the best acting I have seen in any TV show ever. I can't even think of another show that rivals it. Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people alive, and yet all the other actors in the show are just as funny as he is. Dwight Schrute has nothing on Gareth Keenan. Poop - I did it again.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to look this show up on YouTube, but I finally did and there are many clips available for watching. They are hilarious. I don't know how much you'll get out of them outside of context if you've never seen the show, but don't let that stop you. You should watch some.


nicole. said...

just when i started liking you jake, you have to shoot me in the heart. the american office is my favourite show of all time ever, in the history of ever. the first two seasons were the absolute best and didn't seem to be a wacky sitcom to me. after those two seasons they did start becoming more sitcom-y but it's still so much better than other shows out there. to me anyway. i adore the british version too, but i love the american one. to each his own, i guess.

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