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  • Starring: Ralph Ineson, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis
  • Summary: "Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty... satisfaction. That's what I'm..you know. Trust people and they'll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great." - David Brent. The Office tells a story of a few people working in a British office working hard to not lose their jobs. This hilarious comedy won a Golden Globe award for best comedy series. It was created by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant. David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a manager of low intelligence and has no sense of humor, but is convinced that he is the best, the most entertaining and the most well liked boss of all time.Today the show has been sold in more than 60 countries and it even had a remake in America. The Office is the first non-American show nominated in the category of best television musical or comedy for a Golden Globe Award; and Ricky Gervais was the first non-American actor nominated for the lead role in a television comedy for the same award. The Office won both awards and left Sex and the City & Matt LeBlanc empty handed. When the series aired the first season, they did not even know how popular it would get in some future episodes. The fact that its release on the DVD format proved to be the BBC's best selling comedy release shows its mass popularity and appeal.The writers at the start did not imagine that a second season would be created and after bowing to pressure to create one they would not do it again for a third. The show ended on a high note after two Christmas specials which tied up knots and rounded off wonderfully the first two seasons.Opening Theme Song: "Handbags and Gladrags" performed by Fin.WARNING: some episodes contain quotes with strong language. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    100
    The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter -- it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    The six-episode first season of "The Office" was so dark, so wicked, so brilliant that it was hard to imagine Gervais and Merchant topping themselves. But they have. By slowly chipping away at David's power base, they've made him even more desperate, petulant and bullying. (The less funny David gets, the funnier the show is.) [10 Oct 2003]
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    It is depressing, brilliant, hysterical, excruciating, full of irony, and nothing you'd ever expect to find on American network TV. Rather than sweetening the workplace with fantasies of a home away from home, "The Office" heightens the reality and disconnection of corporate life until it is absurdly funny. The show doesn't touch your heart so much as tickle your spleen. [9 Oct 2003]
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    David Brent, brilliantly conceived and played by Gervais, remains among the most wonderfully annoying characters in modern TV comedy. [12 Oct 2003]
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    As did the six previous episodes, the new installments generate a tension so awful, from circumstances so awfully lifelike, that you have to watch at times from behind laced fingers, with teeth clenched and the remote control close at hand.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 25, 2013
    88
    It takes a real artist's eye to concentrate reality so realistically, and a true wit to pull it off in a sitcom that makes you gasp as frequently as it makes you laugh. [10 Oct 2003]
  7. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 25, 2013
    40
    Larry David is obnoxious in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but very funny. Gervais' David is just obnoxious. ... It's the sort of comedy that only certain people can get, like the way dogs can hear sounds human can't. I'm ashamed to say, I couldn't take it more than one dinner hour. [19 Oct 2003]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    @TheChaser1985 & @AtTheMovies - refer to my season 1 review for the reasons why you are wrong.

    I am pleased that a few years have passed
    and Metacritic has gotten off its backside to properly review this to add perspective to your idiotic 'reasoning' behind your concerns with the show.

    The US version is watered down and a weak knock-off. It's OK, in a 6/10 way, but the UK version is one of the most important comedies in the last 20 years, and this belief and obvious fact is reinforced by the universal acclaim it has received on metacritic.

    If you wish to try undercut the critical faculties of these 30-odd reviews then why are you even on metacritic?

    And @AtTheMovies - yes, it is because you are American. I'm surprised you even persisted with the US version as, without a laughter tracker, I am surprised you even knew when or if to laugh at all!

    Stick to 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory' please, and get your grubby pawprints off this universally acclaimed, superior (to the US version and to everything else) and stunning show.

    Leave the reviews of this quality and difficult-to-comprehend-for-the-idiotic-masses show to people with brains or who aren't too proud to admit it rains all over the US version (which I might reiterate is a remake of the UK version, which is almost a guarantee that it cannot even be as good, let alone better [and certainly is in this case]).

    Only a fool doesn't like this, but the appeal of this show will be lost on those who wait to hear canned laughter before they engage themselves.

    Best. Comedy. Ever. Done.
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  2. Apr 11, 2014
    10
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  3. Mar 3, 2013
    9
    The show just got better, the writing is still as good and manages to make you laugh and sad. overall one of the best TV shows ever created. Ricky and Steve should be really happy their hard work has paid off. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2014
    7
    Honestly i like the us version better, especially because of Steve Carell. Gervais is a genius but his series always are to **** short, canĀ“t get completely into it Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2011
    5
    BIG surprise this show has no critic Metascore because no ones cares. Plain and simple. Dry comedy. Too dry. The creators had a great idea but they didn't put enough effort into it. I have NEVER actually laughed out loud at this show. I have only smirked. 90% of the actors are horrible for their character. And yes, I understand British comedy. The British insist that Americans do not get the humor, when in fact it's the British who are too used to amateur material. Like it or not, America is the birth place and king of cinema and it's not even a close race. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and the rest of The Office (US) took this great idea and created one of the best shows on TV. Yes, the US show is in decline, but even at it's worst, it's leagues ahead of the original British version. Ricky Gervais (who NEVER gives credit to his co-creator Stephen Merchant) is the truly "ungrateful" **** (As he called Steve Carrell, who made him millions.) The only reason that this show doesn't have any poor reviews is because no one cares to watch it. I'm sure that the small percentage that at least tried to watch it, only got through the first episode. I've seen it all. The Office UK is "rubbish" as the Brits would put it. I would rate this a 0 to hurt the rating, but I'm an honest person, unlike many here and will give this show an honest rating... which is that it's good for a smirk. It's not horrible but it isn't good either, at all. Brownies points for the good idea. Expand

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