The Office (UK) : Season 2

Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Newark Star-Ledger
    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]
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    For those unbowed by the lack of formula, this second season of "The Office" has rewards even greater than the first. The series is both funnier and darker -- much darker -- than last season.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Television's funniest show. ... On a less carefully written show, the [mockumentary] conceit would almost certainly pall after a few episodes. 'The Office' is instead addictive, less because viewers grow to love David and his batty employees than because the show refuses to let those characters grow too lovable.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    The laughs are still there ... But the show begins to take on ominous overtones, a kind of small-scale tragedy in the making as it plots the apparent path of a little dictator's downfall. [10 Oct 2003]
  6. Denver Post
    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]
  7. Variety
    Reviewed by: Ann Donahue
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Never have lives of quiet desperation been so laugh-out-loud funny as in "The Office." [10 Oct 2003]
  8. Boston Globe
    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]
  9. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    "The Office" makes you cringe in delight and heave with giggles when you see the absurdity of it all. [23 Oct 2003]
  10. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    It takes a while to get into the rhythms of Gervais' writing and seemingly improvised acting, but once you've become a fan, it's the kind of show you can watch over and over. [10 Oct 2003]
  11. 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.
  12. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 25, 2013
    90
    "The Office" is hilarious, but it is an acquired taste as it serves up comedy of the uncomfortable. [10 Oct 2003]
  13. USA Today
    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]
  14. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 25, 2013
    88
    Dark, sly, ironic, subtle, brilliant. ... A taste for British humor comes in handy in watching "The Office," though. If you're bothered by deliberate (but tongue-in-cheek) bad taste, raging political incorrectness, sexual innuendo or comedy involving large sexual toys, or if you just don't get satire, "The Office" may not be right for you. [24 Oct 2003]
  15. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 25, 2013
    88
    It's dependent almost entirely on characters rather than plot - but, with such recognizable characters, "The Office" works beautifully. [10 Oct 2003]
  16. Newsday
    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]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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 butBIG 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. Full Review »
  2. May 3, 2017
    10
    Every bit as good as the superb first season The Office again demonstrated that it was one of the most original, intelligent and funnyEvery bit as good as the superb first season The Office again demonstrated that it was one of the most original, intelligent and funny comedies ever created. The fact that so many successful shows, from Parks & Rec to Modern Family, have copied the format in some way is a true testament to how ground breaking this show was. Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2017
    8
    The humor -pranks included- preserves the quality of previous season. Emotive and funny farewell for David, the best boss in the world of theThe humor -pranks included- preserves the quality of previous season. Emotive and funny farewell for David, the best boss in the world of the best job place to be in the world. Full Review »