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Office, The: The Complete First Series (DVD)
It feels both inaccurate and inadequate to describe The Office as a comedy. On a superficial level, it disdains all the conventions of television sitcoms: there are no punch lines, no jokes, no laugh tracks, and no cute happy endings. More profoundly, it's not what we're used to thinking of as funny. Most of the fervently devoted fan base watched with a discomfortingly thrilling combination of identification and mortification. The paradox is that its best moments are almost physically unwatchable.
Set in the offices of a fictional British paper merchant, The Office is filmed in the style of a reality television show. The writing is subtle and deft, the acting wonderful, and the characters beautifully drawn: the cadaverous team leader Gareth (Mackenzie Crook); the monstrous sales rep, Chris Finch (Ralph Ineson); and the decent but long-suffering everyman Tim (Martin Freeman), whose ambition and imagination have been crushed out of him by the banality of the life he dreams uselessly of escaping. The show is stolen, as it was intended to be, by insufferable office manager David Brent, played by codirector-cowriter Ricky Gervais. Brent will become a name as emblematic for a particular kind of British grotesque as Basil Fawlty, but he is a deeper character. Fawlty is an exaggeration of reality, and therefore a safely comic figure. Brent is as appalling as only reality can be. --Andrew Mueller
Both series of this program are phenomonal!! I just have one problem. In Britian, the Office Christmas Specials are on DVD. It was said on Amazon.co. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Andrew Woodward
I first caught this show when I was working over in London and have been stuck on it ever since. How trajic that we will only get two seasons of what is undeniably a masterpiece. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
True, The Office is one of the funniest television shows you're likely to see anytime soon. It doesn't have the sitcom formula of other BBC shows like Coupling, but makes you... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by ghibli99
If you crossed "Office Space" with "Spinal Tap," you might end up with something like "The Office. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by EA Solinas
British humor is not for everyone. This series can be a little boring and tedious at times, but if you are a fan of series such as Thin Blue Line, you will LOVE it.Published on July 4 2004
Oh my....I've been working in an office for almost 5 years now, and I thought that this would be the series for me (regardless of nationality, of course -- I'm American). Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by jmz
Haven't caught on to the greatness that is Rick Gervais and The Office? Only a shame that the 2 best shows aren't available anywhere in the US, and haven't screened yet on BBC... Read morePublished on June 20 2004
The is the funniest TV show/movie/standup routine/anything else that I have ever seen.
It is unreal how funny and subtle some of these jokes are. Read more