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Remake of one of the best shows ever?

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TV Show: NBC's The Office

Postby Dylan on Fri Mar 25, 2005 9:37 am

Okay, so I tried not to set my expectations too high on this, and it actually wasn't that bad. The jell-o thing was a little bit out of left field, and Dawn's character is a bit too mousy, but there were some pretty funny moments.

Without the BBC version to compare to, this would be some great television. As it is, I'm still going to go with N/C.
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Postby Linus Van Pelt on Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:12 am

Oh, I wish I could watch this without constantly comparing it to the original. I don't know if I can vote, but I can guess, and my guess is Not Crap. I laughed; I didn't cringe. I think the casting was pretty good, especially for the boss. I almost wish they had kept the Rod Stewart song... I don't know.

I'm filled with mixed feelings.

I liked his four role models: Bob Hope, Abraham Lincoln, Bono, and ... probably God as the fourth.
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Postby mattw on Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:44 am

Only saw the last 10 mins of it, but man that was horrible. I wasn't really expecting anything more, but still. It just doesn't translate well to an American show. I was not amuuuuuused.

Part of the original's appeal was in the alien world of British pop culture, as well as the lingo, mannerisms, etc.

I was under the impression that this was going to be the same sort of setup as The Office, with similar characters, but different situations. Nope!
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Postby coat on Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:24 pm

I think it's pretty good...

But the only thing I really watch on the TV is Animal Planet and reruns of Unsolved Mysteries, so I'm probably not the best judge.
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Postby gcbv on Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:08 pm

I watched the first five minutes, found myself almost caparing each scene against the BBC show, and decided there was NO WAY I could watch the show objectively.

I say CRAP, just because the NBC show with defile the purity of the original.


It's similar to people doing whole covers of previous albums to me. Some songs can be better than the originals, but the first albums are still more potent.
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Postby Dylan on Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:45 pm

My wife and I did the same thing - right after the NBC show, we put in the 1st episode, 1st season of the BBC version to see what they changed. The people behind the NBC version say they took a lot from the BBC version for the 1st episode, but subsequent episodes will be more "original".

We'll see what that actually means tomorrow.
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Postby MTAR on Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:30 pm

is this it for C/NC on The Office (america)?

i have to say i have only seen some of season 2, and none of season 3 (which only has one episode aired) but i have seen all season one at least 3 times and i think this show is great. NOT CRAP.

And yes, I have seen the entire british series, with is also NOT CRAP, especially the final special DVD-only christmas episode.



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Postby Christopher_Dragon on Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:36 pm

FUCKING FUNNY

The only show on television that I will make sure I get see now that Arrested Development is off the air.
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Postby tommydski on Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:06 pm

better than the original, which isn't saying much. the lead actor is a lot more believable.

i haven't really seen it though i thought the britcom version was CRAP.
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Postby MTAR on Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:35 pm

tommydski wrote:better than the original, which isn't saying much. the lead actor is a lot more believable.


that's so strange... i actually find the whole brit version to be more believable. But the american version, while a little ridiculous/over-the top at times, has a more vibrant comedic magic to it.

what the hell am i talking about?

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Postby sack of smashed assholes on Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:56 pm

it's no arrested, but arrested is no curb. I like the office somewhat. dwight makes the show funny.
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Postby j_harvey on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:01 pm

tommydski wrote:better than the original, which isn't saying much. the lead actor is a lot more believable.

i haven't really seen it though i thought the britcom version was CRAP.


Believable? It's a comedy. Where does believable come in? Ricky Gervais is hysterical in The Office.
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Postby ironyengine on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:23 pm

MTAR wrote:and none of season 3 (which only has one episode aired)


S3E1 had several moments that made me laugh aloud, and one that made my girlfriend (who is a much harder nut to crack, aloud-laughing-wise) do so. They are certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing, as it were.
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Postby unarmedman on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:32 pm

This is the only show I watch - my wife and I love it. We have the BBC version and love it too. Martin Freeman is a top notch actor.

The pilot episode was the only one that is modeled after the BBC version. Steve Carell said that he has never watched the BBC Office as he wanted his character to be completely original. I think he's done a good job of that.

BJ Novak writes some of the better episodes IMO. "Diversity Day" and "Sexual Harrassment" - both episodes get really uncomfortable and make them all the more funny.

Season 3 has started out excellent. NOT CRAP :WF:0
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Postby tommydski on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:33 pm

j_harvey wrote:Believable? It's a comedy. Where does believable come in? Ricky Gervais is hysterical in The Office.

i think it's fair to criticise the realism of a show that is set-up as a documentary.

honestly, i've only seen a few moments of it overall so don't let the fact that i don't like it keep you awake at night.
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Postby unarmedman on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:34 pm

ironyengine wrote:S3E1 had several moments that made me laugh aloud, and one that made my girlfriend (who is a much harder nut to crack, aloud-laughing-wise) do so. They are certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing, as it were.


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Postby MTAR on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:40 pm

my favorite season 1 episodes are "Alliance" and "Basketball". The end of "Alliance" when dwight has is hair bleached with peroxide....
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Postby ironyengine on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:43 pm

unarmedman wrote:"I watch The L Word! I watch Queer As Fuck!"

"That's not what it's called...."


"Jim told me you could buy one on the internet."

Gold, I say. This show is gold.
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Postby AlBStern on Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:49 pm

ironyengine wrote:
unarmedman wrote:"I watch The L Word! I watch Queer As Fuck!"

"That's not what it's called...."


"Jim told me you could buy one on the internet."

Gold, I say. This show is gold.


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Postby atlgerm on Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:59 pm

:WF: um, high.

I'm going with Not Crap. But this one's a swing vote for me. A lot of times I think crap, but it always redeems itself.
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