UK Office Better?

February 14, 2008 6:08pm CST
I'm english perhaps i'm biased but i think the UK office is much much better than the few episodes of the US office i've seen the main reason for that is Ricky Gervais the man is a genius no disrespect to Steve Carel i think hes a very good actor but he doesn't suit the 'Micheal Scott' character in my opinion Discuss!
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@choices (20)
• United States
15 Feb 08
This topic is interesting because I actually ignored the first season of the U.S. version of the office after having seen the first episode because we didn't think it would be as good. But I really love both outlooks. Steve will never be Ricky just as one person's outlook on their boss will not be the same as their co-worker's, and that is the genius behind the two shows. When we finally started watching the one in the states, I gave up trying to figure out what would happen on the episodes because I found myself trying to compare the characters. The characters are classic and the comedy is great camp. Laughing at the the pranks that Jim pulls on Dwight can fill up a half hour. Also, the number of episodes for the US version out number that of its counterpart and almost every character has developed wonderful and entertaining story line. But if you have never seen the British original find a way to sneak a peak. I may be a little biased because I love British comedies, but The Office is historic comedy!
• Canada
5 Aug 08
The american version is so much better. I dont know why i just dont findthe UK version to not be funny; though it has its moments it doesnt comapre to the American version.
23 Apr 08
The original series from here in the UK was superb. Ricky Gervais was truly awesome as the boss and Mackenzie Crook as the office wimp has gone on to some fantastic movie roles.
• United States
17 Feb 08
Apples to oranges... they're really different. Over all, I would have to say the American version is an all around better show. The acting, writing, and directing are just superior. The US version has lasted a lot longer, too, so they've had more time to perfect it.
• United States
15 Feb 08
I love both of them. Each definitely has a unique style, even though they are the same show. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are geniuses, they even write a couple of the US episodes. If you're into them, I definitely recommend seeing Extras, one of my favorite sitcoms ever. The only problem with the UK version was that is was too short! Only 12 episodes I think, while the US version has had many more. It's very tough to choose which one I like more, but I guess I would give the nod to the US version, as I understand more of the jokes.
@Galena (9123)
15 Feb 08
of course it's better. David Brent is a fantastic character. it's got more of that sort of awkwardness you get around someone that thinks they're funny. I've seen the re-make a few times, and it's just not funny. at all. I like Steve Carel in the films I've seen him in. he's rather funny. but he doesn't work at all in that context. and that's not his fault. the material is just rubbish. I think fans of the American version really ought to watch the original, and see what they're missing. it's genuinely hilarious. and much more real. none of the sort of lets write people saying funny stuff. more of that sort of cringeyness you get when people think they're funny, but they're not. the re-make just can't compare. even if they've tried really hard to make their Dawn and Tim Characters look like Dawn and Tim. awww the Christmas special really made me well up, when she came back. it's well written, funny, and has lots of brilliant, and very real, characters in it. I mean come on, we all know a David Brent. we all know a Gareth. it's very funny and very real and human. I think the re-make is lacking in realism and in heart.