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The Office - British or American?
snark at 6:40AM, May 6, 2007
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For all you DD'ers who've seen both versions of the Office, which one do you guys rather? The original British version or the new American one?

I've always preferred the British version, the humour just appeals more to me, that and they've got Keith. Keith is awesome incarnate.

Though I have to admit Dwight from American Office cracks me up…the episode where he did his speech is in my opinion one of the greatest moments in television history =P
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Locoma at 9:37AM, May 6, 2007
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For me, they are nothing alike. The original scripts portrait the boss like a sad, pathetic and annoying character, and that is the heart of the series humor. When the american boss tries to be pathetic or annoying… I kind of like him because he looks like a comedian being annoying on purpose, and that doesn't fit the type of humor the original series is about.

I loved the british version (included the christmas special) but yet I've enjoyed the american version when it doesn't try to recreate the british one. The actors are great and I think they are very funny. I think I would have liked it very much if it hadn't started by being an “adaptation”, that kind of pushed me away from giving it a chance. I'll probably watch it when the fourth season starts.
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SpANG at 1:19PM, May 6, 2007
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I think they are both brilliant. The UK version is the original though. That and the fact that the version is less censored than the US is kinda cool too.:)





“To a rational mind, nothing is inexplicable. Only unexplained.”
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Crazy Dutchman at 1:38PM, May 6, 2007
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BRITISH OFFICE!

Preiod.
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snark at 4:11PM, May 6, 2007
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Greatest. Dance. Ever.
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subcultured at 4:17PM, May 6, 2007
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never seen uk version all the way through, loved the US office. the clip that made me want to watch the US office.

J
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reconjsh at 4:31PM, May 6, 2007
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The American office is decent… but I didn't even think it was a contest - British office wins hands down. Not even close.
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Allan at 4:49PM, May 6, 2007
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*cough*

American Office 100%. I know it's not the original, and I know the British version took the sex stuff much farther than we ever could, but I dunno. I enjoy the characters in the US version so much better. They're… prettier, and a lot more funny.

I hate the UK's version of Pam, too. What's-her-face.

(I do like the UK version's Jim, though. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ftw)
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subcultured at 5:18PM, May 6, 2007
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i never really got the jokes in the uk ver.
J
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ozoneocean at 5:20PM, May 6, 2007
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Greatest. Dance. Ever.
That was so funny! I loved that dance, fave bit in the show!!
…Never seen the US version… I've seen clips from it and it looks ok, the actors don't look or act enough like “real” people though… You know? Not the boss especially. But as I say, I've only seen clips.

I've seen the UK Office all the way through about 4 times. Loved it :)
Sub
i never really got the jokes in the uk ver.
It didn't have any. lol!
Yeah, that's the thing about it, it's subtle. You're meant to laugh at the ludicrous situations and people's venality, stupidity, vanity, and the awkwardness of the situations they get themselves into. ^_^
 
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fern at 6:56PM, May 6, 2007
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The British version is just too British for me.

Quote of the day.
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marine at 5:55AM, May 7, 2007
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American. I liked the british show, but there just isn't enough of it.
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snark at 6:42AM, May 7, 2007
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American. I liked the british show, but there just isn't enough of it.

Yeah, the British version was rather short, though I think it was good that they ended it there rather then dragging it on the long and painful road of staleness.
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SpANG at 6:46AM, May 7, 2007
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I have an affection for the American version because of it's supposed location, “Scranton, PA”. I am from Pittston, and Scranton is just a few miles away. So I get a kick out of the references to “Rock 107”, “Lake Wallenpaupack”, “WB/Scranton Penguins hockey”, “Wacovia Arena”, “The Times”, etc, etc because they are all real. :)

I find both versions halarious, though.

Dawn vs. Pam. Pam wins, hands down! She's not just a person that answers the phone. She is always in on the jokes, but always very subtle. Pam has much more demension to her character. Plus she's cuter than her UK counterpart.

Dwight and Garreth are so different, but I know both types of people, so they are both brilliant characters.

David is just like every boss I've ever had that has tried to be everyone's buddy. Michael is more way out there. They are both very funny, but David is a more ‘real’ character to me.

Jim and Tim are essensially the same, but Jim is just a little funnier IMO. Hey, the guy that played Tim - wasn't he Arthur Dent in the Hitch Hikers Guide To he Galaxy movie? I guewss I could look that up, but I'm lazy. :)


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Crazy Dutchman at 7:55AM, May 7, 2007
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The characters of the US version are a lot more…. fake? It somehow doesn't fit with the more realistic approach of filming. And yes, it's way less subtle. Why is that a bad thing? Because the humor of the British version lies in the subtility, because it IS funny, I can laugh my ass of with the UK version while I'm somewhat annoyed with the US one.

The US Version isn't BAD tough, but er.. I'll stick with the UK version, thank you ;)


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Maxw3ll at 8:29PM, May 12, 2007
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I think both are funny, but I like the American version. I guess it's just because I'm not British, and that I like Steve Carrell
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maritalbliss at 4:44PM, May 13, 2007
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The first time I saw the British version, I thought it was funny. I have worked in an office before and there were many oddities that were on the mark. However, workin' in that type of atmosphere didn't appeal to me then and even less now.

A couple of years ago I was stuck on an airplane and there was nothing to do but watch the same episode of the Americanized version over and over and I laughed once or twice. Thursday is the only day I kinda' watch television. (I like Earl, Scrubs, and 30 Rock) Usually when The Office comes on I get up and do the dishes or fold laundry–I leave it goin' on in the background and it is dryly humorous.

I would have to say that I find the British version much funnier.
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kingofsnake at 9:37PM, May 13, 2007
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I absolutely LOVE the US version, I've never seen the UK version.

I think I'd probably end up perfering the US version, although I would like the UK version.

The US version is longer, and so far, it's just been getting better and better, they've used the extra space to seriously developed the different characters.

You know the US office has fans that are every bit as anal retentive as Trekkies. Go to the message boards for the US Office. People are seriously disecting the psychology behind the actions and reactions of the different characters, including the minor background characters. And they are seriously intense.


Michael Scott is the balls
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ozoneocean at 3:42AM, May 14, 2007
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You know the US office has fans that are every bit as anal retentive as Trekkies. Go to the message boards for the US Office. People are seriously disecting the psychology behind the actions and reactions of the different characters, including the minor background characters. And they are seriously intense.
Hahahaha! And that's one of the good things about the original series: it's just a self contained show. You take the whole thing as it is and that's all. :)
 
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SpANG at 4:50PM, May 14, 2007
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Let's just all recognize the very first in original modern office humor - DILBERT.

“To a rational mind, nothing is inexplicable. Only unexplained.”
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