The Office: Season 1
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Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Daily Show) stars in The Office, a fresh and funny mockumentary-style glimpse into the daily interactions of the eccentric workers at the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company. Based on the smash-hit British series of the same name and adapted for American Television by Greg Daniels (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), this fast-paced comedy parodies contemporary American water-cooler culture. Earnest but clueless regional manager Michael Scott (Carell) believes himself to be an exceptional boss and mentor, but actually receives more eye-rolls than respect from his oddball staff. Entertainment Weekly calls The Office "smart and trenchant," and all six hilarious season one episodes are available here on DVD for the first time. The awkward silences in The Office will have you laughing out loud!
The British sitcom The Office has the most devoted following this side of Monty Python, so an American remake seemed doomed. Amazingly, the remake actually finds its own enjoyable version of the original's uncanny comedy of embarrassment. Office manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell, The Daily Show, The 40 Year-Old Virgin) believes he's the beloved leader of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of a paper products company--but his relentless and painfully forced efforts at comedy creep out everyone around him, including paranoid Dwight (Rainn Wilson, who had a memorable recurring role on Six Feet Under), nervous receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer, LolliLove), and aimless salesman Jim (John Krasinski, A New Wave), who's smitten with the already engaged Pam. The pilot episode suffers from closely replicating the British pilot, but after that The Office finds its own footing, turning diversity training, an office birthday party, and a basketball game into excruciating yet hypnotically funny rituals of humiliation. Carell, though clearly talented, can't match Ricky Gervais' unique performance as the aggressively needy British manager (it's hard to imagine that anyone could); as a result, the supporting roles become more prominent, and Wilson, Fischer, and Krasinski quickly create a rapport that matches and may even exceed that of their British counterparts. Be sure to watch the deleted scenes; remarkably, they're as good as the material that made it on the air in this six-episode season. --Bret Fetzer
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The first season was only six episodes. I guess NBC wasn't sure the show would succeed, being a remake of an extremely popular British show. And at first the show wasn't successful. Very few saw it and it seems like the only people that checked it out were fans of the British version and they didn't like it. But slowly the show built momentum and now it is where it is today.
The DVD contains deleted scenes and commentary (for four episodes I think). There aren't many features but this is still a great buy.
The pilot is almost a scene for scene remake of the British pilot I guess. I happen to think it is a great episode and sets the tone for the series. The second episode is the first one I saw and immediately won me over for its great acting and political incorrectness. The Diversity Day episode is must see if only for Carrell's Chris Rock impersonation.
From the beginning of season one, the foundation is laid for the Jim/Pam relationship. The minor characters don't get as much screen time as season two yet they are all there floating in the background.
So, to all office fans, buy this set. Its cheap and its a classic.