Americans: defend your ‘Office’ (because I won’t)
British TV critic Steven Wells, a blogger for The Guardian, recently lambasted the American version of The Office in a blog post. I have to say, I do think the American version pales sadly next to the original British version.
Here’s what Wells says:
“It’s rubbish. The American Office is a dysfunctional and unfunny pastiche of the original. When the British version first aired, I met several Americans who thought it was a documentary. ‘Is England really that awful?’ asked one. Where the original is nail-bitingly excruciating, the US Office – dumbed down to the point of being insulting – is comfort food for liberals . . .
“When the original Office was shown on US TV, BBC America plugged it with a street interview with an enthusiastic US fan who said: ‘If you don’t see some of yourself in David Brent, then you are David Brent.’
“The same simply can’t be said of Steve Carell’s two-dimensional and entirely unsympathetic Michael Scott. He’s an Aunt Sally. A straightforward sad bastard to be straightforwardly laughed at. In short, where the BritOffice had you hiding behind the sofa AmeriOffice has you falling asleep on it. And yet it is huge.”
Which do you like, the British Office or the sucky American one? (I’m exaggerating; there are things about the American version I enjoy, for example, Jim and Pam. I just don’t like Steve Carrell. Because he sucks.)
Or do you like both? Because that’s a possibility, too.