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    Quote Originally Posted by Caligula II View Post
    I'm not sure if you watched a couple of episodes or a couple of seasons but the fact that you didn't know Jim's name in the show leads me to believe it's a couple of shows.

    It is based on the concept of the UK office which is a strange concept. That a film crew is making a documentary of the place and films everything, In the UK version it was only 12 episodes so the concept made more sense, as opposed to well over 200 episodes and nearly ten years in the US version.

    Jim was the most popular character because he was the audience's voice of reason. In the midst of all the chaos (95% caused by Steve Carrell's character, Michael) he usually had the best ideas, used the best logic, had the most sound reasoning and warned the other characters about the consequences of Michael's terrible ideas. Much of his advice went ignored, to which he would look into the camera as if to say "Remember when I told them this would happen."

    If you're familiar with the show, it's a big part of it but if you aren't I'm sure it just likes corny, shit acting. I agree about the background characters being strong and that was developed over many seasons and that was maybe the best part of the show.

    Jim, is the straight man. In nearly every successful ensemble comedy, you usually need a straight man to bounce your wackier supporting characters off of.......and that guy usually never gets the credit for the role he's playing.

    I loved "The Office", but it really petered out near the end. Probably should have ended 3 or 4 seasons before it did. By the time Steve Carell left the show, they were pretty much toast already.

    Had a little bit of a comeback for the final season, but that's only because they knew they were finished by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobleart View Post
    Jim, is the straight man. In nearly every successful ensemble comedy, you usually need a straight man to bounce your wackier supporting characters off of.......and that guy usually never gets the credit for the role he's playing.

    I loved "The Office", but it really petered out near the end. Probably should have ended 3 or 4 seasons before it did. By the time Steve Carell left the show, they were pretty much toast already.

    Had a little bit of a comeback for the final season, but that's only because they knew they were finished by then.
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    My blueprint:

    (I'm pretty sure the ??? was a second conference room. They had one where they had conferences around a rectangular table. Then another room where most of the meetings were held with all the chairs facing the front of the room.



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    Normally I don't watch sitcoms so I can't pick what can be the worst p4p, so I'll just name the ones that I watched maybe once or twice and thought were extremely overrated:

    Murphy Brown - piece of shit liberal feminist crap from the 80s

    Seinfield - never got it why this thing was so popular...maybe it was a white thing?

    Cheers - watched two episodes and was bored to death

    Small Wonder - a one joke premise...and that one joke was not funny

    Mr. Belvedere - English housekeeper who...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzz

    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air- fuck all of you idiots that love this overrated piece of excrement. I hated even the commercials from that show!



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    I tried really, really hard to get into the US Office, and tried to view it as something completely separate to the UK version (which is absolutely brilliant), but it just doesn't work for me. I did like the scene with the DVD logo though.

    Friends had some great writing in the early seasons, it's one of those shows which is seen as cool to bash, but I really enjoyed it.

    In the UK I have to say Extra's was really overrated. Mrs Brown's Boys is an insult to humankind. My Family is a horrible sitcom.

    Big Bang and Scrubs by far the worst from overseas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slice N Dice View Post
    I tried really, really hard to get into the US Office, and tried to view it as something completely separate to the UK version (which is absolutely brilliant), but it just doesn't work for me. I did like the scene with the DVD logo though.

    Friends had some great writing in the early seasons, it's one of those shows which is seen as cool to bash, but I really enjoyed it.

    In the UK I have to say Extra's was really overrated. Mrs Brown's Boys is an insult to humankind. My Family is a horrible sitcom.

    Big Bang and Scrubs by far the worst from overseas.
    The UK press had a lot of praise for the US version of the Office. Not when it came out. But during the golden run which would have been seasons 2-6 most likely.

    I like the UK version as well and give all the props to Gervais and Merchant for the idea. But they basically did 12 episodes, fucked off for several years then came back with an hour special or something like that. They never had to develop the background characters the way the US version did.

    A typical US sitcom runs 24 22 minute episodes (30 minutes with commercials) per season. The continuing story lines in the US Office were much stronger than a typical US sitcom.

    The first season (6 episodes in the spring of '05) was testing the waters with a closer adaption to the UK version. The ratings were absolutely horrible here. It was picked up by NBC for a full season because the critics praised the cast and loved the idea. I remember being very surprised and happy it was picked up. They made a few changes and the second season was much better than the first.


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    Yeah the first episode was basically exactly the same as the first episode of the U.K. version, same lines and everything. It wasn't horrible, but I just couldn't get into it. It did have some funny moments though.
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    I loved what a self-important idiot Micheal was. This was no doubt inspired by the UK version, but Carrell obviously did his own thing with it and it was hilarious. He was just such an idiot! It got to a point where you could predict the stupid shit he would do or say, and that made it all the funnier.

    Dwight was very interesting too with his strange ethnic roots and his feuds with Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double L View Post
    I loved what a self-important idiot Micheal was. This was no doubt inspired by the UK version, but Carrell obviously did his own thing with it and it was hilarious. He was just such an idiot! It got to a point where you could predict the stupid shit he would do or say, and that made it all the funnier.

    Dwight was very interesting too with his strange ethnic roots and his feuds with Jim.
    Yeah. Michael was hilarious. He gave big speeches completely unprepared that were 90 % off topic. He always had to put himself into the center of things that didn't involve him. He considered himself an expert on a lot of things though he was bumbling idiot at everything.

    He reminds me a lot of someone else who is currently all over the news.



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