The US Office: Better Than its UK Predecessor?

April 2, 2012


Right, okay, I admit it. I hold my hands up. This geek has a bit of a guilty pleasure: The US Office.

Yes, I know, I know. All you die-hard Ricky Gervais fans must be spitting out your tea right now, but I can’t help it. In fact, I would even go as far to say (insert hushed voice here) that the US version is better than the original.

I’m sorry, but that’s just how I feel. Plus, the US version now feels like a totally different show. While the original UK version only had a run of twelve episodes, the characters in the US version have had over seven years to grow and develop.

The UK version, however, didn’t really evolve past this:

The Office worked wonders for Ricky Gervais, who now owes his whole career to the show. Similarly, the show made a star out of  Steve Carrell, who played the American David Brent – Michael Scott.

However, Carrell decided to leave last year, and while I think he’s an integral part of the show, I’m interested to see what direction The Office will go in after his departure. It will be difficult, but I definitely think there’s life in the old dog yet post-Carrell. On the other hand, if Ricky Gervais had decided to leave the UK Office, the whole ensemble would have fallen apart.

However, Ricky Gervais was well supported by a good cast, including Mackenzie Crook, who played Gareth Keenan. While Gareth’s character was good, he pales in comparison to his American counterpart, Dwight Shrute, who is nothing short of a legend.

Plus, the US version has Creed, who has no UK counterpart. He is simply an entity in himself. Nuff said.

But it’s not the first time the Americans have taken a great UK TV show and ran with it.

In fact, it’s just a drop in the ocean, as this infographic from the cheapest car insurance comparison site can reveal.

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So it seems like the Americans are always nicking our best shows, and in return, we got the Apprentice. I suppose it’s a fair swap, right…?

Do you think Americans make a good job of our UK shows? Tell is what you think in the comments section below?


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