The Office - Is the US or UK Version Better?
Which "The Office" Is Best? Here's What I Think...
I've watched the entire series for the American and British versions of The Office. They're both hilarious but the US version is better.
David Brent might say "Yeah, he's American and watched the US version first so who cares what he thinks." He'd be right. But one of the many things David doesn't know is that I'm a big fan of British comedies and really enjoyed the UK version (still can't get "Free Love Freeway" out of my head).
The shows are similar but each has its own style. The US version has better development of the supporting characters. The US and UK plot lines share some common elements but go their own way after the first episode.
Both versions use a lot of subtle references and "under the breath" type dialog. Being American it was easier for me to catch more of the humor in the NBC version.
Watch both versions and decide for yourself.
About The Office
What is this show?
In 2001, the BBC sent a film crew to document daily life at the Slough, UK branch of the Warnham Hogg Paper Company. The show aired for two seasons and a follow up Christmas special in 2003.
In 2005, the American network NBC sent a crew to film a documentary of daily life at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. That version ran for nine seasons before ending in May, 2013.
The show is really a mockumentary. Both companies are completely fake, dysfunctional and funny examples of how not to run a business.
Since the original BBC version ended France, Germany, Brazil, the US and even Canada have all produced their own versions of The Office.
Clips From "The Office" - US Version
Clips From "The Office" - UK Version
Which is better...the US or UK version of The Office?
David or Michael?
David and Michael are both completely delusional about their managerial and entertainment abilities. Both are masters at distracting their employees from getting work done and creating socially awkward situations.
David seems to get more bitter when he feels slighted than Michael does. Michael has shown an ability to somehow make sales when needed.
Question: Who would you rather work for?
Character Match Ups
The Office characters don't share the same names between the BBC and NBC versions. This can be distracting when you start watching the other version until you figure out who each character's equivalent is on the first version you watched.
Here's a cheat sheet for the major characters...
Dunder Mifflin (US)
Wernham Hogg (UK)
Dwight or Gareth?
Gareth and Dwight are both fascinated by combat. Gareth is a Lieutenant in the British Territorial Army. Dwight has a purple belt in Karate and is a former volunteer sheriff's deputy.
Question: Who would win a fight to the death?
Jim or Tim?
Encasing Gareth/Dwight's stapler in Jell-o. Gluing Gareth's phone handset to the base. Adding weights to Dwight's handset each day then removing them suddenly so that he hits himself in the head when answering the phone. Prank calls. Fake CIA missions for Dwight. Hiding everything from Gareth's desk. Getting Dwight to believe Jim was turning into a vampire. Hiding a dildo in David's office. Hiding Andy's cell phone in the ceiling.
These are just a few of the pranks Tim and Jim have played on their office mates. But who is the better prankster?
Question: Who is the master prankster?
Jim Halpert / Tim Canterbury Tribute Video
Gareth or Dwight?
Both are self important and try to claim authority over their office mates. Gareth likes to take personal calls on speaker phone and chant "Oggy, oggy, oggy!" whenever his friends call. Dwight likes to share his knowledge of every subject known to man and plot his rise to power.
Question: Who would you rather be stuck working with?
Ladies, who would you rather date at the office?
Romance At The Office
A cool compilation of The Office romances from the American and British versions.
Guys, who would you rather date at the office?
Own the British Version of The Office
Every episode including the series finale special and plenty of extra features. It even has sub-titles for non-English speaking English speakers!
Own the American Version of The Office
All nine seasons of this hilarious show.
More Info About The Office
- The Office | NBC
Official site of NBC's The Office.
- UK Version (BBC)
Official site of BBC's The Office.
- That's What She Said
Amusing blog written by an employment law firm. They review each episode of The Office (NBC) to determine how much Dunder Mifflin could expect to pay in litigation costs to settle the lawsuits that would be generated by the characters' actions.
- Gareth Keenan's Homepage
Find out more scary details about Gareth including his ideal woman and favorite films.
- Free Love Freeway Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Learn to play Free Love Freeway like David Brent.
Your favorite version.
What do you think of "The Office"?
David Brent Sings "Free Love Freeway" - A David Brent original.
They are supposed to be taking a corporate training course but David thinks what the class really needs is entertainment.
How big a fan of The Office are you? Can a new version of a show be better than the original? What is your favorite moment from The Office? Leave a comment below...