Friday, September 29, 2006

I don’t think you win a Pulitzer...

...for filth. Just a quick note to say that after recent, exhaustive and still-ongoing research I like both versions of “The Office” exactly, precisely equally. Both shows are really, really funny. The British one is almost too melancholy to bear, which I love, and the American one is slightly more upbeat and a bit closer to my own working experience, which I also love.

The UK one only went on for 14 episodes or so, so it didn’t have a chance to get stale, while the US one has had more time to develop the supporting characters. So... it’s a tie. This is all only really noteworthy because I would have expected not to like the American one, since it’s a copy and since I have always had a sort of embarrassing knee-jerk Anglophilia – but they have done a really good job and the cast is perfect. I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite/favorite if I had to.

The verdict is still out on “Le Bureau” until I can download at least one episode. My hunch is that it sucks. Colossally.


Anonymous said...

Great show. (I've only seen the American version.) I briefly considered using the "Diversity Day" episode in my diversity class, but I think I would have just been inviting chaos. :)

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