• Publication date: May 27, 2011

A Dysfunctional Office Family Practical Jokes, Stupidity, & Cameras

The Office� (2001-03) first began as a British television sitcom; due to its popularity, and word of mouth across the globe, it was soon given an American spin. The US iteration began in 2005, and is currently entering its seventh season. Its co-creator is none other than Ricky Gervais, who depicted the dishonest David Brent in the UK version

�The Office� (2001-03) first began as a British television sitcom; due to its popularity, and word of mouth across the globe, it was soon given an American spin. The US iteration began in 2005, and is currently entering its seventh season. Its co-creator is none other than Ricky Gervais, who depicted the dishonest David Brent in the UK version.

The program is filmed similar to a documentary, utilizing only one camera that trails characters, filming their antics. Workers are employed at the fictional Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company, where their supervisor, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) has granted a television crew permission to film his workers each day. Scott views himself as a suave, highly qualified manager, and believes his skills will shine for the nation to see. Also, he is determined to display his employees� contentment and happiness.

As one might expect this is easier said than done. Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) is constantly battling his office neighbor, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), an annoying smart alec. Meanwhile the company secretary, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) counters Michael�s abrasiveness and frequent mishaps. Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) is a temp worker who, generally, does nothing more than observe his co-workers for amusement.

While �The Office� is an offspring of its British counterpart, it is not merely the same show presented with an American backdrop; only a handful of the episodes were inspired by its overseas brother. The sitcom garnered numerous awards including 3 Emmys, 2 Teen Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe.

�The Office� is rated TV-PG; each episode runs 30 minutes, with the exception of an occasional one-hour special.