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cosmic J

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« on: 07-06-2005 07:16 »

Anyone seen the American version because I saw an episode, but couldn't get into it,
Do you think its funny or do you think they should have left it be?
It just seems too weird to me.
Beamer

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« Reply #1 on: 07-06-2005 22:28 »

I'm positive we've already got a thread about this, though a search gave me nothing that hadn't been closed or wasn't completely on the topic of the show...

Anyway, I've seen the first 3 episodes. It was pretty funny and had quite a few good quotes & moments (eg. "Am I gonna tell them about the downsizing? No... I mean, if you were a doctor, you wouldn't tell a patient if they had cancer!" ).

Keep in mind, however, that I have NOT seen the original British version, and so basically have no means of comparison to judge the shows on. Not that it matters NOW anyway, the American one's already been cancelled here...
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« Reply #2 on: 07-07-2005 02:22 »

"People like me because I'm polite and I'm rarely late. I like eating icecream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks."
He's the guy playing Gervais' character, right?
futurefreak

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« Reply #3 on: 07-08-2005 03:00 »

It's alright. The previews for it had me expecting a lot more though. They base the show on those awkward pauses which may be why the show seems to move slower than others, in my opinion anyways. I like the lead actor, I think he does a great job with what he's given, but as for that "odd" and "random" comedy, I prefer Arrested Development.
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« Reply #4 on: 07-08-2005 06:34 »

I'm a big fan of the BBC version, but I actually enjoyed the US version. It took a little while before everyone hit their stride, but by the 6th episode they found their own niche IMO. And unless NBC flip-flopped their decision within the last few weeks, the show IS returning in the fall (same night, same time)...how long it will stay on the air is another question... 
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #5 on: 10-01-2005 20:47 »

I've been watching it for a while. I love it. Great show. Steve Carell's performance is great. The humors good and the way I like it. I can't wait for the next episode.
Spy

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« Reply #6 on: 10-01-2005 21:14 »

The American version was a flop. Infunny and a waste of time. It's cancellation was well deserved.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #7 on: 10-01-2005 22:12 »

1- It's "unfunny".
2- It hasn't been cancelled yet.
Boltzmann_Fan

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« Reply #8 on: 10-01-2005 22:48 »

I watched the first couple of episodes, didn't really care for it (especially the first ep, which was a copy of one of the BBC eps).  Then like a year later I finally watched a few of the later episodes from the first season, and got hooked on it.  It's definitely not as subtle as the BBC version, especially with Steve Carell in there.  But I like it no matter what anyone might say.
Spy

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« Reply #9 on: 10-02-2005 03:48 »

 
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Originally posted by i_c_weiner:
1- It's "unfunny".
2- It hasn't been cancelled yet.

In Australia it didn't last a week. Thats what I meant.
Jeremy

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« Reply #10 on: 10-02-2005 21:22 »

Um, if it didn't last a week, does that mean it didn't air at all?
M0le

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« Reply #11 on: 10-02-2005 23:33 »

Spy: You're aware they showed roughly half of Season 1 in the first week alone?
Spy

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« Reply #12 on: 10-03-2005 06:02 »

They aired about 4 episodes in a week it got canned after that. Ok. Thats that.
David A

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« Reply #13 on: 10-03-2005 18:55 »

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
I'm positive we've already got a thread about this, though a search gave me nothing that hadn't been closed or wasn't completely on the topic of the show...

There's this thread, but it's more about remakes of TV shows in general.  My opinion of the American version of The Office can be found in that thread.
futuramalover

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« Reply #14 on: 10-04-2005 10:35 »

hmm..I have watched a single show, with great expectations because it has Steve Carell (one of the coolest guys ever), but unfortunately, this hope was crushed by the stupidity of the show.

I rest my case
audioslave38

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« Reply #15 on: 10-04-2005 17:49 »

Steve Carell is the man, but I never got the chance to watch The Office.  Some of my friends think it's hilarious... hopefully I'll get a chance to watch it soon.
Ninaka

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« Reply #16 on: 10-05-2005 04:26 »

Terrible. WHY do americans have to to remake a classic show that is already hilarious into their own version so they can hear their own accents and ruin the comedy?
Everything is the same, the lines, the sets, everything... but the timing is off, the comedy is sparse and worst of all, it just plain sucks.
I really feel awkward watching the US version. For those of you who haven't seen the BBC version, do yourselves a favour already!

Steve Carell unfortunately got swepped up in that mess, but I know he can bounce back. He's played a TON of great roles before this, and will play more again.
He was on RoveLive this week (australia) and is so weird and random, he has his own brand of comedy. Gave me a few laughs  smile
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« Reply #17 on: 03-05-2006 03:44 »

I had to dig this thread up because I recently got the DVD of the astonishingly long, six-episode first season, which reaffirmed, in my mind, why this is the best comedy on TV.  The acting is what really sells it.  It's to the point where it almost seems entirely ad libbed.  And while the episode commentaries reveal that the actors do contribute, it only works to compliment the written dialog.  The character's aren't drawn in an overly-broad fashion.  Michael Scott (Carell) and Dwight Schrute (Wilson) are probably the most outrageous personalities, but they aren't so bad that it violates the suspension of disbelief.  The other main characters basically have the job of reacting to the exploits of Michael and Dwight.  It should be mentioned that they do this with aplomb.

Anyway, I'll gush over the DVD in the appropriate thread, but it's still a great show despite the rather short opening season.
futurefreak

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« Reply #18 on: 02-06-2007 05:34 »
« Last Edit on: 02-06-2007 05:34 »

um...yeah. why hasn't this thread been resurrected sooner?

edit: LOL, just saw what i wrote 1.5 years ago. i didn't even know steve carell's name hehe. michael + dwight + jim = recipe for comedy. i have to say though i think this has been my least favorite season, with jim leaving and more characters being added and all.
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« Reply #19 on: 02-06-2007 08:19 »
« Last Edit on: 02-06-2007 08:19 »

Im 99% sure that Dwight is 99% correct when he says that isnt the real Benjamin Franklin   evil laugh
Beamer

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« Reply #20 on: 02-06-2007 09:24 »

This is my favourite live-action comedy after Arrested Development. And I say that now, having seen the british version to compare it to. I fucking love this show - all the characters are brilliant and it never fails to make me laugh.

"Close your eyes. Picture a convict. Whatís he wearing? Nothing special, baseball cap on backward, baggy pants. He says something ordinary like 'Yo, thatís shizzle.' Okay, now slowly open your eyes again. Who were you picturing? A black man? Wrong, that was a white woman. Surprised? Well, shame on you."

And to any british loyalists, I will say: Don't judge it until you've seen a few episodes. It does start off as a direct copy, then quickly begins to develop some key differences. By the end of Season 2, it's almost a completely different show.

Also, I'm going to marry Pam some day.  love
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« Reply #21 on: 02-06-2007 20:04 »
« Last Edit on: 02-06-2007 20:04 »

Best show on tv.
I like the British version, but this show is much better.
As always, Ninaka is wrong.
Dwight is the best. <3
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #22 on: 02-06-2007 20:10 »

"Do you wear boxers, briefs, or pantaloons?"

"Dwight: Who is the king of Austria?
Ben Franklin: Joseph the Second.
Dwight: Who is the king of Prussia?
Ben Franklin: Friedrich Wilhelm the Third.
Dwight: Who is the king of England?!
Ben Franklin: Why, the tyrant King George, of course"

"I don't care what Jim says. That is not Ben Franklin. And I'm 99% sure."


That was pretty much my favorite episode this year. Benjamin Franklin only made it better.
Slackit02

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« Reply #23 on: 02-06-2007 20:34 »

Yeah, it was great.  I have to say though, my second favorite line was when the new annoying guy (cant think of his name, but he used to be on the daily show) pulls out his cell phone and plays the ringer

Diddly diddly deet, diddly diddly deet! Rockin Robin..

Yeah, all 5 parts, me.
BirthdayClown

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« Reply #24 on: 02-06-2007 21:01 »

That reminds me, was Andy even in the last episode? I can't remember seeing him. I'll have to watch it again.
Slackit02

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« Reply #25 on: 02-06-2007 21:38 »

I dont remember seeing him either.  You'd think he would have let the stripper dance for him.
tyraniak

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« Reply #26 on: 02-07-2007 00:21 »

He probably left after punching the hole in the wall
Beamer

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« Reply #27 on: 02-07-2007 01:42 »

Haven't seen the Ben Franklin episode, but a deleted scene from "The Return" showed that Andy was sent to anger management classes after the wall-punching incident, so I assume that's where he'd be.
Mr.MastodonFarm

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« Reply #28 on: 02-07-2007 02:17 »

Crap. I missed that.... I see this show occasionally, but there's nothing that I see every week. Still, I enjoy it when I see it. Who played Ben Franklin? Was it Ralph Archbold? That guy is awesome.
BirthdayClown

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« Reply #29 on: 02-07-2007 02:35 »

I think it was Andrew Daly. He used to be on MadTV. Looked like him. Pretty sure it was him.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #30 on: 02-07-2007 09:17 »

British version is better. Sometimes Dwight and some of the other characters are unrealistically wacky.

But I have to admit, last week's episode with the strippers is probably the funniest episode of any show I've seen all year.

"I'm the dancer you ordered."
"Crap! I specifically ordered a stripper!"
(or however it went. It was funny)
tyraniak

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« Reply #31 on: 02-09-2007 00:17 »

"That Dog peed on everything and nobody booed him"
BirthdayClown

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« Reply #32 on: 02-09-2007 00:43 »

It's really hard to like Michael sometimes. Tonight was one of those times.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #33 on: 02-09-2007 07:02 »

Yeah. Like I said a couple posts up..."unrealistically wacky". NOBODY would ever talk/hang out/work with him after the stuff he did in last night's episode. I know it's just a goofy sitcom, but I really feel like the show would be better if they made the characters act more like real people.

It was funny, but geez.
Beamer

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« Reply #34 on: 02-12-2007 03:24 »

Michael was waaaaaayyyyy too annoying in the new episode. I know they can push it with his character sometimes, but come on, enough is enough. It did have one absolute gem, though:

"I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. Thatís the thing about bear attacks. They come when you least expect it."
BirthdayClown

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« Reply #35 on: 02-12-2007 03:33 »

Ha. Thanks for quoting that. I think that's probably my favorite quote ever. Ever!
Davey

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« Reply #36 on: 02-22-2007 12:41 »

The American office, In my opinion is the smartest wittiest and most down right funniest program on at the moment. It had a rocky beggining, mainly just copying the British version. But it really sprouted into its own show.

I agree with Beamer about Michael in Phylis' Wedding. Although the 'I bet you can hear aswell' line made me lol. The Jim and Pam thing is stil great and isnt running out of steam yet. I was screaming at the screen
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It pisses me off that its getting released on DVD in July in the UK. Luckily! I'm one step ahead, and have recently discovered my DVD players multi region! Take that UK DVD release setting people!
BirthdayClown

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« Reply #37 on: 02-23-2007 23:49 »
« Last Edit on: 02-23-2007 23:49 »

Oh, snap! Roy's gonna kill Jim.

Dwight being "unrealistically wacky doesn't bother me as much as Michael. They probably took it a bit too far on Thursday's ep, with him checking out the house for whatever reason, but I just can't not like him. He's a great character.
tyraniak

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« Reply #38 on: 02-23-2007 23:51 »

I think one of the funniest characters is Toby
Zoidypoo

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« Reply #39 on: 02-24-2007 15:33 »

 
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Originally posted by *Birthday Clown*:
hey probably took it a bit too far on Thursday's ep, with him checking out the house for whatever reason, but I just can't not like him. He's a great character.

HAHAHA  laff

I laughed so damn hard at that!!

Him checking the chimney and sitting in the kids room and liking the chair. oh my god so funny.

But yeah he is a great character.

Who else really likes the Jan and Michael relationship?


Zoidberg is great...Accept it.
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