When the UK version of The Office ended a while back, I never even imagined the US would pick it up - And when it eventually did, I genuinely believed it would butcher the hell out of a British classic.
My God, was I suprised?! The Office US is brilliant. Great cast and brilliant writing, this show could've run on its own without ever having the UK version for reference.
Steve Carell, was not an obvious choice in some opinions as the David Brent counterpart. But as the Seasons progress, his character (Michael Scott) becomes not only funnier, dim-witted and more self-appreciating than Brent, but a more sympathetic loser in some respects, and it's hilarious to watch.
The first season is not very strong in terms of originality. It picks odd episodes from the UK version and rehashes them as their own - therefore looking more like a mimic show than an alternate. When you reach Season 3, the less prominent characters begin to shine, such as Quality Assurance rep, Creed Bratton, accountant, Kevin Malone, and the increasingly smug buzzkill, Angela.
The show has reached the end of Season 5 in the States, where it's still going strong and continues to be refreshing. Now it has moved very much away from the standardised 'awkward humour' played so cringingly well by Ricky Gervais. However, it's definitely become its own show, and that's what has made it so great to watch - With original storylines that bring satire, sensitivity, downright dumbness, and a humour that 99% of all American comedies don't even touch on.
5 Stars. A triumph in comedy.