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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

2005 Geekies: The Office, Most Underrated Show

Anybody who bailed on NBC’s The Office last season because it wasn’t as good as the BBC series upon which it was based did so with good reason. It wasn’t particularly original. Or funny, even. Coupling redux, thought I, as the American cast farfled its way through the script from the British pilot, with the actors missing the subtlety and precise delivery of their cross-the-pond counterparts.

But those who tuned out missed one of the more stunning turnarounds in recent television history: The Office is funny. Very funny. In fact, it's laugh out loud funny, which is a rarity for broadcast sit-comedy these days.

While it started out, somewhat by necessity, as a dim imitation of the original, the show has developed a style and sensibility of its own. It has some of the most richly conceived characters on television, with snappy writing to match. Part Office Space, part NewsRadio, the gang at the fictional Dunder-Mifflin paper company have come into their own in season two, awkward pauses and all.

To those viewers who pink slipped The Office, I strongly recommend punching in for another go. You won’t regret it.

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