Aside from writing, I’m also watching

(Not in a creepy way though …)

While my days have been filled with the trials of the dreaded ‘day job’, and my early evenings have started to fill with the sound of a tapping keyboard thanks to NaNoWriMo, my later evenings have been devoted to watching ‘The Office’.

I’ve long been a fan of the original British version, so it’s only recently that I’ve come to appreciate the American version which stars Steve Carell as Michael Scott (the boss who has proved to be just as painful to watch as Ricky Gervais’ David Brent).

As a general rule I never much approve of American versions of successful British shows or movies. That’s probably why I’ve previously been a little resistant to give the Amercian interpretation of ‘The Office’ a go. I have to say though, that after tentatively launching into Season 1 over the weekend, I am well and truly hooked!

I work in an office, so I love how ‘true’ both versions of the show are to those situations and stereotypes which are often encountered in that common, yet strange work environment. The American version has the luxury of more time to explore the characters and their relationships, and it’s that aspect (aside from the comedy), which has been particularly enjoyable.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that things you think may be the same, can actually turn out to be quite different … and that’s OK. I really shouldn’t be so quick to judge.


  1. Ricardo

    I knew the American version would be OK when I read the Gervais was in on it. But yes, the american versions usually suck compared to the original british versions.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get into the American version of ‘The Office’ … you’re right, with Gervais involved it was always going to be OK. The characters and story-lines are vaguely familiar to the British version, but different enough to make it super enjoyable.

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    Haven’t watched the American version – must give it a go – loved the British version (used to work in an office and it is so funny and spot on in so many ways).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I really enjoyed the British version of ‘The Office’ too … and that was probably why I was so reluctant to watch the American version, but I’m so glad I eventually gave it a go … it’s proving to be rather addictive! 🙂

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