Since I didn’t grow up in an English speaking country, many many (frankly too many) famous TV shows weren’t part of my childhood.
So I’ve been missing out A LOT.
A few months ago, I caught up on Will & Grace. Today (you have probably guessed by now) I’ll be talking about THE OFFICE.
Based on the namesake comedy show created by Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, the show is filmed like a documentary with a single camera set-up.
It follows the employee’s lives of a paper company, describing all the awkward and highly inappropriate moments.
I must admit, at first I didn’t like it very much. I couldn’t properly understand the irony and sarcasm of it, but after a few episodes you get into it. REALLY INTO IT.
In just a few weeks I saw up until season 7 and the very last of season 9. AND I LOVED IT. I got basically obsessed. The show is beautifully created, every single character is PERFECT and you grow to love each one of them.
Steve Carell is one of the greatest comedian EVER and Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder Mufflin, is incredibly awkward, funny and one of the most irritating people on the planet. He is a bigot, insensitive and highly uneducated and without realizing it he makes everyone feel uncomfortable and embarrassed.
What I love about it is that it feels like a real show, with real people. (Except Michael, because if he were real, being his employee would literally be devastating.)
Another confession: I only started watching “The Office” because of John Krasinski.
After seeing a couple of interviews of him on a couple of talk shows (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brian…), I decided that I also wanted to check out his filmography.
AND, Stephen Merchant is a beautifully rhythmic name. No seriously, try saying it out loud. I’ll wait: say it.
See? It just rolls off your tongue.
It’s one of those names like Charlotte Tilbury or Daenerys Targaryen.
Ok, back on track… Once you get into it, the show is hilarious: its irony and sarcasm are amazing and each character is completely out of their minds.
Frankly, these are two fundamental ingredients for a GREAT tv show.
From Dwight to Meredith, the office employees have distinct personalities and weird behaviours: nobody is sane and this is what makes the show relatable and extremely enjoyable.
Dwight and his devotion/obsession to Micheal, is hilarious. Not to mention his beet farm and his totally weird relationship with Angela, one of the accountants for Dunder Mifflin.
Jim and Pam’s mutual attraction to each other is one MANY MANY ingredients that makes you what to keep on watching. Their relationship is not the glossy or filled with over the top romantic gestures: it’s about the little things. It’s real, genuine and relatable. They look like two normal people trying to figure out each other’s feelings.
I would highly recommend it to anyone who was looking for a fun and at the same time quiet series.
There are no background laughs or quick jokes. Every single scene is a joke and a punch line. Personally, it is one of the most amazing comedy shows I have EVER seen. And I have seen a lot of them.
Leave me a comment down below and let me know who your favourite character is.
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