As a Brit I was not looking forward to viewing the ”American Office”
The idea seemed strange,to copy an original comedy from the UK,use the same characters but make the humour slightly more obvious,I watched the first series when it came off and quickly decided it wasn’t for me,the realism seemed lost,and all I ended up doing was comparing the actors and dialogue from the original.
Roll forward how many years and I decided to download from series 5,the show seems completely different,it’s still obvious humour but its wacky with a razor-sharp edge and a big thumping heart beat throughout.
Michael(Steve Carell) is very likable but annoying and self-conscious at the same time.
Dwight(Rainn Wilson) is possibly the funniest character of the bunch,Gareth who played his role in the UK version did not have such an eccentric personality,or such a cruel sense of timing.
As for Will Ferrell,he could make an empty room seem funny.
Overall I think the American version has done well in the fact the UK version stopped after two series,the comparisons stopped and the show had time to grow into something organic.