My top ten British sitcoms – number eight

31 Jan

Today I continue the list of my top ten British sitcoms with a modern classic.

Number eight – The Office

Set in the less than glamorous Slough Trading Estate, The Office is a fictional documentary about the employees of Wernham Hogg Paper Company. The star of The Office is David Brent, a general manager at Wernham Hogg who considers himself to be a talented comic, musician and philosophical thinker. In reality, he is none of these. Much of the programme revolves around David Brent’s misguided and often cringeworthy attempts to get what he most wants in life… attention and recognition. Other characters include Gareth Keenan (a man who attempts to compensate for his many flaws by always trying to be something he is not), Tim Canterbury (a likeable character whose purpose in the show is to highlight his colleagues’ shocking behaviour) and Dawn Tinsley (a down to earth secretary who, with her engagement to Lee, faces an unfufiling life ahead).

The fact that there were only ever fourteen episodes of The Office make it the second shortest running sitcom on this list. What it lacks in length however, it makes up for in originality and polish. Also, more than any other sitcom on this list, The Office divides people between those that love it and those that hate it. I understand that there may be a lack of in-your-face comedy (or arguably a lack of anything). However, in my opinion, the bland setting and subtly of the humor make the whole thing more meaningful and funny.

Here is a clip from one of the best episodes “Training”. In this episode, David Brent continually tries to divert attention away from the training instructor and onto himself by any means necessary.

You can buy the complete series of The Office for just £8 from Amazon.co.uk. Also, if you enjoy The Office, you may also like Extras; another sitcom by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

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14 Responses to “My top ten British sitcoms – number eight”

  1. ristinw January 31, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Is there any British sitcom which talks about mystery and pseudo-science? :)

    • stickinsect January 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      I can not think of any. The only British programme I can think of that deals with mystery is Jonathan Creek. This is a show about solving mysteries. It often contains funny moments.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Creek

      • teacupandcake January 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

        Jonathan Creek. What a great programme! I’m not clever enough to work out the mystery. Although, not sure about the recent ones though.

      • stickinsect February 2, 2011 at 12:12 am #

        Yeah, I have such fond memories of this programme.

      • ristinw February 1, 2011 at 9:10 am #

        Hmmm….Sounds interesting… I’ll look into it.

  2. raws January 31, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    I never knew it was that short. Very subtle humor.

    • stickinsect January 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

      Yes, so subtle that many people mistake it for a real documentary.

  3. Sedera of the Island January 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Have you ever watched the American adaptation of the Office? If you have, what’s your opinion?

    • stickinsect January 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Yes, I have seen some of the American version. Although I was very sceptical when I first heard about it, I really like this adaptation. I think it works because it does not try to be the same as the British version. For example, I think the American version is a lot more like a drama, where the characters change and develop over many years. This fits in with the many many episodes that have so far been made of it. One day I will have to watch them all! What do you think of the two different versions?

      • BabyBird February 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

        I agree.. they’re quite different from each other. And because the American one has a lot more episodes in a season (whereas the UK one only has 6 per season) it allows for more character development (or in another sense, requires more character development)
        I heard that Steve Carell didn’t want to watch the UK one because he didn’t want to be influenced by Ricky Gervais’ portrayal of David Brent!
        You’ll definitely have to watch all the seasons… my favourite is probably Season 2, episode 12 – The Injury. Never laughed so hard… :)

      • stickinsect February 2, 2011 at 12:24 am #

        Ok, I will give it a go :-)

  4. BabyBird February 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    LOVE!!!!! The Office! :) Both the British and American one.. each awesome in their own way. Oh God, that song was one of the most awkward moments… lol…

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