So last night we watched the new American version of The Office. My wife and I posted a review to the BBC web site, but just in case it doesn't show up there here it is in full:
Having watched the first episode of the American version of 'The Office' last night when it aired, it is, as most Brits will expect, quite horribly Americanised. The humour is more forced, not to mention censored of anything that might upset the delicacies of right-wing Americans, and there is no fooling the audience into thinking this might actually be a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary. The characters have the exact same lines - spattered with a few American references for those who might otherwise find the British dry humour confusing to the American intellect - but the overall weakness is in the lack of believability of the original premise when transferred to the American workplace. A feather in Marchant and Gervais' hats - or bank accounts perhaps - but not funny. And tritely insulting to those of us over this side of the pond who would rather have been exposed to the original. The failure of 'Ab Fab' to materialise into an American sitcom starring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr was a blessing; 'The Office' should have gracefully followed suit.