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The Office: First Series (2001)

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, more...
Director: Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais, Ricky Gervais, more...
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Studio: Warner Brothers/BBC Video, BBC Warner
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Mockumentary, Mockumentaries, UK
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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The Office: First Series (2001)
Welcome to Wernham Hogg, a suburban paper company where "life is stationery." Critics and fans alike have lauded this hilarious, biting look at everyday office life, told in the mockumentary style of cult comedy classics such as This is Spinal Tap and The Larry Sanders Show. The show revolves around David Brent, (an instant classic character widely compared to Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers) the oblivious general manager who instigates petty office rivalries. The wince-worthy Brent still considers himself "a friend first and a boss second...probably an entertainer third." Work is hell...but one man's misery is another man's hilarious home video hit. Welcome to The Office.

The Office: First Series (Bonus Disc) (2001)
A wildly popular British comedy series shot in mockumentary style, The Office detailed the daily struggles of the bored cubicle-dwellers at Wernham Hogg -- a paper supply company located in the quiet English town of Slough. Their boss, attention-craving lower middle manager David Brent (Ricky Gervais), possessed a tacky and tasteless sense of humor which proved a constant source of irritation to all within earshot. Throughout the first season of the series, tireless joker Brent played the constant clown even as his office faced massive cutbacks and the employees nervously pondered the prospect of unemployment. Later, when the team's worst fears began to come true, Brent dismissed their malaise while enthusiastically gloating over his own promotion. At the onset of the second season, the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg began preparing for the inevitable merger with the nearby Swinton branch, a consolidation that would find Brent under the leadership of new boss Neil Godwin (Patrick Baladi) -- a handsome and driven leader who had previously been Brent's equivalent at the Swinton branch. When Brent's awkward welcoming speech manages to offend just about every one of the serious-minded staff of the newly arrived Swinton team -- black employee Oliver (Howard Sadler) and disabled Brenda (Julie Fernandez) in particular -- David is summarily reprimanded by Wernham Hogg heavy Jennifer Taylor-Clarke (Stirling Gallacher). As David begins to ponder the prospect that his position is fast becoming obsolete due to the competent leadership of Godwin, pretty receptionist Dawn (Lucy Davis) does her best to endure the constant barrage of sexist comments as Tim (Martin Freeman) finds the flame of his longtime torch for her somewhat doused by the arrival of Swinton transplant Rachel (Stacey Roca). It's also during this time that the once casually irritating brownnosing of office suck-up Gareth (Mackenzie Crook) becomes absolutely intolerable to the put upon fellow co-workers. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Disc One contains episodes 1-6.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc contains the entire first series. Please click here to rent the bonus disc.

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Office: First Series (2001)
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8.22 (395 votes)
The Office: First Series (Bonus Disc) (2001)
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7.42 (102 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Better then I thought it would be by marazanvose March 4, 2004 - 7:49 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I caught an episode here and there, and to be honest I wasn't impressed. But when I sat and watched the episodes in order, I better understood the characters and their reasons for being and surviving in the workplace. In that context, it makes much more sense. Watch them in order, all at once, and you'll understand. I can't wait for Season 2 on DVD.

Filler warning! by gedgar January 6, 2004 - 8:01 PM PST
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Disc 2 is about the making of season one. Cut scenes and a "how it was made" documentary. Not as funny as they seem to think it is. I wish I had known before I rented it.

And I loved disc 1!

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