The Office as we know it is a British masterpiece. Ricky Gervais and the fantastic group of writers adjusted the original, The Office UK. After many sleepless nights and endless brainstorming, they brought you Jimothy, The Best Boss Ever, Creed, and the rest.
Some might say that British Office was better, but most agree that the American version of the show is the reason why it is ranked among the best shows ever. Here are 15 significant differences between the Office UK and the US from an avid fan of Ricky Gervais and The Office.
#1 The Boss
Steve Carell is a clueless but lovable boss who just wants to be everyone's BFF.
Ricky as a boss, is despicable, selfish, and inappropriate.
Both are funny, and the two actors magnificently engaged the audience into life in an average company.
#2 The Humor
Ricky's original show was more realistic less dramatic, and the humor was far more offensive. The reason?
Gervais based it on his workplace in the UK, so the original show describes a toxic working environment. Instead of sugar-coating it, Gervais used savage jokes, while for the Office US, it was all toned down, often ridiculous, but with that famous happily ever after.
#3 The Romance
The Office US had several memorable couples. From Jim and Pam to Holly and Michael, and finally, Angela and Dwight. Love triangles, cheating, it was all part of the show.
In the UK's version, the central romance is between Tim and Dawn, who were bases for Pam and Jim.
#4 The Storylines
The US version had so many subplots and so many storylines that it is hard to remember all of them. The Schrute's farm should have been a stand-alone show, and of course, who wouldn't want to see other branches and their antics?
The UK Version is shorter and open for continuation. It is more like, draw your conclusion.
#5 David Brent Vs. Micheal Scott
David Brent was full of cringe-worthy moments. In fact, the whole character is a caricature.
Micheal Scott is a half caricature, half the best TV boss ever. Scott is ignorant, but he is eager to be loved. David is uncomfortable.
#6 More Seasons, More Characters
The Office UK lasted for two short seasons. The US version had nine seasons and numerous new and guest characters.
Of course, this all led to a significant increase in character development. It was followed by various plots and storylines, making the show a raging success.
#7 Jim Vs. Tim
Tim is a more relatable guy. He lives with his folks, and despite his dreams, he lacks motivation. Tim is most of us.
On the other hand, Jim is a handsome, super tall, super-intelligent, independent guy who ends up creating his company. He is everything a person aspires to be.
8. Pam Vs. Dawn
Again, like Tim and Jim, Pam is similar to Dawn in the beginning.
But soon, we realize that being a receptionist is not enough, so she is a risk-taker with a fairytale romance. We are all Dawns waiting to become Pams.
#9 Dwight Vs. Gareth
Unlike other characters, the UK Office's Gareth is much less scary than Dwight. Gareth is an errand boy who is trying to make himself important.
Dwight's family tree, his farm, his cousin, it is all way beyond ridiculous, but it was also quite hilarious.
#10 It's All About The Money
Naturally, the Office US had a big budget, big guest stars, better wardrobe, well, everything was done the American way.
The UK's version never had those exciting moments outside the Office, nor could they afford Amy Adams, Idris Elba, or Rashida Jones.
#11 American Vs. British Lifestyle
The Office US is full of positivism. The UK version is not. It has plenty to do with the work culture and sense of humor. The Brits want to see their workplaces and to poke fun directly at those who ruin their days. The US audience is more into happy endings, or at least, less cynical.
#12 More Characters
As we mentioned, the Office US had more characters, and some became essential to the show.
The show lasted for nine seasons, so that was not surprising. With the UK version, there was no time for a cast change. David would never allow that!
#13 Better Looking Cast
We are not saying that the UK Office chose a bad-looking cast. We are pointing out that the US version had everything bigger, better, and more glamourous.
The US version even had some fashionable moments, especially when Jane was introduced.
#14 The US Version Is Better Known
With nine seasons and being on NBC, it is natural that the US version is well known around the globe. Most people who do not live in the UK learned about the original version after they were drawn into the world of Michael Scott and co.
#15 Ricky Gervais Is The Reason We Have The Office
Regardless of which one you prefer, we owe it all to the British comedian, actor, radio personality, and animal activist.
But, with the team of American writers, he did research, and that's why the first six episodes look way too similar. They had to make changes, so the rest was done with the intention of creating a longer-lasting show, and there is another thing.
The US version works in the UK. But, if the UK version was on air in the US first, there is no way the show would get a second chance!