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Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) stars in this sitcom based on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's award-winning comedy. Told through the lenses of a documentary film crew, The Office exposes the humorous and often foolish events at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In this first season, Dunder-Mifflin Regional Manager, Michael Scott (Carell) leads the documentary team and his staff on a journey through inappropriate behavior, well-intentioned but misguided comments and a myriad of poor management techniques. Michael has no clue that his employees can barely tolerate him. In his mind, he is their guru, their mentor, and their cool friend. His staff includes his dedicated-to-the-point-of-annoying assistant, Dwight Schrute, office receptionist Pam, and likable sales rep Jim. During the six episodes of Season 1, Dunder-Mifflin tackles tough subjects including company layoffs, diversity initiatives, health care, and office alliances. Anyone who has ever worked in a "team" environment can appreciate the humor and suffering of the Dunder-Mifflin staff and The Office.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Office: An American Workplace (Pilot)||When a documentary crew comes to the offices of Dunder Mifflin to observe the employees and learn about modern management, manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) tries to paint a happy picture of his domain, but his jokes keep falling flat. Then, worse, his supervisor from the corporate office tells him that his branch may be downsized. Making a characteristically bad leadership decision, Michael decides not to tell his staff, but the information quickly leaks. Meanwhile sales rep Jim (John Krasinski) spars with his irritating nemesis Dwight (Rainn Wilson), and flirts with office receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer), until they are all forced to consider what their options are if there is downsizing. B.J. Novak also stars.||23:02||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDiversity Day||When a special consultant, Mr. Brown (guest star Larry Wilmore), arrives to teach a seminar on racial tolerance and diversity in the workplace, Michael (Steve Carell) implies that it was his idea while in reality his offensive behavior necessitated the training. When Mr. Brown has a staff member reenact one of Michael's past indiscretions, Michael, not satisfied with the consultant's workshop, decides to hold his own racial teach-in later that afternoon. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) is not having a good day after losing his biggest yearly commission to Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star||21:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHealth Care||When Corporate wants Michael (Steve Carell) to pick a cheaper health plan for his employees, rather than lose popularity points with his staff, he shirks the responsibility and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) happily accepts the task. Delighted with his new position of power, Dwight takes over the conference room as his new "office" and manages to offend everyone by asking staff members to divulge their private medical history. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) jokingly create fake illnesses only to infuriate Dwight. B.J. Novak also stars.||22:02||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Alliance||Amid the rumors of downsizing, Michael (Steve Carell) tries to raise employee morale with a birthday party, despite the fact that the closest birthday is a month away. As the birthday card for Meredith (Kate Flannery) makes the rounds in the office, Michael struggles to pen the funniest birthday message. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) asks Jim (John Krasinski) to form a "Survivor"-type alliance so they can protect themselves during the upcoming downsizing. Elsewhere, Oscar (Oscar Nunez) collects pledges for his nephew's cerebral palsy charity walk. Michael tops everyone's donation by offering twenty-five dollars - not realizing the donation is per mile - and tries to back track on his generous offer. Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.||21:58||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBasketball||Michael (Steve Carell) and select members of the office staff prepare for a game of basketball against the workers in the warehouse. Overly confident about his team's ability, Michael trash-talks his opponents and he makes a bet - the losing team has to work Saturday. During the game, Jim (John Krasinski) shows off to impress Pam (Jenna Fischer), whose fiancé is on the opposing team. B.J. Novak also stars.||22:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHot Girl||An attractive woman arrives at the office to sell purses and causes furtive glances from male staff members who vie for her attention. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) attempts to ask her out on a date but his advances are deflected, leaving the door open for Michael (Steve Carell) to step in. Michael believes he's going to "score" by giving her a ride home but his chances are blown by another sly co-worker. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.||22:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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This show just gets funnier
The latest episode, "The Injury", was the funniest yet for what is quickly becoming the funniest show on TV. I just about lost it when Michael tried putting his foot in the CAT scan machine. The Office is the single best reason that my girlfriend (who rocks!) got me my video ipod. Is it really that hard for the rest of you TV writer monkeys to be this funny? The art of the sitcom may be saved yet.
Corporate Angst, American Style
Unlike the canned humor of shows like Drew Carey, this program is full of jokes that fall flat, desperate boredom, irony and angst. And it is fantastic. It is an attempt to protray the hell we all have to endure in our daily jobs. Though I feel at times it tries to be too much like the British original, it still comes off as a hilarious voyeuristic adventure in the land of corporate limbo. Steve Carrell is wonderful as the cloying and clueless boss. The rest of the cast are well-chosen too. I recommend this to anyone who has to work for The Man.
All together this entire cast is funny. The characters that have the funniest lines and deliver them perfectly are Michael Scott( Steve Carrell) Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin and his suck up co-worker Dwight K. Shrute(Rainn Wilson) the Assistant to the Regional Manager. Dwights annoyed coworker Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) finds new ways to annoy Dwight. In season one the plot lines are more about Scott, Shrute and Halpert. Season two includes more of the supporting cast. This show is hilariouis with funny writing and a new way of filming that isnt seen very often. The Office is definately a show that will please any viewer. I highly recommend the episodes "Diversity Day" and "Basketball".