Tomatometer (Rotten Tomatoes): 83%
Exec. Producers: Greg Daniels, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein
Casts: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Amy Adams, B.J. Novak
The Office is a TV series adapted from the British version and made by the United States that aired on the BBC. I’ve read some reviews on the internet. Some say that the English version is better and vice versa. Even so, I just want to focus on one of the American sitcoms. Every episode always makes me laugh with such a random, awkward, and ridiculous scenes from Steve Carell and all of his friends. I don’t know what I want to say about this, The Office is one of the first sitcoms I’ve ever watched. A TV series that uses mockumentary techniques, a term to describe a seriously TV show but a movie documentary. I’ve also seen one of the web series from Indonesia using this technique, later on, I’ll review it.
“The Office: Season 1,” opened with a scene that introduced Michael Scott (Steve Carell), a manager who controls an office called Dunder Mifflin Paper, with a filmmakers-style documentary impression. Michael is a delusional person, considers himself the coolest person from all of his employees, and always messes up and disobeys the employees that he thinks is a part of his joke. In addition, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) always put a hatred against his superiors who he always considered annoying because of his presence, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) is a receptionist who always faces a variety of senseless acts from her boss and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) always can’t stand the incident that always happens in his office.
In The Office, there is no such thing as the core of the story or anything else. It’s like something that done randomly like a slice of life anime or some sitcom. A variety of plots and subplots will transpire in this series. Various kinds of humor will put back on especially the plot that created by Steve Carell. His character is uniquely in here. He wants to create more atmosphere that he wants to desire. In addition to Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson also appeared serious with a goofy impression on his face. John Krasinski also plays his character as a friendzone who is always unlucky in his feelings to Pam Beesly that played by Jenna Fischer. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, and John Krasinski are the characters who encourage the movie if they don’t exist because they are always present with all the jokes and gags that will make you become excited. The humor also has its punchline both in the matter of gesture and dialogue. Sometimes, it has a dreary core and brings its tone even deeper. Although like that, some of the humor doesn’t make me laugh or just makes me smile. Since this series is a mockumentary, the cinematography seems as though take on serious impression but not has it’s own gag. Each of the characters, everything will convey his heart by facing the camera. Running gags are also exist in here such as the episodes that Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly always have experience with her fiancé who’s work in that. Jim always shows his awkward face but bleak inside his heart when Pam and her fiancé meet with affection and it makes me laugh, sustaining but funny when I see his expression. The theme song is memorable and catchy to the tune.
Overall, I had just watched the 1st season. Although it’s only six episodes, The Office is so funny and interesting to watch the whole season. Other Sitcoms like Friends, Seinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory are good too even though I haven’t seen them all. The Office has its potential in it as well as make the whole audience brought into a television show that is never spelled out but not odd. This is something serious with unconventional comedy.