The US version of ‘The Office’ has superior acting and heartfelt episodes


Ash Comire

Before “Parks and Recreation,” there was “The Office (U.S.).” I personally find it an entertaining show to just turn on and work to, occasionally looking up and laughing at whatever outrageous act was currently occuring, nine times out of 10 involving Rainn Wilson’s character, Dwight Schrute.

The seemingly simple environment mixed with the constant comedy makes “The Office (U.S.)” one of my favorite shows to binge for the sake of binge watching a show. The qualities of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) that make him the worst candidate for a manager there could ever be added to the adorable office romance between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) have captured my heart from the moment I first began season one.

I seemed to find the constant staring into the camera, the fourth wall breaks and the documentary-style take on the series to be the most important contributors to the comedy. The evident sarcasm present in both of these comedy tactics has always seemed to strike a chord with me and my awful sense of humor.

The chemistry between the cast only contributes to the varying factors that kept this show going for nine seasons and brought it to a tear-soaked close. Every cast member, no matter how prominent their character’s presence would be, were constantly engaged and treated as important as those who were considered the leads. This is always a quality that I feel more shows should learn from, as it lets all characters have a moment to establish themselves as separate from the general ensemble. “The Office (U.S.)” handles this almost perfectly.

The U.S. version that I’ve grown to love and adore has always been a favorite of mine, and will always have my special place in my heart as that one show that might not be my number one, but it will never cease to bring me joy.