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    amytrip

    [1]Dec 29, 2005
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    we introduced a relative to The Office over the xmas holidays. after both series were viewed (british and american) my relative agreed with us that the british version is indeed funnier. we love you, ricky gervais!
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    ozziefan

    [2]Dec 29, 2005
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    it really is no contest! this is easily the superior version of the Office!
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    nathanparsad

    [3]Jan 3, 2006
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    Yea BRITISH version wins hands down! although i am kind of getting into the american one, but in a a show in its own rite as opposed to a version of the office.
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    Atheist420

    [4]Jan 13, 2006
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    ill give the british one the fact that it came up with the idea but the american version perfected the idea.
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    ozziefan

    [5]Jan 15, 2006
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    Atheist420 wrote:
    ill give the british one the fact that it came up with the idea but the american version perfected the idea.


    I think American version made a mockery of the original.

    It is extremely painful to watch. British comedies should never be americanised!!! It became a sitcom, Gervais and Merchant never wanted the british version to be a sitcom - more like a mockumentary

    Also Ricky Gervais's cannot be compared! No-one plays the boss from hell like him!
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    grtnyp

    [6]Jan 20, 2006
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    British
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    Goldendragon500

    [7]Jan 20, 2006
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    No need to make a comparison. The Britsh one will always be the best. Ricky is the best!
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    justin_2pac

    [8]Feb 8, 2006
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    I thought that the US season 1 was slightly better than the UK

    But other than that, i think the UK season 2 and the special xmas edition blows anything the US has to offer away

    And i am an american
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    ronaldorange

    [9]Feb 10, 2006
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    justin_2pac wrote:
    I thought that the US season 1 was slightly better than the UK

    But other than that, i think the UK season 2 and the special xmas edition blows anything the US has to offer away

    And i am an american


    thats why you reckon the US season 1 was slightly better than UK,

    UK version is groundbreaking, it will never be emulated, i have to admit the US version is getting better and is prob one of the stronger US sitcoms
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    justin_2pac

    [10]Feb 12, 2006
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    agreed, and thats why i think it is better now, but not back in the first season
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    st_hubbins

    [11]Feb 26, 2006
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    I think the only thing that could possibly be better in the American version is that the Tim character doesn't live with his parents...
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    Krangelus

    [12]Mar 5, 2006
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    i like the american one better.
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    tsreeder

    [13]Mar 6, 2006
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    Because I was such a fan of the British version, I was prepared to despise the American version. It seems to me, though, that the U.S. series has proven to be generally comparable in quality.
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    nmcdowall

    [14]Mar 7, 2006
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    There is no way you can say the American version perfected the original! For starters how do you improve on perfection itself. Secondly, I think you Americans are watching the US version through rose tinted glasses because it is American.

    This has been said before, but the American version has been made into to much of a sitcom, and it wasn't intended that way.
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    ozziefan

    [15]Mar 8, 2006
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    nmcdowall wrote:
    and it wasn't intended that way.


    Exactly! it was meant to be like a mockumentary!

    There are worse things on TV than the American version, but I was also prepared to dispise it, and I will always have to look badly on it compared to the original which was perfection.
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    AKS77

    [16]Mar 8, 2006
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    I actually prefer the American version. Wasn't that impressed with the UK version first time I watched S1. I've watched all of UK S1, S2 and the Christmas special over the last few days though and must say that UK S2 is quite brilliant. Still, I prefer the American version. I simply think it's funnier and I guess it comes down to which of the shows suits your type of humour most.

    (And I'm neither American nor British, but European íf that helps at all. )
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    PerfectDark0Fan

    [17]Mar 21, 2006
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    The American one sucks but the Britsh looks funny I wish I could see it.
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    seinfeld111690

    [18]Apr 9, 2006
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    Both of them are the exact same show it is stupid, and not to be racist but I have a tough time understanding the brithish versian so I would have to say the american.
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    maxpower144

    [19]Apr 9, 2006
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    Both versions are very good. In the UK version David Brent (the boss) is far more disfunctional and definitely I laughed more at the boss. I have to say though that Steve Carrel does do an excellent job in the US series, but it is hard to beat Ricky Gervais when he is in the character of David Brent.

    In the US series, though, I feel that there are far more characters with greater depth, and some of these characters are very funny also. Maybe because there has been more episodes, we have been able to see more of each character and learn to love them more.

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    MeanQuestion

    [20]Apr 10, 2006
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    I love them both too much to judge. I probably laugh out loud more at the american one, since its more overtly clever--but at the expense of awkward atmosphere the original British one had.

    I'm even split on the actors. I like the British Tim better, but the american boss (I think Ricky goes overboard sometimes).

    If there is one factor that might make me favor one over the other, it would be the raw number of episodes. But alternately, the British one is nice and complete at this point. Gah, I can't decide.
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