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Back when the idea was first introduced, the notion of an American version of the hit British series The Office seemed like quite a gamble to a number of people. These days, however, the American version of the program is much more notable and celebrated than the British series. Although the original series was a massive critical and cultural success, audiences were unsure whether the specific type of humor the show introduced would tickle the funny bones of American television watchers. The style of the show was unique, and the characters were not funny in the broad, conventional way that most sitcoms portray them. However, the version of The Office that has graced American television screens for eight successful seasons has carved its own niche, and it has become a comedy classic in its own right.

Key to the success of The Office for many years was the performance of the talented Steve Carell as office boss Michael Scott. While the character of Michael Scott is very similar to Ricky Gervais' David Brent from the British series, Carell's portrayal masterfully makes the sensibility of the original show palatable to American audiences. A very complicated character, Scott can be bumbling and inarticulate one moment, turn into a hurtful monster the next, while finally settling into the type of persona that just wants to please people. It is hard to think of anyone else being able to perform this role as well as Steve Carell, who added nuance, likability and pathos to the part. While there are certainly other aspects of the show that have made it successful, Carell's performance ensured that the show would become a hit and last for many years on American television.

Sadly, Steve Carell left the show after its seventh season to pursue other projects. However, the show's core characters have been able to pick up the slack and deliver a program that is just as funny as it was in its first few seasons. Thankfully, another reason for the show's massive success is its talented writing staff. Thanks to their efforts, the show has been able to continue successfully in the absence of the Michael Scott character.

Two of the most important writers on The Office are also a couple of its most beloved cast members. Paul Lieberstein has served as Executive Producer, Show Runner and Head Writer, but he is, perhaps, best-known for his portrayal of hapless human resources director Toby Flenderson. Mindy Kaling, who plays bubbly customer service representative Kelly Kapoor, is also a writer on the show. In fact, while audiences get to see most of the supporting characters in many of the show's scenes, Lieberstein and Kaling's characters are deliberately given work spaces off screen so that their real life counterparts can dedicate time to writing.

Thanks to the many talented people who have worked on the show over the years, the American version of The Office has become a staple of comedy television in the United States, and it will likely continue to appear on television screens for many more years in syndication. It has almost completely overshadowed its British predecessor while ensuring its place in television history. Although the future of the program is in doubt, it will be back for another season that will surely bring laughs to millions of Americans.

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  • In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.

  • In the series finale, the Office bids farewell. But first, the staffers come together one last time for a special event.

  • As the office anticipates the premiere of the documentary, Jim convinces Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther, to hold tryouts for an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager. Meanwhile, Angela brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away.

  • As the office anticipates the premiere of the documentary, Jim convinces Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther, to hold tryouts for an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager. Meanwhile, Angela brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away.

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10 Little-Known Facts About 'The Office' In Honor of Its 10th Anniversary

This week marks the 10th anniversary of "The Office," one of the most beloved comedies to ever hit NBC. With so many years of episodes and with it being such a cultural phenomenon, you might think you know all there is to know about this little workplace comedy. You might be wrong, though! In honor of the show's 10th anniversary, here are 10 facts that you might not know about "The Office." 1. Steve Carell almost didn't play Michael Scott Carell wasn't the network's first choice for the role: Paul Giamatti was.

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John Krasinski's Ice Bucket Video with Emily Blunt Proves He's Still Jim Halpert

Well, that settles it. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are the cutest couple ever. Krasinski was nominated by Anna Kendrick for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but the "The Office" star claimed he was "on location" and could only pour a small mug of water over his head. Cue Krasinski's wife Emily Blunt, who walked into the video and dumped an entire tub of ice cold water over her husband to make up for the weak first attempt. But that wasn't the end of it! See, Krasinski challenged Blunt at the end of his video, but it seems that Blunt was taking too long to act.

Ricky Gervais Planning 'The Office' Movie: Will We See More Michael Scott, Too?

It's been roughly a year since "The Office" went off the air, and much longer than that since the UK version of the show ended its run. And yet, there might soon be some brand-new "Office" for fans to enjoy! Ricky Gervais, who created the original "Office," announced today with BBC Films that he will be heading up a new feature film starring his character from the original UK show, David Brent. The project is titled "Life On the Road," and will follow David as he attempts to live out his dream as a rock star ten years after the events of "The Office.

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'The Office' Announces Series Finale Date

We all knew the inevitable had to be faced, but now we know the exact date and time. NBC has announced the series finale date for “The Office.” The show will wrap up on their 200th episode in a one-hour finale. Fans can tune in to say goodbye to the Dunder Mifflin gang on Thursday, May 16th, at 9 p.m. EST. The show ran for nine years, and was nominated for multiple awards. Creator Greg Daniels says that audiences won’t have to worry about a tear fest final espisode, however.

'The Office' Spin-Off May Never Be, But You Can Still Watch It!

NBC might have decided the inner workings of Dwight Schrute would be too much for audiences and canned its “Office” spin-off, “The Farm,” but that doesn’t mean we won’t get a glimpse of what may have been. Creator Greg Daniels has hinted that the now-scrapped pilot will be incorporated into the last season of “The Office.” “We’re not going to air exactly what it was, because it has certain aspects that were appropriate for a pilot of a new show.

'The Office' Spoofs Angus T. Jones

 Angus T. Jones ruffled quite a few feathers when he tore down the show that made him a very wealthy teen, “Two and a Half Men.” But not everyone is upset by the star’s odd meltdown, if one wants to call it that. Some are even using it to their advantage—cue cast of NBC’s “The Office.” Rainn Wilson and Craig Ferguson, who play Dwight and Darryl on the show, were quick to use the awkward video to promote their own show, which is in its final season.

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