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YMMV / The Office (UK)

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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The working class warehouse employees are depicted as obnoxiously sexist and homophobic brutes, and David is portrayed negatively for fraternizing with them.
    • David's irritation that one of his blind dates is an obese woman. He's no prize himself.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Brent is either inherently a complete jackass with a few redeeming qualities or a decent bloke who lets the fact that he's being put on television go to his head with disastrous consequences.
    • Or that he's right and the 'documentary' was edited to show his worst side.
    • Neil gets some of this too. Gervais admitted that the character was intended to be as unlikable as Chris Finch, but some viewers feel that he dealt with David fairly for the most part and that his low tolerance for Brent's disruptive behaviour was usually justified.
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  • Awesome Music: "Free Love Freeway"
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The impromptu singing of Mahnamahna at the very beginning of Series 2.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Keith.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • David expresses his curiosity on how to permanently delete his internet history. In the US version, we see Clark do just that.
    • The second series opens with an impromptu rendition of Mahnamahna, which Brent joins in. Ricky Gervais would later co-star in Muppets Most Wanted.
    • David often gets Dawn to act as his personal secretary. Lucy Davis would go on to play a secretary in Wonder Woman (2017).
  • Jerkass Woobie: David Brent. He's a Jerkass from start to finish but he somehow ends up being so miserable, pitiable, and downright tragic that it's near impossible not to feel sad for him by the end of the show.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Gareth Tunley appears in the audience of David Brent's motivational speech in series two, two years before his first acting role (in Peep Show).
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    • The scouser getting fired by David Brent is Jerk Jock Jeff in Peep Show.
    • Martin Freeman (Tim Canterbury) is also this, thanks to the stateside fame he achieved through Sherlock and The Hobbit.
    • Olivia Colman has a small role in series 2 as a journalist who interviews David for an article in a trade magazine. Seventeen years later she would win the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.
    • Along with Olivia Colman, who plays Harriet, Ricky and Donna later on went to play Boyce and Kim in Green Wing, with a very similar relationship to the one that have in The Office.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Anne gets a gloriously blunt "The Reason You Suck" Speech when she bitches about people having the audacity to smoke near her at a party.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Tim as the series wears on, particularly in the Christmas Specials, as his Snark Knight tendencies become exaggerated and he starts sniping at Gareth over the tiniest thing. He actually behaves more like his new deskmate Anne, who is supposed to be irritating and unlikeable.
  • Values Dissonance: The UK's more relaxed view of alcohol is apparent when comparing the two shows. One UK episode involves the boss David Brent taking all of his new employees out for quite a few beers in the middle of the workday, which wouldn't fly in most American companies. By contrast, nearly every time alcohol is introduced to the American office, there are serious consequences: Pam throws herself at Jim despite being engaged, Roy smashes up a bar, Michael and Jan get in a fight where the cops get called, and Meredith sets her hair on fire.
    • Some of the bigoted jokes and comments made by the less evolved characters, particularly Brent, Gareth, Lee and Finch. A fair target for Cringe Comedy in 2001 but less acceptable in 2019. Arguably also a case of "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny, as "bigoted character says something bigoted, but we can still laugh at it because it's embarrassingly inappropriate" was new when The Office did it but has since become overplayed.
  • The Woobie:
    • Tim, and even David at one stage.
    • Dawn. Her dreams are constantly being pushed aside and her fiancee doesn't care how she feels, to the point where he gropes her in front of his mates. She clearly wants to be with Tim, but he's flirting with the new girl who seems much more fun than she does.
    • Sheila in the Christmas special who was clearly pining for Oliver, only to watch him drunkenly make out with Trudy. He regretted it after.


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