The Office (US): Season Two Review

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Reborn in the USA...


Pretty much the only UK comedy series to be successfully remade in the US, The Office continues to benefit from fantastic casting and a clear understanding of the original’s concept. But this second, 22-episode season wisely spreads out familiar subplots with well-written new ones, encompassing its broader array of supporting characters.

It also dextrously folds in issues unique to the American work environment: watch Michael’s (Steve Carell in Gervais’ role) face when the word ‘union’ is spoken.

The only thing this really lacks is the darker heart of its progenitor, offering its characters a few too many redeeming moments.