As some of you may already know, this is a British invasion. Ricky Gervais created and starred in this show a few years back in England and, due to its cult success on BBC America, he graced NBC with an American version. So, will yet another great British TV show fail in the US? Balderdash!
Granted Gervais does not star in the US version of the show, but it still manages to come really close to being as good as the original. That is a huge tribute to Steve Carell, who has taken Gervais’ character and Americanized it. He is still painfully awkward and inappropriate at all the wrong times, and he still has no clue why his actions aren’t acceptable. The timing and painfully long silences remain, as well as the office crushes and the boss’ need to be liked by his employees.
If you have never seen the show before, Carell plays Michael Scott, regional manager of a paper company. He is the most politically incorrect character since Archie Bunker – thank God in this overly sensitive country we are in! Heck, I’ll even call this the best sitcom next to Arrested Development, which nobody watches for some reason. Does that mean this funny, intelligently written show will fail? I mean, every other TV show we’ve tried to steal from England has bombed! Do we just ruin them, or is the general American public not ready for them? I know Gervais won’t let his baby be destroyed, hence his executive producer title, but I am going to plead with you to watch this show so it doesn’t disappear. After all, Arrested Development is only around because of its Emmy’s and Ron Howard’s money. Otherwise, it would have been yet another great show that was cancelled.
4 out of 5!