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Office, The: 2nd Season (BBC)

Director(s): Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Joel Beckett

Genre(s): TV, Comedy, BBC, business, mockumentary, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom

Location in store: British Television

(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 180m.

Some critics contend that The Office is the best British sitcom ever made -- high praise indeed, given the Beebís library of classics. Judging by the superb episodes collected here, one may very well second that opinion. The show's greatest charms lie not simply in its biting scripts and its sterling cast but also in its hilarious (or, to some, distressing) familiarity, with daily office life depicted as a hell on earth. That said, it won't take long for newcomers to be drawn into the little intrigues at the Wernham-Hogg office in Slough. This time around, branch manager David Brent (series creator Ricky Gervais) finds his status undermined when Wernham-Hogg combines the Slough and Swindon branches, placing Neil Godwin (Patrick Baladi) above him in the executive pecking order and setting Brentís spectacular fall into glorious slow motion. Meanwhile, Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) continues to find glee in teasing priggishly twisted Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), and his unrequited love for the receptionist Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) gains a layer of complexity when Rachel (Stacey Roca), the office hottie from Swindon, takes a shine to him. As the Brits like to say, itís all quite brilliant, really. The Hollywood Press Association handed Gervais the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and recognized the show as the Best Comedy or Musical for the year; which will likely be its last. -Ed Hulse