0761787 the Office UK vs. the Office US


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This presentation is a brief comparison between the BBC television show the Office and the later NBC version of the Office. Subjects such as characters, plot, and achievements are a few of the things that are compared.

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0761787 the Office UK vs. the Office US

  1. 1. The Office U.K The Office U.S VERSUS
  2. 2. What will be looked at in this presentation <ul><li>The Office is an award winning television show produced in the United Kingdom that first aired in 2001 on BBC. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, NBC came out with its own version of the Office in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Both versions have become great successes in their native countries and have become critically acclaimed. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will compare the two shows in various ways. </li></ul><ul><li>The cast of each show will be compared , mostly the main characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar plot events between the two shows will be looked at and compared. </li></ul><ul><li>The average ratings, reviews and number of viewers between the two shows will be briefly looked at and compared. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of awards each version has achieved will also be compared </li></ul>
  3. 3. The U.K Boss The U.S Boss David Brent Michael Scott <ul><li>Goofy and awkward personality </li></ul><ul><li>Very unprofessional </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t like to do work in the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Believes himself to be a great entertainer. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently makes rude, offensive comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Seems fairly uneducated </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks common sense. </li></ul><ul><li>very immature. </li></ul><ul><li>tries to come across as politically correct but always fails. </li></ul><ul><li>Goofy and awkward personality. </li></ul><ul><li>Very unprofessional </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t like to do work in the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Believes himself to be a great entertainer – even takes improv classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently makes rude and offensive comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Seems very uneducated. </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks common sense. </li></ul><ul><li>very immature. </li></ul><ul><li>Tries to come across as politically correct but always fails miserably. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Which Boss is Preferred? Although it is tough to get fair results for this question with the restrictions and biases present, ten individuals that are familiar with both versions of the show were asked to choose a favourite between the two bosses. It was not surprising to find that 70% of the individuals asked preferred the American version to the British since the version since the actor playing the American boss is more familiar to those being asked.
  5. 7. Similar Scenarios and Events <ul><li>Besides having similar names, the situations that the characters get themselves into are very similar. </li></ul><ul><li>In both shows, the character playing the role of the assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute and Garreth Keenan, are frequently kissing up to their boss and trying to cause trouble for their co-workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Halpert from the U.S version and Tim Canterbury from the U.K version both frequently play pranks on this particular character. </li></ul>In both shows the receptionist is involved in a love affair with the main character seen as the “good guy”. In the U.S version the receptionist is Pam Beesley and she is having a love affair with Jim Halpert, and in the U.K version the receptionist is Dawn Timsely and she is having a love affair with Tim Canterbury. These are just a few general situations that the two shows have in common among tons of smaller scenarios.
  6. 8. Average Ratings, Reviews and Viewers <ul><li>Average Rating </li></ul>The Office U.K. The Office U.S. Reviews Average Number of Viewers on native channel. Out of 31,778 votes on IMDB.com: 9.4/10 Out of 9,891 votes on IMDB.com: 9.4/10 Mostly very positive reviews “ Yeah, it’s hilarious.” -Ben Stephens from culturevulture.com Mostly very positive reviews “ ...it's TV's best show at the moment” -David Bezanson from filmcritic.com 11,000,000 +viewers On NBC (US) for season 1 in 2005 9,500,00+ viewers On BBC (UK) for season 1 in 2001
  7. 9. Total Awards Won To Date <ul><li>The Office U.K. </li></ul><ul><li>2005- TCA Award </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – TCA Award </li></ul><ul><li>2004- BAFTA TV Award (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2004-Golden Globe USA (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2004- Peabody Award </li></ul><ul><li>2004- RTS Television Award </li></ul><ul><li>2003-TRIC Award </li></ul><ul><li>2003- RTS Television Award </li></ul><ul><li>2003- Silver Rose Award UK </li></ul><ul><li>2003- BAFTA TV Award (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2003-Broadcasting Press Guild Award </li></ul><ul><li>2002-BAFTA TV Award (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2002- RTS Television Award </li></ul><ul><li>2002- Banff Rockie Award </li></ul><ul><li>2002-Broadcasting Press Guild (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2002- British Comedy Award (x2) </li></ul><ul><li>2001 -British Comedy Award </li></ul>The Office U.S. 2008- Image Award 2008- WGA Award(TV) 2008- Teen Choice Award 2008- Future Classic Award (TV Land) 2008- Screen Actors Guild Award 2007- Screen Actors Guild Award 2007- WGA Award(x2) 2007- Teen Choice Award 2007- Image Award 2007- TCA Award 2007- Eddie 2007- PGA Award 2007- Emmy (x2) 2006- TCA Award (x2) 2006- Emmy 2006- Golden Globe 23 Awards over 5 different years 19 Awards over 3 different years Average 6.3 Awards per year Average 4.6 Awards per year Although the Office U.K. has more awards than the Office U.S, it does not particularly mean that it is more popular show. The Office U.K accumulated 23 awards over a period of 5 annual awards periods and the Office U.S accumulated 19 awards over a period of 3 annual awards periods. In the end, the Office U.S appears to be earning more awards per year than the Office U.S.
  8. 10. References <ul><li>Websites consulted for pictures </li></ul><ul><li>http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/TheOfficeuk1.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lazyenvironmentalist.com/The%20Office.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://splinteredsunrise.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/trouble-at-the-top-the-swps-palace-coup/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://geekinreview.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/the_office/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sitcom.co.uk/the_office/history.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://tapeworthy.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html </li></ul><ul><li>Websites consulted for data </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386676/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290978/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.culturevulture.net/Television/Office.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/reviews/The-Office-Season-Four </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290978/awards </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386676/awards </li></ul>