The Office

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Title card for the UK version (above) and U.S. version (below).

The Office is a popular mockumentary/cringe comedy sitcom that was first made in the United Kingdom and has now been remade in many other countries, with overall viewership in the hundreds of millions worldwide.

The original UK version was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It starred Gervais as the boss and main character. First broadcast on BBC Two on 9 July 2001, the show ran for 14 episodes – two series of six episodes and a two-part Christmas special. The longest running version is the U.S. version which ran for 9 seasons from 2005 to 2013. The German version is also still in production and has seen 46 episodes over five seasons. At least the UK and US versions share the same fictional universe.[1]

In 2010, Gervais announced that work was starting on a Chinese version of The Office.[2]

Counterparts [edit]

Original (British) U.S. version French version
(Le Bureau)
German version
(Stromberg)
French-Canadian version
(La Job)
Chilean version
(La Ofis)
Israeli version
(HaMisrad - המשרד)
Swedish version
(Kontoret)
Firm Wernham Hogg
Slough branch
(Paper Merchant)
Dunder Mifflin(a division of "Sabre Printers" from season 6-8)
Scranton branch
(Paper & (briefly) printer merchant)
Cogirep
Villepinte branch
(Paper merchant)
Capitol-Versicherung AG
(Insurance company)
Les Papiers Jennings
Côte-de-Liesse branch
(Paper merchant)
Papeles Lozano
Santiago Centro
(Paper merchant)
פייפר אופיס, ('Paper Office')
Yehud Branch
(Office supplies)
Svensk kontorshygien AB
(Office hygiene company)
Regional
Manager
David Brent
(Ricky Gervais)
Michael Scott
(Steve Carell)
Deangelo Vickers
(Will Ferrell)
Robert California
(James Spader)
Andy Bernard
(Ed Helms)
Dwight Schrute
(Rainn Wilson)
Gilles Triquet
(François Berléand)
Bernd Stromberg
(Christoph Maria Herbst)
David Gervais
(Antoine Vézina)
Manuel Cerda
(Luis Gnecco)
Avi Meshulam
(Dvir Benedek)
Ove Sundberg
(Henrik Dorsin)
Assistant
(to the) Regional Manager
Gareth Keenan
(Mackenzie Crook)
Dwight Schrute
(Rainn Wilson)
Joël Liotard
(Benoît Carré)
Berthold "Ernie" Heisterkamp
(Bjarne Mädel)
Sam Bisaillon
(Paul Ahmarani)
Cristian Müller
(Mauricio Dell)
Yariv Shauli
(Maayan Blum)
Viking Ytterman
(Björn Gustafsson)
Senior Sales
Representative
Tim Canterbury
(Martin Freeman)
Jim Halpert
(temporarily Co-reg. manager)
(John Krasinski)
Paul Delorme
(Jérémie Elkaïm)
Ulf Steinke
(Oliver Wnuk)
Louis Tremblay
(Sébastien Huberdeau)
Diego Ramírez
(Pablo Cazals)
Yossi
(Eldad Fribas)
Erik Lundkvist
(Kim Sulocki)
Receptionist Dawn Tinsley
(Lucy Davis)
Pam Beesly
(later Pam Halpert, Sales Rep., Office Administrator)
(Jenna Fischer)
Erin Hannon
(Ellie Kemper)
Laetitia Kadiri
(Anne-Laure Balbir)
Tanja Seifert
(co-worker)
(Diana Staehly)
Anne Viens
(Sophie Cadieux)
Rocío Poblete
(Nathalia Aragonese)
Dana
(Mali Levi)
Therese Johansson
(Sissela Benn)
Receptionist's
Fiancé
Lee
(Joel Beckett)
Roy Anderson
(David Denman)
(later Jim Halpert)
(John Krasinski)
Ludovic Correia
(Julien Favart)
Roland
(off camera)
Luc
(Martin Tremblay)
Marco Lavi
(Alon Hamawi)
Kenneth Gustavsson
(N/A)
Travelling Sales
Representative
Chris Finch
(Ralph Ineson)
Todd Packer
(David Koechner)
Danny Cordray
(Timothy Olyphant)
Didier Leguelec
(Jean-Pierre Loustau)
Theo Hölter
(friend)
(Andreas Schmidt)
Rocky Larocque
(Yves Amyot)
Carlos García Shimi Guetta
(Shai Avivi)
N/A
Corporate
Supervisor
Jennifer Taylor‑Clarke
(Stirling Gallacher)
Neil Godwin
(Patrick Baladi)
Jan Levenson
(Melora Hardin)
Ryan Howard
(B. J. Novak)
David Wallace
(Andy Buckley)
Charles Miner
(Idris Elba)
Juliette Lebrac
(Astrid Bas)
Tatjana Berkel
(Tatjana Alexander)
Timo Becker
(Lars Gärtner)
Emmanuelle Sirois-Keaton
(Nathalie Coupal)
Jimena Ibarra
(Liliana García)
Yelena
(Helena Yaralova)
Idun Falkenberg
(N/A)
Accountants Keith Bishop
(Ewen MacIntosh)
Sheila
(Jane Lucas)
Oliver
(Howard Saddler)
Kevin Malone
(Brian Baumgartner)
Oscar Martinez
(Oscar Nunez)
Angela Martin
(Angela Kinsey)
Daniel Gabarda
(Frédéric Merlo)
N/A N/A César
(Alfredo Portuondo)
Yanni
(Jimena Nuñez)
Teresita
(Luz María Yacometti)
Karol
(Roberto Pollak)
Ababa (Avi) Sharon
(Yossi Vassa)
Lennart Forsström
(N/A)
Anna Norén
(N/A)
Margareta Wivallius
(N/A)
Senior Sales Representative's
girlfriend
Rachel
(temporary girlfriend)
(Stacey Roca)
Katy Moore
(Amy Adams)
Karen Filippelli
(Rashida Jones)
Pam Beesly
(girlfriend: ep. 401–501, then fiance and wife: ep. 502–603)
(Jenna Fischer)
N/A Sabine Buhrer
(temporary girlfriend)
(Maja Beckmann)
N/A N/A Shiri (temporary girlfriend)
(Noa Wollman)
N/A
Other office
co-workers
Jamie
(Jamie Deeks)
Ben
(Ben Bradshaw)
Emma
(Emma Manton)
Donna
(Sally Bretton)
Joan
(Yvonne D’Alpra)
Malcolm
(Robin Hooper)
Brenda
(Julie Fernandez)
Trudy
(Rachel Isaac)
Rachel
(Stacey Roca)
Stanley Hudson
(Leslie David Baker)
Phyllis Lapin-Vance
(Phyllis Smith)
Kelly Kapoor
(Mindy Kaling)
Meredith Palmer
(Kate Flannery)
Toby Flenderson
(Paul Lieberstein)
Holly Flax
(Amy Ryan)
Creed Bratton
(Creed Bratton)
Gabe Lewis
(Zach Woods)
Pete Miller
(Jake Lacy)
Clark Green
(Clark Duke)
N/A Erika Burstedt
(Martina Eitner-Acheampong)
Jennifer Schirrmann
(Milena Dreißig)
Lars Lehnhoff
(Laurens Walter)
Nicole Rückert
(Angelika Richter)
Hans Schmelzer
(Ralf Husmann)
N/A Trini
(Karla Matta)
Benito Rojas
Dante Espinoza
Yevgeni
(Dima Ross)
Leah
(Ayelet Robinson)
Riki
(Hilla Sarjon)
Abed
(Jamil Khoury)
Britt-Marie Lind
(N/A)
Massoud Ghorbani
(N/A)
Robin T. Larsson
(N/A)
Örjan Almqvist
(N/A)
Temp Ricky Howard
(Oliver Chris)
Ryan Howard
(B. J. Novak)
Felix Pradier
(Xavier Robic)
N/A N/A Felipe Tomic
(César Sepúlveda)
Regev Steiner
(Amir Wolf)
N/A
Warehouse
Foreman
Glynn (Taffy)
(David Schaal)
Darryl Philbin
(Craig Robinson)
Val
(Ameenah Kaplan)
N/A N/A N/A N/A Sami
(Yaniv Suissa)
Kenneth Gustavsson
(N/A)

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected major awards won only

  • UK version: 2004 Golden Globes for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Ricky Gervais); 2001, 2002 and 2003 British Academy Television Awards for Situation Comedy and Best Comedy Performance (Ricky Gervais)[3][4][5]
  • US version: 2006 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Steve Carell); 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series; 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Greg Daniels)
  • German version: 2006 Grimme Award for Fiction/Entertainment – Series/Miniseries

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