The Office

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Title card for the UK original (top) and US version

The Office is a mockumentary sitcom that was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, first made in the United Kingdom, then Germany, and subsequently the United States. It has since been remade in 8 other countries.

The original British series of The Office also starred Gervais as the boss and main character of the show. The two seasons were broadcast on BBC Two in 2001 and 2002, totaling 12 episodes, with 2 special episodes in 2003, and an extra short spectacular ten years later. A German version titled Stromberg ran for 46 episodes over five seasons, starting in 2004, and the follow-up film Stromberg - Der Film was released in German cinemas in 2014.

The longest-running version of the series, the US adaptation, ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013 for a total of 201 episodes.[1] The total overall viewership is in the hundreds of millions worldwide. According to Nielsen as of April 2019, the US version of The Office was the No. 1 streamed show on Netflix in the United States.[1] Extended episodes of the American adaptation have been added to the streaming platform Peacock, in addition to bloopers and extras.[2]

International versions[edit]

Country/Region Title Network Original run
 Canada
( Quebec)
La Job 2006: October 9, 2006 – January 1, 2007 (2006-10-09 – 2007-01-01)
 Chile La ofis Canal 13 2008: August 6 – November 22, 2008 (2008-08-06 – 2008-11-22)
 Czech Republic Kancl ČT1 2014: December 1–17, 2014 (2014-12-01 – 2014-12-17)
 Finland Konttori Nelonen 2017: March 3, 2017 – February 15, 2019 (2017-03-03 – 2019-02-15)
 France Le Bureau Canal+ 2006: May 25 – June 30, 2006 (2006-05-25 – 2006-06-30)
 Germany Stromberg ProSieben 2004: October 11, 2004 – January 31, 2012 (2004-10-11 – 2012-01-31)
 India The Office Hotstar 2019: June 28 – September 15, 2019 (2019-06-28 – 2019-09-15)
 Israel HaMisrad yes Comedy 2010: August 10, 2010 – October 3, 2013 (2010-08-10 – 2013-10-03)
 Poland The Office PL Canal+ 2021: October 22, 2021-
 Sweden Kontoret TV4 2012: February 12, 2012 – March 17, 2013 (2012-02-12 – 2013-03-17)
 United Kingdom The Office BBC Two 2001: July 9, 2001 – December 27, 2003 (2001-07-09 – 2003-12-27)
 United States The Office NBC 2005: March 24, 2005 – May 16, 2013 (2005-03-24 – 2013-05-16)

Counterparts[edit]

  • Note that the set-up of the German version is more distinct from the original than it is with most of the other versions. The characters given are rough counterparts in terms of their role in the series. They generally have different job descriptions and, in a few cases, may not even work for the company at all. This is mostly due to the fact that, unlike the other derivatives, Stromberg wasn't an official adaptation of the original series but was merely inspired by it.
  • A Russian language version for Channel One Russia with an initial run of 24 episodes was announced in 2008, but was never produced.[3]
English-language German-language French-language Spanish-language Hebrew-language Swedish-language Czech-language Finnish-language Hindi-language
United Kingdom United States Germany France Canada Chile Israel Sweden Czech Republic Finland India
Name The Office The Office Stromberg Le Bureau
("The Office")
La Job
("The Job")
La ofis [es]
("The Office")
HaMisrad (המשרד, "The Office") Kontoret [sv]
("The Office")
Kancl ("The Office") Konttori [fi]
("The Office")
The Office
Firm Wernham Hogg Dunder Mifflin[a] Capitol-Versicherung AG Cogirep Les Papiers Jennings Papeles Lozano פייפר אופיס (Piper Office) Svensk kontorshygien AB Papír a print Leskisen paperi Wilkins Chawla
Business Paper Paper[a] Insurance Paper Paper Paper Office supplies Office hygiene Paper Paper Paper
Location Slough Scranton Unspecified German city Villepinte Côte-de-Liesse Santiago Centro Yehud Upplands-Väsby Brno Riihimäki Faridabad
Regional
Manager
David Brent
(Ricky Gervais)
Michael Scott
(Steve Carell)
Andy Bernard
(Ed Helms)
Bernd Stromberg
(Christoph Maria Herbst)
Gilles Triquet
(François Berléand)
David Gervais
(Antoine Vézina)
Manuel Cerda
(Luis Gnecco)
Avi Meshulam
(Dvir Benedek)
Ove Sundberg
(Henrik Dorsin)
Marek Chvála

(Václav Kopta)

Pentti Markkanen
(Sami Hedberg)
Jagdeep Chadda
(Mukul Chadda)
Senior Sales
Representative
Tim Canterbury
(Martin Freeman)
Jim Halpert
(John Krasinski)
Ulf Steinke
(Oliver Wnuk)
Paul Delorme
(Jérémie Elkaïm)
Louis Tremblay
(Sébastien Huberdeau)
Diego Ramírez
(Pablo Cazals)
Yossi
(Eldad Fribas)
Erik Lundkvist
(Kim Sulocki)
Timo
(Pyry Äikää)
Amit Sharma
(Sayandeep Sengupta)
Assistant (to the) Regional Manager Gareth Keenan
(Mackenzie Crook)
Dwight Schrute
(Rainn Wilson)
Berthold "Ernie" Heisterkamp
(Bjarne Mädel)
Joel Liotard
(Benoît Carré)
Sam Bisaillon
(Paul Ahmarani)
Cristián Müller
(Mauricio Dell)
Yariv Shauli
(Maayan Blum)
Viking Ytterman
(Björn Gustafsson)
Jaakko
(Antti Heikkinen)
T.P. Mishra
(Gopal Datt)
Receptionists Dawn Tinsley
(Lucy Davis)
Pam Beesly
(Jenna Fischer)
Erin Hannon
(Ellie Kemper)
Tanja Seifert
(Diana Staehly)
Laetitia Kadiri
(Anne-Laure Balbir)
Anne Viens
(Sophie Cadieux)
Rocío Poblete
(Nathalia Aragonese)
Dana
(Mali Levi)
Therese Johansson
(Sissela Benn)
Anna
(Linda Wiklund)
Pammi
(Samridhi Dewan)
Temp Ricky Howard
(Oliver Chris)
Ryan Howard
(B. J. Novak)
Jonas Fischer
(Max Mauff)
Felix Pradier
(Xavier Robic)
Felipe Tomic
(César Sepúlveda)
Regev Steiner
(Amir Wolf)
"OP"
(K. Puura)
Sapan Gill
(Abhinav Sharma)
Corporate
Supervisors
Jennifer Taylor‑Clarke
(Stirling Gallacher)
Jan Levinson
(Melora Hardin)
Gabe Lewis
(Zach Woods)
Tatjana Berkel
(Tatjana Alexander)
Juliette Lebrac
(Astrid Bas)
Emmanuelle Sirois-Keaton
(Nathalie Coupal)
Jimena Ibarra
(Liliana García)
Yelena
(Helena Yaralova)
Idun Falkenberg
(Lisa Linnertorp)
Katariina
(Vera Kiiskinen)
Riya Pahwa
(Gauahar Khan)
Accountants Sheila
(Jane Lucas)
Angela Martin
(Angela Kinsey)
Daniel Gabarda
(Frédéric Merlo)
Yanni
(Jimena Nuñez)

Teresita
(Luz María Yacometti)
Karol
(Roberto Pollak)

Ababa "Avi" Sharon
(Yossi Vassa)
Lennart Forsström
(Rikard Ulvshammar)

Anna Norén
(Anna Åström)

Margareta Wivallius
(Ingbritt Hjälm)
Maarit
(Lotta Lindroos)
Anjali
(Priyanka Setia)
Oliver
(Howard Saddler)
Oscar Martinez
(Oscar Nunez)
Farzin
(Mazdak Nassir)
Rinchin
(Chien Ho Liao)
Keith Bishop
(Ewen MacIntosh)
Kevin Malone
(Brian Baumgartner)
César
(Alfredo Portuondo)
Teppo
(Jan Nyquist)
Kutti
(Gavin Methalaka)
Travelling Sales
Representative
Chris Finch
(Ralph Ineson)
Todd Packer
(David Koechner)
Theo Hölter
(Andreas Schmidt)
Didier Leguelec
(Jean-Pierre Loustau)
Rocky Larocque
(Yves Amyot)
Carlitos García
(Sergio Piña)
Shimi Guetta
(Shai Avivi)
"Boozen"
(Kristoffer Appelquist)
Prem Chopra
(Ranvir Shorey)
Receptionist's
fiancé
Lee
(Joel Beckett)
Roy Anderson
(David Denman)
Roland
(off camera)
Ludovic Correia
(Julien Favart)
Luc
(Martin Tremblay)
Marco Lavi
(Alon Hamawi)
Kenneth Gustavsson
Peter Jansson
Ripa
(Leo Honkonen)
Parmeet
(Kunal Pant)
Senior Sales Representative's
girlfriend
Rachel
(Stacey Roca)
Katy Moore
(Amy Adams)
Karen Filippelli
(Rashida Jones)
Tanja Seifert
(see above)
Julie
(Évelyne Rompré)
Catalina
(María José Urúza)
Shiri
(Noa Wollman)
Loveleen
(Anandita Pagnis)
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)

Stanley Hudson
(Leslie David Baker)

Phyllis Lapin-Vance
(Phyllis Smith)

Kelly Kapoor
(Mindy Kaling)

Toby Flenderson
(Paul Lieberstein)

Meredith Palmer
(Kate Flannery)

Creed Bratton
(Creed Bratton)

Erika Burstedt
(Martina Eitner-Acheampong)

Jennifer Schirrmann
(Milena Dreißig)

Lars Lehnhoff
(Laurens Walter)

Nicole Rückert
(Angelika Richter)

Hans Schmelzer
(Ralf Husmann)

Sabine Buhrer
(Maja Beckmann)
Trini
(Karla Matta)

Jesús
(Marcelo Valdivieso)

Benito Rojas

Dante Espinoza
Yevgeni
(Dima Ross)

Leah
(Ayelet Robinson)

Riki
(Hilla Sarjon)

Abed
(Jamil Khoury)
Britt-Marie Lind
(Veronica Dahlström)

Massoud Ghorbani
(Hassan Brijany)

Robin T. Larsson
(David Druid)

Örjan Almqvist
(Christoffer Olofsson)
Aune
(Paula Siimes)

Leyla
(Ushma Olava)
Saleem
(Sunil Jetly)
Sarla Bansal
(Preeti Kochar)
Madhukar
(Mayur Bansiwal)
Kitty Kataria
(Mallika Dua)
Warehouse
Foreman
Glynn "Taffy"
(David Schaal)
Darryl Philbin
(Craig Robinson)
Sami
(Yaniv Suissa)
Kenneth Gustavsson
(Peter Jansson)
Rajinder
(Manpreet Singh)
Notes
  1. ^ a b From Mid-Season 6 to the conclusion of Season 8, Dunder Mifflin was a subsidiary of Sabre - a printer company. During this time, Dunder Mifflin also sold Sabre printer and printing supplies

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected major awards won only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Metz, Nina. "'The Office' was Netflix's most popular show, even though it was made for and originally aired on an old-school broadcast network. Oh, the irony". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (14 December 2020). "'The Office' to Stream Exclusively on NBCU's Peacock Starting Next Month, With First Two Seasons Free". Variety. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  3. ^ Smith, Neil (20 February 2018). "The Office: 10 David Brents from around the world". BBC News. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  4. ^ The 2001 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.
  5. ^ The 2002 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.
  6. ^ The 2003 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.

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