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Title card for the UK original (top) and U.S. version (bottom)

The Office is the title of a number of mockumentary sitcoms based on a British series originally created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as The Office in 2001. The original series also starred Gervais as the boss and main character of the show. The two seasons were broadcast on BBC Two in 2001 and 2002, totalling 12 episodes, with two special episodes in 2003, and an extra short spectacular ten years later.[1] Versions of the original were subsequently made in Germany, the United States, and many other countries.

The longest-running version of the series, the US adaptation, ran for nine seasons on the NBC Television Network from 2005 to 2013, with a total of 201 episodes. According to Nielsen Ratings as of April 2019, the US version of The Office was the No. 1 streamed show on Netflix in the United States.[2] A follow-up of the US version was announced in 2024 and has been picked up by Peacock, a streaming service owned by NBCUniversal Media Group.[3]

International versions[a][edit]

Country/Region Title Network Original run
 Australia The Office Australia Amazon Prime Video 2024 (in production from June 2023)[5][6]
 Canada La Job 2006, 9 October –
2007, 1 January
 Chile La ofis Canal 13 2008, 6 August –
2008, 22 November
 Czech Republic Kancl ČT1 2014, 1 December –
2014, 17 December
 Finland Konttori Nelonen 2017, 3 March –
2019, 15 February
 France Le Bureau Canal+ 2006, 25 May –
2006, 30 June
 Germany Stromberg[b] ProSieben 2004, 11 October –
2012, 31 January
 Greece TBA ANT1 TBA, 2023
 India The Office Hotstar 2019, 28 June –
2019, 15 September
 Israel HaMisrad yes Comedy 2010, 10 August –
2013, 3 October
 Poland The Office PL Canal+ 2021, 22 October –
2023, 24 November
 Saudi Arabia Al Maktab MBC 2022, 28 October –
2023, 6 January[7][8][9]
 Sweden Kontoret TV4 2012, 12 February –
2013, 17 March
 United Kingdom The Office BBC Two 2001, 9 July –
2003, 27 December
 United States The Office NBC 2005, 24 March –
2013, 16 May

Counterparts[edit]

English-language German-language French-language Spanish-language Hebrew-language Swedish-language Czech-language Finnish-language Hindi-language Polish-language
United Kingdom United States Germany France Canada Chile Israel Sweden Czech Republic Finland India Poland
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 The Office PL
Firm Wernham Hogg Dunder Mifflin[c] Capitol-Versicherung AG Cogirep Les Papiers Jennings Papeles Lozano פייפר אופיס (Piper Office) Svensk kontorshygien AB Papír a print Leskisen paperi Wilkins Chawla Kropliczanka
Business Paper Paper and Office Supplies[c] Insurance Paper Paper Paper Office supplies Office hygiene Paper Paper Paper Mineral water
Location Slough Scranton Unspecified, but filmed in Cologne Villepinte Côte-de-Liesse Santiago Centro Yehud Upplands-Väsby Brno Riihimäki Faridabad Siedlce
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)
Michał Holc
(Piotr Polak)
president

Patrycja Kowalska
(Vanessa Aleksander)
S1: vicepresident
S2: co-president
S3: member of the board
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)
Tomáš Trojan
(Michal Dalecký)
Timo
(Pyry Äikää)
Amit Sharma
(Sayandeep Sengupta)
S1: Franek Wójcik
(Mikołaj Matczak)

since S2: Adam Szeliga
(Rafał Kowalski)

new marketing specialist
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)
Jáchym Kořen
(Radim Novák)
Jaakko
(Antti Heikkinen)
T.P. Mishra
(Gopal Datt)
Darek Wasiak
(Adam Woronowicz)
head of the logistics department
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 Kručinská
(Sara Venclovská)
Anna
(Linda Wiklund)
Pammi
(Samridhi Dewan)
Asia Kasprzyk
(Kornelia Strzelecka)
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)
Ota Kačer
(Jiří Hájek)
"OP"
(K. Puura)
Sapan Gill
(Abhinav Sharma)
Corporate
Supervisors
Jennifer Taylor‑Clarke
(Stirling Gallacher)

Neil Godwin
(Patrick Baladi)

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)
Lenka Falešníková-Vondráčková
(Pavla Vitázková)
Katariina
(Vera Kiiskinen)
Riya Pahwa
(Gauahar Khan)
CEO - Patrycja's father
(Tomasz Sapryk)

Patryk Kowalski
(Maciej Musiałowski)
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)
Petra
(Barbora Sousa)
Maarit
(Lotta Lindroos)
Anjali
(Priyanka Setia)
Sebastian Sołtys
(Jan Sobolewski)
Oliver
(Howard Saddler)
Oscar Martinez
(Oscar Nunez)
Viktor
(Tomáš Sýkora)
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)
Jiří Nebeský
(Rastislav Gajdoš)
Prem Chopra
(Ranvir Shorey)
Tadek Boniacha
(Wojciech Żołądkowicz)
unemployed Manager friend
Receptionist's
fiancé
Lee
(Joel Beckett)
Roy Anderson
(David Denman)
Roland
(off camera)
Ludovic Correia
(Julien Favart)
Luc
(Martin Tremblay)
Marco

(Marcelo Maldonado)

Lavi
(Alon Hamawi)
Kenneth Gustavsson
Peter Jansson
Libor
(Dušan Vitázek)
Ripa
(Leo Honkonen)
Parmeet
(Kunal Pant)
Paweł Szod
(Jakub Zając)
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)
S1: Marta Bielecka
(Katarzyna Gałązka)
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 (Vittorio Yaconi)

Dante Espinoza (Cristián Quezada)
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)
Bożena Grabowska
(Milena Lisiecka)

Gosia Uszyńska
(Monika Obara)

Agnieszka Majewska
(Monika Kulczyk)

Levan Kobiaszwili
(Marcin Pempuś)

Łukasz "Łuki" Gnatowski
(Adam Bobik)

S2: Marzena Krupska
(Daria Widawska)

S3:Kasia Płaczkiewicz
(Małgorzata Gorol)

S3:Tomek "Reagan" Grabowski
(Mateusz Król)
Warehouse
Foreman
Glynn "Taffy"
(David Schaal)
Darryl Philbin
(Craig Robinson)
Sami
(Yaniv Suissa)
Kenneth Gustavsson
(Peter Jansson)
Roman
(Martin Tlapák)
Rajinder
(Manpreet Singh)
Notes
  1. ^ A Russian language version for Channel One Russia with an initial run of 24 episodes was announced in 2008, but never produced.[4]
  2. ^ Unlike the other derivatives, Stromberg, the German version, was not an official adaptation of the original series but merely inspired by it. As such, the characters 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.[citation needed]
  3. ^ 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

Selected major awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, Lauren (9 July 2021). "How The Office changed the face of sitcoms". Radio Times. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  2. ^ Metz, Nina (3 July 2019). "'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". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (8 May 2024). "New 'The Office' Series Picked Up at Peacock, First Plot Details Reveal Midwestern Newspaper Setting". Variety. Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  4. ^ "The Office: 10 David Brents from around the world". 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ Keast, Jackie (31 May 2023). "Felicity Ward to lead Australian version of 'The Office'". IF Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  6. ^ Harmon, Steph (31 May 2023). "The Office is coming to Australia – with Felicity Ward starring as a 'modern-day David Brent'". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  7. ^ "Al Maktab: Everything You Need To Know About The Office's Arabic Remake - Harper's Bazaar Arabia". Harper's Bazaar Arabia. 1 June 2022. Archived from the original on 1 June 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  8. ^ Jambi, Rahaf (27 October 2022). "MBC Studios, Shahid platform celebrate launch of Arabic version of 'The Office'". Arab News. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  9. ^ "The Office (TV Series 2022-2023)". Imdb. 28 October 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2024.
  10. ^ The 2001 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.
  11. ^ The 2002 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.
  12. ^ The 2003 British Academy Television Awards, winners and nominees.

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