OK, TV hipsters. Here’s your red meat.
The Office (US) is better.
And by “Better”, I mean “Oh, shut up. Who needs to choose? The Offices are two very very different shows built around the same basic premise, and why compare?”
The US Office lasted nine seasons – two of them short ones, but most of them with twice as many episodes as the entire run of the British series. That’s a lot of hours of TV – which doesn’, in and of itself, make the US version better. Hell, Laverne and Shirley and The Brady Bunch were on the air forever, too.
Both shows started with the same premise – strangers stuck in an artificial environment. Ricky Gervais’ British version ran for 14 episodes of over the top absurdism. The American version had to fill in a few other things to fill all that time; characters that developed over time, stories that had legs, nuances and subreferences and a depth to the writing that may not have been as explosively outrageous as the Brit original, but keeps a lot better over time; I have watched most of the US episodes several times – because there’s a reason to keep going back; I’ve seen each Brit one twice, and after two years I can probably think about doing it again, maybe.
So put a sock in it, hipsters.