Parents' Guide to

The Office (UK)

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

As hilarious as the U.S. version, but with a darker tone.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

The Original show that inspired the us Office is alright but not as great as the US.

The UK Office is not as good as the US edition but it is worth checking out. The show follows the employees of a Paper company in the town of Slough England in a reality show format with the camera setup and the interviews after situations occur. But the characters are fake. These characters especially David Brent who is the main character is the inappropriate part of the show He would not survive for at least two minutes in a normal workplace since he makes crude jokes. These jokes are not super edgy but this is not good behavior for a workplace, but thats what makes the show good. There is HBO level cursing in here as the show uses the S word a lot. Teens should only be the youngest age to watch this show since little kids would not know how to behave if they see these characters.
age 16+

It is TV-MA-L

There is lots of Profanity,I think it should desserve 4/5 language, there ARE some brittish pop-culture referances, some adults also drink beer and wine, that word "t--t" gets it a TV-MA because it basically means "vagina" or a huge A--hole (as in jerk) so thats why it's TV-MA-L, or why people don't use words like that (or c--k, c--t and ni---r)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (16 ):

Gervais is brilliant as the clueless office manager. Steve Carell has made the role his own in the hit U.S. version of the show, but Gervais deserves credit for inventing a character who's pure blather and corporate doublespeak to the core. The series uses the "mockumentary" format, following the office workers through their daily activities and letting them explain their inner thoughts directly to the cameras. This enables Brent to show, in his own words, that his displays of false bravado and accidental insults are no show. His public missteps and private self are one and the same, and nearly everything that comes from his mouth is cringeworthy.

Brent's coworkers are just as important, and the series is spot-on in capturing the little details of their efforts to make office life bearable. The unctuous Gareth's (Mackenzie Crook) attempts to cozy up to his boss make him almost as annoying as Brent. And it's hard not to feel for Tim (Martin Freeman), who's clearly unsatisfied with his sales rep position -- and his life -- and pines for the receptionist Dawn (Lucy Davis). Viewers will likely see some aspect of themselves in The Office, making this a comedy with universal appeal (although it may make teens want to avoid the real world a bit longer...).

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