A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The corporate world seems dreary and tedious, filled with self-serving coworkers who try to kill time by planning practical jokes and making fun of each other.
Positive Role Models
David Brent is truly The Boss from Hell, but what makes him even worse is that he thinks he's everybody's best friend. Insensitive, crass, and rude, almost every word out of his mouth makes people cringe.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or sex, but lots of flirting, innuendo, and sexist comments, some bordering on sexual harassment.
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Plenty of choice terms, including "s--t," "twat," "c--k," and "wanker." Some racist phrases, as well.
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Products & Purchases
A few references to popular British TV shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters often talk about drinking and regale each other with exaggerated stories from their wild nights at the pub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sardonic British mockumentary skewers the corporate world, exposing the drudgery, tedium, and mindless pranks that make up daily life for so many office drones. Central character David Brent manages to inadvertently offend nearly everyone around him with his casual sexism, occasional racism, and nonstop pompous blather. Nearly the entire series takes place in the office, but there's plenty of talk about wild nights out drinking, plenty of swearing (including "s--t"), and a fair bit of flirting and sexual innuendo.
Is It Any Good?
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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