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The Office Returns

In addition to tonight's premiere of My Name is Earl (see review), NBC is airing the season premiere of The Office. I can't recommend the show highly enough, especially if you haven't given it a try before.

The Office isn't for everybody -- it's full of awkward pauses, has no laugh track, and features a simply awful main character doing simply awful things. And yet, it's hilarious. Thankfully, this new American version of the series has successfully modified the formula of the British original, tossing in some more workplace laughs and slightly reducing the amount of time spent with Steve Carrell's embodiment of the Worst Boss Ever.

Really, seriously, you should give it a try. I was skeptical, but over the summer I found myself laughing out loud, long and repeatedly, as I watched the U.S. series' first handful of episodes.


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