From Reveille and NBC Universal Television Studio comes the 2006 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, a documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 in the half-hour comedy “The Office,” based on the award-winning BBC hit.
A fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody about modern American office life, “The Office” delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Steve Carell, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) is a single, middle-aged man who is the boastful tour guide for the documentary.
With unshaken enthusiasm, Michael believes he is the office funnyman, a fountain of business wisdom and his employees’ cool friend. He has no clue that his employees tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks. Painstakingly trying to be liked and look cool, Michael comes off alternately absurd and pathetic. His prize possession is his “World’s Greatest Boss” mug — which he had to buy for himself.
Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer, “Slither”) is the reasonable and friendly office receptionist who bears the brunt of Michael’s routines. The bright spots in Pam’s day are her conversations with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski, “Jarhead,” “Kinsey”), a likable sales rep with a good sense of humor who should have found a better job years ago, but is too comfortable with his office mates and routine to leave.
Jim shares his working space with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson, “Six Feet Under”), the arrogant assistant to the regional manager. Dwight is intensely irritating to normal people while Jim spends a lot of time finding new, interesting ways to drive Dwight crazy.
Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, “Punk’d”) is a young, smart, self-possessed temp, who quickly figures out the real office politics despite Michael’s attempts to instill the official point-of-view.
Also starring are Melora Hardin (“Monk”) as Jan Levinson, David Denman (“When A Stranger Calls”) as Roy, Leslie David Baker (“Malcolm in the Middle”) as Stanley Hudson, Brian Baumgartner (“Arrested Development”) as Kevin Malone, Kate Flannery (“The Heir Apparent”) as Meredith Palmer, Angela Kinsey (“Tripping Forward”) as Angela Martin, Oscar Nuñez (“Halfway Home”) as Oscar Martinez, Phyllis Smith (“Arrested Development”) as Phyllis Lapin, Mindy Kaling (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) as Kelly Kapoor and Paul Lieberstein (writer, “King of the Hill”) as Toby.
“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Howard Klein.