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UK (I am from UK) 14 28.57%
UK (I am from US) 1 2.04%
UK (I am from somewhere else) 12 24.49%
US (I am from US) 7 14.29%
US (I am from UK) 5 10.20%
US (I am from somewhere else) 4 8.16%
I found neither to be particularly funny. 6 12.24%
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The Office: US vs. UK

Which do you find FUNNIER, accounting for ALL aspects of the show?

This means that I don't want people writing "well the US might be funnier, but it loses points for originality to the UK series so I can't choose." Choose one.

I also decided to include your "home" (which may understandably be tricky for some of you, but try your best given the choices) in order to determine any bias.

Please only vote if you have watched enough of both to form a substantiated opinion.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:08
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

I'm British and I prefer the American version (although it's starting to wear a little thin now). I love awkward British comedies, but the original Office is too painful to watch in places.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:16
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I'm British and I prefer the American version (although it's starting to wear a little thin now). I love awkward British comedies, but the original Office is too painful to watch in places.
Yes, it was too damned close to the truth to be funny.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:20
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

UK wins hands down.
The acting is fine in the US version, but whenever I chance upon an episode it just doesn't have the same edginess as the UK version - just too rehearsed.
A bit like Men Behaving Badly which completely tanked in the US because they had to sanitise everything.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:22
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

What about the German version: "Stromberg"? Ok, nobody would vote for that anyways.
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:23
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

Never seen a full episode of either. What bits I did see left me cold.
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UK wins hands down.
The acting is fine in the US version, but whenever I chance upon an episode it just doesn't have the same edginess as the UK version - just too rehearsed.
A bit like Men Behaving Badly which completely tanked in the US because they had to sanitise everything.
I agree about the edginess but I think that the characters in the US series are absolutely phenomenal.

Also, I should reiterate that the poll asked about which was funnier, not edgier. I find myself LOLing much more often during US than UK. Then again, I am the reason why I decided to include your background as I am completely biased against British humour. I get the jokes, it just never makes me laugh. Must be my American upbringing...
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I agree about the edginess but I think that the characters in the US series are absolutely phenomenal.

Also, I should reiterate that the poll asked about which was funnier, not edgier. I find myself LOLing much more often during US than UK. Then again, I am the reason why I decided to include your background as I am completely biased against British humour. I get the jokes, it just never makes me laugh. Must be my American upbringing...
Sigh. Define "funnier".
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

I didn't really get into the UK Office and I've never seen. The US version.

I liked Extras though, which doesn't yet have a US version, so feel my vote is justified.
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Sigh. Define "funnier".
I laugh more. In quantity and volume.
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I laugh more. In quantity and volume.
So what's the point of an EFing poll if you've already made up your mind of what is funny and how to define funny/funnier?
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:47
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Yes, it was too damned close to the truth to be funny.
The original series was *agonizing* to watch, especially since it reminded me a bit of an office I once worked in. And then when the first Christmas special aired, I couldn't watch it anymore as it was just too much.

The US one is similarly insipid, but at least it is so dumb in spots that it's funny, but I don't watch it regularly.
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UK wins hands down.
The acting is fine in the US version, but whenever I chance upon an episode it just doesn't have the same edginess as the UK version - just too rehearsed.
A bit like Men Behaving Badly which completely tanked in the US because they had to sanitise everything.
I saw that..... It shoulda been called 'men behaving'. No alcohol, no sexism, no swearing.... WTF????
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So what's the point of an EFing poll if you've already made up your mind of what is funny and how to define funny/funnier?
I didn't realize polls needed to have such a specific end. Is curiosity not enough of a reason? It is for me.

Since it isn't already obvious to you, I wanted to use this forum as a space for people to discuss/debate their favorite aspects of each show and the purpose of the poll is to see the effect of bias (as stated umpteen times) on preferences.

Don't be such a Dwight.
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Don't be such a Dwight.
WTF? Up yours. You ask for opinions, and then say it doesn't count because it doesn't answer the question... because X, Y, Z. And then proceed to lecture me about the use of a forum (in bold to make sure I didn't miss that point).

Humour comes in many different shapes and sizes, ergo definitions. If you are going to discount my reason because it doesn't match your "exact" definition then you have to ask yourself who exactly is being the Dwight.

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WTF? Up yours. You ask for opinions, and then tell say it doesn't count because it doesn't answer the question... because X, Y, Z.

Don't be such a prick.
I didn't say your opinion doesn't count, chill out!

I asked which was funnier, you responded by saying UK was edgier. There is no trace of a doubt that, to you, it can be edgier AND funnier. I even agreed with what you said about edginess. I'm simply adding on, and yes disagreeing with your statement that the UK wins "hands down".

Seriously, Carlos, deep breaths.
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WTF? Up yours. You ask for opinions, and then say it doesn't count because it doesn't answer the question... because X, Y, Z. And then proceed to lecture me about the use of a forum (in bold to make sure I didn't miss that point).

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Must be my American upbringing...
Quite.
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The original series was *agonizing* to watch,
I found it Absolutely Fabulous.
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

I find the US-version funnier because there are many characters who closely resemble people I've actually met/worked with/heard of in my previous office (in Canada), and so the characters are more ''believable''.

I can't identify with the UK-version because I've never met the stereotypes the characters represent, so I don't find them that funny (I'm not even sure what a ''wanker'' really is...).
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WTF? Up yours. You ask for opinions, and then say it doesn't count because it doesn't answer the question... because X, Y, Z. And then proceed to lecture me about the use of a forum (in bold to make sure I didn't miss that point).

Humour comes in many different shapes and sizes, ergo definitions. If you are going to discount my reason because it doesn't match your "exact" definition then you have to ask yourself who exactly is being the Dwight.

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