Last night was just proof again that a) The Office might be one of the funniest things on network TV and b) Steve Carrell is a God amongst men, although Rainn Wilson being given plenty to do is a good thing as well. Here's hoping the series lasts long enough so that Michael can throw the 6/6/06 party and beyond.
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention My Name Is Earl, which I've fallen in love with immediately. Although me loving a show right off the bat is the kiss of death for it. Here, by the way, is a snippet of THE LIST off the NBC.com website.
"He's too much of gentleman to assume that the lady he is with would have a disease and he's man enough to raise any offspring that should arise. HE IS AL WILSON."[-DEAN~, 7/22/05]
Last night's show was great. They're kicking the Tim/Pam thing into overdrive and the Chili's hecklers made Michael a three-dimentional character finally. The whole comparison to the U.K. version has been beaten to death and hopefully the "human" side, that made the original such a success, is going to start rearing its head in the Stateside version.
And I tried to like 'My Name is Earl', but I couldn't get into it. I'll be giving it more chances though. I hope all of the advertising for 'Earl' rubs off on 'The Office', 'cause I don't want to see it go.
Anyone have any idea if they're keeping the six episode structure this season?
I haven't seen a better night of comedy in ages. I agree with Stevie - the depth shown in Michael was sorely lacking in some of the first season.
Earl has got to be the best sitcom in a while. I was howling when they ran out of Kenny's house because they'd never met "a gay" before.
Earl isn't going to take off, much as I want it to. I'm actually shocked that it got made in the first place. But I hope it sticks around, because just thinking of the possibilities of the list on the NBC site alone makes me laugh.
(Hey my Mann, do you mind if I repaste from the other place, because here I sit so patiently trying to find out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things twice.)
The Office, I really love it. With the four big guns getting entrenched in their roles, it's starting to feel like its own great show rather than just a fun new take on the British perfection. Jim & Pam is really sweet in its own right, Dwight rules, and I think Michael is even starting to step out of David Brent's looming, extraordinary shadow.
So the Dundies were awesome. Drunk Pam~~~~~~. But my favorite line was "Someone wrote something funny." "Who? Dave Barry?"
As for My Name Is Earl, it wasn't bad, but I wasn't feeling where all the glowing, four star reviews were coming from. Lee and Jamie Pressly of all people were both good, but I just didn't think there was a great deal of great jokes.
I just wish this hour didn't go head-to-head with the marvelous Dr. House, because I don't like to have to work with VCR machines to get all my television watching in. Oh new fall TV season, you and your TV shows to watch.
I have a feeling (or at least a hope) that "The 40 Year Old Virgin" is going to be enough to catapult "The Office" to the levels of a modest hit - at least enough to keep it on the schedule.
And, for my money, I can't remember a better pilot episode of any comedy than "My Name Is Earl". I just loved the fact that he persuaded his brother to accompany them to the gay bar by promising him there'd be bubbles.
"That's my problem - I'm too frank. That's why my mother shoved me down the stairs. But then she is fat."
As a guy who wasn't the biggest fan of what I saw of "The Office" last season even I have to admit that last night's episode was hilarious. I agree that Michael got some heart finally which had to happen to give me any chance of not loathing the character outright.
I thought I would laugh more at "My Name Is Earl," but as someone who hates most sitcoms, I was impressed overall. I will definitely give these two shows some more time. (And I really want to see Earl rectify his "I told Jay that Bruce Willis was a ghost" mistake. :-)
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The Office is easily my favourite comedy on TV right now along with American Dad. The ratings don't look too promising, though. Earl got a 9.3 for its debut but The Office dropped to a 5.8 then NBC went back up to a 10.8 of SVU.
Anyways, has anyone picked up The Office Season 1 DVD? On Amazon, it says it has special commentaries and deleted scenes. If the commentary is done by Carrell, I'm going to have to pick it up soon.
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