180 Minutes Of Awkward, Dark Hilarity
|Nov 9, 2011 3:00am||
The DVD set features six 30-minute episodes, the full run of the first season, and although that’s only three hours for its entirety, it’s a full 180 minutes of awkward, dark hilarity.
Developed by Ricky Gervais (who also plays regional manager David Brent) and Stephen Merchant for the BBC, The Office documents the daily happenings of the Wernham Hogg paper company in Slough, England, and is an extremely realistic, yet exaggerated, view of the tedium of office work. Gervais and Merchant wittily combine a mundane office setting with waggish situations, such as Tim (Martin Freeman) constantly ringing Gareth’s (Mackenzie Crook) cell phone just to call him a “cock” and hang up, or Wernham Hogg’s training day where David drives the outside consultant batty by going to get his guitar and “entertaining” the employees with his horrible ballads.