So here we have it. The people have spoken and when it comes to The Office, they reckon the UK version of the series is better than its US counterpart.
It came pretty damn close in a dramatic twitter poll but the show's first iteration, which starred Ricky Gervais, tipped the vote with 58 percent of people opting for that as their favourite.
Which series of The Office is better?
- LADbible (@ladbible) March 23, 2019
People were left up in arms about the subject even being broached with one saying: "If you say the UK version is better, means you haven't watched the US version fully."
Someone bit back immediately, responding: "If you prefer the US office you don't understand subtle humour. The humour in the UK office is extremely dry and sarcastic and goes over a lot of people's heads. The US office is far more brash, much more suited to an American audience."
Now now, children. Settle down.
The UK is better.. it stuck to its intended format and ended at exactly the right time. The US one just became a generic sitcom and the standard has not been upheld, it's not a 9 season show.
- BXRBΔRIΔN (@dnoeldavila) March 23, 2019
Another added: "I know a lot of people I know have said there's no comparison. US version is rubbish. And then when asked they actually either haven't watched any or only watched season 1. It morphs into its own thing from S2. Best US comedy by a mile."
Someone else chipped in: "100% the UK version. The fact the US had what 9 seasons and we only have two is a crime."
Blasphemy to even contemplate picking the US version. The original is flawless and Gervais as Brent is one the great comic performances.
- Joe (@trex_nottheband) March 23, 2019
Regardless of what you think - this is co-creator, writer, director and star Gervais' perception of the entire thing:
"The American version of The Office is better than the UK version. How does that make you feel?"
Really fucking rich.
- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 29, 2012
The Office originally aired in the UK back in 2001, following the lives of office employees in a mocked-up 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary style. We were treated to two seasons of the sitcom along with two Christmas specials.
Following on from the success, Gervais and Stephen Merchant took the concept across the pond for a US version, starring Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson, which aired in 2005 and went on for nine seasons, finally ending in 2013.