The American version of The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for American audiences by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for "Saturday Night Live", "King of the Hill", and "The Simpsons". It is co-produced by Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions (later Shine America), in association with Universal Television. The original executive producers were Greg Daniels, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it is filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track. The show debuted on NBC as a mid-season replacement and ran for nine seasons, and 201 episodes. The show features Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak and Ed Helms on the main cast.
The first season of the show received mixed reviews, but the following six seasons received widespread universal acclaim, and were included on myriad critics' top TV series lists, and won several awards including four Primetime Emmy Awards, one of which was for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. However, the final two seasons were criticized for a dip in quality. The series debuted to low ratings, but during its second season it became the highest-rated scripted series on NBC and was eventually chosen to follow Super Bowl XLIII. Off-network syndication of the show began in late 2007 on TBS and Fox-owned stations in the United States
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- Chip Esten had a recurring role as another dimwitted employer during the second and third seasons.
- Gervais guest-starred twice on the show as well.
- Other guest-stars include: Kevin McHale and Stephen Colbert.