Liesl Schillinger of Slate.com examines the 4 international versions of The Office (U.K., U.S.A., France, Germany) in: Foreign Office, The French and Germans have remade the BBC series. Why?.
Why, I wondered, had the French and the Germans bothered to overhaul Gervais' comedy? For that matter, why had we? In 2004, Gervais helped midwife the Emmy-winning American take on The Office, which has made a countrywide anti-hero of Steve Carell, who plays bumbling boss Michael Scott. Why couldn't the original stand as a symbolic global office?