Carell, in the lead role, is the show’s anchor though, with an amazing presentation of a so-called manager who is so obviously in over his head, but continuing to pretend like he knows what he’s talking about. He attempts to be “cool and funny” for his employees, while all the while, really coming off like a loser, and all-around ignorant and unimpressive individual. He rocks! It takes a great and funny talent like Carell to be able to make this unfunny guy so very funny (think about that). The rest of the cast also plays their parts to a tee, including the suck-up office assistant, the hip salesman who knows that he’s above working at the office, as well as the cute secretary, with whom the latter flirts a lot, and who together, give the show a little “heart”.
The secretary, played by Jenna Fischer, is in my opinion, also one of the show’s comedic pillars with the look on her face alone. Watching her react to some of her boss’ actions is priceless. Overall, all six episodes play easily and consistently (I actually watched them all again the next day and they were still funny!), and basically come off like little versions of OFFICE SPACE, but with plenty of uncomfortable and funny silences for everyone. The only thing that might’ve completed the show would have been the addition of profanity, if only because it would likely open up a lot more R-rated avenues for future show material, but then again, it’s surprisingly hilarious even without all that. Check it out…you won’t be sorry!
Episode commentaries: The DVD also includes 5 commentary tracks featuring almost everyone from the cast, as well as some producers and writers. Once again, I couldn’t help but listen to all of these tracks, every single one of which is a delight, with everyone offering their backgrounds to the show, anecdotes from the tapings and plenty of cool insight. It was interesting to find out that many of the secondary characters on the show (even some of its leads) are also writers on the program (for example, Mr. Brown, who teaches the diversity day class is one of the show’s writers). A great addition and interesting for all fans.