We gave it an A
Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman Unrated, 230 minutes, 2 discs, 2001 BBC
When a U.K. magazine named Gervais the most powerful man in British comedy last year, most Americans said ”Who?” The Office is the answer — and the justification. The six-episode first season of the actor-writer-director’s corrosively brilliant mockumentary introduced viewers to the sad-sack staff of a paper-sales firm in a British industrial suburb. If you’ve ever looked at your colleagues, your boss, or yourself and felt a twinge of how-did-I-get-here horror, you will weep with laughter — that is, if you can stand to watch Gervais’ unstoppable, untoppable turn as maybe the worst TV boss since Hitler: The Rise of Evil. EXTRAS A delirious making-of doc and several deleted scenes.