Well, this was long-awaited. Of course, nothing can compare to The Office. It was enjoyable, but it didn’t seem too original. Ricky Gervais is of course great at improvising putting himself in awkward situations, and as David Brent it was all part of the world he created, but here, again, it seems so forced. Kind of like Curb Your Enthusiasm. In The Office, it was both funny and you actually cared about the characters. It was over the top, but you could believe it. Here, it’s just random situations that seem quite unbelievable. How many times can you make some unfortunate un-PC comment and then bluster your way through an apology? Both have six episodes per season, but by the end of the first season of each, I felt more sucked into The Office. Oh well, comparisons are useless.
Maggie is pretty funny and adorable. She and Ricky Gervais have good chemistry. She is also a character that makes me feel good about soon turning 30.
I’m glad to see Stephen Merchant is actually appearing in the show. He is HI-larious as the agent. He may actually be funnier than Ricky Gervais.