Ricky Gervais’ old ‘Office’ humor still lands in ‘Life on the Road’

Following up on BBC's "The Office" – which aired back in "Two Thousand and cough-cough" (actually 2001-03) – Ricky Gervais finds there's still plenty of room to pound the joke into the ground in "David Brent: Life on the Road" (released last year in the U.K., and now available on Netflix). Although there are some viewers who feel the punchline already landed in "The Office," I enjoy a joke being stretched out till it becomes funny again, and that's what happens in "Life on the Road," which impressively adds more layers ... well, to the one layer.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ and refreshingly sunny people

I've tried to stick with "The Office," but I'm just not laughing lately. I thought the show was funny and somewhat original (although it spun off from the British version, it developed an American voice) when it premiered, but now it strikes me as depressing and tired. Another Matt introduced me to an alternative, though: "Parks and Recreation," of which I recently watched the last five episodes of Season 2 on Hulu.

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Are Andy and Erin on ‘The Office’ representative of a new trend, or an old one?

People-watching in the lobby between acts at a recent Everclear concert at The Midland in Kansas City, I noticed an interesting phenomenon: Among couples, nine times out of 10, the woman was better looking than the man. And the 10th time, they were of equal attractiveness. Almost never would you see a couple where the guy was the better looking of the pair.

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‘Office’ vs. ‘Always Sunny’: What’s TV’s best sitcom?

Which sitcom would you take with you to a desert island: "The Office" (8 p.m. Central Thursdays on NBC) or "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (9 p.m. Central Thursdays on FX)?

I say "Always Sunny" is the superior show. I can see this clearly because they both air on Thursday nights, so I always watch them back-to-back.

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Is ‘The Office’ making Michael into a good boss?

"The Office" is five seasons old, so this is about the time you'd expect it to fall apart, but it's as funny as ever. It's also the time you'd expect the writers to morph Michael Scott, the archetypal Worst Boss Ever, into a good boss. They are doing that, but rather than ruining the show, it has made it easier to embrace.

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