I often refer to the UK version of The Office as ‘the original’, and prefer it to the US adaptation. Except it isn’t QUITE the original.
Obviously, most, if not all TV shows have a pilot episode used to show networks and funders what is in store. And sometimes, the pilot can end up being the first aired episode of that programme. If they’re not aired, they can often be interesting for seeing how the concept started out, and look at what has been changed in order to make comparisons.
Well, over on Youtube, you can watch the ‘pre-pilot’ of The Office. It’s in sections, but don’t let that put you off.
It’s an interesting and funny watch. Some bits are a bit weird, like the voiceover from Stephen Merchant, or the different cast. It’s also good to see how certain lines and jokes have been tweaked and improved to be funny in the final product.