I had never seen the UK version of the Office and I don’t regularly watch the US version, although I have seen a few episodes. I find the style very interesting but also a little difficult for me to get into. I don’t watch many television series, so it takes a lot for me to decide that a particular show is worth it. I know more about the show through word of mouth and through people referencing the jokes made in the shows than I know from my own experience viewing it. The mockumentary style provides a different lens to gain a perspective on the office culture. The fact that we see the inner dialogues of each character in addition to their inter-office interactions adds another layer of complexity to the action of the show. Because we have insight into the characters thoughts, their behavior is often contradictory and often funnier than it would have been without knowing what they were thinking in the process. It is also interesting because in the course of the action the characters are aware of and acknowledge the camera.
I think the use of sound is one of the elements that stands out most to me. The show has no laugh track and the music is all diegetic, which makes it more realistic as the only sounds the audience hears are coming from the characters themselves or the props on the set as opposed to randomly in the background to set the mood. The show becomes more believable and more of a commentary on actual life as opposed to an unrealistic representation of an unreality.