I have only watched few episodes of The Office, and only because my boyfriend tried to convinced me to watch it. In many ways it reminds me of a Danish show called Langt fra Las Vegas (Far From Las Vegas), which I watched some years ago. But still The Office and Langt fra Las Vegas is not quite the same. The office is a mockumentary while Langt fra Las Vegas is more like a sitcom, where canned laughter plays a big role.
“Situation comedy, also called sitcom, is a radio or television comedy series that involves a continuing cast of characters in a succession of episodes. Often the characters are markedly different types thrown together by circumstance and occupying a shared environment such as an apartment building or workplace. Sitcoms are typically half an hour in length; they are either taped in front of a studio audience or employ canned applause, and they are marked by verbal sparring and rapidly resolved conflicts”. (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/667010/situation-comedy 6/10-11)
Langt Fra Las Vegas has aired over 5 seasons and every episode is 25 minutes long. The series takes place at the office and in the studio of a fictitious TV morning show called “Jump Start”. Mainly the viewer follows the main character Casper Christensen (which actually is his real name) life, and therefore sometimes the scenes also take place in his apartment. The series has a gallery of set characters and include Kenny Nickelman, Niels Buckingham, Liva Eberhardt, Kim Dorowsky, Robert Dølhus and Lisa Bremer Harris who all works at the TV station. Furthermore different famous actors sometimes star the show.
Casper is always in troubles and he tries to fix it with lies, which results in comical situations, because he always ends up getting caught. Often his lies make his friends seem like the “bad guys” and himself as the exemplary one. The themes in the series is often sex and relationships and Niels Buckingham appear as the exaggerated perverted boss at the office, when bringing up taboo topics as paedophilia and necrophilic.
Even though the show is rather old (was shown 2001 – 2003), I think it has been one of Denmark’s greatest try to make a sitcom. In the beginning it was produced for TV2 Zulu, a channel, targeting young adults. Because of the huge success, they decided to make it to the nation-wide channel TV2 uncensored. This is not surprising since Denmark almost never censor anything on television. My little sister saw it, when she was 5 years and she learnt some very dirty sentences from Robert, which she did not even understand the meaning of – this result in hips of fun.