Warning: Stop reading if you haven’t yet seen the season premiere of The Office. How arrogant is that? This website has three confirmed readers, but nonetheless, you’ve been warned. 

So The Office premiered tonight.

In my opinion, it’s the best show on television. There is no point into delving into its merits compared to the British version, because frankly, anyway you look at it The Office (UK) goes down as one of the best shows in television history. Its mixture of humor, awkwardness, and emotional devastation just worked perfectly. That said, the American version of the show has developed into its own animal. They’ve also managed to keep intact the Jim and Pam storyline, which is clearly the emotional core of the series, just as Tim and Dawn were the core of the UK Office. OK, I just delved into their comparative merits. Oops. Oh well, onto the show …

It was an excellent episode, not the best (that title belongs to Casino Night, The Injury, or Booze Cruise) but I place it firmly in my top five list. There were several classic moments — Michael declaring that he watches “Queer As Fuck,” Creed talking about having sex in 60s, Michael stating, “You don’t call your retarded people ‘retards.'” That’s bad taste. You call your friends retards when they’re acting retarded. And Oscar’s a true friend.”

Excellent plot twist as well — giving the viewers what they want in the form of a Pam/Roy breakup, but then holding off on immediate gratification by not putting she and Jim together immediately. As much as I loathe the phrase “jumping the shark,” having the two characters start dating would have ruined (or at least mitigated) much of the show’s appeal.

Anyway, it’s the only show that I really look forward to watching every week, though Studio 60 will probably fall into that category now, and I’m glad it’s back on the air.