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Started by Shadrack22 on Dec 10, 2016 12:03:31 AM
Rising Damp vs One Foot in the Grave vs The Office

Which of these best captures the pathos and ennui of everyday existence?

Talk about their respective merits here.

lapsedcat - 10 Dec 2016 00:06:40 (#1 of 255)

OFITG, definitely.

The Office is good, and excellent in parts.

Rising Damp. Hem! Hardly Rossiter's finest sitcom. For that, see The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin

Macpaddy - 10 Dec 2016 00:16:10 (#2 of 255)

Agree with OFITG but think there were more good parts in Rising Damp than The Office. Also agree with TFARORP being better.

Shadrack22 - 10 Dec 2016 00:21:20 (#3 of 255)

A desperation about The Office though. For instance Brent and Finchy's 'one up the bum, no harm done' exchange at the bar in that club. Did OFITG pull its punches in comparison?

lapsedcat - 10 Dec 2016 00:22:00 (#4 of 255)

OFITG did have a suicide.

Macpaddy - 10 Dec 2016 00:30:46 (#5 of 255)

I felt The Office sometimes fell into the trap that 'new' comedians fell in to, which was dropping in the occasional "Fuck" for shock effect to get a slightly nervous laugh from an unenthusiastic audience

MorrisMitchener - 10 Dec 2016 00:36:50 (#6 of 255)

The Office was magnificent. Gervais's career since has not been - but that shouldn't detract from its reputation. Obviously OFITG and Rising Damp pretty brilliant too but The Office wins for me.

CarlosFandango - 10 Dec 2016 00:47:01 (#7 of 255)

Interesting comparisons. And all classics in their way.

OFITG majored on ennui and futility. Pathos I'm not sure. The all-too recognisable toe-curling workplace weirdness of The Office was indeed magnificent and had its painfully funny moments.

But for acting that you just couldn't take your eyes off Rossiter and Delatour take some beating.

Macpaddy - 10 Dec 2016 00:50:14 (#8 of 255)

Ricky Gervais's voice is so grating and damned irritating that it knocks points off every show or film he is in.

CarlosFandango - 10 Dec 2016 00:57:50 (#9 of 255)

Yes. Which is why he was so perfect as Brent.

MorrisMitchener - 10 Dec 2016 01:07:28 (#10 of 255)

I often found the sad, reflective last 5 minutes of OFITG a bit irritating and cloying to be honest.

MoominChristmasMadness - 10 Dec 2016 01:28:44 (#11 of 255)

TO for me- painfully accurate.

The scenarios in OFITG were rather contrived and often quite specific to those characters.

I didn't see RD as being about the ennui of everyday existence at all, but about the lives of those specific four main characters.

browserbutton - 10 Dec 2016 07:19:32 (#12 of 255)

At least The Office has put Slough on the map. Now busloads of Chinese tourists eagerly visit, stopping off on their way to Kidlington.

I did enjoy The Office, but five episodes would have been plenty.

Moschops - 10 Dec 2016 07:30:04 (#13 of 255)

The Office is so much better than the other two.

thisonehasalittlehat - 10 Dec 2016 07:30:09 (#14 of 255)

Ofitg was shit.

Shadrack22 - 10 Dec 2016 10:37:09 (#15 of 255)

Self-delusion, or delusions about the world around them, seem to be a common factor with Rigsby, Meldrew and Brent. The comedy arising from the gap between their image of themselves/their circumstances and the reality.

HouseOfLametta - 10 Dec 2016 10:40:26 (#16 of 255)

Open All Hours.

gordonthemoron - 10 Dec 2016 10:50:09 (#17 of 255)

Still Game, loads of swearing, seriously un-PC, bunch of old duffers getting into scrapes, Craiglang here I come

SinnerBoy - 10 Dec 2016 13:18:35 (#18 of 255)

I really don't find The Office at all funny.

I watched a couple of episodes and have avoided it ever since.

lapsedcat - 10 Dec 2016 13:19:38 (#19 of 255)

You have to be Scottish to enjoy Still Game.

RosyLovelady - 10 Dec 2016 13:20:59 (#20 of 255)

I'd have started watching OFITG much sooner if I hadn't been put off by the opening title sequence. I love how full of plot lines every episode is.

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