The Office is an American comedy television series broadcast by NBC. An adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, it depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it is filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track.
The Office was adapted for American audiences by executive producer Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. The creators of the original BBC series, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, are executive producers and also co-wrote the pilot episode with Daniels and wrote the season three episode, "The Convict". It is co-produced by Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions, in association with Universal Television. The show debuted on NBC as a mid-season replacement on March 24, 2005.
Off-network syndication of The Office began in late 2007, notably on TBS and Fox-owned stations in the United States. Lead actor Steve Carell, who portrays Michael Scott, left the series near the end of the seventh season. The eighth season premiered on September 22, 2011, with James Spader joining the cast, and Ed Helms, who portrays Andy Bernard, assuming the new role of the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin. (wikipedia