Thursday, October 4, 2007

10-4-07: The Office vs. House

Well, TV is decent again. I've never been a huge follower of a major network show, but I do like to keep up with a few favorites. This year, it comes down to a few: The Office, House, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I'm also following a show on Adult Swim (late night on Cartoon Network) called Metalocalypse.

The two best among the group are probably House and The Office, though the other two are hilarious. House is the only show that runs a consistent 60 minutes, the others have either 30 or 15 minute run times, though The Office has three 60-minute episodes to start this season. I was thinking which one was the best on the way into work this morning, and I've decided to do a quick comparison of The Office vs. House.


The Office: Based on the British show of the same name, it's about a small branch of a fictional paper supplies distributor in Scranton, PA called Dunder Mifflin. It's shot in documentary format to make it appear realistic, but it is entirely scripted. Steve Carell is the star as Michael Scott, the boss, and he's very funny in the show. This season looks to continue the story of previous seasons, and it's been fine so far.

House: A hospital show with attitude. Dr. Gregory House, played by British actor Hugh Laurie, is one of the best diagnosticians in the world, and has gained a reputation for diagnosing patients in even the most extreme cases. This season is the first without his star team of three assistants, who either quit or were fired at the end of the last season. The humor is excellent, and each episode is extremely well-written.

Verdict: Although both aren't original themes, I'm giving the edge to House.

I might come up with more categories later, but overall, I like House slightly better.

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