It's fascinating how easily "The Office" transcends cultures. So many people can relate to the terrible boss, the strange mishmash of coworkers, and the all-consuming (and mostly unacted-upon) office crushes.
Thanks to Life in the Office, I just checked out the first episode of the French remake of the show, "Le Bureau," which started airing last spring. I don't speak French, but if you've seen the first episode from either the BBC or NBC version of "The Office," you'll recognize a lot of the scenes: The obnoxious boss tells the receptionist to throw a crucial meeting memo in the trash, the receptionist flirts with the Jim/Tim analog, and Jim/Tim pranks the Dwight/Gareth character (although instead of the stapler in the Jello, the first prank in "Le Bureau" appears to be cheese in a desk drawer).
I also found some clips online from "Stromberg," the German version of "The Office," and I'd love to find the pilot to see if it follows the same formula. Any Buzz readers know where to find it? In the meantime, to watch the first episode of "Le Bureau,"