It actually took me a while to watch the US version of the show, I liked the UK version so much. I did not think there was any way anyone could ever replace Gareth.
And you guys are so right in feeling uncomfortable when watching David Brent. A scene where he depressingly tells everyone that they are out of a job because the branch has become redundant - but he still has a job - is a classic. Then there was a dance at a Halloween party...wow.
But, the US The Office has its painfully funny moments, as well. A couple of moments in the first episodes - Diversity Day and Health Care - had me squirming. Watching Michael try to come up with a last minute surprise is simply unforgettable.
Wow...classic. Purely classic. His Black Friday blog had me rolling.