Why The Office Changed The Original Michael Scott
When you look back at The Office episodes that best define Michael Scott, very few of them are from the first season. The best Michael Scott moments come in moments like CPR or fire drill and there's a reason for this. The office changed the character in big ways between the first and second season. This is a look at why the office changed the worlds best boss so much.

  • Nerdstalgic

    Did you like the original version of Michael Scott or the “fixed” one better?

    • Aaron

      @delor b it wasn't racist??? The hell are you on about. Nothing about the show was racist. They made race related jokes because micheal is IGNORANT not racist. Learn the difference between ignorance and racism. Not being able to see that difference makes the word racist start to loose meaning and seem to people like a cheap copout.

    • delor b
      delor b

      Fixed. The original was racist. Hard to watch and root for a character who doesn't understand why he can't use a racial slur. Few people wanted to spend 30 minutes (with commercials) with that guy. And the original Michael would never have gotten Holly, let alone come up with a killer proposal.

    • Aaron

      @Sunset's Channel sigh. That's the entire point. It's supposed to make you uncomfortable. It became more goofy and over the top as time went on. More "american". The genre was supposed to be that awkward humor.

    • Lilith Hedwig
      Lilith Hedwig

      @Tacoma98 I started Parks and Rec as a way to recover after The Office and I was almost pissed that she was this copycat version of him+we got Karen ect. I looked it up and yup, P&R was originally supposed to be a spin off of The Office! (I ended up loving it ofc, Schur always deliver)

    • Lilith Hedwig
      Lilith Hedwig

      Fixed all the way. I HATED him in the first season, couldn't stand him at all, he physically made me cringe, I kept watching the office because of Jim and Pam and because everyone said it was so good so I got past 1st season... Didn't regret it!

  • R M
    R M

    So... the show weakened the character to match the politically correct/weakening USA audience... LOL

  • Miya Green
    Miya Green

    I don't know why I watched this, I've never watched The Office...


    Min 7:30 someone knows wich episode is it?

  • highwaymaintainer

    Because, the show was stale and eventually and thankfully it went away It was time

  • Roy Kay
    Roy Kay

    Idk.. I think Joey, from F.R.I.E.N.D.S, is more likeable than Michael Scott.

  • Мотов Василий
    Мотов Василий

    For the most part I think it was a good decision to change Michael Scott, but there are few problems. Michael Scott got away with everything he did in this show because "hE iS gOoD guY". He was dick to pretty much everyone in this show even after his change, he was a bad manager even after they made him good salesman. They even rewarded him at the end by giving him everything he wanted (appreciation and real family). On the other hand David Brent ,even doe he had his redemption, suffered from consequences of his actions (humiliation, discharge). It's just a better story action-consequence-redemption. While US version has only action-reward.

  • AbiNephilim

    As a British person, I found the UK Office waaayy too cringe, to the point where it was just too awkward to watch despite being only 12 episodes. The US Office was much much better during the Michael Scott era. There was the right amount of cringe and FFS moments as well as pleasant and hilarious moments. Michael Scott will always be my favourite character from the show as he grew more likeable and tolerable within each episode all the way up to his last appearance. Every other character just became too annoying after Michael left since they all seemed to have lost the ability to stand up for what they believed in, which was the opposite when Michael was the branch manager in my opinion. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the US Office and am glad it didn't get cancelled!

  • Kaitlyn Thompson
    Kaitlyn Thompson

    I actually started watching the office in it's second season on accident when I watched on Netflix and clicked the wrong episode (S2E1). It became my favorite show. I finally realized my issue after I finished the show, so I went back and watched the first one. Absolutely hated it. I can probably say if I had started on the first season I wouldn't have found my favorite show

  • dankwrasslin

    Jim was a piece of shit

  • Stu Miller
    Stu Miller

    Anyone who thinks Brent is "mean spirited" is a fucking moron

  • big head
    big head

    iv seen the office like 3 times, and iv cried everytime that he leaves for colorado.

  • CID B
    CID B

    👍 I think Holly coming on board with the show was the best thing for Micheal being likable.

  • jim halpert
    jim halpert

    i miss michael

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  • soulstice

    I hated the office as a kid, maybe this is why lol, I love the show nowadays obv tho

  • jace merritt
    jace merritt

    Bro the background music is a remix of Good Day by Surfaces. How crazy is fhat

  • NerdHouseGang AKA JustKesey
    NerdHouseGang AKA JustKesey

    Stanley was dry but HILARIOUS to me...

  • wolfhrt21

    I did enjoy a lot of the changes they made to Michael, and he has a lot of great moments when he's not at the office. But my aha moment is the one when the kids knock on his door and he starts handing out candy to them, kidding with them a bit. Its a simple, quiet moment that instantly hooked me on Michael Scott.

  • Kris

    I'm from the UK. The UK Office is overrated, the US version is a better show and was best once it distanced itself from the original. Although it eventually jumped the shark like most American shows do.

  • F Am
    F Am

    Can u talk about how they changed Kelly Kapoor's character as well.

  • Maluminse

    Huge mistake. Downhill after Carrell left.

  • Kathy Salas
    Kathy Salas

    I loved Michael since the candy bag tore and he just let the kids have all the candy

  • Vivienne Uzamere
    Vivienne Uzamere

    I still hate micheal.

  • Mllr hr
    Mllr hr

    6:25 I don´t like Stanley.

  • Dion Tjahjono
    Dion Tjahjono

    michael is a good salesman, he’s just socially stupid.

  • Jemand

    The „bald“ look was before the hair transplant loö

  • Edgar Larios
    Edgar Larios

    Creed was the best. You always had to do a second take to realize what he's really saying/doing.

  • MetalGamer

    Wait we want Stanley to succeed ? I can't stand the man, incredibly selfish.

  • Colton Barta
    Colton Barta

    I think most people prefer the American office to the UK office. I understand both are doing something different but the American show has basically become a cultural icon in the US and really was a mainstay with a lot of American families while it was running. This is really more impactful culturally than the 12 episode run which was a bleak comedy about the pointlessness of modern work.

  • Max Hill
    Max Hill


  • Ishmam Naveel
    Ishmam Naveel

    I liked every fucking episode of the Office... all this analysis bullshit doesnt mean shit to me, it's the best show and Michael is the funniest most original character to ever exist. It sucked to see him be replaced by Andy

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  • Anthony Cazares
    Anthony Cazares

    Love the Michael Scott's Bossa Nova Remix in the beginning haha

  • Gerben Rampaart
    Gerben Rampaart

    David Brent isn't evil, just massively and grotesquely insecure. Loving someone like that is not a thing American audiences are used to.

  • Aaron

    It became way more over the top and goofy as time went on. I still love the show. But the first season was so much more intelligent and with the spirit of what the office is SUPPOSED to be. It's supposed to be grounded, awkward as hell humor. In the first season you always knew someone like those characters in real life. That's what made it so brilliant and funny. Real people. It's a lot like the premise of Seinfeld. Make it relatable to day to day situations. The show ended so far from its roots that the show was unrecognizable from how it started, and it's better source material. At least the orginal season and the orginal office was so so much better than the last 2 or 3 seasons. You seem to completely miss what the office was going for and what its source material was. You make these long ass videos repeating a lot of the same shit in different ways and dragging things on. It's like a freshman paper where you try to stretch your 200 word essay into a 1000 words. And your a bit pretentious to be honest.

  • agentalbert

    I loved Michael and the show right off the bat in S1. They didn't need to change him for me. I liked the so called "dark" endings, which I never found bothersome in the least.

  • ThisGuysGaming

    I think you’re over thinking it m8

  • This Bird Has Flown
    This Bird Has Flown

    He was more like David Brent and the show was definitely more written to make you cringe like the British version. I was actually surprised how well they managed to replicate the British version given that it was a yank show.

  • bentnosewp

    I actually liked the first episodes the most

  • SirJonLee

    Who did the bet at 10:33

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  • OneLoveDrumz

    wha?? dude.... first season was a test ... season 1 is amazing .. diversity day is the one of the best episodes ever.

  • Rhaine

    I completely skipped season 1 because I could barely get passed episodes

  • Tristan Butcher
    Tristan Butcher

    People who think the UK version is better have an issue with their brains

  • Rafter Rafter
    Rafter Rafter

    I kinda like Steve Carrel,he can be funny sometimes; But i'll never be able to finish one episode of the office to save my life !!

  • Warioman

    I prefer original Michael because I prefer the UK Office.

  • Kari Krummi
    Kari Krummi

    the ending was really gay

  • Justyn H
    Justyn H

    I think the ricky gervase boss works given british humor. And translates well into the british offices more meloncoly themes

  • The Cheshire Cat
    The Cheshire Cat

    I always find it interesting when I hear people say the original Office is better than the US one. Even as a British person, I really can’t stand the original. Perhaps it’s because I watched it quite a long time after it came out, or perhaps it’s my inherent dislike for Ricky Gervais, but there’s little to nothing I find interesting about the original Office or its characters. The US version on the other hand is one of my favourite shows of all time. I was pretty sure I’d hate it after season 1 but I ended up binging absolutely everything else in the space of 3 days and found myself crying at several points towards the end. My only complaint is the way they handled Andy, but that complaint has been done to death at this point.

  • JohnDoe

    UK Office is horrendous. US Office is legendary.

  • John Nulf
    John Nulf

    Michael's balding hair look bothered me in the most OCD way possible. Something about the way they had it combed made it so off-putting to look at. Grateful they put a stop to that after the first season.

  • Me Myself
    Me Myself

    Micheal Scott was never a decent character. He’s terrible ( and so are several other character. Kevin and Stanley make me gag) I don’t know how a show full if so many awful characters could do so well.

  • Quentin Ventura
    Quentin Ventura

    I'm wondering how many people just skip the first season when they re-watch the show. First time I watched it, I stopped after season 1 and started again a couple of years later. Since then, I never re-watch that season again, while having watch the rest 4 times (even the latest season )

  • Christopher Morrow
    Christopher Morrow

    Being forced to follow an unsympathetic villain as the protagonist isn't done enough. Less escapism, more mimicry. And having a main character have literally nothing to live for, not in a redeeming way but like Michael in season 1, was nice. It gave me a place to say "See, other people share that trait." It's really disheartening to never see tv reflect "sometimes there isn't a solution and life simply shits on you, just keep moving forward till you can't because the only other choice is death".

  • Bruce Charlie
    Bruce Charlie

    It's mostly down to American humour not being the same as British humour

  • Boofess

    Stop telling my why i love this show

  • B3ansGuy

    I hated him for the entire run. Incredibly well played by Steve but the character was the type of person you hoped got hit by a bus

  • The Dragon Reborn
    The Dragon Reborn

    I just want to state for the record I DO NOT like Pam and Jim. Don't lump me in with those saps.

  • Daniel Araya
    Daniel Araya

    While I watched every single episode with joy, I could never recommend this show over Parks and Rec, the 1st season of the office is just trash and will scare away people without "patience"

  • elrobertodudebro

    Not to be "that guy" The UK Office ran for 14 episodes. Seems you've omitted the 2 further special episodes after the end of season 2, where Brent is redeemed.

    • Mr B
      Mr B

      Not to be that guy but we don't have seasons, we have series.

    • Alana Jones
      Alana Jones

      Don't say "not to be that guy" if you already plan on being "that guy". Just make your point and go. There's no need for the useless pretense.

  • fight me m8
    fight me m8

    I can’t believe they turned Michael into a like able character, made us like him. Just to rip him away from us.

  • Lani Pop
    Lani Pop

    him being bad at his job is what makes it funny..

  • David Koval
    David Koval

    "its better to be something unique, something different" he says over their footage of the Lazy Sunday parody lol

  • Raveena Savadi
    Raveena Savadi

    To me, Micheal Scott was only loveable in his last few episodes and just throughout the show, he was mean and offensive even though one can argue that he did not mean it. I am sorry but there is no excuse for being a pathetic man child and assume you are the best and not seek any professional help to recover from deep rooted issues from childhood.

  • officerjimlahey31

    You should do the evolution of Ari Gold from Entourage. He was an absolute prick in season 1 and developed into a decent guy.

  • James Ead
    James Ead

    Very different. That is exactly the conclusion that should be reached.

  • Jon N.
    Jon N.

    "Rogaine using Michael Scott." That took me out🤣🤣🤣

  • Joe Mckee
    Joe Mckee

    Wtf. Just stop

  • a-crack

    the music in this video made me pay attention

  • Janine Anderson
    Janine Anderson

    Everything you state here was exactly how I felt about Michael. My family and have watch the entire 9 seasons 3 times and I am looking forward to watching the series with my family again. My favorite characters were Creed, Jim, Pam, and Dwight.