Ryan , Pam , Jim , Michael , Dwight. Novak, Mindy Kaling , and Ed Helms. It started out as a fairly poor Cultural Translation the pilot was simply the British pilot with the word "jelly" changed to "Jell-o" and with 8 minutes cut out but soon came into its own as it has moved away from the original's awkward, cringe-inducing brand of humor and towards more of an absurdist style. Quite notably, the American version has focused on the rest of the office workers to a far greater degree than the original. In the UK where it's subtitled An American Workplace to avoid confusion with the original it has, shaky start notwithstanding, been much better received than most American remakes and become one of the most acclaimed comedies on TV today, winning accolades in particular for the performances of Carell and the rest of the cast.