In a corporate spirit: 16 series about office workers

There is a common stereotype that the everyday life of office front fighters is boring and monotonous. But is it really so? After all, it is impossible to imagine more ideal conditions for the emergence of explosive conflicts, stuffy intrigues and comical situations than a team of completely different people. See for yourself by watching popular foreign series about the office from our selection.

Corporation (2018 – 2020)

The satirical series introduces the viewer to two office workers. Matt is a smiling optimist with a weirdo. Jake is a pessimistic cynic. The men work under a big business shark in a corporation that does everything from bananas to smartphones to guns . While their boss Christian terrorizes the entire office, his henchmen Kate and John are sycophants who always mess up and shift the blame to others. In such a tense environment, Matt and Jake’s only support is friendly HR manager Grace.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Corporate

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Matt Ingebretson, Jake Wiseman, Adam Lustick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Powerless (2017)

While superheroes battle villains, the characters of the American comedy series about office workers living in the DC Universe work in the Wayne Security research unit. Yes, yes, the main boss in the office is Wayne, but not Bruce, nicknamed Batman, but his selfish cousin Van Wayne. The company is developing products for ordinary people, helping to protect themselves from the attack of supervillains. However, things are not going very well until a new employee appears in the office – a young and ambitious Emily.

Original title:
Powerless

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Vanessa Ann Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4


Misaeng: Failed Life (2014)

How to please Koreans in order to stay in their large company for a long time? Try to learn the language, show zeal and perseverance, never give up overtime, be sure to attend all corporate parties, do not argue with your superiors. This is what the protagonist Jang Gee-re will do – a man who, at the age of 26, gets a job for the first time. And whether he will be able to linger, you will find out by watching this sensational comedy film about the behind the scenes of office life in Korea.

Original title:
Misaeng

Genre:
Drama, comedy, romance

Actors:
Im Shi-wan, Lee Sun-min, Kang So-ra …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6


Lower floor (2013 – 2015)

Humor, sarcasm, the boss’s sayings filled with deep meaning , and a love story – all this awaits you when watching an American series about office life. The plot unfolds within the walls of a business center. The lower floor of the building is reserved for the administrative and economic department, the remaining floors are occupied by financial bigwigs. A young successful banker from the top floor, whose meaning of life lies in numbers and calculations, unexpectedly falls in love with a cheerful and free woman from the economic department.

Original title:
Ground Floor

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Skylar Astin, Briga Hylan, Rory Scovel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age Limits :
12+


News Service (2012 – 2014)

The series about the everyday life of a newsroom introduces Will, a cynical presenter whose offensive demeanor does not make him popular with his colleagues. New executive producer Mackenzie will be in the office soon. Together, the two men are going to take the news show to another level, without icteric scandals and cheap sensations. However, the path to success, as always, is thorny.

Original title:
The Newsroom

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr….

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Force Majeure (2011 – 2019)

Stylish top series about office work, filled with interesting work hacks and smart dialogues, is worth watching for anyone who aspires to make a white collar career . As a self-taught lawyer, Mike’s resourcefulness, phenomenal memory, and creativity land him in New York’s premier law office. Under the guidance of the owner of the firm, Jessica Pearson, and the best lawyer in the city, Harvey Spector, the guy who does not have a high school diploma will become a real pro.

Original title:
Suits

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Workaholics (2011 – 2017)

The series in sitcom format tells about the everyday life of three friends – American office workers. Adam, Blake and Anders live and work together. Drinking a few liters of whiskey, smoking a dozen joints of marijuana and going to bed at six in the morning is the norm for a restless trinity. Despite this, the guys manage to go to work and perform duties in any condition. Therefore, the boss does not manage to fire them, and other colleagues have to endure slobs.

Original title:
Workaholics

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 8.1


Runaway Job (2010 – 2011)

This series about office plankton is a funny comedy about the relationship between people from different cultures. Manager from Seattle Todd did not think how abruptly his fate would change. The boss informs the man that distant India will become his new place of work. Todd travels to an alien and incomprehensible world and becomes the head of the department of a call center for entertainment goods. The company’s products are very specific and the man will have to teach shy Indians how to attract buyers.

Original title:
Outsourced

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5


Parks and recreation areas (2009 – 2020)

The mockumentary-style sitcom tells the story of Parks and Recreation employees in a fictional city. One of the employees of the office – Leslie Knope – is ready to do anything to make the best public park out of a useless quarry. Naturally, this will not be easy. Moreover, several developers who have heard about the promising undertaking have already become interested in the place.

Original title:
Parks and Recreation

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
12+


Come on, Ted (2009 – 2010)

The banter series tells about the everyday life of Veridian Dynamics office workers. The corporation is engaged in innovative developments in various fields of science that seem incompatible with reality. For example, the geniuses working here have invented an edible solid that resembles steel in its properties. And most importantly, all employees just love what they do. Especially Ted, head of Extraordinary Research.

Original title:
Better Off Ted

Genre:
Fiction, comedy

Actors:
Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Mad Men (2007 – 2015)

The events of the popular series develop from 1960 to 1970. During all seasons, we will observe the work of an advertising agency whose office is located in the heart of New York. The protagonist is Don Draper, who is also a creative director, a master of manipulation, an intriguer and a family man. Office life is in full swing, and at this time the United States is going through significant historical events, which, of course, will be discussed at lunch breaks and smoke breaks.

Original title:
Mad Men

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age Limits :
16+


Lucky Sam (2006 – 2007)

The life of Sam, an employee of a large airline, is not easy. The boss always finds fault and gives too difficult tasks, one of the employees tries to drag the guy into bed, the personal secretary drives him crazy with antics, and the brother arranges eccentric parties in a jointly rented apartment. If we add to all of the above the desire to hang out with friends instead of thinking about work, and constant force majeure, then Sam’s everyday life turns into an endless run in a squirrel wheel.

Original title:
The Loop

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Bret Harrison, Eric Christian Olsen, Mimi Rogers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Computer scientists (2006 – 2013)

A gripping series with absurd British humor tells about the IT support division – an important part of a fictional organization located in the center of London. The department is headed by a girl who knows nothing about computers at all, and two stereotypical geeks work under her supervision. Most often, this trinity does not understand each other at all, which leads to a huge number of funny situations.

Original title:
The IT Crowd

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
16+


Office (2005 – 2013)

The light comedy film, a brilliant American adaptation of the British project, has become one of the most watched series and has received several film awards. The plot of the popular sitcom develops within the walls of a company that supplies paper products. Each employee has individual characteristics, complexes and habits. Colleagues swear, reconcile, experience sometimes funny and sometimes touching moments, and endure the antics of a strange boss all day long.

Original title:
The Office

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Steve Carell, Rain Wilson, John Krasinski …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.9

Age Limits :
16+


The thick of things (2005 – 2012)

A satirical series about politics is worth watching for all fans of films about behind-the-scenes games and specific English humor. The plot is built around the behind-the-scenes intrigues of the British government and communications adviser Malcolm Tucker. Malcolm tells politicians when and what kind of statements to make, and often leaks information to the press. For a cunning man, there are no moral boundaries and barriers.

Original title:
The Thick of It

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.7

Age limit:
16+


Office (2001 – 2003)

The British series , filmed in the mockumentary genre, tells about the everyday life of office workers at Wernham Hogg. The plot focuses on the relationship between employees and their eccentric boss, David Brent. As in any office, there are sycophants, lazy people, hard workers and comedians here. And the relationship of such different people will certainly lead to comical situations.

Original title:
The Office

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.5

Age limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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