Brent Guitar

I just finished the British “Office,” more than a decade after it aired.  As others have said, it might be the smartest, funniest sitcom in TV history.

Its brilliance lies in its honesty, yet ridiculousness, in its poignant capturing of the alienation we all feel – from the work and colleagues we’re supposed to care about, to the feelings and realities of our own lives, which we’re supposed to know – but don’t.

Most of the show’s jokes target boss and protagonist David Brent, masterfully played by Ricky Gervais.  Beneath the epic laughs at David Brent, though, lies a tragedy just as great, and which appears to have gone unnoticed amidst all of the buzz that the show has generated over the last decade – hundreds of millions of viewers have seen the British Office or its remakes in America, Chile, France, Germany, Sweden, Israel, and coming soon, China.

This post sheds a light on that tragedy – of the boy that Brent once was, the pain he felt but no one cared or knew to see, and how that shaped the man he became.

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