In the introductory episode of Life on a Stick, the key characters speak primarily in expository dialog… and I suspect that’s a creative decision, not just the burden of a poorly thought-out pilot. And actually, it’s a technique that can work comedically; I can think of more examples in written literature than in performance. However, it requires better talent than what you see on this show. We’re left with underfascinating obnoxious teens… and with the common sitcom delusion that a girl with a pretty face and flat hair is “ugly”.
The American version of The Office is being compared to the British version by other reviewers, and is being judged as the “milder” and less funny version. Perhaps they’re right. I get largely the same vibe off of it; somewhat funny in a cringe-inducing manner, but I suspect that too much of it would get old quickly. The British version, made under the normal British sitcom system of brief seasons that do not necessarily lead to more seasons even if successful, never added up to all that many episodes, and it has not worn out its welcome with those who have seen them all. I suspect that with the much more rapid presentation of episodes that the American system offers, this will end up grating on the American tastes. I know that I’ll be willing to watch individual episodes, but won’t feel compelled not to miss it.
Now hush, I’m watching Kojak.