Have you seen the terrible US version of BBC's The Office?
This comment at MetaFilter totally nails what's wrong with the concept of taking a downbeat, dry, British comedy and trying to make it work as an NBC sitcom:
Here's how fast this goes wrong: in the first scene Carell says "If you think she's cute now, you should have seen her a couple of years ago" and "Pam" says "What?!" - Dawn would never have reacted. The whole point was that everyone in the office was too worn down by the drudgery and inanity of their jobs to challenge Brent's horrifying misogyny and other casual cruelties. Because that's what really happens in every office in the world all the fucking time.