When we launched the full run of the BBC’s The Office earlier this year, keen observers noticed that the episodes — which matched those that aired on BBC America here in the States — sounded a bit different than they remembered seeing on DVD or in the U.K. It turns out that, while Ricky Gervais and his costars cursed freely in the original run of the show, the offensive words were bleeped out to suit American standards for TV broadcast. It was this version that was originally cleared for us to stream on Hulu.
But since so many of you prefer to see the series in its unedited form (we like it that way, too), we reached out to the BBC to see if we could instead offer the show just as it aired in England. We’re happy to say that they were able to oblige us, giving us clearance to stream the series in its original form, curse words and all. Big thanks to the team at the BBC and to our content team for making this happen.
Rebecca Harper ()