You can certainly tell it’s The Office, and I don’t think anybody who’s ever seen the original would look upon it favourably. But who knows, there could be a huge potential audience out there who haven’t seen it and enjoy it.
And I assume that’s why American TV networks have a long history of re-making other countries’ TV shows: even if the original has aired on PBS or BBC America, the bulk of the population still won’t have seen it. And maybe they think the audience is insular enough that it has to be re-done with American actors?
Hmm, maybe they should try re-making some Australian shows? Like, maybe Skippy but with a squirrel instead of a roo?