I find Mia's analysis B99 quite interesting but I can't help but see Michael Schur's formula for comedy throughout the Office, P&R and B99 take on a fairly consistent approach to rehabilitating our feelings about oppressive/broken institutions
Like that's exactly what works, why it's so funny and so comforting: you have these institutions that frustrate the people who work within them and fail the people outside of them but they get wrapped in this optimism about human nature
Which of course is an about turn from the British version of the Office is runs its optimism/cynicism is quite a different way but by the time we reach B99 that optimism is quite unfiltered and seems to compensate for an institution that far more difficult to romanticise
But B99 does it anyway, no matter how hard it tries to be a little critical and reflective l

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