Afghanistan’s Unauthorized ‘The Office’ Spinoff
An Afghanistan TV show called The Ministry, set to air on Tolo TV, is something of an unauthorized spinoff of The Office.
Authorized adaptations of The Office appear in several countries, including France, Chile, Germany, Israel, Canada, and Brazil. And, of course, the American version of the show is itself an adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ hit BBC series.
The Ministry takes place in the offices of the fictional Ministry of Garbage and shares obvious similarities with the American version of The Office, including a a similar mockumentary style, and characters that appear to be adaptations of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and Pam Beasley. Other characters include a butler who has a Master’s Degree in Political Science (who appears to be the show’s Jim Halpert-derived straight man) and a security guard who falls asleep with his gun pressed to his temple.
The show also features a truly baffling soundtrack and seemingly random use of sound effects. You can watch the trailer for The Ministry here.
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