'The Office' Included a Nod to the Original U.K. Version You Might've Missed

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28:  (L-R top) Actors Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Rainn Wilson, Brian Baumgartner, Jenna Fischer, Melora Hardin, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, (L-R bottom) Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, writer/actor B.J. Novak and actor Oscar Nunez, winners of the "Ensemble In A Comedy Series" award for "The Office" pose in the press room during the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Many fans of The Office have battled it out over which version of the series is better—the original U.K. version starring Ricky Gervais that only went on for 12 episodes, or the U.S. version with all our favorite weirdos which lasted nine seasons.

While the debate may never fully subside, fans of the American version have to, at the very least, be grateful for the show’s British big brother, so to speak, because without it, we wouldn’t have characters like Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), Michael Scott (Steve Carell), and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski).

And, in case you missed it, the cast and crew of the U.S. Office clearly have that same appreciation. A fan brought a subtle Easter egg to the public’s attention on Imgur.com, posting a still from Season 6 in which Dwight states the address of Dunder Mifflin is “1725 Slough Avenue.” As the fan points out, Slough is the name of the town in the original U.K. series.

Fans will know that wasn’t the only connection the beloved series made to their English counterpart. In the seventh season, Michael Scott and David Brent (Gervais) meet outside an elevator, and after some brief and inappropriate exchanges, discover they are two peas in a pod.

While not everyone is on the same page regarding which version of The Office is better, at least the one that came second paid homage to the original.