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.