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What's the best way to start watching? Do we have to go right back to the first episode? If not, where else is it best to start?
 

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You gotta start at the beginning. Besides, why would you want to miss all the laughs? Its not about just getting caught up to the story.
 

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Like most sitcoms, the stories are self-contained.

That being said, you might want to get season 1 on DVD or see if episodes are available on VOD.
 

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Stories are self contained but unlike a lot of sitcoms there are overarching plot points that you can't truly relish without starting at season 1 episode 1. And hey, when the comedy is that good, it's worth it to start at the beginning.
 

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You *definitely* want to go back. There are lots of story lines (in the past) that help to explain the present character interactions, to say nothing of running-gag type things.
 

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yep go back to the start.. Very funny show.
 

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You *definitely* want to go back. There are lots of story lines (in the past) that help to explain the present character interactions, to say nothing of running-gag type things.
Yes, but the same can be said for any sitcom that has run long enough. It's not like "Lost", where you really would have no clue, if you hadn't seen season one. If I had to start now, I wouldn't bother watching The Office chronologically, but I would make sure I see all episodes eventually, it's really funny.
 

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"Love Amarican Style" was a sitcom with zero continuity. You're right, most of them have *some* continuity but The Office has a lot more character development than most. You *will* miss more if you don't watch from the start.
 

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From what I have see "Love American Style" was an anthology series, with situation, cast, or story really related to each other.
 
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