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When it comes to viewers comparing her show to The Office, Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson isn’t buying into them too much. She thinks that they’re clearly different shows, aside from the fact that they’re both workplace comedies. The comparisons have been strong, though, so much so that her co-star, Tyler James Williams, can’t watch the NBC sitcom anymore. But one thing both sitcoms do share is their signature style – mockumentary. Now, amid the ongoing comparisons, Brunson has explained why the mockumentary format was right for her show.
The Abbott Elementary creator originally conceived the sitcom as an animated series before pairing up with The Office executive producer Randall Einhorn. But even before he was on board, the series’ mockumentary style was always something that was on the creative’s mind. Brunson opened up to Deadline, during which she explained that it made sense for school life to be filmed as a documentary: