Emanno Olmi's 1961 film Il Posto has a lot of the hallmarks of a 1990's American workplace sitcom. I'm not making this up.
Of course, the fish-out-of-water main character is a 15 year old working to help support his family, nearly every character is more rounded then almost any of them needs to be, and the ending can be read as a "tried so hard to get here now you gotta live with it" middle finger. But still! A lot of great moments of work/relationship comedy that reminded me of shows like Working, Newsradio, or even later entries in the TV genre like The Office; all shows I loved.
Almost none of this plays into this week's Lost in Criterion conversation about this great film, but I'm just constantly tacking on more reasons to recommend Il Posto to everyone I meet.