They might be straight from the silver screen, but here are 11 offices that we would love to see in the real world.

1. Mad Men (Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce)

For the alpha male who drinks his whiskey straight, the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are a masculine dream come true. Eames furniture and bar carts are staples of this testosterone-fuelled 1960s office, and the mid-century modern décor is as authentic as the questionable attitudes. If you like your sexism sixties style, then the Mad Men offices will tick all your boxes, if you’re a liberated woman, perhaps not so much.

2. The IT Crowd (Reynholm Industries)

With 34 floors of modern open-plan office space, Reynholm Industries offices have been designed to foster a collaborative work environment among employees, that is unless you work in the IT department as Roy, Moss, and Jen do, in which case you’ll find yourself relegated to the basement. Shunned by their colleagues on the surface, these subterranean office-dwellers spend their working days eking out a living in an office filled with geek paraphernalia and out-dated computer technology. They can only dream of a top floor office such as the boss Douglas Reynholm enjoys. Still, at least they’re free to complain with nobody around to hear.

3. The Office (Wernham Hogg)

The office of Wernham Hogg, a paper manufacturer, is pretty much your bog-standard office environment. The layout, the furniture, and the equipment are all spectacularly uninspiring and demotivating, as is the company motto “life is stationary”, which serves to reinforce the stultifying nature of the office. The only real joy employees get out of their working day comes from the hijinks they get up to – the stapler in jelly being a classic example. And of course, there’s always a little levity from office boss and excruciating human being David Brent.

4. Peep Show (JLB Credit)

Mark Corrigan is a loan manager at JLB credit, and works in an office that, even for its time, feels 25 years out of date. It’s your usual dreary office set up – cubicles, a conference room, stationery cupboards… So many stationery cupboards, in fact, that they present the perfect opportunity for office shenanigans, which is something Mark has certainly taken advantage of more than once. It’s a reason to come to work in the morning.

5. Batman (Wayne Enterprises)

The leviathan that is Wayne Enterprises would seem to most like a rather intimidating place to work, but then there is plenty of scope for career progression, assuming you don’t end up getting killed by one of Batman’s enemies, which tends to be an occupational hazard. If all goes well, though, you’ll have the opportunity to work in the development of cutting-edge technology, play around with some super gadgets, and maybe even get a peek at the bat cave. At the very least, employees can enjoy working in the imposing Art Deco creation that is the Wayne Enterprises building – neat.

6. Ugly Betty (Mode)

The offices of Mode magazine are sleek and stunning, much like the people who work there. Well, apart from the not-so-extraordinary-looking Betty Suarez. Mode is all about fashion and style, an ethos reflected in its office design. Here labels matter, and that’s why modern furniture from the likes of Knoll, Vitra, and Cassina can be found throughout. Verner Panton Chairs, Alberto Meda Frametables, Artemide Castore Lamps – it’s all about the name dahling!

7. Office Space (Initech)

As soulless office environments go, it doesn’t get much worse than the offices of Initech. A colourless, lifeless, cubicled hellhole where every moment of every day is the same as the last, long-suffering employee Peter Gibbons spends the majority of his time trying to shirk work and avoiding his smarmy boss Bill Lumbergh. To survive in such a workplace, some minor rebellions are recommended, such as having yourself hypnotised into not giving a damn, or beating up malfunctioning office equipment.

8. Dallas (Ewing Oil)

Shoulderpads at the ready, this is corporate America 1980s style. J.R. Ewing doesn’t do anything by halves, and that includes his company offices. Based in a huge skyscraper in Dallas, Texas, the headquarters of Ewing Oil are a testament to the old adage that ‘everything is bigger in Texas!’. J.R.’s own office is as big as his ego – a vast leather and mahogany affair decorated in a diverse palette of colours ranging from brown to beige. Contemporary for its time, this is where deals are done and nefarious schemes put into place.

9. Star Trek (Starship Enterprise)

Calling the bridge of the Starship Enterprise an office is probably stretching it a bit, at least in the traditional sense, but then you could say it’s ‘open-plan’. Less office space and more office in space, who wouldn’t want to work somewhere where instead of computers, printers, and ballpoint pens you get to play around with phasers, tractor beams, and transporters. Of course, there’s always the odd pesky Romulan to deal with, but then no job is perfect.

10. Superman (The Daily Planet)

Inside the iconic Daily Planet building, old-school reporters and photographers beaver away at bringing the denizens of Metropolis the latest news, although Lois Lane is more often in the news than the one reporting it, while Clark Kent seems to be away from the office rather a lot, no doubt taking full advantage of his flexitime hours. The Daily Planet’s exterior and interior has a similar Art Deco design style to Wayne Enterprises, only significantly less high-tech – think typewriters and notepads rather than grapple guns and batarangs.

11. Ghostbusters (The Ghostbusters)

Google wasn’t the first office to have a fireman’s pole installed, oh no, that honour goes to the offices of the Ghostbusters team (this might be cheating though considering they work in a converted fire station, but at least they get some genuine use out of it in an emergency). They have lots of other cool things in the otherwise dilapidated building in which they live and work, including proton packs, ghost traps, P.K.E. metres, and a possessed toaster. Theirs is a geek's paradise.