Thursday, May 9, 2013

TV Series of the Month – The IT Crowd

This month’s series: The IT Crowd (2006-2010).

The British comedy series is about the adventures (and goofing around) of the IT department in the basement of Reynholm Industries. The IT department consists of Jen, the new manager who knows nothing about computers, and Roy and Moss, two geeky slackers with no higher ambition.

The series is created and written by Graham Linehan. He also created and wrote the hit British comedy Father Ted.

The cast is brilliantly funny. Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson star as Roy, Moss, and Jen. They fantastically carry the series. Matt Berry (who is hysterical), Christopher Morris, and Noel Fielding (who many know as his Old Gregg character from The Mighty Boosh) feature in support.

The IT Crowd is one of the funniest of the modern British series and I highly recommend it for fans of shows like Community, Freaks & Geeks, Spaced, and Party Down. And, like many successful British series an attempt to bring it to America was made. NBC shot a pilot and even momentarily picked it up, but then new chairman Ben Silverman killed it (you can watch the pilot here). Update: Creator Graham Linehan has announced that production on a 40-minute finale to the series will be shot over the summer with O'Dowd, Ayoade, Parkinson, and Berry all returning.

Trailer: Here
Available on: DVD and Streaming

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