The IT Crowd
October 28, 2009
For my first entry, I’m just going to get right into it. Thanks to my nerdy companion, one night he put on THE IT CROWD while we were making dinner one evening. At first I was a little put out, but seeing as though I’m usually negative this was not anything new.
CROWD takes place in the offices of Renyholm Industries in London. It’s this really posh company that keeps their IT department in the dark, murky basement. The first episode is when Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is hired as IT manager even though she knows absolutely nothing about computers. The manager at the time is completely insane and thinks that just because she names certain things having to do with a computer, she’s an expert. When she gets down to the basement she meets the two IT guys: Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade). Roy is your fairly average, laid back nerd. Moss on the other hand is the uber geek who at some points is very intelligent, but at times very oblivious.
The show really hits the nail on the head when it comes to what it’s like to really be in the world of computer techs. I’ve always been pretty nerdy when it comes to computers, but when I actually got a job in the field, it was a completely different story. The jargon and characters put the realism into a world that is otherwise an odd situation comedy. What’s cool about it is that you don’t have to be a techie, geek, or computer nerd to get into the show. It can still get the laughs without the viewer needing to know a lot. Besides the main cast, my favorite characters have to be Renyholm (Chris Morris) and his son Douglass (Matt Berry). There’s another great secret character as well, but I can’t tell you about him if you haven’t seen the series.
If you have seen THE MIGHTY BOOSH on Cartoon Network, you may already be familiar with some of these actors such as Berry and Ayoade. So far there have only been 3 seasons of the show. I’ve read that a 4th is coming next year, as well as a Christmas special at the end of this year. Please check out the show, and if you like it, we can protest for them to continue doing seasons.