The IT Crowd (2006–2013)
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The IT Crowd has plot lines that vary from episode to episode. There are some jokes that are seen and heard through many episodes. The individual story's are hilarious and well thought out.
The acting is great. The chemistry between Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Christopher Morris, and Matt Berry is the best part of the show.
The pacing in some of the episodes can seem a little slow but the director does this to set up joke that builds up.
The episode length is good. Most episodes are about 22 minutes long. Each season is 6 episodes except for the final season which is just 1 48 minute episode.
I do wish there were more episodes because of the great story telling and interesting characters.
Pros: Great acting, hilarious individual story's, good chemistry between the actors, directors patience in building up a joke, and a short episode length
Cons: Some slow pacing and not enough episodes
Overall Rating: 9.0
So that's why I like British humor. Silly, cynical, satirical, funny and the actors don't mind to make a fool of themselves. O yeah and the jokes are all very well written! The IT crowd is a show like this and it's so good that you will laugh almost all the time. Absolute a recommendation for lovers of British humor!
Gotta love the characters and funny situations they get into. Would be so deserving of more seasons and episodes.
British style comedy show at it's best.
oh God... i m still laughing....
Yet despite its attempts at being topical, the show is at its best when it is just silly. One of my favorite episodes involves the IT department's hapless relationship manager, Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), being told she's giving a speech at the end of the week. The IT workers, Roy (Chris O'Down) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), decide to play a prank on her by giving her a box "containing" the Internet, straight from Big Ben. They assume that she will be mocked at her big presentation. Instead, when the box is destroyed due to the intervention of the episode's B-plot, the assembled middle management of Reynholm Industries descends into hysterical violence.
It is not a serious show, but it is a very funny one that transcends social status, social skills, and culture to bring a message of silly humor and general mockery.
(I watched this show in its entirety most recently in April 2017.)
It's not the great sitcom it was made out to be upon its launch, and didn't really ever get to that point, but it's warm enough, funny enough, and watched by enough people for it to be considered a success. So everyone's happy, right?
I can't say it did a lot of me really,perhaps because I saw it only after 'The Big Bang Theory', but I recognise the quality of the performances given, and the writing.
The out and out funniest episode in my humble opinion had to be The work outing, which I can watch again and again and still be belly laughing, it's immense, other top quality episodes include The Speech, Calamity Jen and finale The internet is coming. Very few dips in quality.
What a shame it had to finish, this was gold. 10/10
The cast is great, Richard Ayoade as Moss is in my top 5 characters that made me laugh most. Also other characters are funny as well. There are no jokes at all. The dialogue is funny itself, the characters are funny in the way they talk, act and the way they live.
I'm not a guy who re-watch TV shows. But this case, I'm sure that I'm gonna watch again IT Crowd.
Given the simple premise of the show, the script stays remarkably fresh. Brilliant acting on the part of the 3 primary leads and excellent writing make this an easy show to marathon over a weekend.
There are so many clichés and stories about how an IT department works and operate and this just makes everyone of the seem true and perfectly right :) This specific IT department contains two nerds and a manager, they are all wonderfully strange and really has a way about them that really fits the stereotype.
It is a very fun series and it has great black English humor and that is really good, sometimes they take it a bit over the top, but it is mostly the strange characters of management that doesn't really fit in.
The IT Crowd is about three staff members from an IT Department located in the basement of Reynholm Industries which everybody from the office relies upon but frequently ignores and often looks down upon the staff as inept losers. Roy Trennerman (Chris O'Dowd) is a laid-back but very lazy Irish IT worker a love for wearing geek T-shirts that represent the latest trend in computers which reflects his personality however he goes to great lengths to avoid work so he can do nothing but play video games, read comics and play around in the office. Roy puts in very little effort in helping others in the office which is evidenced by his standard IT suggestions such as "Have you tried turning it off and on?" and "Is it plugged in?" whenever someone calls up the IT Department with a computer problem. He also proves to be luckless in love. Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade) has a brilliant technological mind when it comes to computers yet he is very socially inept when it comes to dealing with people. Moss struggles with basic communication skills and also lives with his mother who also dresses him and packs his lunch. The attractive Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) was a new worker assigned to the IT Department as the boss after she claims on her CV she has experience with computers however it is shown throughout the series that she has zero technical or technology management experience. She even lacks basic computer knowledge such as not knowing what IT stands for, how to plug into a computer or telephone, infecting her laptop to make it look attractive, as well as making outlandish statements about the internet.
The original director of Reynholm Industries Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) has very little IT knowledge but always thinks up of new and often ridiculous initiatives aiming to improve performance and morale in his company yet he frequently makes impetuous and rash decisions and pays little attention to other workers, unless they were attractive. Later in the series his long lost son Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry) takes over Reynholm Industries. Douglas speaks very loud and dramatically, and also has uncontrollable sexual urges to other females he finds attractive which has resulted in a history of many sexual harassment accusations levelled against him. He has also seemingly inherited his father's impetuous and arrogant personality.
Chris O'Dowd and Richard Ayoade made a great duo as the socially inept IT workers Roy and Moss. In particular, Moss was my favourite character out of the entire series as there was never a dull moment with Moss. Katherine Parkinson was great as Jen, the new manager of the IT Department despite her lack of knowledge of basic computer skills. Chris Morris and Matt Berry were hilarious as the father and son of Reynholm Industries.
I've always has a soft spot for British comedy. It doesn't try too hard and there is no overacting required, but it's kept simple yet the humour is brilliant and clever. The IT Crowd is an excellent example of comedy kept simple and does not rely on over the top humour nor does it rely on sexual jokes or strong profanity yet it works perfectly on all levels.
What makes "The IT Crowd" so much fun? The characters. I freakin' love the characters in this show. All of them. The show manages to keep the roster down to a manageable four (five, when Richmond is around) to give each plenty of screen time for us to get to know them. Roy is the IT team's more social member, and that's not saying much. He has a general hatred for the common populace (which I can get behind) and finds most people to be blithering idiots, but he's also a lech who uses his position to try and troll the upper floors of the building for his next hot (unsuccessful) date. Chris O'Dowd (who I'd only previously seen in BRIDESMAIDS) injects the character with the perfect level of charm and exasperation. The fan favorite of the show is Moss and his endless list of eccentricities. He's a more prototypical nerd: hyper-intelligent, naïve, and utterly inept when thrust into social situations. He's the sort who'll faint at the thought of a woman opening discussing her unmentionables or find a website to aid in engaging in casual conversation with sport fans. Richard Ayoade is perfect in the role. Every time Moss is on screen, you can bet the best laughs will come from him. Fun fact: Ayoade was the only cast member to be ported over to the States to star in the American version and even he couldn't save the unused pilot from becoming an inferior copycat of the original that saw a fast, merciful death before reaching air. The final member of the IT crew is Jen. She's the "normal" one. She's got no computer experience (outside of checking her email) and she can actually engage in personal relationships. She's a manipulative go-getter who initially hopes her management role in the IT department could lead to bigger and better things. As Jen, Katherine Parkinson is the audience's vessel into this absurd show and the best moments are when it becomes apparent that she's become ingrained in the world of geek culture. The final character (or characters, I guess, since we went through two over the course of the show) is the big boss of Reynholm Industries. The first series featured Chris Morris as Deynholm Reynholm, a hyperactive man with a few screws missing and a passion for motivating his workforce. I honestly can't find the words to describe Morris's bizarre line deliveries and the quirks he brings to the character but they're awesome. Morris was with the show until the beginning of the second series when Matt Berry stepped in to run the company as Douglas Reynholm and we got a whole new level of insane. Rather than ape what made Morris's character of Reynholm so fun, Berry's Douglas is sexist (renowned for his collection of sexual harassment suits), melodramatic, and a total buffoon. While I can understand why people seem to love the character of Moss the most, I'm honestly torn between Moss and Douglas Reynholm as my favorite character in the series.
"The IT Crowd" is more than just it's fantastic characters. I was also impressed that its plot lines never seem to retread old sitcom ground. Each of the episodes felt more original than you're average TV comedy. Granted, most of the episodes are focused on the same thing: the IT crowd attempts to integrate/interact with normal people and it goes horribly wrong. The IT crew is invited to a dinner party at Jen's flat when her usual guests were unavailable. Roy establishes a bogus dating site profile to win a bet against Jen and prove that women only want bad boys. Moss and Roy become friends with a group of "real men" and bond over soccer, beer, and armed robbery. It's a common thread in the series, but it's not their only trick. Graham Linehan has got enough material that it kept the series fresh over the course of its four-series run. If I had to choose a personal favorite, I would agree with a good portion of it's fan- base and go with "The Speech", wherein Jen is award the title of Employee of the Month and must give a speech on technology to the company's shareholders. When Jen's ego inflates and the boys decide to have a little harmless fun with her acceptance speech, it's well it's just perfect. I can't recommend this show enough and only wish that it would've continued on longer than it did. Four series just wasn't enough.
BUT this was a surprise, i mean it made me laugh and it is something i could watch over and over. The actors are great at playing each part, they make me laugh.
All i will say is the female (one of the main people in the show) does seem to act too dramatic and go over board all the time, but i look past that and it is enjoyable to watch, i just think it would be better if she wasn't so over the top. One other thing i will say that ruined it for me... NOT ENOUGH EPS!!! i mean i really enjoyed watching them but then i watched them all and wanted to see more. I hope more will come out in the future and i would recommend people giving this a chance. IT'S GREAT.
9 out of 10 from me and well deserved.
Thus, the series in question is not so exaggerated as some people close to me not aware of those issues tend to think (apart from the management level, evidently). My biggest support goes to Richard Ayoade as Maurice Moss - both character-wise and actor-wise, he is just something distinctive. But Chris O'Dowd as Roy Trenneman and Katherine Parkinson as Jen Barber are very much up to their task as well. As for supporting actors, I liked Noel Fielding as Richmond Avenal most and Matt Berry as Douglas Reynholm least, the latter as owner of a huge company is least unlikely figure as well.
And "only" 8 points as not all series and episodes are smooth and even - vis-a-vis Fawlty Towers, for example. Nevertheless, The IT Crowd is worth watching and laughing, with 20-something minutes per episode.
following a simple story line of technical support within their company and the drama of trying to be recognized facing challenges that applies to our technical world, always reminds me where i come from.
You cannot go wrong watching the IT Crowd. If you know computer lingo and are looking for a good laugh this is the series for you. give it a chance to settle in if you not familiar with the language. you'll soon find it entertaining and informative.
No wit, not a whiff of reality, nothing approaching real characters, or anything that could accurately be described as a plot. College humor, at best. Way over the top absurdly exaggerated acting. Unless you're a kid, don't waste your time.