Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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The Texan company Cardiff Electronics gets a new employee from New York. He's apparently working for IBM, but after the he gets the new job it gets clear that he has a hidden agenda, and is not exactly what he claims to be.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Bosworth
Dale Butler
Nathan Cardiff
Barry Shields
Rebecca Taylor
Joanie Clark
Joanie Clark
Haley Clark
Haley Clark
Maylene (as LouAnne LaFortune)
Alec Magee ...
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Dallas, Texas, 1983. Confident Joe MacMillan, a key player in the introduction of the IBM PC, has just been offered a job as a salesman for Cardiff Electric, a systems software company that has no interest in the development of PCs to compete against IBM. What Cardiff Electric is unaware of is that Joe has been MIA for the past year, his whereabouts or doings which no one knows. Despite their less than productive first meeting, Joe searches out Gordon Clark, a lowly engineer at Cardiff Electric. Gordon is floundering in his life, he, along with his wife Donna, who once had the passion of PC hardware development and the potential of computers, but who now feels that the security of a job to support the family is more important despite his generally despondent state because of that job. But Joe entering Gordon's life reignites that passion in Gordon, Joe who wants Gordon to help reverse engineer a IBM PC so that they can develop a PC clone that they want. This action would mean their ... Written by Huggo

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"Cameron Howe" is a combination of the character Cameron and the Gordie Howe jersey he wears in "Ferris Bueller' s Day Off". See more »


All of the cars have California license plates, even though the series is set in Texas. See more »


Joe MacMillan: Computers aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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The Set Up
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A zealous guy named MacMillan is driven to create a new computer in the 80's by getting inside the IBM. He is a renegade from that company, now working for a company called Cardiff which is beginning to fade in this tenuous industry. He is possibly a sociopath but his being is quite infectious as he drives a creative genius who has lost his way to assist him in his efforts. He is a Judas to his own company and certainly to IBM. There is also a young woman, a loose cannon, who is also a brilliant programmer. They have to use her to save the company. This opening episode has some fine interactions. Battle lines have been drawn and the principles are in way over their heads...or are they.

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