Silicon Valley (2014– )
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The Patent Troll 

When Richard decides to stand up to a patent troll, his defiance ends up coming back to haunt him. Gilfoyle goes to desperate measures to battle Jian-Yang's new smart refrigerator. Jared ... See full summary »

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Jamie Babbit

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Andrew Law, Mike Judge (created by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Middleditch ... Richard Hendricks
T.J. Miller ... Erlich Bachman
Josh Brener ... Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti (credit only)
Martin Starr ... Bertram Gilfoyle
Kumail Nanjiani ... Dinesh Chugtai
Amanda Crew ... Monica Hall
Zach Woods ... Donald 'Jared' Dunn
Matt Ross ... Gavin Belson (credit only)
Suzanne Cryer ... Laurie Bream
Jimmy O. Yang ... Jian Yang
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Jack Barker (credit only)
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Russ Hanneman (credit only)
Andrew Daly ... Doctor
Ben Feldman ... Ron LaFlamme
Joseph Bayard ... Gus (as Joseph L. Bayard)
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When Richard decides to stand up to a patent troll, his defiance ends up coming back to haunt him. Gilfoyle goes to desperate measures to battle Jian-Yang's new smart refrigerator. Jared embraces multiple identities in in his quest to reduce costs. Erlich tries to hang with the alpha males. Written by Corinna

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4 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The song heard in ending credits is called "Estoy En El Cielo" and it is a Mexican Mariachi cover version of "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. The song is intentionally re-titled as "Cancion de Amores" in the script. See more »

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Around the 26 minute mark when Richard is talking to the patent troll about the songs, he says that there is an 8 year difference between them. On the laptop screen it shows "Cancion de Amores" came out in 1973 and "I'm Cryin' (with My Eyes)" came out in 1967. That is only a 6 year difference which makes Richard's math wrong. See more »

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lighting ain't gonna strike twice..
3 June 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Silicon Valley

Another cultural phenomena for the nerds, initiated after a massive success of The Big Bang Theory; who too follows up the similar path, comes this eerie, not-your-usual-sitcom and is definitely not for everyone, where content is considered prior to the punch line of the joke which is why it has the potential to withhold its existence and maintain its quality for longer period. Silicon Valley is a finely detailed insight on the technical world and is infomercial to the outer world where the writer keeps its smart in here and doesn't spend its time wasting on explaining the actions or events (even the references mentioned) occurring in here which makes the audience engaged throughout the course of it in order to not get derailed. As mentioned earlier, it is not a "hilarious" show and fortunately nor does it aspire to be which eliminates the ridiculous efforts of it that usually sitcom falls into. One of the major dilemma in here would be the strength of the star cast, that isn't convincing on performance level which is non-negotiable. The supporting cast like Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr is what helps draw out the most of the laughs from the series and is also an example of perfect bonding as the relation is quite similar to a sibling where both the parties is trying to prove their superiority.

Season 04

The fourth act explores more about the difficulties and tiny little aspects that factors in while establishing a company. The "love" factor is installed in here along with some issues among the group which doesn't go as anticipated as they are short on performance and execution and it fails to draw the attention too but what hooks the viewers in are the business tactics and strategies that are brutally practical and diplomatic.

The Patent Troll

A familiar case that is carried out with the same process that follows up with the similar pros and cons. TJ Miller fails to draw out the laughs and so does Kumail and Martin Starr who has a confliction with Jimmy Yang whose character is getting more and more awesome as it ages on screen.


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