The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd is a new sitcom on Channel 4. From the same stable as the classic Father Ted, it’s set in the IT Department of a major company.

Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) are the techies. And they’re not one little bit like any real techies I know. Oh no. Well, maybe a bit. There’s some nice touches like helldesk[1] calls being answered by a tape machine[2], and the general air of geekiness[4].

In the first episode, they’re saddled with a new boss, Jen (Katherine Parkinson), a shoe-obsessed pathological liar appointed by the insane MD played by Chris Morris. Lots of friction, lots of silliness, lots of fun.

There have been three episodes so far, and I’m enjoying it. And not because I feel any degree of similarity with any of the characters. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So there.

[1] You might call it a helpdesk
[2] “Have you tried turning it off an on again?”, “Are you sure it’s plugged in?”, and so on[3]
[3] Damn, they’re giving away all our secrets!
[4] The RTFM t-shirt was a nice touch :grin:

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