Wii meets British comedy in The IT Crowd

Richard On September 1, 2010 01.09.2010 with 6 Comments

Netflix is the best Non-Nintendo software to hit Wii. British comedy is the best thing to hit Netflix. When Wii, Netflix and British Comedy combine, you get The IT Crowd.

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Roy plays Wii. Just another day in the I.T. department. WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE.

In the skyscraper basement of Reynholm Industries, computer repair nerds Roy and Moss would rather play Wii and Guitar Hero, meet women on Friendface, or read Harry Potter than help the overpaid executives upstairs. They’re not thrilled about their new manager, Jen, who knows nothing about computers and was only assigned to the I.T. department because she lied on her resume. There’s a fourth I.T. member locked away behind a red door…but no one likes to talk about him.

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Guitar Hero.

These, then, are the adventures of Roy, Moss and Jen. How much disaster can three mild-mannered I.T. workers get into? Human flaws lead to amazing places…

WARNING: THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. MATURE THEMES, STRONG LANGUAGE, OCCASIONAL GORE, ETC.

Inconsistent in quality from episode to episode, The IT Crowd isn’t the greatest comedy ever to hit the tube, but it does feature three of the most likable comic characters ever; Roy, Moss and Jen are a joy to hang around with, even when the scripts lose focus. At its best, the show is screamingly funny. At its worst, it’s just offensive and cheap. Throughout, however, you’re treated to great performances, particularly Richard Ayoade as Moss the ultra-nerd.

Best episodes to check out:

Season 1 – Yesterday’s Jam, Calamity Jen, The Red Door, Aunt Irma Visits
Season 2 – The Work Outing , The Dinner Party
Season 3 – Tramps Like Us, The Speech, Friendface

If you’re old enough and you’ve got Wii Netflix, give it a download!

6 Responses to “Wii meets British comedy in The IT Crowd”

  1. David says:

    I love the IT Crowd. Their first season is still the best, but the newest season, currently on IFC, is excellent!

  2. bananaoomarang says:

    I like the IT crowd, but maybe that’s because I am British…

  3. Bbelt says:

    I believe the original “The Office” is sheer genius. And “Spaced” was fantastic. But I just cant get passed the canned laughter. It’s like nails on a chalk board. Bummer, it looks funny.

  4. Mohan says:

    I love this show!

  5. Juja says:

    I really have to disagree with you on this show. I tried watching it last night. Actually, I watched like 5 episodes so I could form a solid opinion, and I’ll say that I don’t think this show is worth watching. It’s too painfully bad. Like, some of the stuff is so bad that it’s entertaining, but overall the entertainment you get just isn’t worth it.

    “The IT Crowd” reminds me of the bad tv show that Andy Millman made in the brilliant BBC show “Extras,” which was done by Ricky Gervais after he did The Office. Anyway, in the show he creates a stupid sitcom called “When the Whistle Blows,” which turns out horribly and he basically hates himself for what his show has become. Well, “When the Whistle Blows” is meant to be a ridiculously bad show within another show, so it works, but full episodes of the same kind of humor are too hard to sit through, which is basically what “The IT Crowd” feels like.

  6. Richard says:

    Juja:

    I think it boils down to whether or not you like the three main characters. I think they’re a riot. I don’t think the show maintains a solid level of comedy throughout, though; The more it strays from its basic premise, the shakier it gets. I think the core scenes of Roy, Moss and Jen dealing with their ridiculous workplace are where the show shines. You might totally disagree.

    Sorry you disliked it so much–sounds like you definitely gave it a fair shot. If you watched it on Netflix, at least it didn’t cost you! :)

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