Every so often, you run into a TV show that just seems like a perfect fit for you. I don’t know, maybe you had a tingle in your stomach the moment your eyes locked, or you laugh at the same jokes. Maybe you even hate the same people. But when you find such a show, you want to hold it close and tell it how you feel. Perhaps you watch a few old episodes to reminisce about the good old days. These are the shows that bring some of the excitement back to watching the dear, sweet idiot box–and I say that with the utmost affection…there are just not as many synonyms for “television” as you may think. When I watched the first season of The IT Crowd, I knew I had found one such show.
I don’t know what it is about The IT Crowd that resonates with me. Perhaps it is that the characters are all socially awkward nerds in one form or another, or maybe I just like to hear British slang while I take my afternoon tea; but this show always entertains me. So I have been waiting patiently since the middle of September (when I finished the third season) for the latest installment to become available on watch instantly. Imagine my joy when I discovered it in the “new to watch instantly” list on Netflix. I was so happy that I did the moonwalk on my way to turn on the talking picture box (again, if you know of any positive sounding synonyms for TV, please let me know).
The fourth season finds Jen, Moss, and Roy still hardly working in the basement of Reynholm Industries. Surprisingly, Jen hasn’t really learned much about computers during her stay here and the two men she works with haven’t picked up any of her people skills. Therefore, as always, hilarity must ensue. There is a relatively complex math formula for hilarity ensuing. I think (and I am no mathematician) that you multiply the number of potentially awkward situations by the amount of funny mix-ups. Divide this by the square root of prat falls taken (less potential for falls or instances with only flailing arms). When you have this number, you determine its square root, and figure in the trajectory of the story arc (you can feel free to also drop in terms like sine, cosine, or the quadratic equation to make people think you know what you are talking about on perhaps the most non sequitur of tangents this writer has taken in a while). And Voila! This is the simple formula for hilarity ensuing. Although, I have been told it could be simpler just to see if you laugh at the show to find out if it is funny instead of crunching the numbers. To each their own.
As always, I really enjoyed this show. The characters are funny, over the top, and likable. Very few shows really provide me with “laugh out loud” moments, but The IT Crowd pretty consistently makes me chuckle. There were a few episodes that stuck out to me: “Jen the Fredo” and “Italian for Beginners” were both pretty hilarious. Just to hear Jen speak her form of Italian (which is her making English words sound Italian) is both wrong and funny simultaneously. However, I found the last episode really disappointing. I won’t give too much away, but the head of Reynholm Industries is on trial to defend his assets and wants Jen to help him with his case. Never a good idea.
The IT Crowd is a wonderful little show. The seasons are short (6 episodes) and the comedic timing is pretty impeccable. There are so many one-liners that I randomly like to quote from this show, however, I cannot come close to the way in which they are delivered by the actors. If you have time, I would highly recommend starting at series 1 and working your way through the seasons.
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