Notable Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Christopher Morris
Review: Good British TV bests good US TV any day I’m convinced after becoming crack level addicted to “The IT Crowd.” Sitting on my Netflix Recommendations since I first got my ratings input, I was always too busy for a proper go at the series. But with Edgar Wright’s “Spaced” in the books, my UK obsession had to continue. And now I’m even more hooked. I don’t say this very often, but “The IT Crowd” was flawless. Every episode was raucously hilarious, even the first where it’s just some nerds dredging around the basement of a successful British company. Reynholm Industries, run by Denholm Reynholm (Morris), buries their IT department far below the action in the dreary surroundings of Reynholm’s underworkings. Roy (O’Dowd) and Maurice Moss (Ayoade) work as a dynamic techie duo, avoiding actual work at all costs and angrily complaining about the technology illiterate. Jen (Parkinson) on the other hand has just been hired for a managerial positing at Reynhold Industries, and lies about her computer knowledge to secure running the IT department. Roy and Moss test Jen and uncover her secret, but grow as a friendly team who support each other’s comical qualities. Also present are Richmond (Fielding), the goth who works in a secluded room and only emerges momentarily, and Denholm’s equally power-hungry son Douglas (Berry). Now the common misconception here is “The IT Crowd” never surfaces from the basement, and viewers will be barraged with jokes about comic books, thick rimmed glasses, and computer pro lingo. False. Yes, Roy and Moss could be expert Geek Squad agents, but the comedy centers around their awkward personalities meshing into “normal” society. Be it Roy’s love life or Moss’ living situation, the comedy is not confined to a stuffy basement. Cast chemistry also plays a tremendous part of “The IT Crowd,” working together like old pals. Chris O’Dowd has a firm grasp on all types of comedy be it physical, geek, witty, or slapstick. He has the most picturesque reactionary faces, among the likes of Will Forte, generating huge laughs without even muttering a line. Ayoade on the other hand perpetuates Moss’ quirky tendencies to an unimaginable level, cementing Maurice as a memorable character which Ayoade gets lost in. Parkinson wins over with sweet innocent charm and blatant lack of skills, in a cutesy ditzy kind of way. But best of all is Matt Berry as Denholm’s son, one of my all time favorite TV characters as of now. Every line out of his mouth matched the last in quality, and Berry’s operatic voice emphasised such a strong delivery that only made the dimwitted Douglas’ un-educated ramblings that much more unjustifiably powerful. Mr. Berry caused tears at some points as I indulged in non-stop laughter, only strengthening a show already in the highest echelons of TV with his surprise introduction. Christopher Morris does a bang-up job as Denholm himself, thinking back to the drunken appreciation party, but Matt Berry blows him out of the water in the Reynholm family. I do wish Fielding had a more frequent presence on the show though, as his representation of the gothic community was relentlessly on par. Bloody hell, “The IT Crowd” is brilliant stuff all around only a wanker would avoid it. Please watch this show at all costs, and don’t judge by the surface themes. Wonderfully well written and full of charismatic characters, Linehan’s comedy is one for the ages. Boy I was sad to see it end. “The IT Crowd” gets a full recommendation from this guy, loving every single winning minute.
Netflix Rating: 5/5