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The IT Crowd

16:17 Fri 18th Jun 2010 |


The IT Crowd is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning British sitcom. Set in the London offices of the fictional corporation Reynholm Industries, the show revolves around the three staff members of its I.T. (information technology) department - the two technicians named Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O'Dowd), and their manager Jen (Katherine Parkinson).

The show has been a huge hit and is now into its fourth series. Viewers are pleased by the visual jokes and well written scripts. Often audiences are able to empathise with the downtrodden cast members who are stuck at the bottom of their large London Company and the building in which it is housed.

The three main characters are fairly well defined early on; Roy is a laid back technician and is often shown to go to great lengths to avoid actually having to perform his duties. Moss is highly intelligent with lack of social skills a "standard nerd" who struggles to communicate with anything that doesn't have a keyboard. Jen is the head of IT at the company despite having no knowledge of IT at all; however, she finds her niche by working as the Relationship Manager between IT and the rest of the company.

The show is the third successful sitcom creation of Graham Linehan, following Black Books, co-written with Dylan Moran, and Father Ted, co-written with Arthur Mathews. The show tries to add a large number of references to geek culture and professionalism, mostly in set dressing and props. Dialogue (both technical and cultural) is usually authentic and any technobabble used often contains in-jokes for viewers knowledgeable in such subjects.

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