In February 2006, the world was a very different place. Okay, so it wasn’t that different. We still had computers and they still needed to be fixed–enter The IT Crowd. The IT Crowd was a British comedy that gave audiences a small window into what it may be like at an IT help office. Or, just provided a glimpse into what it’s like trying to help your parents figure out their iPhone issues from across the country. I mean, have you actually tried turning it off and then on again? Cause that works most of the time!
The IT Crowd starred many familiar faces, including Chris O’Dowd as Roy Trenneman, Richard Ayoade as Maurice Moss, and Katherine Parkinson as Jen Barber. Roy liked to avoid any work while Moss was basically a genius with no street smarts. Jen joined the team despite not having the technical smarts and was appointed head of the department (because who needs any actual tech experience to solve tech problems). They worked for a nondescript British technology company where the small IT department was relegated to the basement and mostly considered to be “nerds” and “losers”.
What was pretty cool about the show were the “too real” moments we’ve all experienced trying to get technical help and the cultural jokes inserted into much of the technical dialog. If you actually understood what they were talking about, the show had a whole other layer of comedy.
Here’s a scene that is just a little too accurate:
Ten years later, The IT Crowd is possibly even more relevant and hilarious. Our dependence on technology has only grown and even more of our primary social interactions take place online. So if you haven’t had time to check out The IT Crowd over the last 10 years, give it a try. And if it doesn’t work the first time, try turning it off and then on again.
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