Learning to Laugh at Yourself?

This weekend we had the first two episodes of Channel 4’s new comedy series ‘The IT Crowd’. It has been available for download for the last week from the web, so I’d heard a couple of opinions of the show, however we waited until Friday to see the show.

The reviews I’d had from friends who had seen the show were pretty mixed, ranging from a ‘not bad’ to one person – who oddly enough works on an IT support desk – who thought it was absolutely dire. Having watched the first two episodes, I really enjoyed it, and Beth thought it was pretty good too. The writer of the show was also behind Father Ted, which I think gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect – as Beth said, it was pretty much Father Ted in an IT department. Thinking about it, you could almost describe it as a cross between Father Ted and a Dilbert cartoon!

Watching it, I suspect that the reason my support desk friend didn’t like it is that a number of the jokes are very much at the expense of support desks. For example right at the beginning of the first episode we have one of the support team ignoring a ringing phone, something that I guess most people who have to phone IT support think they have encountered – certainly there is one particular team at work who we are sure leave their phones off the hook at times! Watching it as someone who works in IT you definitely need the ability to laugh at yourself, for example the efforts to not have to speak to someone on the phone, even sending an e-mail to the fire brigade to report a fire, and the whole sequence where the two techies cause a good deal of stress in the stress reduction session.

Anyway, in our opinion the series certainly seemed to get off to a good start, and if you’re a fan of Father Ted, I’m sure you’ll find much to enjoy in the IT Crowd.

2 thoughts on “Learning to Laugh at Yourself?”

  1. I saw this for the first time last week and have to say, I won’t be watching it again.

    I thought it was poorly written, predictable, tired and sad. The laugh track was too loud and the ‘jokes’ (such as they were) were telegraphed so far in advance that it was offputting. It felt like it was written for 10 year olds.

    Given the massive amount of hype around this (and Hyperdrive for that matter which is also complete rubbish) I was expecting something much much better.

    I was disappointed, and I’m sure other people will be too.

    Give me Peep Show instead of this tosh any day! Still can’t understand why Channel 4 have decided to can it. Good on the Beeb for snapping up Mitchell and Webb…

  2. This does seem to be a show that produces pretty strong opinions, certainly there are a number of people I know who loathe it, and others like me who enjoy it. Just shows what a personal thing humour is sometimes.

    Having said that I totally agree over Hyperdrive – totally dire – I gave up before the end of the first episode.

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