A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is based on a stereotypical portrayal of computer experts as socially inept geeks who understand machines but not people. Some of the top executives at the fictional company are also quite sexist, and sexual harassment seems to be common at the office.
Violence & Scariness
Some occasional cartoony violence; for example, in one episode, the boss wears special pants that shock him when he starts to get aroused to combat his sexual harassment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or sex, but plenty of sexual references. Many of the plotlines revolve around dating, romance, and sex.
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Products & Purchases
Some references to well-known pop culture touchstones, such as the video game Guitar Hero.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some references to drinking and controlled substances like the date-rape drug Rohypnol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British sitcom trades heavily on stereotypes, focusing on the tech department of a generic corporation. The top executives are womanizing lechers, the tech workers are socially inept geeks, and the comedy comes from watching these two incompatible tribes try to communicate. There's some drinking and language and plenty of sexual references, so it's probably not appropriate for kids and tweens -- and it may give older teens a distorted view of the corporate world.
Is It Any Good?
Misunderstanding and condescension are the heart of The IT Crowd, and though the show manages tto mock everyone almost equally, the series is clearly on the side of the techies. The executives come off as incompetent, sexist idiots, while the lads in the basement seem like fun-loving savants who can repair almost anything but can't land a date. Both groups look down on each other's very obvious flaws.
It's fertile ground for comedy, and some of the situations are quite funny, though other conflicts are somewhat predictable and the focus on stereotypical geeks might seem offensive to some people. And don't expect all the jokes to be about computers; many are about sex and the lengths to which people will go while pursuing a romantic connection. Not surprisingly, few of those efforts succeed, giving the characters more fodder for their entertaining tales of social ineptitude.
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