The IT Crowd

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Geeks rule in silly British sitcom about corporate culture.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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

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.

Sex

No nudity or sex, but plenty of sexual references. Many of the plotlines revolve around dating, romance, and sex.

Language

"S--t" occasionally.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 10 year old Written byNadia S. September 11, 2016

Simpsons meets Big Bang 10 years ago...and British

This show is hilarious, started watching it by myself and eventually (a few episodes in) shared it with my kids 9 and 10 (both girls). There is some language (b... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 7, 13, and 15 year old Written byAleksei Krushnic March 30, 2011
I absolutely love this show, its hilarious. I don't let my two youngest (Dawn and Liev, ages 3 and 7 respectively) watch it however.
Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2015

Hilarious comedy is mostly fine but some bits are inappropriate

This hilarious comedy has a very good first season, but many inappropriate things happen. There is some strong language and they talk about periods. There is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFamilyTrek October 12, 2013

Some Strong Language and Some Strong Sex Refrences and Slapstick Violence.

The first series is fine, contains one use of f**k , mild sex references and slapstick violence. 11+. Series 2: One use of strong language, occasional slapstick... Continue reading

What's the story?

The top executives at Reynholm Industries have bright, spacious offices with amazing views of London; the three-person technical support team works from a dingy, cluttered basement warren. And that really explains the social divide between THE IT CROWD and the people they both help and mock. Maurice (Richard Ayoade) is the standard nerd, a wizard with machines and few social skills. His colleague, Roy (Chris O'Dowd), is equally geeky, while Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is a bit out of place as a non-techie who's bluffed her way into a job managing the IT department. That makes her the conduit between the geeks and the non-geeks, responsible for supervising the barely controlled chaos of the tech team and serving as translator for people who rarely seem to speak the same language.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Why do so many TV shows and films portray people who work with computers as having poor social skills? Do you think that's accurate? Do you think it’s acceptable to make fun of “geeks”? Why or why not? Do you think the British geek cliches are any different from the standard-issue techies seen on U.S. shows?

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