The IT Crowd

Common Sense Media says

Geeks rule in silly British sitcom about corporate culture.

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What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Richard Ayoade
Network:IFC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 3, 7, 13, and 15 year old Written byAleksei Krushnic March 30, 2011
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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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old September 14, 2010
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Geekastic Comedy, for anyone over 12.

Although some people dont like/get it, i think its bare funny, not that bad for alot of things though, i mean it may swear but you dont really pay attention to it, cause they dont say it offensivly to people, if you understand it like me, its bare funny.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooklover27 January 21, 2012
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12
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Fabulous Show!

I watched every season with my brother (16) and we are hoping for another season to come out! it is a hilarious show and perfect for lovers of English humor!

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