Silicon Valley, a Mike Judge comedy, premieres on Sunday, April 6th at 10pm on HBO. The show takes a look at startup culture in Silicon Valley and has drawn comparisons to Office Space and Party Down from critics. The initial reviews have been very good. The first season will consist of eight episodes.
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In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, the show kicks off its eight-episode season this April.
Thomas Middleditch as Thomas
T. J. Miller as Erlich
Zach Woods as Jared Dunn
Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh
Martin Starr as Gilfoyle
Amanda Crew as Monica
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Even when you see a good joke coming, it’s often funnier than you expected. And Silicon Valley has countless moments in the first handful of episodes where sharp, satirical stabs at the holier-than-though, we’ve-inherited-the-world, POV of the real Silicon Valley are almost too close to the funny bone.
Mostly though, Silicon Valley has a strong cast that can pull off all kinds of comedy. It has tech lust – which so many of us swim in – for a starting point. And it has consistently funny writing. It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages. Now the channel will just need to find out if any of the people it will appeal to are subscribers.- Emily Nussbaum with a few thoughts on Silicon Valley in The New Yorker (bottom of the page)
After a string of half-hours seemingly designed for niche tastes that sporadically merit the label “comedy,” HBO has its most fully realized and potentially commercial player within that genre in some time thanks to “Silicon Valley.” Co-created by Mike Judge (with the dryness of “King of the Hill” and tone of “Office Space”), it’s a savvy look at the birthing pains of a tech startup, filled with unforced humor and a serialized plot, in which the sad-sack characters find themselves caught between feuding billionaires. Similar but superior to Amazon’s “Betas,” it’s inordinately user-friendly compared to many recent pay-cable offerings.- IndieWire: Why HBO's New Series 'Silicon Valley' Is Mike Judge's Funniest Comedy Since 'Office Space'
At its best, the show echoes not only Judge’s cult film “Office Space” but the late, great Starz sitcom about Los Angeles, “Party Down,” another portrait of a one-industry town spiked with self-hate.- Entertainment Weekly review:
The series, which has the potential to be HBO's most mainstream comedy in several years, presents a bitterly funny bubble in which insane amounts of money and coding talent have converged and all of the usual middlemen, sales types and public faces that used to be involved in this process have been left out. There's only Richard, trying valiantly not to die of a panic attack when negotiating for the future of his company and trying to hold onto his humanity -- and it's a process you're going to want to watch.
As in Office Space, the heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with. A-