I just finished marathoning two of the geekiest shows I have ever seen, and I enjoyed every minute of it. For those of you who think The Big Bang Theory is the ultimate in sitcom nerdery, you need to level up. It’s time to put away your 12-sided die and pick up your 20-sided die.
First up – The IT Crowd. In this case, IT stands for “Information Technology”, not the “it factor”. (And yes, I knew what IT stood for without having to look it up, thank you very much!) It’s a British comedy, as if I watch anything else. Roy (played by Chris O’Dowd, who you might recognize as the cop in Bridesmaids) and Moss are the tech support geeks, and Jen is their Relationship Manager. In other words, she protects them from angry end-users.
Here is a clip so you can get an idea of what it’s all about:
As an end-user who tries not to be one of THOSE people, I laughed really hard at this show. I’ll admit right now, I have called IT and had it turn out that I didn’t have the thing plugged in. Maybe more than once. How embarrassing!
You don’t have to know anything about computers to find the show funny, but it helps. Don’t worry, they don’t spend all their time in the office. Sometimes they go out for a drink, or go to see a play about gays called Gay, or get stuck in Namco machines.
I’ll admit it right now. I know that everyone has a huge crush on Chris O’Dowd, and I do find him adorable. (Though sometimes all I can see is how close together his eyes are and how chubby his cheeks are, and he starts to look demented.) I have to be different and get a crush on Moss. He’s so silly and sweet and innocent! I can’t help myself. Those of you who know me are probably not surprised.
Every episode is currently available on Netflix. I powered through it pretty quickly and then I was sad because it was over. That’s probably the highest recommendation for watching something that I can give.
As soon as I was done watching The IT Crowd, I felt rudderless, adrift on an endless sea. Wherever would I go? Whatever would I do? Then I remembered that The Guild is also currently streaming on Netflix!
You might have heard of The Guild, but if not, I’ll clue you in. This show stars (and is written by) Felicia Day. You might remember her as Penny from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Felicia stars as Codex, a gamer in the Knights of Good Guild.
Yes, the show is about gamers who play in some kind of WoW type role playing game. However, you don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate the show. I can tell you right now that I have not played a lot of video games. I have zero to nil hand-eye coordination and get very frustrated. I have watched other people play games, but I don’t know much about it. As far as role-playing games go, I was a D&D Dungeon Master in the 1980’s. That was back when we used graph paper to make the maps. (NERD ALERT)
Even though I don’t like video games, and don’t understand how to play them, I laughed a lot while watching this show. I think that anyone who has an “internet family” will understand what’s going on. For those of us who spend most of our social time online, it hits home pretty hard. Everyone in The Guild is supremely dysfunctional. I think that Clara, the negligent mom, takes the cake. I am truly horrified at some of the things Clara does, but I still laugh at it anyway.
If this clip doesn’t intrigue you, then I give up. No one can resist Felicia Day – I don’t care if you’re a man, woman or halfling.