September 30, 2009

Justify My Netflix: The IT Crowd, Season 3

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

The IT Crowd, season 3

Today's DVD: the IT Crowd, Season 3, 2008 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because it's the latest British sitcom by absurdist master Graham Linehan, whose '90s series Father Ted I'm a big fan of too, this time looking at the adventures of the dysfunctional nerds running the computer services department at a faceless London corporation.

The reality: Bwah-hah-hah-hah! To tell you the truth, I was already a fan of this show's first two seasons, which at six episodes apiece is just enough zany funny without wearing out its welcome; but in its third season, The IT Crowd really finds its hilarious stride, dropping many of the clunkier style of jokes that plagued his earlier show Father Ted and now developing a comic timing nearly perfect for the type of humor it uses. You don't nearly need to be a computer nerd yourself in order to enjoy this show, although of course it immensely helps; instead, you merely need to be a fan of sharp-witted, quickly paced brainy/absurdist British humor, and also be willing to go along with what sometimes turn into some ridiculously far-fetched situations. It gets a big, big recommendation from me today.

Strangest piece of trivia: Both an American and a German version of the show has been tried over the last several years; both tanked in their local countries, because of the poor translation of the unique British humor on display.

Worth your time? Yes yes yes yes yes

P.S. Once again, The IT Crowd turns out to be a British show with a ton of clips at YouTube, each and every one of which has had their embedding capabilities turned off by the production company in question. I can't even begin to tell you how f-cking frustrating this is, when all I wanted to do was include an example of how hilarious the show is, and maybe God forbid convince a few more people to actually buy the DVD. Dear British television production companies -- please stop doing this.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 5:18 PM, September 30, 2009. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |