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The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season

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A movie directed by Graham Linehan

In the cluttered basement of a corporate skyscraper dwells the IT department of Reynholm Industries, composed of three misfits: Slacker Roy (Chris O'Dowd), technogeek Moss (Richard Ayoade), and Jen (Katherine Parker), an ambitious but incompetent executive … see full wiki

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Director: Graham Linehan
1 review about The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season

Two Great Episodes, then Four Jump The Shark

  • Jul 12, 2009
Season Two, first two episodes, funny. Then, oh it turned badly wrong, to not funny.

The back story is a woman, two guys, and a recluse long haired goth guy; are the IT (Information Techology) department for an office. The hilarity just doesn't stop since these four have little to do for work.

This series is The Big Bang Theory, only stupid with the lead girl that is dowdy instead of hot like Kaley Cuoco (Penny); the British Office, goes to the US, then goes back to Britain, and trades in Jim for an Irish bafoon, Dwight turns gay, and Pam gets smart but dowdy British; and then blend every other British comedy into one and make the jokes not terribly funny.

Yes the first two episodes in this season were funny - the set ups were decent, the jokes were reasonably funny, the chemistry between the characters kind of worked. The Gay play was situation comedy funny, but so darn British. The two guys could not go to the bathroom in front of the bathroom guy. So one goes off the disabled bathroom and gets caught. The other goes to the Staff bathroom and gets caught. Well the laughs just don't stop, when one fakes being handicapped and the other ends up tending bar - because they were too embarassed to tell the truth.

This show totally jumped the shark with the third episode, Moss and the German. The joke was Moss, the really super geeky almost gay guy decides to take up a 'cookery' class. Instead the German guy is a cannibal and wants to eat him. The part that is just so horrible about this 'joke' is how close to reality the darn thing was. There was a cannibal in England that did eat his boyfriend and a year after this was aired was found guilty and imprisoned for the horrible deed. Sorry, the show turning that into a joke just can never be funny under any circumstances.

The fourth episode ends with Jen almost flying off with a guy. He gets paged at the airport and stands up yelling 'I am Peter File.' Jen stands up and says, 'he said his name is Peter File, not pedofile.' The next scene, she's calling a taxi at the airport. Split a gut funny.

The remaining espisodes really did just get tiresome. I had to buy into the British politeness too much. The belief that these four actually know anything about computers. And the heavily forced laugh track.

One DVD, complete season two, 6 episodes, 2 hours and 15 minutes, very very long. The episodes were made for television so there are periodic black sections to allow commercials to be played. It seems much older than it really is, aired in 2007, filmed in 2006 - the tech is really old and seems dated.

Watch Coupling, watch As Time Goes By, watch The Vicar of Dibley, watch Monty Python, watch the British Office - but just avoid this thing until you've exhausted all your British comedies.

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