This story of two computer I.T. guys and their computer illiterate boss is overly obvious and plays on stereotypes in an over-the-top way that may have been au courant in the '80s but feels woefully dated today.
If The IT Crowd could be said to have a theme, it’s in the irony of a department born of technological advancement being the nexus of human folly. But make no mistake, this is not one of those shaky-camera, shame-spiral mocktaculars, like The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm.
It’s old-school silly, filmed — defiantly, in these laugh-track-less days — in front of a studio audience, rich with sublimely broad performances, appreciative of the well-timed one-liner and the pratfall, in love with jokes of camera placement and confident in the healing power of a running gag. On The IT Crowd, nobody’s cool, but you’ll love everyone.
IT Crowd, Season 1 available for $5 from iTunes.