The IT Crowd (UK) : Season 1

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User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 131

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  1. JackH.
    Oct 7, 2008
    1
    I had high hopes for this as it was from one of the writers of Father Ted but with the dire acting, dreadful sets and just plain embarrassing scripts this is just awful. I guess Arthur Matthews must be the funny one... I couldn't believe this got a second season let alone a third, they must have secrets on someone at Channel 4.
  2. JM
    Jun 23, 2009
    3
    It is certainly the case that anyone who would presume that an American reviewer is incompetent by virtue of their nationality is a sub moronic bigot. This show is mediocre. The characters are weak when compared to those in a show like the office or even The Mighty Boosh and the comedy is overt and amateur, Mad TV style comedy. The assertion that the negative reviews indicate some lack of It is certainly the case that anyone who would presume that an American reviewer is incompetent by virtue of their nationality is a sub moronic bigot. This show is mediocre. The characters are weak when compared to those in a show like the office or even The Mighty Boosh and the comedy is overt and amateur, Mad TV style comedy. The assertion that the negative reviews indicate some lack of understanding of what goes on in IT is absurd. The show's comedy is not subtle and it is far from cleaver or insightful. I would say that the quality of the reviews apportioning this show a rating of 10 speak the loudest about the target audience of this show. Expand
  3. JoeJames
    Nov 24, 2008
    0
    Low brow comedy at its lowest, utter garbage.
  4. fp
    Jun 23, 2009
    0
    Have you ever heard of the American sitcom Arrested Development? That was well crafted character driven comedy. This is utter garbage. Not even Noel Fielding's character was up to par.
  5. Oct 11, 2010
    2
    This show has a good 2 funny jokes in every 20 minutes.

    After one show I had hoped this would be so bad that it would eventually get funny but they didn't even achieve that. Awful wanne-be Monty Python jokes and there's not much original after the first two episodes.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    1
    Watching IT Crowd one gets reminded about the British Tv-show 'Extras'; one of the main plots in Extras is that BBC, takes promising scripts and ruins them... In an effort to make broad comedy with catchphrases, silly wigs, haircuts, clothes and glasses, shallow stereotypes, obvious laugh track and bad acting.

    IT Crowd has a promising script, with cleverly written pop-culture jokes and
    Watching IT Crowd one gets reminded about the British Tv-show 'Extras'; one of the main plots in Extras is that BBC, takes promising scripts and ruins them... In an effort to make broad comedy with catchphrases, silly wigs, haircuts, clothes and glasses, shallow stereotypes, obvious laugh track and bad acting.

    IT Crowd has a promising script, with cleverly written pop-culture jokes and ref.; but both jokes and script sadly goes to waste because BBC receives Gov. funds... and don't have to make good comedy. Long gone are the days when British television actually was at the front in Comedy on television... and today we have to be happy when/if occasionally we get to see a good British comedy Tv-series... But the IT Crowd is sadly not one of those occasions.
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Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. This funny U.K. import's premiere introduces snobbish techie Moss (Richard Ayoade), his luckless-in-love buddy Roy (Chris O'Dowd), and their pretty but computer-illiterate new boss Jen (Katherine Parkinson).
  2. There is a universality to "IT" that makes at least some of it instantly relatable. Ayoade, O'Dowd and Parkinson are terrific as employees who want only to keep their jobs but not let them interfere with their personal lives.
  3. 80
    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.