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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 3, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. That the funniest straight-ahead sitcom of the American fall television season is a 2-year-old British import airing on a basic-cable network is because of a few things: a dearth of new American sitcoms, the availability of road-tested foreign product, and the ongoing expansion of the vast tracts of basic cable into the kind of programming that has traditionally defined broadcast television.
  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.
  4. Reviewed by: Aubry D'Arminio
    75
    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).
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    So far, so good, but while writer-director Graham Linehan (working with "The Office" producer Ash Atalla) has created a vivid trio of oddball characters, his ingenuity doesn't extend to finding consistently amusing situations in which to put them.
  6. The IT Crowd packages feeble stereotypes and then hits the send button.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    10
    I don't get the bad reviews, this is a great TV show that I enjoy all the time, the scenes are really funny and well thought out. I recommend anyone to watch this Expand
  2. MichaelZ
    Jul 27, 2009
    10
    First ep was avg. Only went uphill from there. By season 2 it has eclipsed all other comedy.
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    10
    This show is brilliant. A must see for anyone who has ever worked with computers and/or the corporate bureaucracy. The D&D episode is a favorite in my house. Expand
  4. JoshB
    Jun 6, 2009
    9
    Anyone who gave this show a negative review must be basing their opinion on a single episode. This show got much better halfway through the first season and the first episode of season two was one of the funniest half hours of comedy I've ever seen. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2011
    9
    As a Yank and a person who's watched the gamut of comedy from Chaplin, M*A*S*H, Taxi, Seinfeld, and Arrested Development, I can say this show is fricken hilarious. Yes character development is minimal but we're talking six shows a season people! Seinfeld didn't mesh until the end of its third season after more shows then the entire run of The IT Crowd. This is true situational comedy where the individual characters and the stereotypes expected of IT come together in ridiculous spoofs. Yes due to the minimal amount of shows when they get it wrong, it drags but when they get it right, it is laugh loud outrageous. Overall for the minimal amount of time they have worked together I would say they have done a wonderful job and created a little gem of a show. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    Humour: 8/10 Stories: 8/10 Characters: 9/10 = 8.33 (Excellent)
    Anyone who can process any knowledge of computers should watch this. Also
    meaning anyone living in the 21st century should watch this. Moss by far is the best character! Expand
  7. JoeJames
    Nov 24, 2008
    0
    Low brow comedy at its lowest, utter garbage.

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