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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 6, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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  • Summary: The Mike Judge comedy returns for its fifth season.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Silicon Valley
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 22, 2018
    80
    Every season of Silicon Valley isn’t just a new season of television. It’s more like a very smartly designed software upgrade. What does feel somewhat different is the show’s attempt to more directly confront issues of inclusion.
  2. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Mar 26, 2018
    80
    Erlich’s absence lets Richard’s emerging dark side become more of a central focus for the series. For years, Silicon Valley seemed almost afraid of having Richard succeed, throwing narrative roadblocks in his way to stop him from becoming an all-powerful CEO and to perhaps maintain dramatic tension. The blundering Erlich helped the series in that regard, but now Richard gets to be his own worst enemy. If Season 5’s first episode is any indication, Silicon Valley will be more exciting--and painfully realistic--this way.
  3. Reviewed by: Julia Selinger
    Mar 13, 2018
    75
    The series is still capable of extracting gut-busting comedy out of its characters' desperate striving for their piece of the pie.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 22, 2018
    67
    A lot of what’s happening in Season 5 feels like old hat.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 26, 2018
    60
    The side characters remain terrific--my favorite joke in the premiere may be Laurie’s utter bafflement at Monica complimenting her for the birth of her fourth child only hours earlier--and the show still has a gift for constructing comic set pieces like the black site-style office Richard tried to show the guys in the premiere’s opening. But the series was already reaching the point of diminishing returns last year, and appears to have arrived there now.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    It's still my favorite comedy tv-show of all time. Fifth season is as funny as previous seasons. Best.
  2. May 14, 2018
    10
    great season, T.J. Miller sealed his fate off camera, so Erlich Bachman is absent this season with a nice twist bringing back an old favorite.great season, T.J. Miller sealed his fate off camera, so Erlich Bachman is absent this season with a nice twist bringing back an old favorite. the season provides some good twists and some character growth that was much needed. As usual with these shows, there are trials and triumphs I enjoyed what the writers chose this season. I just wish there were more shows (not to reduce quality content and substitute in filler). Can't wait for next season! Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2018
    9
    Maybe not the most dramatic season, but possibly the funniest one. Loving every minute of it.
  4. May 16, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is not the show it used to be. The setup, cast and style of humor as **** almost always will hits the fan. But there is rarely any genuine laugh out loud moments anymore because it is all sort of done and dusted.

    But I really do enjoy the show and even if the bar is where it is now for the show, I will keep watcing as many episodes are churned out (tho i hope it ends with a season 7 finale; seems a good place to stop, right?). I will the show credit for innovating smartly on certain areas which may have lacked content going to take current political in and aorund silicon valley to spice things up.

    On the overall, there was nothing really memorable except this Five things in honor it being season 5:
    1) Richard 'Dick' Jenkins barfing, pooping and crashing throguh a glass wall as flight response to panic.
    2) Jared being insecure about his looks and getting plastic surgery
    3) Russ Hahnemann's return on a beach combing for a pendrive.
    4) Monice being official member of Team Pied Piper chases down the Richard's new assistant, who has broken and chipped away into nothing but Richard's assistant by Jared with a funny walk and hilarious threat.
    5) The Season finale conclusion which gets preceded ridiculous tripartite **** you over' between Hendricks, Belson and Breamhall & co.
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  5. Jun 19, 2018
    6
    While it longer feels fresh or hilarious, Season 5 of "Silicon Valley" progresses the plot sensibly while remaining interesting about itsWhile it longer feels fresh or hilarious, Season 5 of "Silicon Valley" progresses the plot sensibly while remaining interesting about its observations in the technology world. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2018
    4
    As a big fan of the first four seasons of Silicon Valley, I'm going to be scratching my head over what the heck happened in season 5. Season 5As a big fan of the first four seasons of Silicon Valley, I'm going to be scratching my head over what the heck happened in season 5. Season 5 of Silicon Valley is like season 4 of Community, or season 8 of The Office, and so on. But with those two shows, at least the abrupt drop in quality makes sense when you take into account behind-the-scenes stuff, like how Dan Harmon was fired from Community and when Steve Carrell left The Office, but I'm not sure what happened here, unless TJ Miller really brought as much to Silicon Valley as Carrell or Harmon brought to The Office and Community, which I highly doubt.

    Personally, I theorize that this season's abrupt dip in quality has something to do with the basic set up of the characters up until this point. Before, Richard and his posse are always at the bottom, with bigger companies all over the place kicking the crap out of them, while everything is just constantly going wrong for them at every corner, and everything they encounter threatens to end their company before they can even begin to fully realize their potential, and much of the humor is derived from how all of the characters react to their unfortunate circumstances, and the creative processes they all go through to combat each new obstacle they need to overcome. But now, they're successful. They've got a team of programmers and engineers, big investors, and nothing is as threatening to them as it was before, which means this has turned into more of a basic workplace comedy, and the humor of this show just doesn't gel with workplace antics.

    At least, that's what I think went wrong here for now. There could be other behind the scenes stuff I don't yet know about that explains why the writing seems to have dropped off so dramatically, but there's just no way of telling, yet.
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  7. Apr 30, 2018
    0
    I really tried to like it, but it looks like along with TJ Miller, they also lost all the good ideas. New season is so boring, they can'tI really tried to like it, but it looks like along with TJ Miller, they also lost all the good ideas. New season is so boring, they can't succeed since then the show ends, so they do this weird circlejerk thing which was fine until a point, but now theres no room left. Most of the "supposed to be funny" situations are just unfunny and sad. Like they are trying too hard now and failing. Like the 9th season of scrubs and the office. Expand

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