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|The IT Crowd The Complete Second Season|
Actors: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
Director: Graham Linehan
International Emmy Award Winner for Best Comedy — There are reasons the IT Department of Reynholm Industries is kept in the building s basement. In this second hilarious season of the award-winning hit, bitter slacker Roy (... more »
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Laughed so loud neighbors had to see why
Kewanda L. Lamon | Chicago | 06/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this show on IFC after watching another movie on that channel and being too lazy to turn just thought I would take a peek then turn if it wasn't interesting. Like the other reviewer, within minutes I was laughing so hard my neighbors came up to my unit asking what in the world was so funny as they could hear me through the ceiling. It was the episode where they were doing the geek calendar! The thing about british humor is that you eiter get it or you don't. I haven't laughed this hard since Ab Fab. I can't wait for my copy of season one arrives. I feel myself laughing already."
One of the funniest sitcoms about Nerds I've ever seen
J. Griswold | Massachusetts, USA | 06/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I caught an episode of this show one weekend on IFC not too long ago. I saw an ad for it shortly before it was on, and thought, "looks kind of lame" but I was lazy, and left it on. Within the first couple of minutes, I was laughing harder than I have at a sitcom in a long time, it was the episode where Roy tries to fit in with some "manly" men at a pub, and ends up their getaway driver on a robbery. I searched around online, to see if I could find more eps, and was pleasantly surprised to see it was offered on Amazon. Having seen the first series, I'm just shocked that the writers were able to cram as much hilarity into each episode as they do. Then as I looked into it, I discovered it was created by the guy who wrote Father Ted. That explains it all! :)
Can't wait for series 2 to be released."
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 09/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first season of the Britcom geekfest "The IT Crowd" was absolutely brilliant, technonerdy, and gutsplittingly funny. Guess what: the second season is actually better than the first -- it introduces a new insane boss to make life difficult for the IT department, and has them grappling with the difficulties of dinner parties, funerals, gay musicals ("It's a gay musical called 'Gay'... that's very gay") and assorted other problems.
Jen is annoyed when a possible date with the attractive Philip is turned into a "work outing" to a musical, and further annoyed when Roy pronounces Philip to be gay. Except the musical turns out to be a gay extravaganza, and Philip is well-acquainted with every gay person associated with it. In the meantime, Roy and Moss's efforts to find a bathroom without an attendant lead to a disastrous pair of mistaken identities.
Then when Denholm (or Reynholm, I'm not quite sure) walks out a high window, the IT department is threatened with doom at his disastrous funeral, and Roy becomes convinced that he's about to die. Then Roy becomes obsessed with watching a Korean zombie movie (with a twist!), while Moss's efforts to see new people ("We're stagnating, Roy! You're my wife!") have him signing up for a cookery course... except it's not really a course, but a personal ad run by a German cannibal.
Then when Jen has a dinner party for her friends and her new boyfriend's friends, she ends up having to invite Roy, Moss and Richmond... and her friends turn out to be a twittering nervous flake, a mummified model, and a drunken randy divorcee. Hijinks ensue. And when Jen complains about her bad bras, Moss creates the ultimate bra (which he calls the "Abracadabra") and plans to patent it... but as Jen finds out during a vital meeting, there are downsides to this bra! Finally, the new boss Dougkas makes Jen his new P.A., despite her reluctance to leave her nerdy friends -- but of course it's all a big clumsy attempt at seduction. With naked pictures and suggestive commercials.
Living bras, dead flies, really mean anti-piracy ads, German cannibals ("He WANTED to EAT YOU!"), the ultimate cell phone vibrate setting, handicapped bathrooms, gay musicals and a guy with the unfortunate name of "Peter File" (say it fast and out loud). "The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season" piles the increasingly bizarre sitcom problems on our already overburdened, underappreciated IT personnel, and it actually is funnier than the season that came before it.
Part of this is from the brilliant writing, which is riddled with surreal situations (Moss's bra bursts into flames... on Jen's body) and weird dialogue ("If two grown men can't make a pervert happy for a few minutes in order to watch a film about zombies, then maybe we should pack up and move to Iran!"). And while the IT department's social awkwardness is still the main theme, their problems have become even stranger with time (Jen finds that the smoker's area looks a lot like a downtrodden Communist country, complete with Eastern European accents).
The three main actors are still utterly brilliant -- Katherine Parkinson's Jen struggles to avoid Douglas' ridiculously blatant come-ons, and falls prey to an old addiction; Richard Ayoade's twitchy Moss remains socially inept and jerky, but turns out to have some brilliant scientific skills; and Chris O'Dowd's Roy remains a bored slob who ends in over his head more than once. And Noel Fielding has some fun with mellow goth Richmond, who finds an unlikely girlfriend, contemplates evil omens ("I trod on a piece of Lego"), and turns out to have Spiderman-like powers.
And Matt Berry joins the cast as the very dramatic Douglas Denholm ("SPEAK, PRIEST!"), whose main goal seems to be to have sex with Jen. He's as crazy and out-of-touch as his dad, but way more lecherous.
More potent in its surreal comedy and awkward hilarity, "The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season" is an absolute must-see for comedy fans."
More Play, Less Work
Richard Hine | 07/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The laughs continue in Season 2 of The IT Crowd, which spends most of its time putting the show's three central characters -- Roy, Moss and Jen -- into outrageous situations and pushing those situations to hilarious, politically incorrect extremes. The first episode of the season sets the stage as Roy and Moss join Jen and her allegedly straight date to a performance of "Gay - The Gay Musical." Midway through the show, Roy makes the mistake of using the handicapped person's toilet. As with every episode, the situation plays out in a brisk, satisfactorily resolved 23 or so minutes. Episode two sees the suicide of corporate malfeasant Denholm Reynholm and the introduction of his son Douglas (played by Matt Berry) as the new head of the company whose lecherous ways introduce an ongoing theme of workplace harassment. (The switch is a good one, shaking up the dynamic of a show before Denholm's manic corporate energy started to wear out its welcome on viewers.) Those easily offended should be warned that this series also finds humor in cannibalism, exploding bras and date rape drugs. But if you're looking for laughs, you'll find plenty of them in The IT Crowd, a geek-character-based show that only gets stronger in version 2.0."