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‘The IT Crowd’ coming to NBC

December 4, 2006

I rarely get a chance to watch television from outside the country, but I took a chance on DVDs of this highly-recommended British show called “The Office,” starring Ricky Gervais as the quirky office manager David Brent.

Shot from The IT CrowdEver hear of it? That one worked out well.

Then the people at Boing Boing clued me in to a Channel 4 series called The IT Crowd,” about a pair of male IT “professionals” and their new female “relationship manager” who dreads being placed in her new assignment. I had to find the episodes on BitTorrent or YouTube, but they were worth the trouble.

Here’s a better description of the show, from Boing Boing:

Creator Graham Linehan has produced a cast of characters who exemplify everything I loved about Father Ted: complete, over-the-top silliness, likable villainy, and great comic foolishness. The setup for the show is as silly as Father Ted’s: two IT geeks in the basement of a large, abusive corporation get a new boss, a woman who lied about her IT experience on her resume.

What follows isn’t funny because of its intricate plotting, but because of its willingness to lard absurdity on absurdity, so that each episode gets progressively weirder as it progresses (for example, in episode two, there’s a screamingly funny running gag about a fire that’s broken out in the basement, which has to be hidden from the abusive CEO when he comes down to check on everyone’s morale).

The show is one of the funniest workplace comedies I’ve seen — better than the short-lived Fred Savage vehicle “Working” or Dave Foley’s “NewsRadio.” Though, it might be tied with the recently-canceled “Dilbert” cartoon series for hilarity.

Here’s a clip of the show’s pilot episode on YouTube:

TV Squad has more, noting that NBC has started to develop the show for an American debut:

Finally, the Channel 4 series The IT Crowd is being re-developed by writer and executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port (Just Shoot Me, Mad About You); and Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (Son of the Beach, Dilbert).

Boing Boing updated their post with comments from series creator:

Creator Graham Linehan disputes the names mentioned above: “I have been given some measure of creative control and have yet to make a decision about who’s going to do it.”

I can’t wait. If this can be ported over to U.S. television as well as The Office was, I’ll be very excited. It’ll be something to watch between episodes of Prison Break and 24.

Though, not all British shows have made successful transfers. Remember Coupling?

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