The IT Crowd Series 1 - 3
The IT Crowd is easily one of the funniest
comedy series on television thanks to producer Ash Atalla (The Office)
and writer/director Graham Linehan (Father Ted) who give us an almost
real-world snapshot into the world of IT support. Based in the fictional
company of Reynholm Industries, the "IT crowd" are hidden away in the
basement as they get involved in all sorts of hi-jinx. It's uncanny how
realistic these IT crew actually are.
The characters of the IT Crowd include IT
slacker Roy (Chris O'Dowd), the socially challenged Moss (Richard Ayoade)
and computer illiterate Jen (Katherine Parkinson), their "Boss" who
mimic almost every IT nerd/geek stereotype cliché from around the world.
Joining the IT crowd are some wonderful supporting cast members that
include Noel Fielding as the depressed and gloomy Richard and Chris
Morris as Matt, their bosses in the world of Reynholm Industries. These
are the stars of the IT Crowd and help turn this comedy series into a
piece of comical Champaign of a high calibre.
With that said, this box set contains all
18 episodes from the first three seasons. But without the brains of
Graham Linehan behind this series, it would probably have fallen flat on
its face. The humour of Linehan quite witty and entertaining at the same
time and some of the one-liners that he gets his characters to say will
put a big fat smile on your face. The majority of humour is all innuendo
as opposed to slapstick and he really gets inside the characters
There are some classic episodes such as
Aunt Irma Visits which revolves around Jen's period (named Aunt Irma
by Jen) that causes a chain reaction across the global IT support world.
Or even stranger, the episode entitled Men Without Women where Douglas
attempts to bed Jen by seeking out an Irish sorcerer with Roy and Moss
rescuing her from the octopus.
Apart from the witty storylines, the IT
Crowd has some truly standout performance from all the actors involved
and the relationship between them translates well to the screen and will
have you in stiches through every episode. And don't get me started on
the Calendar Boys episode where Roy makes a geek calendar. Uh-oh! Having
seeing all this on TV before, I still thoroughly enjoyed this box set
and I'll definitely be coming back to it again.
To compliment the 18
episodes, there are some hilarious outtakes and deleted scenes that add
to the laughs with some interesting commentry by Graham that goes into
the minds of his characters. On DVD, the video and audio quality is very
impressive for a TV made series and the BBC continue to raise the bar on
quality. All in all, the IT Crowd Series 1 - 3 is a must have box set if
you enjoyed the TV series or want to know what all the fuss is about
It's not just quirky
comedy but comedy that can be enjoyed by all!
SERIES 1 - Deleted Scenes - Out-takes -
Kencorder/Behind the Scenes package -Hello, Friend (short film) - 2x
SERIES 2 - Outakes - Audio Comm -
Recording of the IT crowd
SERIES 3 - Audio Commentary - Interview
with Graham - Title sequence animatic -2x Deleted Scenes 'Look,
after yourself and 'Roy's Sex Life'. - Cracking the IT crowd - Set
Tour - Out-takes