The IT Crowd. Image shows from L to R: Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Roy (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: TalkbackThames
The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2006 - 2013
  • 25 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom set in a computer support department. The staff are IT geeks Roy and Moss, and their boss Jen, who knows nothing about computers. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Chris Morris, Matt Berry and Noel Fielding

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 336

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British comedy's US disasters

As media continues to become more globally inclusive (largely thanks to the rise of streaming services) the idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is gradually becoming more of an outdated concept. But in the past, American TV producers have repeatedly tried and failed to remake many beloved British sitcoms with terrible consequences.

Jazzy Janey, The Comedy Blog, 2nd September 2023

The reality of remaking UK sitcoms

The CBS version of the BBC comedy Ghosts is one of the biggest shows on American TV. But US remakes more often than not go south. Armando Iannucci and other creators share their horror stories.

Daniel Dylan Wray, The Guardian, 13th May 2023

Chris O'Dowd on the axed IT Crowd episode, midlife crises and The Big Door Prize

"I couldn't give a toss if I'm honest, if it's really offending people, you know, then absolutely, why not? But in terms of the rest of it, I don't know, I think it's up to people to make up their own minds."

Ellie Harrison, The Independent, 1st April 2023

The IT Crowd is still peak workplace comedy television

The IT Crowd is now streaming on Netflix, starring Chris O'Dowd and Richard Ayoade, and it's still one of the best workplace comedies on television.

Dana Da Silva, CBR, 13th November 2022

Chris O'Dowd on The IT Crowd and evolution of TV

"I love all the memes and the stuff, every time Facebook goes down and suddenly there are memes about Roy going around again. It was fun making that show, so it feels nice that's still circulating in the maelstrom."

Mel Evans, Metro, 14th November 2021

The last laugh: is the television sitcom really dead?

From Friends to The Thick Of It, the TV sitcom has evolved - but it's no longer in rude health. Enter offbeat shows like Stath Lets Flats, bringing joy and potential redemption.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 26th October 2021

Matt Berry comments on transphobic IT Crowd episode

In an interview with Vulture, Berry denounced the episode: "I don't condone anything that that comedy portrayed, you know? I don't share any views that the writer has."

Sam Moore, The Independent, 25th October 2021

The attempted suicide of Partridge & other characters

A look at sitcom characters and suicide, or attempted suicide. Includes talk about Neil in The Young Ones, Denholm Reynholm in The IT Crowd, and a Toblerone-addicted Alan Partridge's barefoot drive to Dundee.

David E. J. A. Bennett, Capers Magazine, 25th May 2021

IT Crowd: the controversial episode that killed series

While some fans look back fondly on the show's best episodes, the ugly transphobia at the heart of "The Speech" has tainted its legacy in the eyes of many.

Emily Clute, Screen Rant, 19th April 2021

Linehan won't work with C4 unless they show IT Crowd ep

Graham Linehan says that he won't work with Channel 4 again until they "reinstate" a transphobic episode of The IT Crowd. The Irish writer, who also created Father Ted and Black Books, wrote the season three episode "The Speech", which is currently unable to stream on Channel 4's website.

Isobel Lewis, The Independent, 9th October 2020

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