Original IT Crowd finally comes to America - VIDEO
by Annie Wu, posted Aug 15th 2008 8:04AM
After years of reaching US audiences as only a series of forwarded video clips and teh internetz, the original Channel 4 British sitcom The IT Crowd is finally coming to American TV. The IFC Channel has picked up the series and will begin airing it September 29.
I had to make an extra point to specify that this is the UK IT Crowd and not the NBC remake starring original cast member Richard Ayoade and Joel McHale. No, no, that project is still dead. As much as I love Ayoade and McHale, I couldn't help but feel a little relieved that the show didn't take off. I'd rather get my fix from Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and The Soup than see them attempt to tip-toe through that dangerous territory of American remakes.
The show is pretty funny, but it's a bit of an acquired taste. I think it's fair to say that you certainly don't have to be a geek to enjoy this show about IT outsiders, but you'll get more laughs out of it if you are. There's a good mixture of humor coming from the struggles of feigning competence and being terribly socially awkward and the basics of a solid situation comedy.
Here's one of my favorite clips form The IT Crowd:
Other UK shows that will be having fun America soon include the hilarious and beautifully made Look Around You on Adult Swim and That Mitchell and Webb Look on BBC America.