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Original IT Crowd finally comes to America - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 15th 2008 8:04AM
The IT Crowd
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.

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Love the IT Crowd, happy more American audiences will be able to see it. I'd also definitely be interested in seeing the NBC pilot.

BTW, Mighty Boosh is some of the worst TV I've seen, EVER.

August 17 2008 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm really glad to hear this news - I've been wanting to see The IT Crowd for a while. Great choice of network too, since IFC is commercial-free and doesn't censor.

Loved Look Around You on BBCA, looking forward to seeing it again. I've been enjoying That Mitchell and Webb Look as well.

Let me second Brainfish's recommendation - if you haven't seen it already, you've gotta check out The Mighty Boosh.

August 17 2008 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You may also want to check out The Mighty Boosh. Possibly the funniest, most bizzare mindwarping TV show ever made! If you like Garth Marenghi, you'll love The Boosh! It shares cast members with both GM and the IT Crowd. It may take a few eps to get in to but once it clicks you just cant stop lol.

As for Look Around You, I wonder how that will do in the US as it's a parody on educational "school" TV from the 70's & 80's

August 15 2008 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was the NBC pilot ever leaked? I know it's more than likely really bad but I would still love to see it.

August 15 2008 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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