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The IT Crowd - Series 1 [DVD] [2006]

Richard Ayoade , Christopher Morris    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Ayoade, Christopher Morris, Chris O'Dowd, Graham Linehan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Video Collection Int. Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1OYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Collected first season of the 2006 Rose D' Or winner for best sitcom. Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is the newly hired 'relationship manager' of the dingy basement-based IT department of the conversely immaculate Reynholm Industries. Her underlings, Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), quickly realize she is somewhat lacking in the techno-smarts claimed on her CV. Finally, after years of being looked down on by everyone in the building, the nerdy pair have their own object of contempt. The episodes are: 'Yesterday's Jam', 'Calamity Jen', '50-50', 'The Red Door', 'The Haunting of Bill Crouse' and 'Aunt Irma Visits'.

Synopsis

From the creators of Father Ted and The Office comes this, the first series of The IT Crowd, the popular British sitcom that’s taking the country by storm. Roy and Moss toil in the squalid basement of a huge company, fielding IT help-desk calls. Roy has a lousy attitude coupled with an eye for the ladies, while Moss is dressed by his mother and has an aerosol can of water clipped to his belt with which to spray his ear when it gets hot. Into their life of `users`, pizza, science fiction and firewalls comes middle manager Jen, a punky can-do career gal who doesn`t know one end of laptop from the other.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you tried turning it off and on again? 18 Mar 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Take two hopeless I.T. nerds (one a slob and one a bespectacled social misfit), and add one pathologically lying people expert.

That's the setup for "The IT Crowd," a fun little workplace sitcom that sits on the other end of the comedy spectrum from "The Office" -- in particular, hardcore farce. The first season is six episodes of pure weirdness and mild surreality, mostly focusing on desk rabbits, corporate goths, disastrous dates, too-small shoes, Aunt Irma and the occasional desk fire.

As the story begins, Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is hired by the deranged CEO Dernholm, whom she has told that she knows plenty about computers. Unfortunately, he doesn't plan to have her working on the levels that are full of "lots of sexy people, not doing much work, and having affairs."

So he sends her down to the I.T. department, a filthy basement occupied only with "standard nerds" -- an embittered slob named Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and socially oblivious Moss (Richard Ayoade). Despite the fact that they keep the company from imploding, nobody appreciates them ("Have you tried turning it off and on again?"). Initially the guys loathe Jen and vice versa, but gradually they start to appreciate one another.

But that doesn't stop the weird plots that ensue, obviously: Roy disrupts an anti-stress seminar while Jen grapples with foot-deforming shoes (think reverse childbirth). The arrival of Jen's "Aunt Irma" causes the geeks to have PMS. A disastrous date causes Roy to try to prove that women love jerks, and Jen's crush on a security guard goes horribly awry when he uses her as his lifeline on "Do You Want To Be A Millionaire?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 6 Mar 2007
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This excellent series written by Graham Lineham (who wrote Father Ted) is four and a half stars for me. The main characters are a mixture of the worst that you see with IT people. Roy is a slob and Moss is geek. Worst of all they don't like dealing with IT problems! They have a tape recorder which they run to answer the phone. It says things like "Have you tried turning it off and on?" They work in the basement in a world of their own and usually upset any staff who come down to visit them. Moss in particular seems to have no understanding of reality at all and behaves very oddly at times, which is very funny.

Their new boss Jen knows nothing about IT and has been given the job of Manager of IT by the Managing Director, because she lied on her CV. The Managing Director is played by Chris Morris and he is the best thing about the show. Truly this man is one of the great unsung heros of British comedy. Remember The Day Today, with the Jeremy Paxman like front man - thats him. Whenever he is in a scene he steals the show from everybody else.

The show as a whole is well worth getting on DVD. It certainly holds up to repeated viewings and the extras include some deleted scenes, out-takes, a look behind the scenes, as well as audio commentaries.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chairman WOW! 10 Nov 2006
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched the first episode and thought this was okay but nothing special but with enough good moments to continue watching it.

I ended up loving it!

I've enjoyed Chris Morris' previous work (Particularly "On the Hour" and "Brass Eye") but I felt he was selling himself short in this... initially.

But it gave Chris Morris a new platform to do something new, he obviously loves his role and you can't imagine anyone else playing it.

The Noel Fielding episodes were a personal highlight as I am a big Boosh fan, and Noel is one of the best comedy performers we've had for a long time.

This will go down as a cult classic series. Any weak points are more than compensated for by some fantastic 'Moss Moments' (everyone loves Moss - how could you not?!!!) The building of a 'will-they-won't-they?' thing between Roy and Jen will give series two an extra edge.

The DVD is very funky with a ZX Spectrum style loading screen at the start, and an Episode Selection menu looking and sounding like Spectrum classics such as Sweevo's World and Rentakill Rita.

Graham - I salute you, I can watch this over and over!

Watch this and enjoy!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 21 April 2006
Format:DVD
I have watched the entire 6 part series twice already this week!

Graham Linehan has captured the IT department so cleverly and accurately.

Richard Ayoade has been perfectly cast as Moss the department Nerd.

I cannot wait for the next series it wont come round soon enough.

Fantastic!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT crowd rocks! 13 Nov 2013
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This series is great. We stumbled upon it by accident and then became big fans. I work in IT and our department is a bit like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 26 Mar 2013
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fab quick service, really pleased with this item, would use them again for sure. Great item so glad I didn't buy it in a shop!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite good 28 Jan 2013
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it is a good dvd but sometimes jumps but is good overall and i would recommend it to anyone wanting to buy a good priced film
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4.0 out of 5 stars All glory to the geek 14 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
This is quintessential Graham Linehan. Following on from his huge success with Father Ted and his less successful creation, but still hilarious, Black Books, we again find ourselves in a setting that many will have had to encounter, if not necessarily inhabit. This is where Linehan's genius is at its best, by showing us the inner workings of a world which we vaguely know from the outside and whose slightly surreal and ridiculous goings-on manage to suspend our disbelief just enough to make it believable whilst still being pant-wettingly funny.

If there could be any criticism of this series it is that the main characters are little two dimensional (and I'm not referring to the title graphics or the DVD menus here - although they are fantastic and worth watching in themselves). If you have ever worked in, or had to deal with, an IT department then many of the situations will be caricatures of situations you have probably been in. And by being able to identify with the events that we are able to see the funny side. In fact, I think it may owe a debt of gratitude to Dilbert, and I think if you are fan of him, you will like The IT Crowd.

However, it doesn't stop there. As with both Black Books and Father Ted, The IT Crowd is lightly dusted with homages to other fictional creations. In this first series, there is a fantastic spoof scene of Wuthering Heights as well Phantom of the Opera. These little touches are what lift it from being a witty observational comedy to being a comedy great. I would question whether the particular setting will prevent it from being a timeless classic (as I think Father Ted is) but it will still be good to look back on in 30 years' time as relic of early 21st century technology.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok - if made in the eighties
Absolutely amazed at the glowing reviews for this show. Considering how British comedy is generally quite good at pushing the boundaries, it's amazing that this archaic sitcom was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by thestath
5.0 out of 5 stars IT's great!
It's inevitable that comparisons will be made with other hit shows written (or co-written) by Graham Linehan, however judged on its own merits this is still an darkly humourous and... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars This is hilarious
I first discovered this TV show from a YouTube clip, so I did some searching and found I could order the series from Amazon in the UK. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
loved the it crowd. bought the DVD. the episodes are funny enough but the extra stuff is as good.
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by Mr. P. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in with the IT crowd
I hadn't seen this series since it was broadcast back in 2006 but it seems more amusing on a second viewing. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by SilentSinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor for everyone but a must-have for nerds.
The IT Crowd is a fresh take on sitcom. Most of it takes place in the basement of a large company where the IT department resides, consisting of the two uber nerds Moss and Roy and... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2008 by Josef Sveningsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerds should check out the subtitles!
Laugh out loud, even for non geeks, but for the tecchy nerds and programmers, check out the special subtitles included in the extras!
Published on 12 Mar 2008 by AverZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I managed to get all my friends hooked after buying this dvd. It took a while but they were roaring with laughter by the end. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2008 by electro girl
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