The IT Crowd: Series 3 [DVD]
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All six episodes from Season 3 of the award-winning Channel 4 sitcom set in the dingy subterranean IT department of the otherwise sparklingly modern Reynholm Industries. Episodes are: 'From Hell', 'Are We Not Men?', 'Tramps Like Us', 'Speech', 'Friendface' and 'Calendar Geeks'.
If you’ve not met Moss, Jen and Roy before, then here’s as good a place to start as any. As the IT Crowd of the show’s title, the trio find themselves relegated to the basement, only called upon when the company above them has a computer problem that needs solving. And as viewers of series one and two can testify, this provides a superb setting for one of the best comedy shows currently running.
Written (and directed too) by Graham Linehan, one of the geniuses behind Father Ted and Black Books, The IT Crowd this time lacks Noel Fielding, but has plenty to fill the gap he leaves. If there’s a particular favourite episode, it’s the one that rips apart the Facebook phenomenon by uncovering some information that it’s fair to say was best left covered up. And you’re unlikely to forget the box that apparently holds the entire Internet, too. Not for the first time in the show, a genius idea, superbly executed.
It’s a slightly uneven series, and one that saves its weakest episodes for first and last. But across the six episode run of The IT Crowd, there are plenty of laughs from a show that continues to deliver time and time again. Series four, fortunately, has already been commissioned, and off the back of what we get here, it’s got a high standard to aim for. --Jon Foster
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The IT Crowd feels as though it keeps up with current times (essential I suppose for a series where technology features highly) and it reflects on modern life by including such things as social networking websites and the recent trend for nude charity calendars. It might feel a bit naff at times but it is peppered with moments of pure brilliance, for example; Moss pinning Roy to a garage door as he kisses him (twice!), the prank on Jen involving the entire internet in a box, and of course Douglas' two-word outburst to a group of religious figures (currently my text message alert tone).
Noel Fielding is absent from this series so unfortunately there's no Richmond, but Matt Berry gets more screentime as Douglas becomes a bigger role. Berry's delivery has been utilised for comedy in the past and it's used well here, throwaway phrases become laugh-out-loud moments as he powers out an obscenity or strangely pronounced syllable - all adding to a strange yet weirdly likable character.
By now the IT Crowd is well aware that Moss and his `Moss-isms' provided some of the golden moments of the last few series and we are treated to more to add to the collection. Not only is the series aware of this but it actually acknowledges it when Roy makes a comment about "another classic" Moss line - the creators of the IT Crowd know that there's a fan base out there and it's great that they play to it.Read more ›
Over here across the Atlantic, there was a thankfully aborted attempt to transplant the show, dropping at least Pansy Parkinson, who, I think, is a consistently brilliant comedienne. Her deadpan and timing are flawless. British comedy is best done by Brits. And Irish. And Scots. Ok, and anybody who was brought up with British weather and boiled food. Or whatever the secret is.
The standout episodes, if there had to be any, were "Friendface", "The Speech" (In which the guys convince Jen that a black box with a red light they've thrown together IS The Internet) and "Calendar Geeks", but, again, it was solid season all around. Thanks Graham Linehan.
This time it's squarely focused on Roy, Mos and Jen, and sadly we no longer have Richmond, who was really funny just by being on screen. They go through mainly non IT problems, like Roy and Mos getting involved with some dodgy geezers down the pub, and Jen is still desperately looking for Mr Right. They're still being employed by crazy man Douglas, who has been warned to not cause another sexual harassment case - which he does, and has to fact the anti-sex pants.
Some of the best moments in the series come from the social commentary Graham included in this series, like Friend Face, where he has a good poke at Facebook and all those social networking sites. I also liked the episode where Jen claimed the internet was in a small box. I found this particularly amusing as I have heard about people who tried to buy wireless equipment who actually thought they were buying part of the internet. It's a classic, he must be working with support staff to get such gold.
This is a great series, with all six episodes here, From Hell, Are We Not Men?, Tramps Like Us, The Speech, FriendFace and the rather disappointing Calendar Geeks, it just wasn't funny to me, though I love the way Roy's face fell when he knew they were not going to take pictures of beautiful ladies on the 7th floor.
Excellent, give this a go, hopefully there will be some decent DVD extras.