Friday, June 11, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #66

Katherine Parkinson plays Jen on the UK Channel 4 programme The IT Crowd. I had never seen this, but was interested after Mickey Glitter recommended it.

The show revolves around the IT department of a the fictional Reynholm Industries. Jen gets hired on as the IT Department. Jen has, unfortunately, fluffed her resume, but the hiring manager CEO, Denholm Reynholm, is completely fooled. Her team, Roy and Moss, however learn quickly that she is completely clueless. Her strong suit, however, is interfacing with the rest of the world, so she is dubbed the Relations Manager.

I hate to say it, but I really do think they got IT work/workers right. Sure, the stereotypes are hyperbolic, but the attitudes are typical. It is also typical to have a lousy tech as the team lead or manager, and for human resources to be dazzled by any bullshit an applicant spews.

The show really reminds me of The Big Bang Theory with fewer characters. Jen is of course Penny. Roy is a mix of Leonard and Walowitz. Moss is a mixture of Sheldon and Raj. I am almost positive that Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady were familiar with the show, though it is different enough to not be directly derivative.

Parkinson is cute and funny as Jen, and does a great job playing the odd-man-out in the nerd department. If you get a chance to see it, it is well worth watching. I was literally howling at the first episode.


Mickey Glitter said...

Nice! This show is really just so brill in so many ways, isn't it? =) Parkinson and (Roy) were in Pirate Radio together, you know. I'm waiting for that to become available at the Red Box at the grocery store.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I did not know about Pirate Radio. Must add to Netflix queue. :-)

Pablaktus said...

First at all: congratulations for this cool site, I really enjoy the posts :).

A detail about IT Crowd, the serie runs in February of 2006, and The Big Bang Theory in September 2007.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Thanks Pablaktus!

I think that The IT Crowd is a bit superior to The Big Bang Theory, in that while the characters in both are cartoonish, they are more realistic in The IT Crowd. Then again, I don't know any physicists. I do know IT people though.

The one thing they miss is a guy who says he knows everything but doesn't. IT is full of guys who are very shaky on the basics, but talk a big game. :-)

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