Saturday, 9 April 2011

The Rise of the Geek

the-it-crowd
There was a time when being cast as a geek on a TV show was nothing to be proud of. Said geek was normally some socially inept, spotty, fat and unhygienic loser who had as much luck with the ladies as Wile E. Coyote did catching Road Runner! Well no more people, no more! Being a geek or a nerd is now fashionable! Or at least it is on the TV…..

On Channel 4 in the UK and on BBC America in the US is The IT Crowd. It is possibly one of the finest comedies to come out of the UK in many years. Whilst some of the stories can be a tad fantastical, they are based in reality and many IT Professionals can relate to the show and the stories in it. I never tire of asking people “Have you tried turning it off and on again”.

Popping across the water to the good old US of A, we have 2 long running shows in The Big Bang Theory and Chuck. OK, so Chuck may be a little out there in terms of story lines, but hey, Chuck works for the Nerd Herd as his cover, so it qualifies. As for The Big Bang Theory, I can’t say that I understand every last word they say on the show, but I think we all know someone who is a real life version of at least one of the characters!

Finally, we have Breaking In, the new show on the block. To quote the website “Breaking In is an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme - and often questionable - measures to sell their protection services.” As it happens, the main character in Breaking In just happens to be a computer nerd with excellent hacking skills.

There we have it, 3 of the best comedic shows out there at the moment, 1 new kid on the block with potential and they all revolve around geeks! Who knows, maybe one day, TV might make the role of the humble CAD Monkey seem sexy and sophisticated!!

No comments:

It’s been a while…

It’s amazing how fast the last few months have gone… Time for a catch up! First up is Luka Bloom playing the Moat Theatre in Naas. Next up ...