The IT Crowd: The Complete Series DVD Review
“The IT Crowd” is one of the best sitcoms of all time.
“The IT Crowd” (AKA “The I.T. Crowd”) is a British sitcom that lasted 4 seasons for a total of 25 episodes including the special one hour series finale which being released on DVD in the U.S. for the first time. The series revolves around 3 IT department employees of the fictional Reynholm Industries. There’s the eccentric Mos, the nerdy Roy who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, and Jen who has no computer skills whatsoever but acts as a sort of leader of the group. Throughout the series, viewers can expect to see plots about Jen joining the IT department, stress, dates, the mysterious goth Richmond, emotions, attending a musical, a new Reynholm Industries boss, a German cannibal, a dinner party, a bra invention, a love potion, a handyman, a bank robbery, a fallout from the season 2 finale, Jen’s Employee of the Month speech, romance, a fundraiser calendar, D&D, Moss on a game show, spaceology, Jen faking that she knows how to speak Italian, Roy and Moss skipping out on work, and the love life of Douglas.
When I first saw the pilot episode of “The IT Crowd” many years ago, I knew I was watching something special. Between the oddball characters and the frequently weird and surreal humor, this comedic show stood out amongst all other comedies on TV. Series creator Graham Linehan managed to create something that was decidedly fresh not to mention endlessly quotable (I’m sure many people have heard “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” at some point in time). It doesn’t hurt that the series is wickedly funny either. I don’t tend to find many sitcoms amusing as most of them feel phony and forced, but “The IT Crowd” goes places where other shows do not. It’s near impossible not to laugh at wild bits involving the fake violent PSA, electric sex pants, the internet box, the absurd “tragic” Sea Parks story or anything in the series best episode “The Work Outing.” There’s just so much comedic gold in this show and it only gets better with repeat viewings.
Of course, the series wouldn’t work at all were it not for the pitch perfect cast comprised of Katherine Parkinson, Chris O’Dowd (who is a big star now), Richard Ayoade, Christopher Morris, Matt Berry, and Noel Fielding. Every cast member makes their quirky character come to life. Richard Ayoade (who plays Moss) is a particular stand-out here as he steals virtually every scene he is in (which is a lot of them) thanks to his brilliant comedic timing.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Each season looks progressively better but that is to be expected.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? The music, laugh track and dialogue sound solid for a 2.0 track.
Note: It should be noted that this set features some of the best DVD menus I’ve ever seen. I particularly love the 8 bit video game style menus.
* 9 minutes of deleted scenes from season 1.
* “Behind The IT Crowd”- A sort of mock behind-the-scenes documentary of the show.
* “Hello Friend”- A comedic short film about a computer.
* 7 minutes of amusing outtakes from season 2.
* “Recording The IT Crowd”- A 7 1/2 minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of a live episode.
* Commentary on all season 2 and 3 episodes by Graham Linehan. All of these tracks are involving, amusing, and informative.
* 2 deleted scenes from season 3.
* Original title sequence animatic.
* An interview with Graham Linehan about season 3.
* 8 1/2 minutes of funny outtakes from season 3.
* A 6 minute set tour video of the cool IT department set.
* 9 minutes of outtakes from season 4. The outtakes on this show are simply genuinely funny.
* “The IT Crowd On Location”- A behind-the-scenes look at some location shooting in season 4.
* “Kalypso By Sweet Billy Pilgrim Featuring Katherine Parkinson”- This is essentially a music video featuring stills.
* “A Guide To Sitcom Writing (Audio Commentary With Graham Linehan)”- Insightful commentary by Graham Linehan on all 6 season four episodes in which he talks about writing television.
* A featurette on the series finale which features cast and crew interviews and dicussions about characters and the show. A lot of conversations involve memories about making the series as well.
* Last, but not least there’s a commentary on the series finale (AKA “The Internet Is Coming”) by Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton.
Overall Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better than this set. A must buy.
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