When I read that Channel 4’s The IT Crowd debuted ten years ago this week, I thought, “Great! This will be a fun and easy topic to write about.” As a dedicated fan of this slightly surreal, smart and sometimes slapsticky sitcom, I wouldn’t need to do any research. In fact, I could talk about Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy Trenneman (Chris O’Dowd), the staffers of Reynholm Industries’ subterranean IT department, ad nauseam. Easy peasy, right?
Not at all! Counting this version you are reading on your screen, I have started this post over four times. I thought of highlighting each character, choosing my favorite episodes out of the show’s four series run or focusing or what I felt was the strongest of the lot which for me would be series three. Series four was the weakest in my opinion. I had too much to say and no original thoughts on how to organize them.
My Chris O’Dowd autographed copy of The IT Crowd Series 3
One problem I tend to have with any post is finding just the right YouTube clips to illustrate my point. This issue gets magnified when you know the show so well that you spend hours looking for a certain scene only to find the video just isn’t out there.
So in the end, what I decided to do is share ten of my favorite YouTube-accessible IT Crowd moments. I figured if I don’t do it now the moment will have passed and I will have deprived you all of the laughs you desperately deserve this weekend – particularly if you aren’t an American football fan. In fact, think of these clips as alternative viewing – the anti-Superbowl, if you will. Those familiar with the show have to know where I’m heading with this, right?
Are We Not Men? Series 3 Episode 2
Roy and Moss think the key to happiness is knowing how to behave like manly football hooligans. That is until they actually attend a match…
Meanwhile in the same episode Jen has to find a way to break up with a new boyfriend. Again.
Calamity Jen Series 1 Episode 2
Moss shows his capacity to keep a cool head when an emergency strikes at the office…
Italian for Beginners Series 4 Episode 4
And speaking of fires in strange places…
50/50 Series 1 Episode 3
Roy has a disastrous date and sets out to prove to Jen that woman only love bastards…
The Work Outing Series 2 Episode 1
When Jen allows her co-workers to accompany her to the theatre, she learns that Roy and Moss probably shouldn’t leave the basement. Ever.
The Dinner Party Series 2 Episode 4
Despite the experience immediately preceding this one, Jen foolishly invites her employees to a dinner party…
Calendar Geeks Series 3 Episode 6
In his never-ending quest to pull one of the pretty women on the 7th floor, Roy agrees to be the official photographer for a charity calendar celebrating “geek chic”…
The Speech Series 3 Episode 4
No retrospective of The IT Crowd would be complete without including Reynholm Industries’ culturally ignorant, lecherous but somehow likable CEO Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). Here’s an example of how he charms the press…
Reynholm vs Reynholm Series 4 Episode 6
And finally I’m killing two birds with one stone by featuring my favorite recurring character Richmond Avenal (Noel Fielding) while also showcasing one of the clever fake promotional clips that were featured on show over the years. This is the return of Richmond (who disappeared after series two) and his new business venture.
If you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane, please share your favorite moments from the basement and beyond. If you’re new to The IT Crowd and these snippets have made you peckish for more, you can watch all four series on US Netflix or Hulu. Only Hulu offers the one-off special which aired in 2011 and you don’t want to miss that one. Moss learns about the magic powers of women’s slacks!