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I don't know about anyone else, but I shrieked with mad, geeky laughter when I found out that there would be a fourth season of "The I.T. Crowd."

And once the Britcom geekfest gets going again, it's almost like it was never gone (the familiar cluttered office, the rampant technonerdery, the idiotic plans of the crazy boss). The first episode is a little bland at times, but the five that follow are absolute, sheer brilliance -- plenty of surreal situations, great acting, and general weirdness.

Hoping to get new job opportunities, Jen applies to be the new Entertainment Manager... only to discover that it means being Douglas' "Fredo" (ie getting hooker and strippers for his business buddies). Her best bet is to unload the visiting guys on Moss and Roy, but can a RPG game possibly save the day? This episode was a little on the limp side, especially since so much of it focused on Roy deteriorating after a bad breakup.

But things go back to normal in "Final Countdown," in which Moss becomes the new champion of a TV quiz show and is admitted into an exclusive club, while Roy desperately tries to convince an ex-classmate that he's not a window-washer. And in "Something Happened," Douglas tries to convert all his employees to "Spaceology," while Jen dates a staggeringly boring rock musician and Roy suffers a horrifying personal violation ("My trouser hams are not for sale sir!").

Jen ends up with "Italian For Beginners" when she convinces Douglas she can speak Italian, and ends up as his new translator; Roy becomes unhealthily obsessed with his girlfriend's tragic past, and Moss ends up stuck in a vending machine. Roy and Moss decide to be "Bad Boys" at a local mall, while Jen frantically tries to fix her virus-riddled laptop. And finally, it's "Reynholm Vs. Reynholm" when Douglas' blink-and-you'll-miss-it marriage blows up and he finds himself relying on the IT crowd.

Butt-kissing, brain-dead rockers, D&D, shoplifting DVDs, incoherent Italian, an obscene trophy and Moss giving birth to an iPhone. "The IT Crowd: The Complete Fourth Season" piles the increasingly bizarre sitcom problems on our already overburdened, underappreciated IT personnel, and (except for the bland first episode) is a thoroughly satisfying fourth helping.

It still has plenty of brilliant writing, riddled with surreal situations (Moss asks if he can keep a robot he encounters on the street) and weird dialogue ("Fredo, in the film, he was essentially a pimp." "No, he took the ring to Mordor!"). And while the IT department's social awkwardness is still the main theme, their problems have become even stranger with time (Moss becomes very jealous when Douglass gets a robot arm).

The three main actors are still utterly brilliant -- Katherine Parkinson's Jen keeps falling afoul of her own technological ignorance and workplace lies, Richard Ayoade's twitchy Moss gets to play the part of a cool guy and/or a delinquent, and Chris O'Dowd's Roy gets hilariously obsessed with a burning sea park, freezes in fear, and comes up with countless euphemisms for his backside in court.

It starts a little shakily, but "The IT Crowd: The Complete Fourth Season" doesn't take long to launch itself up into the comic stratosphere. Hilarious, delirious and lots of fun.
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on November 8, 2010
Another brilliant season of the hilarious comedy The IT Crowd!

The tone and pacing of the comedy is spot on, and the characters are interesting, even when they aren't in the spotlight. This series is
truly lightning in a bottle.

If you have not yet seen this show, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Don't feel overwhelmed by the fact that there are 4 seasons, each season is short, and you
could knock out the ENTIRE series in a weekend! MASSIVE FUN!

An absolute treat, 5 huge stars, and my absolute highest recommendation.

Brilliant!
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on June 24, 2011
Take a break from the boisterous ranting and lame dialogue of 'The Big Bang Theory', and treat yourself by watching 'The IT Crowd'. Not every joke is about Star Wars or nerds having sex or lack of it, unlike 'The Big Bang Theory', which rides on a total of five predictable jokes.

The situations that these characters get pulled into resemble scenes from Seinfeld and The Office, but are original enough that they don't track on old ground. I find the 2nd and the 3rd season to be the most hilarious and well rounded of the 4. But you should watch and decide for yourself.
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on January 4, 2011
Ever since being introduced to The IT Crowd on the IFC channel, my wife and I have been hooked. We have successfully gotten family members young and old hooked on the adventures of Moss and Roy too. Season 4 is not the place where new viewers to The IT Crown should start, as there are many callbacks to previous seasons that you will not catch (or understand). Definitely start with season 1. Graham Lineham caters to the geeks and nerds, and to those who worked on IT help desks. While some of our favorite episodes are in past seasons, these will certainly be watched over and over again to catch all the nerdy goodness.
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on January 27, 2015
Anyone reading this probably already knows about the IT Crowd. It's highly likely you've watched an episode or two or 18 and are looking for more. Yep, here's more!

Our beloved fools in the basement are still there. Moss, with his 9:00pm hairdo - how else can one explain that part? - Roy wid his Airsh accent and Jen, who by now knows that the internet is fragile and can be contained in a black box.

The IT Crowd is for the inner dork in all of us. If you can't laugh at this, you probably need to turn yourself off and on again.
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on December 24, 2010
The fourth season is as good as ever. At least I have my DVD's to watch since there is never anything good on cable!
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on April 2, 2014
This show is awesome. Its kinda perfect. If you like comedic, witty, English, clever comedy you are gonna be all over this. Black books? Father Ted? Those shows...made by the same dude who made this. JUST GET THIS, GET ALL SEASONS.
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on December 22, 2010
if you like the big bang theory. this is a must buy. british comedy doesnt have too many episodes in a season as the US does, but it still is cleverly written. and i love Moss!
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on January 28, 2014
I would highly recommend the IT Crowd to anyone but especially to anyone who has worked in a technology support job. You will get so many laughs from the antics of Moss, Roy and Jen - and will probably admit that you've also told someone to "turn it off and on again" !!! As we all know - a reboot will fix about anything ! But I digress.... BUY THE IT CROWD - because you will love it. I have all of the seasons on DVD even though they are also showing on Netflix. But when Netflix is no longer showing them... I will not worry because I have my own copies ! This is one of the best shows ever. Just wish there were more episodes. Watch it and you will be hooked !
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on December 27, 2012
This is a show that keeps getting better and better! I was originally hesitant to get into this show since I thought it would be too nerdy for me, but I couldn't have been more wrong! This show is hilarious and completely relevant, even for people who know nothing about IT (like me). My husband works in IT, has for years now, and feels a special kinship with the plight of the characters. There are four main characters, and I think there is something here for everyone.

If you're a fan of British television, comedies, or humor, I would STRONGLY recommend this show!
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