In the cluttered basement of a corporate skyscraper dwells the IT department of Reynholm Industries, composed of three misfits: Slacker Roy (Chris O'Dowd), technogeek Moss (Richard Ayoade), and Jen (Katherine Parker), an ambitious but incompetent executive who knows nothing about technology yet wound up as head of the department. As the second season begins, these three have settled into a friendly relationship, but the revelation of financial misdoings turns the corporation itself topsy-turvy. Each episode takes a simple premise and escalates to absurd heights. Moss decides to take a cooking class and ends up friends with a German cannibal; Jen finally gets a new boyfriend... who turns out to have an extremely unfortunate name; Jen's bra doesn't fit well, sending Moss on an inventing spree that may skyrocket Jen up the chain of command. The best episode opens the season, when a trip to the theater turns into a festival of appalling misunderstandings; it's a perfectly orchestrated farce that culminates in Roy trapped in a wheelchair despite having no injuries at all. Perhaps the only off-note is a goth IT guy named Richmond who recurs but rarely meshes with the rest of the tightly wound plots. But that's a minor quibble, as the rest of the cast is excellent. Ayoade turns introverted genius into comic gold, in a similar vein to Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory
; fans of that show should definitely give this British cousin a look. Created by the delightful writer/director Graham Linehan, who previously worked on Father Ted
and Black Books
. --Bret Fetzer
International Emmy Award Winner for Best Comedy
There are reasons the IT Department of Reynholm Industries is kept in the building s basement. In this second hilarious season of the award-winning hit, bitter slacker Roy (Chris O Dowd), über-nerd Moss (Richard Ayoade), and technically clueless Jen (Katherine Parkinson) attend a night of theater, befriend a German cannibal, disrupt their boss funeral, throw a dinner party, design the ultimate bra, and commit further acts of personal and professional irresponsibility. Plug in for Version 2.0 of the UK sensation and current IFC hit from producer Ash Atalla (THE OFFICE) and writer/director Graham Linehan (FATHER TED), now featuring outtakes, audio commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and more.
-Recording The IT Crowd