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Pretty good low budget show - great if you work in tech or bay area
on December 29, 2013
Betas is pretty good low budget kind of comedy. As one of the initial Amazon tv shows, I think it's a great start and reminds me of other juvenile-ish shows that I enjoy like the Inbetweeners (the UK version). It's not of the caliber of House of Cards, Arrested Development or Big Bang Theory and won't win any awards, so best not to compare it against those types of shows. However, it's pretty funny especially if you work in the tech industry or live in the Bay. I think the main character is the most well defined - he really wants to be successful with this startup and you want to see them succeed. Ed Begley Jr as their "mentor" is pretty good as well as a kind of zen master who always seems to remind them that they're not the first ones to be trying to build a successful startup.
The negatives I would say:
- Many of the plotlines are quickly picked up and then dropped, which I think hurts the character development
- There is an almost ridiculous obsession with drug references/plots. I wish the writers would lay off this in the future - it doesn't make it funnier
- Other reviewers have said there is a lot of tech jargon that isn't funny if you don't know what it means. It's funny for me, but that's probably true.
Overall, I think it's worth watching, but I don't think it would convince anyone to sign up for Amazon Prime (sorry Amazon).