Despite following his laptop owner's manual, Judge Kent Dixon still can't find the "any" key.
Our review of The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season, published March 31st, 2009, is also available.
Jen: "With all due respect John, I am the head of IT and I have it on good authority. If you type 'Google' into Google, you can break the Internet. So please, no one try it, even for a joke. It's not a laughing matter. You can break the Internet."
Roy: "Yeah, you do know how a button works, don't you? No, not on clothes. No, there you go, I just heard it come on. No, that's the music you hear when it comes on. No, that's the music you hear when…I'm sorry, are you from the past?"
The IT triumvirate of Reynholm Industries is back for another season and, while still banished to their basement offices, they manage to have some wacky new adventures with a bad bra, a German cannibal, a gay musical (ironically called "Gay"), and many more outrageous situations.
Facts of the Case
Far from their beautiful and successful colleagues in the gleaming tower above, socially stunted Roy (Chris O'Dowd), über nerd Moss (Richard Ayoade), and technically inept Jen (Katherine Parkinson) keep their colleague's computers running smoothly. After former boss Denholm jumps from a boardroom window rather than face a pension fraud scandal, his son Douglas (Matt Berry) takes the helm of the family business, and a whole new set of adventures await.
All six episodes of the show's Second Season are included on a single disc:
• "The Work Outing"
• "Return of the Golden Child"
• "Moss and the German"
• "The Dinner Party"
• "Smoke and Mirrors"
• "Men Without Women"
It's astonishing that a show with Three Seasons has only amassed a total of 18 episodes. The upside is that, between the skillful writing and the chemistry of the cast, there's not a single dud in the bunch. Now on DVD, The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season gives the kids from IT a chance to get out of the basement and explore the world.
With the show's characters well established, creator Graham Linehan now has the freedom to take his plotlines into new and wickedly uncharted territory. This season's episodes include such topics as suicide and death, homosexuality, cannibalism, disfigurement and cosmetic reconstruction, and sexual harassment in the workplace. Yes folks, this is a comedy series.
The show works well because it offers the same successful character chemistry as Seinfeld. However, unlike the adventures of Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine, The IT Crowd has the advantage, as I don't find myself getting annoyed with Moss, Roy, or Jen. It must be the complete lack of whining. Here, the humor lies not in the characters, but in how they react to the relatively commonplace situations in which they find themselves. It also doesn't hurt to have the off-the-wall mind of Graham Linehan behind the writing and character development.
The Second Season offers a decent improvement in extra features from the previous release. Creator Graham Linehan provides enjoyable commentaries for all six episodes, offering behind-the-scenes tidbits well beyond the average screen-specific track. The "Outtakes" delivers some often hilarious bloopers and flubs, and "Recording The IT Crowd" takes viewers behind the scenes of an episode from start to finish. The menu interface and animation is designed like a 16-bit video game, including synthesized voices, and an '80s-era electronic music bed. For those of us who grew up in the '80s, the homage to Tetris and Mortal Kombat are a geekfest of the highest order.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
The only down side to British television are their often abbreviated production schedules. While the average U.S. series delivers 16 to 24 episodes, British shows like The IT Crowd consist of 10 or less. Thankfully, due in large part to creator Graham Linehan's skill, all six Season Two episodes are pure gold.
This is easily one of the best international sitcoms on television, and fans will be delighted to know a Fourth Season is in the planning stages. The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season is an easy purchase to recommend for your comedy collection.
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