HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ takes comedic look at today’s tech culture

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In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Named after the actual place in California, HBO’s Silicon Valley explores the culture of hopeful tech start-ups and billionaire giants eager to get hold of the latest game changing technology.

The shows brings to a broader audience what it must be like to get caught up in the Hollywood of Tech. Essentially a satire, Silicon Valley drops some hilarious jokes and dialogue that references everything and everyone from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to the famous Google offices.


The series creator is Mike Judge, famous for shows like Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. Before he dabbled in television, he too was a Silicon Valley engineer. The show is a collaboration between Judge and Alec Berg, and kicked off its eight-episode season last April 13. It airs every Sunday at 9PM.

Richard (Middleditch) is an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend, Big Head (Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Starr) and dry-witted Dinesh (Nanjiani).

These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich (Miller), a self-satisfied dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free ? as long as he gets a ten percent stake in their projects.

After a failed pitch to billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Welch), Richard seems destined to remain at his job at the tech company Hooli, founded by the megalomaniacal Gavin Belson (Ross).

When Monica (Crew), Gregory?s head of operations, and Jared (Woods), a Hooli executive, realise the value of the site?s compression algorithm, a bidding war erupts between Belson and Gregory, with Richard caught in the middle.

Silicon Valley features a talented ensemble of young comic actors. Cast regulars include: Thomas Middleditch (?Search Party,? ?The Office?), T.J. Miller (?Mash Up,? ?Seeking a Friend for the End of the World?), Zach Woods (?In the Loop,? ?The Office?), Kumail Nanjiani (?Franklin & Bash,? ?Portlandia?), Martin Starr (?Freaks and Geeks,? ?Party Down?), Josh Brener (?Glory Daze,? ?The Internship?), Christopher Evan Welch (?The Master,? ?Vicky Cristina Barcelona?) and Amanda Crew (?Jobs,? ?Charlie St. Cloud?). Matt Ross (?Magic City,? HBO?s ?Big Love?) guest stars.

Silicon Valley was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky; executive producers, Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally; producers, Jim Kleverweis and Chrisann Verges.

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