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The IT Crowd - The Complete Fourth Season (2009/MPI DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: A+



The IT Crowd blends a hilarious mix of farce and comedy that at once conjures images of The Office, The Big Bang Theory, and even The Young Ones.  Computer geeks Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) work as IT grunts for Reynholm Industries.  Managed by the lovely but hapless Jen (Katherine Parkinson), this unlikely trio encounters more than its share of comic misadventures throughout the course of their workday.  This trio of misanthropes meet their match in their womanizing, politically incorrect company owner and president, Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). 


Already in its Fourth Season, the genius behind the success of IT Crowd rests in its writers’ ability to produce scripts that take the commonplace events of corporate culture and turn them on their collective ear.  The four primary cast members are so wonderfully plugged into their characters that no matter how absurd the situation, the audience believes in them, and their bizarre and comic reactions feel real and right.  Mr. Berry deserves special mention, dominating every scene he is in with his incredible voice and crackerjack sense of comic timing. 


Although a too-brief six episodes, season four bristles with priceless comedic moments.  The Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-play scenes in episode one of this season are so perfectly funny that they transcend to audiences who have never role-played.  Moss’ victory on a popular word-play game show gains him entrance into a bizarrely hilarious culture of “word-smiths”, while Roy’s quest for knowledge about the past of his new girlfriend leads to a spasmodically funny scene with a laptop computer. 


Although menus and titles are rarely a measuring stick by which to recommend or deride a DVD offering, the menu sequences on season four are so lovely that they bear mentioning here.  Extras include some interviews and commentaries, but the real value remains in watching (and re-watching) the six wonderful episodes on this disc.


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-   Scott Pyle


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