TV Show Review of “Silicon Valley” from April 24, 2018

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One of the promotional posters for the TV show
One of the promotional posters for the TV show "Silicon Valley." "Silicon Valley" is going on its fifth season. Photo credit to hbo.com.

By Alex Duenez
alexander.duenez932@myci.csuci.edu

Ahoy, readers!

Well, the semester as we know it is almost at an end and summer looms its glorious head in the distance. It’s almost time for reuniting with family and friends, venturing off to distant lands, fun in the sun and of course, binge-watching those awesome shows.

Speaking of shows, over spring break I was introduced to HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley” and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how hilarious, well-crafted and well directed it was.

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, “Silicon Valley” is a comedy television series that premiered on April 6, 2014. Now in its fifth season, “Silicon Valley” follows a group of young entrepreneurs such as college dropout Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller), Jared Dunn (Zach Woods), Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) and Bertram Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), as they try to jump start their careers in an ever-growing tech industry by getting their product, “Piped Piper,” launched and on the market.

However, in doing so, multiple adversaries — such as the main antagonist, Hooli CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) — rise to undermine Piped Piper’s success by any means necessary. Talk about taking out the competition!

After binge-watching “Silicon Valley” for about 48 hours straight, one aspect of the show that captured my attention was how sophisticated the terminology was when characters interacted with one another. With that said, “Silicon Valley” is witty, smart and filled with backstabbing and scheming in order to make it to the top. Remember: fake it ’til you make it, no matter the cost! Surely the characters of “Silicon Valley” live up to those standards.

All in all, “Silicon Valley” is one of the funniest sitcoms that I have seen in a great while, and that is saying a lot. I am sure there are more great shows out there — and by all means go explore them — but if I may, I’d like to recommend “Silicon Valley.” Hell, if Rotten Tomatoes scored it at a whopping 98 percent then it should be good, right?

Until next time, readers!

Cheers!

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