The IT Crowd Gets Together For One Final Episode

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The IT Crowd Gets Together For One Final Episode

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The 40-minute finale special will see all the series regulars return for a long-awaited wrap-up to the popular series.

The IT Crowd was a British sitcom about a couple of dudes (and later, a woman) working in the basement that is the IT department of a major company. It struck a lot of chords with the geek crowd, utilizing clever references that were actually well written into the script, unlike some other "geek culture" TV shows (*cough*Big Bang Theory*cough*). Anyone who ever worked tech support will attest to the accuracy of Roy's catchphrase: "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

The show ended in 2010, and didn't really give any closure to a few major events that had transpired during its four-year-run. Rumors had been swirling for several years about a fifth season, to end things on the note that creator Graham Linehan always wanted. He tweeted in 2012 that he had written a script but was waiting on the cast members' schedules to open up. It looks like all four major players: Chris O'Dowd (Roy), Richard Ayoade (Moss), Katherine Parkinson (Jen), and Matt Berry (Douglas) have now found enough free time to get together for one last 40-minute finale special.

The show achieved some pretty high ratings and had won several awards by the end of its forth season, including a BAFTA and several comedy prizes. An American adaptation starring Joel McHale (as Roy) was in the works in 2007 but seems to have completely vanished (*phew*).

Since the show aired, star Chris O'Dowd has become a fairly recognizable face in America, with parts in Bridesmaids and Girls. His schedule was most likely the one Linehan was waiting to free up so he could make the special.

According to a Q&A featuring Linehan in Germany earlier this month, shooting for the finale will begin in just a few weeks. There's no word on when (or if) it will come stateside, but seeings as the rest of the series is available on Netflix, we can probably assume we won't have to wait too long.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

I am really sad to see it end but at the same time I am happy to see it get closure. Personally I would have hoped instead of a 40 minute special that it would have gotten a movie instead but I will take what I can get.

I'd put money on it being aired at christmas.
Can't wait. ^^

SSJBlastoise:
Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Stoked for a 40 minuite special, end on a high rather than dragging a show past its prime. SOME countries could learn from this...

Oh fuck the hell yes.
I've always been kinda torn the way British series never go for very long. Some of them end when they so much more juice left, but on the other hand... It does stop it from going stale. I think it's ultimately a good thing.

jackdeesface:

SSJBlastoise:
Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Stoked for a 40 minuite special, end on a high rather than dragging a show past its prime. SOME countries could learn from this...

Well there was a little known (well, little remembered) sketch series on the beeb called Big Train which he worked on with the likes of Chris Morris, that was only 1 or 2 series. Great show with the cream of British comedy talent.... Excuse me, I have to watch Kevin Eldon as the zombie Mao Zedong singing roxy music.

Steven Bogos:
about a couple of dudes (and later, a woman) working in the basement

Jen joins in the very first episode... not quite "later" :p

Fantastic show, it'll be great to see one more episode though I'm not quite sure what needs to be tied up plot wise? The show was never really that kind of series, with typically only a few links between episodes. End of the last episode showed the wife accepting the settlement and them celebrating, seem pretty conclusive.

I remember when they did this with The Office. That was great. I don't quite like IT Crowd enough to get properly excited, but I'll definitely watch it.

Excellent. This is great news. As much as I love the show I'm glad they didn't drag it out too long.

On that note...

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This has to be one of the best moments ever broadcast on British TV.
Been looking forward to this for the last couple of years, Linehan has always alluded to it.

One of the few truly geek-centric shows that doesn't insult its audience. Big Bang Theory is a travesty, but the IT Crowd was wonderful and it's great to see that it will be getting a proper send-off.

That's the best news since the return of Futurama!
And even if it's just one 40 minute special, more IT Crowd is always a plus.

luvd1:

jackdeesface:

SSJBlastoise:
Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Stoked for a 40 minuite special, end on a high rather than dragging a show past its prime. SOME countries could learn from this...

Well there was a little known (well, little remembered) sketch series on the beeb called Big Train which he worked on with the likes of Chris Morris, that was only 1 or 2 series. Great show with the cream of British comedy talent.... Excuse me, I have to watch Kevin Eldon as the zombie Mao Zedong singing roxy music.

Wasn't Simon Pegg something to do with Big train?

oh FUCK THE HELL YES! I love The IT Crowd, I'm going right onto Netflix and watching every episode in celebration

I can't help but say "off and on again" with an Irish accent now.

I just hope this final episode has something as funny as the internet in a box bit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTBsm0LzSP0

Owww... only one more. So sad, but I suppose it's better than nothing.

So they're initiating an unexpected reboot? Moss would be proud. Better watch out for invalid memory... or is it RAM? Oh wait...

... Anyway really excited to finally get a round off to one of my favourite series.

Enjoyed the quip about the Big Band Theory too...

flarty:

luvd1:

jackdeesface:

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Stoked for a 40 minuite special, end on a high rather than dragging a show past its prime. SOME countries could learn from this...

Well there was a little known (well, little remembered) sketch series on the beeb called Big Train which he worked on with the likes of Chris Morris, that was only 1 or 2 series. Great show with the cream of British comedy talent.... Excuse me, I have to watch Kevin Eldon as the zombie Mao Zedong singing roxy music.

Wasn't Simon Pegg something to do with Big train?

He was.

Of course, it was all so long ago that the only things I can remember about the show are that Pegg was in it somewhere, and the weird voice saying "Big train!" in the opening credits...

No many how many times I see it, I always laugh my ass off at the episode where Roy winds up acting like he's disabled. I'm glad there's one more episode is coming but sad that it'll be the end.

jackdeesface:

SSJBlastoise:
Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Fr. Ted got 3 seasons if I remember correctly and was one of the few shows I've seen to remain consistent throughout. Season 1 of Black Books was just pure and utter gold though. The latter seasons were good too, but it just wasn't the same.

OT: Really looking forward to this 40 minute finale! But I swear to God, if they don't bring back Richmond.......

This brings me joy after hearing about Young Justice getting the axe and Transformers Prime not getting a fourth season while ponies get their 4th so this is some good news after 3 years.

Guys, can I ask a question? How come the IT crowd and the Big Bang Theory get such a different treatment? I watched both, and while I like the IT crowd much more, the BBT doesn't look like the horrible monstruosity people claim it to be. It's a very silly sitcom, but a fun one for me, and I was looking for enlightenment in the matter.

I remember reading a criticism of The IT Crowd which consisted of some humourless shit saying "Graham Linehan needs to take a step back and realise that it's not 1995 any more".

He can go fuck himself. The IT Crowd is awesome; as somebody who grew up through the peculiarly British version of geek culture that the show loves to channel (Head Over Heels DVD menus! And dear god, Street Countdown had me in tears laughing), I was obviously dismayed when the show just stopped rather than ending. But O'Dowd had bigger things to go on to and I gather Ayoade did a fair bit of writing and directing, and Parkinson turned up in Jonathan Creek once, so maybe the time is now right to finally wrap things up properly.

No Richmond, though, please. Noel Fielding is a tosser.

Also, I'll just leave this here:

An Ceannaire:

jackdeesface:

SSJBlastoise:
Thank god! I've been waiting for this for years. I wish there could be another season or two but I'm of the understanding that Linehan's previous shows don't span a large number of seasons so it makes sense. The IT Crowd is one of my all time favourite shows and hopefully this finale will help send it off in a way it deserves.

Apart from Father Ted I cant think of any Linehan shows which lasted a couple of seasons. Black Books don't count because Linehan had no input post series 1 (to the shows detriment in my humble opinion).

Fr. Ted got 3 seasons if I remember correctly and was one of the few shows I've seen to remain consistent throughout. Season 1 of Black Books was just pure and utter gold though. The latter seasons were good too, but it just wasn't the same.

OT: Really looking forward to this 40 minute finale! But I swear to God, if they don't bring back Richmond.......

Ah true dat, 3rd series of Ted was more than the usual amount of eps i believe, or had some feature length ones or something. I've rewatched father ted so many times and its still utter gold. Oh aye, series 2 and 3 of Black Books was good, but it wasn't the pure gold that the first series was.

I really like Noel Fielding, but I don't think he fitted into the IT crowd at all.

mdqp:
Guys, can I ask a question? How come the IT crowd and the Big Bang Theory get such a different treatment? I watched both, and while I like the IT crowd much more, the BBT doesn't look like the horrible monstruosity people claim it to be. It's a very silly sitcom, but a fun one for me, and I was looking for enlightenment in the matter.

Yeah. I always find it weird how some people are so aggressively critical of that show.

Anyway, glad the special is finally getting off the ground. Hope he isn't rusty from the big break.

mdqp:
Guys, can I ask a question? How come the IT crowd and the Big Bang Theory get such a different treatment? I watched both, and while I like the IT crowd much more, the BBT doesn't look like the horrible monstruosity people claim it to be. It's a very silly sitcom, but a fun one for me, and I was looking for enlightenment in the matter.

Well as much as it opens a can of worms every time I bring up my hatred of the Big Bang Theory, I'll indulge you.

Firstly it has one of the most aggressive laughter tracks of any show there is. Secondly it's the jokes being almost insulting (canned laughter at the mention of a guy playing on a N64, when I genuinely have no idea how that could possibly be funny other than in a "laugh at the nerd" way) whilst at the same time seeming weirdly inaccurate (genuinely never met a nerd who wears skinny jeans), I find it almost reminiscent of the top my sister bought from Topshop with "GEEK" emblazoned on the front in huge letters. Finally it's worst crime is that it's just not very funny. I mean that's obviously subjective... but hey, I didn't say my hatred was rational.

I think the show is hysterical myself. Glad there's at least a little more to come.

Yes yes yes yesyesyesyeys!

So many yesses for this. A friend introduced me to the series not but a few months ago, and I couldn't help but watch through all of it. So many great moments in it... The bomb, the faked death, Peter File, and the Spacology episode was friggin fantastic too!

mdqp:
Guys, can I ask a question? How come the IT crowd and the Big Bang Theory get such a different treatment? I watched both, and while I like the IT crowd much more, the BBT doesn't look like the horrible monstruosity people claim it to be. It's a very silly sitcom, but a fun one for me, and I was looking for enlightenment in the matter.

The IT Crowd has a lot of clever, well crafted references that mesh well with the story. An example is the Dungeons and Dragons episode, the whole episode itself revolves around dungeons and dragons as a storytelling device and it is vital to the plot. This episode also featured some good Godfather references.

In the Big Bang Theory, someone will say "Look! Sheldon is playing a Nintendo 64! Remember Nintendo 64?" and the laugh track will play.

I quite like The Big Bang Theory (They have a science consultant for god's sake!) however I found that the IT crowd is not really my kind of thing... because I myself work in IT support it is too much of a documentary for me to actually see the humour in it

Yes i miss this show it was one of my all time favorites. I like the big bang theory but this was better.

Daveman:
Well as much as it opens a can of worms every time I bring up my hatred of the Big Bang Theory, I'll indulge you.

Firstly it has one of the most aggressive laughter tracks of any show there is. Secondly it's the jokes being almost insulting (canned laughter at the mention of a guy playing on a N64, when I genuinely have no idea how that could possibly be funny other than in a "laugh at the nerd" way) whilst at the same time seeming weirdly inaccurate (genuinely never met a nerd who wears skinny jeans), I find it almost reminiscent of the top my sister bought from Topshop with "GEEK" emblazoned on the front in huge letters. Finally it's worst crime is that it's just not very funny. I mean that's obviously subjective... but hey, I didn't say my hatred was rational.

Steven Bogos:

The IT Crowd has a lot of clever, well crafted references that mesh well with the story. An example is the Dungeons and Dragons episode, the whole episode itself revolves around dungeons and dragons as a storytelling device and it is vital to the plot. This episode also featured some good Godfather references.

In the Big Bang Theory, someone will say "Look! Sheldon is playing a Nintendo 64! Remember Nintendo 64?" and the laugh track will play.

Oh yes, the laugh track is aggressive, but while I don't generally love them, they are so widespread I kind of got used to them.

The IT crowd is much better, as I said (and I believe most would agree), but reducing the BBT to a few poorly thought jokes is a bit unfair. Also, I believe the joke there isn't the fact that he is playing the N64, but that he was so dead set on doing it, that even after he was kicked out by his roommate, he is still playing it on an emulator that is by his own admission "poorly coded". It's making fun at his idiosyncrasies, rather than at him being a nerd (unless we are talking about a different scene I can't seem to recall right now).

mdqp:

Daveman:
Well as much as it opens a can of worms every time I bring up my hatred of the Big Bang Theory, I'll indulge you.

Firstly it has one of the most aggressive laughter tracks of any show there is. Secondly it's the jokes being almost insulting (canned laughter at the mention of a guy playing on a N64, when I genuinely have no idea how that could possibly be funny other than in a "laugh at the nerd" way) whilst at the same time seeming weirdly inaccurate (genuinely never met a nerd who wears skinny jeans), I find it almost reminiscent of the top my sister bought from Topshop with "GEEK" emblazoned on the front in huge letters. Finally it's worst crime is that it's just not very funny. I mean that's obviously subjective... but hey, I didn't say my hatred was rational.

Steven Bogos:

The IT Crowd has a lot of clever, well crafted references that mesh well with the story. An example is the Dungeons and Dragons episode, the whole episode itself revolves around dungeons and dragons as a storytelling device and it is vital to the plot. This episode also featured some good Godfather references.

In the Big Bang Theory, someone will say "Look! Sheldon is playing a Nintendo 64! Remember Nintendo 64?" and the laugh track will play.

Oh yes, the laugh track is aggressive, but while I don't generally love them, they are so widespread I kind of got used to them.

The IT crowd is much better, as I said (and I believe most would agree), but reducing the BBT to a few poorly thought jokes is a bit unfair. Also, I believe the joke there isn't the fact that he is playing the N64, but that he was so dead set on doing it, that even after he was kicked out by his roommate, he is still playing it on an emulator that is by his own admission "poorly coded". It's making fun at his idiosyncrasies, rather than at him being a nerd (unless we are talking about a different scene I can't seem to recall right now).

I saw that scene with the emulator when I was looking up a without-laughter-track video for this but the scene I'm talking about was a different one where it was laughter at the fact that he'd got his N64 sent up to him from home and he'd been playing on it. It may have been the same episode.

"The IT Crowd was a British sitcom about a couple of dudes (and later, a woman)"
Jen was there from the first episode.

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