Eight Degrees of ‘The IT Crowd’

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All week we have been showing mini-marathons of hit British comedy import The IT Crowd starting with series one. Set your DVRs, because today we are airing the fourth season beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET.

The show takes place in the windowless basement office of the Information Technology department of the vaguely nefarious mega-corporation Reynholm Industries. The I.T. department is comprised of Roy and Moss, who know what they are doing, and Jen, who does not. The IT Crowd is written, directed, and created by Graham Linehan of Father Ted fame and general Twitter awesomeness. He created the cranky Roy, lovably socially awkward Moss, and endearingly clueless Jen. But who are the actors behind the hapless characters? To find out, let’s play a game, shall we? If I knew how to make a flowchart, this would be a very pretty flowchart with lots of arrows and pictures and identifying marks, but since I don’t, just keep scrolling down.

Eight Degrees of ‘The IT Crowd’:

Chris O’Dowd stars as Roy MacDonald in The IT Crowd:


Chris O’Dowd was also in the 2009 film Dinner for Schmucks starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell:


Steve Carell rose to fame as a reporter on The Daily Show, which now features John Oliver as a correspondent.


John Oliver was a part of the legendary Cambridge Footlights crew, where he did various projects with Richard Ayoade, who now plays Moss on The IT Crowd:


Richard Ayoade also plays a role on The Mighty Boosh (which you should watch whenever you are not watching The IT Crowd). The star of The Mighty Boosh (or the one who is not Julian Barrett) is Noel Fielding:


Noel Fielding also plays Richmond on The IT Crowd. He was also a guest star on Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, which starred Matt Berry:


You may recognize Matt Berry as Douglas Reynholm from The IT Crowd, but he also has a podcast called The Snuff Box. One of the re-occurring themes in the podcast is mentioning “Ricky from the office”, who is presumably Ricky Gervais from the comedy series The Office, which back to Steve Carell for a moment (if I knew how to make a flowchart in our template, I would, but bear with me). Steve Carell’s break out role was as Michael Scott in the U.S. version of the BBC comedy The Office. The BBC version of the show starred Ricky Gervais:


Ricky Gervais also wrote and starred in the HBO series Extras, which had, as an extra, Katherine Parkinson:


Who you may recognize as Jen on The IT Crowd. As far as I can tell she has never worked with Kevin Bacon.

The IT Crowd airs on IFC from 3:15 p.m. ET to 6:15 p.m. ET today.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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