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.