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Eight Degrees of ‘The IT Crowd’

Eight Degrees of ‘The IT Crowd’ (photo)

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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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