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April 21st 2014 4:31 pm

Are you watching HBO's Silicon Valley?



After 3 episodes, HBO has decided to renew Silicon Valley, the comedy by Mike Judge that pokes fun at the culture of this weirdly wonderful place. For those of us here in the Engadget offices, the show has been fairly polarizing. Some of us love it and others find it cringe-worthy.

Are you watching the show? If so, share what you like (or don't like) about it!

Via: www.engadget.com­/2014­/04­/21­/hbo­-silicon­-valley­-ren...

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MrTrout

yes i've been watching. but man is it depressing. this is exactly what the valley is like and that's not a good thing
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EmilyP

I saw the first two episodes at HBO's premiere party last month. I really enjoyed it, but I wonder if the humor is something only people who live/work in the Valley will get. It's hilarious to me, but contains a lot of jokes I can't see translating to a universal audience. Looking forward to streaming episode three soon.
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numeson

I'm with Emily. Hard to evaluate the show's appeal to civilians when I live inside the bubble and understand all the inside baseball humor. Feels like broad appeal is going to be based upon how good the individual characters are. That's the main reason I continue to watch -- I've enjoyed what I've seen of Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh) and Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) so far.
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johncolucci

Agreed to you both, but I do think people who aren't linked at all to SV or anything "tech" will get parts of it. I see this show in a lot of ways like VEEP (Selina Meyer for Prez!) and a 2005 HBO relic, The Comeback.

The funny part now is when you Google (or Hooli) this, it gets mixed in search results from that delicious Bravo reality series Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, which was nothing near the comedic genius this was.

Wait... maybe a hair close.
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dave

My quick opinion: I really enjoyed the first episode. While the humor was fairly low brow, I thought it painted some pretty good caricatures of the types of personalities that you see throughout the region.

The problems that the main character, Thomas, faces sound like the sort of stuff you'd read in Techcrunch and Valleywag. For me, this is funny because it makes fun at how ridiculous this world is, while staying somewhat true to it.

That said, I feel like the second episode was a bit weaker. More character development, not as much humor (interestingly enough, I didn't think this show would be around very long, so the renewal news is a pleasant surprise).
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johncolucci

The show also makes me think, does everyone in the greater Bay Area have Aspergers? Is that what we have to walk away with here?
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frankspin

I'm enjoying it but it still hasn't had that strong moment yet.

It's still leagues better than Betas.
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johncolucci

Oh man, I loved Betas. I agree SV is better than Betas, but I still enjoyed that show. Too bad it's not coming back.
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kris

I want to punch Erlich in the face soooooo much.
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lwdupont

I'm finding it pretty funny, but not having lived or worked in the bay area since 2000, I don't know if it's really as crazy as all the posts and shows like this make it seem.

it's amusing at least to think the bay area is like this now :)
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numeson

Let's just say that the show doesn't have to take a lot of liberties: it strikes pretty close to home for folks living in the Valley these days.
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johncolucci

Yes and I love it.
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dave

Hah, this is kind of an amusing Easter Egg based on the show: www.piedpiper.com­/­#hello
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DCEdm

Loving it. Rings so true.
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