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Mike Judge ("Office Space," "Beavis & Butt-head," "King of the Hill") brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Partially inspired by Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late '80s, the show is a collaboration between Judge and Alec Berg ("Seinfeld," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), and kicks off its eight-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following the season debut of "Game of Thrones." SILICON VALLEY features a talented ensemble of young comic actors. Cast regulars include: Thomas Middleditch ("Search Party," "The Office"), T.J. Miller ("Mash Up," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"), Zach Woods ("In the Loop," "The Office"), Kumail Nanjiani ("Franklin & Bash," "Portlandia"), Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks," "Party Down"), Josh Brener ("Glory Daze," "The Internship"), Christopher Evan Welch ("The Master," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and Amanda Crew ("Jobs," "Charlie St. Cloud"). Matt Ross ("Magic City," HBO's "Big Love") guest stars.

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Premiere: Sunday April 6, 10pm

(after the return of Game of Thrones and before the new season of Veep)



Early reviews for this have been mostly good ( "It's not only the best show about the culture-dominating tech world to date but one of best new shows of the season." ) and Mike Judge tends to hit more than he misses. If you're a tech nerd or know what it's like to have been in a startup that went big, this show could be hitting all the right notes.
 

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Watched the first show with my wife and daughter and this was an unqualified hit. Very well done. Helps that Mike Judge knows his stuff and gets all the nuances and the characters. A must watch for us.
 

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I'm confused.


The guy works at Hooli, which is suppose to be like Google, but has entrepreneurial aspirations so he develops something, shows it to a couple of co-workers and now the boss of Hooli has to buy it from him?


If you work for a big company, they own whatever you do, while you're under their employment, even if he did it on his own time.



Unlikely too that a new codec wouldn't be subject to patent disputes. Or that he'd develop it while his goal was something else. More likely, he'd use an existing codec if his idea was about searching for copyrights.
 

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Originally Posted by wco81  /t/1525282/silicon-valley-on-hbo-hd#post_24577330


I'm confused.

If you work for a big company, they own whatever you do, while you're under their employment, even if he did it on his own time.

That is not true for California (even if it's in your employment agreement, it's unenforceable). If you use your own time and resources, then it's yours.
 

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This has got a lot of potential. The attention to detail is excellent. The amount of work put into that short credit sequence alone is amazing. Watch it on slow motion and you can see the changing history of the tech world through logos and some culture touches like ping pong on the roof sprinkled throughout.


This does feel like "Entourage for Software" but I fear that this world is far more dense and less viewer friendly than the entertainment industry and might not run for that long.


Excellent car gag.
 

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I enjoyed it. As stated wonder what the holding power will be for those not familiar with the area.


Got a chuckle that he was at the Atherton medical center. That is a jaunt down the road from Palo Alto and not sure why he would be there? Atherton, strictly residential. Mansions in the $40m and up range. Not sure if that scene was to be a bit playful but he would have no reason to be in Atherton. The top priciest zip code by capita in U.S.


The Kid Rock spoof was quite funny as well. Enjoyed it. Hope the ratings hold up.


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In an interesting move HBO are streaming the entire first episode for free on YouTube. Is this the first time they've shown something outside of the cable wall?


Also only just found out that Christopher Evan Welch who plays the investment billionaire who wants a piece of the company, Peter Gregory, died of lung cancer during filming this season. Apparently they shot six episodes with him.
 

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It is kind of funny the way the show mocked the idealism that some tech companies and industry leaders often express, about something they're trying to make a lot of money with making the world a better place.


Meanwhile, at that party, there was $40 billion in paper net wealth? The actor they got to play Schmidt looked like him too.
 

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Showrunners always start with trying to get initial viewers to want to continue watching a new show. I think they totally failed in this case, because I don't think many people who are not into the nerd/SFBA theme will like this show. I quit early. If I'm wrong, and it becomes a good show, I can always get it then.
 

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The actor they got to play Schmidt looked like him too.

It was Him !
 

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I liked it; it definitely had an 'Office Space" vibe to it. Feels like they got the details right. We'll see how it wears over time, though. I also had wondered why Hooli would have to buy a program from one of their employees.
 

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They just wanted to exploit the algorithm.


What was their position at the company? He wasn't a programmer, he was dreading the approach of the programmers.


I watched because I'm a fan of TJ Miller's and Kumail's stand up. I really liked the show.
 

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They just wanted to exploit the algorithm.


What was their position at the company? He wasn't a programmer, he was dreading the approach of the programmers.

No, no, no they were not programmers. They were brogrammers!



I thought he was an engineer or maybe he is a programmer just not one of the bros.
 

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I think Mike Judge really nailed how "silly" the tech industry and especially the south bay is. I like to call the place "Silly Conned Valley" and was much involved in the 1990s. I'm still involved but only on the fringes since they think anyone with over 10 years experience (over 30 in my case) is too old. BTW, th e "Pied Piper" thing is not a stupid idea at all. As a musician I've long wanted such services and even a few years ago some of the music search engines might be able to find a similar tune to one you've written. That doesn't seem to be the case any longer as I think the music companies wanted the content in the database to ALL be licensed making it too expensive.
 

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From the SFist a pretty good recap from a local point of view,

'Silicon Valley' Episode 1 Recap: Welcome To Palo Alto




This line from the review is so true!

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For those who live and work primarily in San Francisco, driving down there is a minor nightmare akin to a dentist visit, and you only do it for business reasons, or because a rich friend is throwing a pool party in August.
 

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From the SFist a pretty good recap from a local point of view,

'Silicon Valley' Episode 1 Recap: Welcome To Palo Alto




This line from the review is so true!

Or lunch meetings ONLY! I also liked that a point was made about the cost of rent in the area. And these days tech companies locate in downtown San Francisco and as best I can figure out for prestigious address, certainly not for the economics. BART is a joke and yet they act like the Bay Area has great transit.
 

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Do you think we will ever see anybody over 30 on this show. WIll they acknowledge the crazy ageism here.

I think we saw some "older" guys at the initial party. Those probably are CEOs who may be totally out of touch with the actual workings. I think we got a taste of that when Hooli boss didn't really seem to know anything other than he had to have it.

I really loved the: "We are making the world a better place by (insert incomprehensible techno-jargon)" mantra.
 

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Or lunch meetings ONLY! I also liked that a point was made about the cost of rent in the area. And these days tech companies locate in downtown San Francisco and as best I can figure out for prestigious address, certainly not for the economics. BART is a joke and yet they act like the Bay Area has great transit.
Yes, the cost of housing in the bay area, particularly San Francisco is way out of hand. My brother was paying $3K for a place two blocks from GG Park in the Richmond District and the landlord was raising it to $5K. He decided to buy across the bay in the Adams Point area near Lake Merritt, and that was in the $700K range simply because of the bubble caused in large part by all the loose tech money flooding the area. San Francisco has the highest housing costs of anywhere in the nation. Pretty soon those fast money millionaires are going to have to serve their own Starbucks coffee as the people who do it now can't even afford to live anywhere near the store anymore.



As far as living in the City, the prestige for sure, but also because the south bay is essentially a cultural desert when compared to San Francisco and that's part of why those Google buses are upsetting the locals so much, they bus the workers to and from work in the south using public resources while driving up the cost of living for long term residents. And the current mayor has put his stamp of approval on the whole mess.


I wonder if the show will touch on how some of these young mega-millionaires have turned out to be some of the world's biggest self-centered douchebags.
 

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I wonder if the show will touch on how some of these young mega-millionaires have turned out to be some of the world's biggest self-centered douchebags.

Well they hired Kid Rock for a buyout party just to be ironic by the looks of it, so the guy who was making the self-important speech at the beginning already started out in the show as a douchebag.
 
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