With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to map out your must-see list of TV shows. We gathered five of our favourite and most highly-acclaimed tech-driven shows that will make you want to cozy up on the couch when the days get a little more chilly.
1. Silicon Valley
From the creator of Office Space, Mike Judge, and with support from John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, Silicon Valley is an American comedy series on HBO that will have you hooked from the first episode.
Silicon Valley follows six young male misfits with big ideas and big dreams who decide to build their own company in the cutthroat, high-tech market of — you guessed it — Silicon Valley. The hilarious, savvy series details the trials and tribulations that come with owning a startup, the perils of success, plagues of self-doubt, difficulties making business decisions and the reckless, carefree nature that comes along with 20-somethings who have seemingly infinite amounts of money and time.
If you love nerdy, sarcastic humour and all things technology, put this show on the top of your must-see list.
2. Mr. Robot
Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is an American drama series starring Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young cybersecurity engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night.
The thrilling series follows the life of socially anxious and clinically depressed Alderson who lives in New York City and works at cyber security company Allsafe. Heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion, Alderson finds his only connection to humans by hacking into their computers and collecting their personal data. He’s recruited by a mysterious, insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot” and joins their team of hacktivists ‘fsociety’, whose mission is to destroy the data of one of the largest corporations the world, E Corp.
The twist? E Corp is Allsafe’s largest client. Alderson’s inner turmoil of being paid to protect E Corp, while simultaneously trying to destroy it, will keep you on the edge of your seat and coming back for more.
3. The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd, written by Graham Lineman, is a British sitcom set in the fictional London office of Reynholm Industries, run by tech-illiterate Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris).
The sitcom revolves around the three zany employees of its IT department who are shunned by the rest of the staff. Maurice Moss is a geeky, socially inept genius played by Richard Ayoade. Roy Trennemen is his cheeky counterpart who avoids work at all costs. And Jen Barber is the newly-hired head of the department who doesn’t actually know anything about IT, and is redefined as the “Relationship Manager” by Moss and Trennemen.
Following their hilarious, obscure day-to-day work life in the dingy, unkempt basement of the office, this series will make you laugh hysterically, scratch your head and fall in love with its endearing plot and characters.
4. Halt and Catch Fire
Set in the Silicon Prairie of Texas in the early 1980’s at the beginning of the personal computing revolution, Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama series.
Starring Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNair as Gordon Clark, and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, the series follows “a visionary, an engineer, and a prodigy” who put everything they have on the line to follow their dream of building a game-changing computer. After discovering a flaw in IBM’s operation, the three techies realize they have what it takes to compete in the 80s computing race, taking on the big corporate giants of the time.
If you have a love for nostalgia, this series will show you the similarities and differences of the tech world from almost 30 years ago.
5. Person of Interest
Praised by critics around the world, Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama created by Jonathan Nolan and produced by J.J. Abrams.
The series centres on John Reese (played by Jim Caviezel), a former CIA agent who is thought to be dead, but is alive and well, along with Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson), a billionaire software genius, who both team up as crime-fighting vigilantes.
The duo looks to the “Machine,” designed by Finch for the government to detect impending terror acts by monitoring cell phones, email inboxes and surveillance cameras around the world. Combining their smarts, money and cyberskills to stop crimes before they happen, this seems like the ultimate intelligence. But eventually, their efforts are put in danger by the NYPD, an outside hacker and government officials who want to keep the Machine under wraps.
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