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DVD Review: “The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season”

The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season (2009, MPI Home Video) purchase this DVD from Amazon: DVD I love when a new show meets all expectations — and surpasses them, as is the case with the BBC’s The IT Crowd, a workplace comedy that features one of my favorite character actors, Richard Ayoade. Fans of The Mighty Boosh, and especially Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, will recognize Ayoade as a gifted comedian with the ability to play just about any outlandish character thrown at him. In The IT Crowd, he portrays Moss, a socially inept, nerdy IT support person at a billion-dollar business, Reynholm Industries. Together with his partner, bitter slacker Roy (Chris O’Dowd), he forms a duo of computer geeks that finds themselves with a new boss, computer illiterate Jen (Katherine Parkinson) and must deal with the changes her arrival brings. This hilarious series has been airing on IFC since last fall and the first six episodes for the first season have just been released on a single DVD that comes with deleted scenes, a farcical …

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The Three Strike Rule: “Z Rock” and “Gavin & Stacey”

Two of the most pleasant surprises of the late summer have been a pair of new comedy series: Z Rock on IFC and Gavin & Stacey on BBC America. They couldn’t be farther apart in terms of themes and structure; however, they’re both quite funny, and worth your time not only now, as we wait out the fall premieres, but for the duration of their season runs Z Rock (Sunday nights at 11:00 PM/ET) is described as “(kinda) based on a true story” following the exploits of the real life hard rock band, Z02, a New York based hard rock group that includes brothers Paulie and David Z on guitar and bass, and Joey C on drums (the only monogamous member of the band). From what I’ve heard of their material, they remind me of Extreme, but with charisma. Whether you prefer their type of rock and roll is irrelevant, though, because the joke of Z Rock is that while they’re a hard rock, party band by night, by day they are an in-demand children’s …