Silicon Valley is a brilliant HBO comedy following a group of young software engineers who are struggling to build their own startup company. The main character, Richard Hendricks, is a shy, 26-year-old genius and college dropout. He works for a giant internet company called Hooli, located in Silicon Valley, California. In his spare time, he unintentionally writes a data compression algorithm, which may, potentially, be worth billions. Rather than accepting the ten million dollar buyout from Hooli, Hendricks decides to quit his job, hire his friends, and take his algorithm to start his own company. This elevates him suddenly from a simple computer coder to a CEO. Among the many problems? He and his friends are largely clueless on how to run a company.
The show's strengths lie in two areas: its writing and its characters. The humor, albeit occasionally vulgar, is sharp, intelligent, and spot on. The jokes are funny twice: the first time around and once again days later when you find yourself recalling them. But Silicon Valley's true highlight is its characters and the dynamics between these six friends. The actors are fully believable in their roles as highly-intelligent, often socially-inept geeks who, despite their flaws, become increasingly endearing as the series progresses. They are cool simply because they are so uncool.
Recommended by Leah Staab