Silicon Valley: Season 1 (2014)

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Silicon Valley is a relevant, often hilarious take on contemporary technology and the geeks who create it that benefits from co-creator Mike Judge's real-life experience in the industry.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2014

Computer whizzes toil away at a tech company in California and hope their ideas will be the Next Big Thing in this comedy, which begins with Richard being courted by Hooli honcho Gavin Belson and eccentric investor Peter Gregory when they see dollar signs in his new Web site, but for entirely different reasons.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2014

A viable business plan that includes staff reductions is required by Peter Gregory before he'll come through with the start-up money, but Richard isn't sure if his best friend, Big Head, will make the cut.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2014

Gavin Belson promotes Nucleus, a competing compression platform, but Richard is preoccupied with negotiating for Pied Piper, which is already registered to a sprinkler company. Meanwhile, Erlich tries to come up with a new name for the business; and Peter Gregory displays his stingy side.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2014

Richard regrets his drunken promise at Peter's toga party to make Erlich a board member, and later works on a presentation for Pied Piper's vision. Meanwhile, Big Head finds kindred spirits after being unassigned at Hooli; and an interesting connection emerges between Peter and Gavin Belson.

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Air date: May 4, 2014

Erlich taps a graffiti artist to design Pied Piper's logo, with predictably controversial results. Meanwhile, Richard learns he doesn't have much time to prepare for a live demonstration at TechCrunch Disrupt; Gavin Belson and Peter Gregory have an unexpected encounter; and Jared works on the company's efficiency.

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Air date: May 11, 2014

Pied Piper's cloud needs help, so the team hire a hacker called "The Carver," though his notorious reputation makes Richard nervous. Meanwhile, Jared goes out of his way to get Peter Gregory's signature; Gilfoyle's girlfriend attracts attention in the incubator; and Dinesh faces a sexual dilemma.

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Air date: May 18, 2014

TechCrunch Disrupt opens and Richard worries about finishing his demo, but is distracted by a former girlfriend who's spreading rumors about him. Meanwhile, Jared feels threatened by Amanda's role in the company; Dinesh is smitten with a woman at another booth; and Pied Piper's chances may be ruined by Erlich's connection to a judge that's rooted in scandal.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2014

In the Season 1 finale, Pied Piper's guys are worried after Gavin Belson gives a stirring presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt, but Richard finds the inspiration to make significant changes while Jared plots a new direction for the company.

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In this comedy cocreated by Mike Judge ("Office Space"; "King of the Hill"), computer whizzes toil away at a tech company in California hoping their ideas will be the Next Big Thing. One of these is Richard (Thomas Middleditch), a shy but brilliant programmer whose potentially gazillion-dollar compression algorithm piques the interest of two rival industry titans: Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), the Machiavellian honcho of Hooli ready to gobble up—or destroy—any and all competition; and Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch), an eccentric recluse with, perhaps, more dollars than sense. Also along for the ride are Richard's friends and coworkers, including Big Head (Josh Brener), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), who are all living in a "Hacker Hostel" owned by delusional entrepreneur Erlich (T.J. Miller); and Monica (Amanda Crew) and Jared (Zach Woods), who work for Gregory and Belson, respectively, but instantly recognize the value of Richard's creation.

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Critic Reviews for Silicon Valley Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (30)

His [Mike Judge] latest comedy series, zeroes in on the land of killer apps, broken dreams and social misfits. It's a beauty in addition to being a loosely related descendant of Office Space.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Silicon Valley is Judge's first live-action series after his animated small-screen hits Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, and that it's so funny is both gratifying and a relief.

Mar 26, 2014 | Full Review…

By the end of the second episode, the personalities take off, the humor sharpens and there's no need to reboot.

Mar 25, 2014 | Full Review…

HBO's Silicon Valley is the rare show that might make you say, "Wow. Wouldn't want to be a tech billionaire right now."

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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There are signs that Silicon Valley will grow into something a bit more broad-based. [There] are inspired moments that show Silicon Valley has the potential [to] be much more than The Big Bang Theory with more tech jargon and cruder sex jokes.

Apr 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Its clever take on its characters' inflated egos and ambitions will be familiar to people in all fields, as will its depiction of what happens to loyalty and friendship when money is at stake.

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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While the show occasionally descends into bland exposition, Silicon Valley succeeds because of its talented cast.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Silicon Valley benefits from an extremely talented cast packed with comedic talent.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Rest assured, the series is hilarious, with Judge firing on all cylinders in a way we haven't quite experienced in some time.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Above all, though, Silicon Valley simply finds its world absurd and hilarious, a counterfeit utopia so out of control that there's always something entertaining going on.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

... Silicon Valley does anything but take itself too seriously, delivering consistent laughs and an interesting look at this burgeoning subculture.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

It could turn out to be the best thing Judge has ever done. It's certainly the best comedy to come out of HBO in a long time.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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