Silicon Valley: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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
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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 (29)

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…

Audience Reviews for Silicon Valley: Season 1


"Kid Rock is the poorest person here." I've only seen one so far, but it was scathingly funny. And uncomfortably too close to home. With heart.


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Started off weak, but quickly became compelling as the characters and plot twists developed over the course of the season. Personal aside: there's far too much truth in much of the negativity the show ascribes to Silicon Valley.


Super Reviewer

Mike Judge was the creator of this show's subtle humour, it satirises the computer industry without being too grossly offensive.


Super Reviewer

An hilarious take on the geek coding generation, Silicon Valley is funny from start to finnish, with a couple of bumpy episodes (2 and 3 specially) that is kinda troublesome on such a short season, consisting of solely 8 episodes, 28mins each. As you can guess, some development of the characters is not as insteresting as it could've been, specially on a comedy that's so focused on it's story rather than gratuitous jokes. Still, with superbly inspired dialogues, situations and mockery of the culture without being ever offensive, Silicon Valley holds great promise for what's to come.

Francisco G

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