Silicon Valley: Season 5 (2018)

Season 5
Silicon Valley

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Five seasons in, Silicon Valley finds a new way to up the ante with tighter, less predictable plots, while still maintaining its clever brand of comedic commentary.



Critic Ratings: 28


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Air date: Mar 25, 2018

Now that Pied Piper has ample funding and new offices, the pressure to get things right stymies Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and forces him to grow the company in a way he hadn't planned. A picky Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) question their ability to make good decisions. After returning to Hooli, Gavin (Matt Ross) worries about becoming antiquated.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

Panicked by suddenly leading a much larger team, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) finds himself managing a number of small conflicts in his efforts to unite his new employees. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) celebrates a new purchase that Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) looks to spoil. Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang) goes to court. Gavin (Matt Ross) meets pushback over his signature and what it says about him.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2018

Encouraged by Jared (Zach Woods) to strike up a friendship with Dana (Dan Mintz), a like-minded CEO, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) instead finds himself charmed by Dana's COO (Ben Koldyke), who challenges his loyalty to Gilfoyle (Martin Starr). Facing limited housing options thanks to his impulse purchase, Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) searches for a new roommate.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2018

Attempting to woo a gaming company to PiperNet, Richard inadvertently angers a prized ally; Dinesh deals with a betrayal; in preparation for a big launch, Gavin leaves his underlings with a cryptic message; Jared gets inside information from Big Head.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2018

Overshadowed by Jared (Zach Woods) in an on-camera interview, Richard's (Thomas Middleditch) confidence wavers further when Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) and Monica (Amanda Crew) force him to work with Eklow, a new artificial-intelligence company. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) worries about the prospect of introducing AI into Pied Piper. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) makes Jared self-conscious ahead of a second interview. Gavin (Matt Ross) questions his future beyond Hooli.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2018

Richard (Thomas Middleditch) decides to help when Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) gets in a jam, but his lack of emotional discipline threatens to backfire on Pied Piper. Gavin (Matt Ross) tries to make a deal with a stubborn partner while abroad. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) relishes a rare win. Jared (Zach Woods) bonds with a surprising figure.

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Air date: May 6, 2018

Richard gets unsettling news as the Pied Piper guys prepare to close their Series B funding. Meanwhile, Gilfoyle suggests a risky proposition; Dinesh goes to great lengths to compete with a coworker; Jared keeps an eye on Richard's new assistant; and Gavin tries to charm small-town America.

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Air date: May 13, 2018

In the Season 5 finale, the launch of PiperNet finds Monica suspicious of an early success, and the team must race against the clock as their future is threatened. Realizing he's made more enemies than friends, Richard makes a surprising move.

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Pied Piper finally has enough funding for proper offices and new employees, and to bring its peer-to-peer internet to the world -- but leveling up introduces a whole new class of obstacles. While Richard struggles to lead a larger team and play with the big dogs, the rest of the team adjusts to new staff, new digs and new anxieties. Meanwhile, Hooli rival Gavin Belson has returned to power, but finds the threat of Pied Piper, and its boldness, hard to shake.

Cast & Crew

Suzanne Cryer
Laurie Bream
Martin Starr
Amanda Crew
Josh Brener
Big Head
Matt Ross
Gavin Belson
Chris Williams
Chris Aquilino
Ben Feldman
Ron LaFlamme
Mike Judge
Executive Producer
Alec Berg
Executive Producer
Tom Lassally
Executive Producer
John Altschuler
Executive Producer
Dave Krinsky
Executive Producer
Michael Rotenberg
Executive Producer
Anthony King
Matt Ross
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Critic Reviews for Silicon Valley Season 5

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

Silicon Valley's creators have long prided themselves on staying ahead of tech trends via thorough research, and this new season seems more on-point than ever.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the new story lines, Season 5 of Silicon Valley starts off with a been-there-done-that feel to it.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Mike Judge's HBO comedy can create chaos with the best of them.

Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Still one of the best on TV, even without the brilliantly coarse TJ Miller.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

So how does Silicon move forward without Erlich?... Pretty easily, actually.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

One episode was enough to verify that it is still as fun as ever. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Season Five is perhaps the best season of the show and has moved everything - the characters, Pied Piper, the comedy - forward and ensured that I'm fully onboard for the sixth season whenever it debuts.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hopefully, Judge can keep this show rolling through the season at the level of the premiere.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It has found a comfort zone keeping its fanbase happy, but newcomers can tune in and smile, because depending on what city you live in, you might know these guys.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The writers ensure there's enough happening in every episode to keep us occupied (and laughing), while slowly doling out minor upgrades that'll hopefully have a worthwhile impact.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The fifth season manages to keep in form despite being more of the same. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

There must be a little bit more room for women around the Pied Piper office, right? Somewhere?... Silicon Valley might be be down one major character in season 5, but it seems absolutely nothing else has changed.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silicon Valley: Season 5

  • Apr 02, 2020
    Silicon Valley: Season 5 another fun season of the beloved IT gang
  • Aug 24, 2019
    While the first seasons felt like they actually had a decent grip on software development and the valley companies, it's now just repetitive farce sinking ever deeper into the swamp of mediocrity. All the characters have descended into caricatures of themselves which, given that they were caricatures to start with, makes them feel so artificial that it's impossible to muster even an ounce of interest in what happens to them. By now you also know that no matter how bad things are going you can be sure that some technomagical act of god will make the Piper team come out on top. It doesn't matter if they are smart, brave, stand-up or just dumb jerks. They are rewarded with success anyway, because when you can't be bothered to craft an interesting story or have anything to tell that's just the easiest and safest way to coast along until the end of the final season.
  • Oct 19, 2018
    The lost of Urlich is felt this season, but the show is still funny.
  • Aug 24, 2018
    Although some things never change, this comes to do more good than bad. Very satisfied with the 5th season. The store line could use something more than the same recipe from the start, I cannot say that the way they choose to go was bad.
  • Jul 14, 2018
    What a farcical, pseudo intellectual show, reinforcing stereotypes of the valley. completely rotten.
  • May 19, 2018
    Might be the most underrated series ever.
  • May 18, 2018
    Not as good as earlier seasons, but still pretty good.
  • May 15, 2018
    Hopefully s05e08 is not the end, but certainly was an outstanding finale. Episode 7 was text book...
  • May 15, 2018
    Silicon Valley finds a bit of a re-invention for itself in its fifth season, giving viewers what may be perhaps its best year yet. While T.J. Miller may have exited, the cast makes massive new additions this year as Pied Piper goes more corporate, and the writing ups the ante a bit too. The show's trademark irreverent humor is sharper and funnier than ever, and the new dynamics allow for more unpredictable scripts. While the show's creators had previously suggested season 6 would be the last one, this year really does hint that there may be plenty more to come from this consistently surprising lil' hit.
  • May 14, 2018
    Hits the nail on the head, striking a perfect balance between great conflict / resolution story telling and absolutely laugh out loud humor.

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