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Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Watch the American 'IT Crowd's' Pilot (While It's Still Up)


Weird, right? This was NBC's failed attempt to remake the British hit sitcom The IT Crowd. This episode of television is particularly relevant because it was written by David Guarascio and Moses Port A.K.A. the new showrunners of Community A.K.A. our potential future worst enemies. It's not all bad: Richard Ayoade does a fine job playing the exact same character as before, Jessica St. Clair is as winning as ever, Joel McHale is there, and ummmm, hmmm, that's about it. What do you think? Is Community doomed? [Via]

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  • Itsonreserve

    Meh on worrying about Community.  These guys also ran Happy Endings, which is pretty good, and they managed to retain Megan Ganz who is responsible for some great work on the show.  I don't think anyone being not Dan Harmon will doom Community, a show with an established voice and canon: more than likely over-zealous fans who refuse to give it a shot without Harmon the Precious will doom Community, no matter what it's like.

  • rogerbix

    This is PAINFUL to watch if you're a fan of the original.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolarz Nicole K.

      Yes, it's uncomfortable viewing. There is no comedic timing at all, and everything is as hammy and overdone as possible. Graham Linehan has said that 
      David Guarascio and Moses Port never consulted him about the American version of the IT Crowd, and I think that lack of consideration shows up in this hacky adaptation.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNastyBasti Basti R

    What do you mean, "written"?

  • Rob

    This isn't so terrible; a little hammy, and too much of a laugh track. The first episode of the original IT Crowd isn't its strongest.

    It definitely shows the difference between American sitcom and British. First of all, everything is spelled out a little more. And Joel Mchale is a little too good-looking for the part.

    I think it has potential. But I didn't think the American Coupling (what I saw of it) was that bad either.