Mike Judge’s HBO Show Silicon Valley (Will Be Prescribed by Career Coaches)

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Mike Judge, the man behind Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and the greatest comedy known to mankind (Idiocracy) has a moderately hyped new series premiering on HBO April 6th called Silicon Valley. See the trailer here.

What fascinates me about Judge is despite his incredible talent, he’s most concerned with the oppressiveness of life at work. I was never one of those people who felt really connected to Office Space, his strangely splashy live action directorial debut, but when I talked to him about his (then) newest treatise on employment Extract he said of his protagonist “I feel this is the same character who was in Office Space, but now he’s running the place.” I imagine he could say something like that about his HBO show "hero" Richard (Thomas Middleditch), who's got a million dollar idea and he has to choose to sell or startup. For Richard, life is a roller coaster and he's a puker.

Silicon Valley is a workplace comedy we might as well call a workplace western—even without horses or vendettas, the men in this startup make it look impossible for civilization to take root because nobody can lead and everyone wants to hold the bag. While THR thinks Silicon Valley could be to San Francisco what Entourage was to Hollywood, I hope it's going to be more like Girls, a cathartic comedy about idea people stifled by structures for which they have no instinct. All those musicians struggling with publicity or engineers with no aptitude for management will flock, and behind them we'll find a list of career coaches who said "there's a show out there just for you."

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