The nerd-infested, white-collar suburbs of Silicon Valley donâ€™t strike me as the most obvious source material for an HBO comedy, but Mike Judge — the man behind “Office Space,” “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill” — is making an attempt.
“Silicon Valley” will follow the lives of a programmer named Richard and his zany, socially awkward friends. And with punch lines like â€śSteve Jobs is a poser, he didnâ€™t even write code,â€ť thereâ€™s no telling if the show will appeal to people outside of that circle. (The full trailer is below — but please be warned, like HBO itself, the trailer contains some language that might not sit well with everyone.)
“Silicon Valley” is one of a series of shows trying to chronicle that mythical slice of California that Kevin Roose recently christened the new Wall Street. Thereâ€™s also “Betas,” Amazonâ€™s original series about four men designing a fictional hook-up app, and the film adaptation of “Console Wars” — a non-fiction book on the mid-’90s PR battle between Sega and Nintendo, which has already signed on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to direct.
The New Yorkerâ€™s Emily Nussbaum still argues, however, that CBSâ€™s “The Good Wife” is the best show about technology on TV, and Iâ€™m inclined to agree. Just check out the season three episode â€śBitcoin for Dummies,â€ť which deftly melds fiction, zeitgeist and real legal issues — and only marks the start of a Bitcoin plotline that somehow sustained itself over several episodes.
Silicon Valley, for its part, premieres April 6 on HBO.