Top 5 Tech-Oriented TV Series to Watch
Some of us go shopping or driving out-of-town to relax, but there are others who simply enjoy staying in and powerdisking a TV series from the pilot episode to the end of the season in one seating.
For those who are looking for shows to start watching while Game of Thrones is still on a break, you might want to check out these five tech-oriented TV series that we’ve handpicked just for you.
Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is an anthology series with different themes, setting, and cast per episode but altogether shows the kind of generation we live in and how fixated we are on technology.
It earned the title of being the modern-day Twilight Zone with its themes shown in a dark, and sometimes twisted way. If studied and thought about, each episode has a hidden message of how we should not be constantly looking down on our screens or the fictional situations in the stories might just come true in real life.
Here’s a personal tip if you’re going to start watching this series: brace yourself for the pilot episode and don’t give up on it after watching. The following episodes will not be as gut-wrenching as the first one.
Silicon Valley is a comedy show airing in HBO that focuses around a group of nerds and their search for the next big thing. This was put into motion when Richard Hendricks made an app with a top-notch data compression algorithm that he later on discovered was worth millions of dollars.
It’s up to these five young men and their startup company if they will be the next Steve Jobs (hence their poses above) or just a what-could-have-been like many other groups in Bay Area.
One of the creators is Mike Judge (the same creator of Beavis and Butthead) and the show features a lineup of cameo including TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. The show is currently on a break with the third season underway. If you’re into tech and geeky (sometimes crass-y) humor then this show is something that you’d enjoy immensely.
Don’t believe us? Watch the quick teaser below:
Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire is an American TV series set in the 1980s. This piece of period drama introduces Joe McMillan which is a former IBM executive that wants to reverse engineer his ex-company’s technology to use for his own advantage and create a computer that would be bigger and more innovative than what his former company has made.
The main trio includes Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe. Together, they would stop at nothing until their rogue project becomes a reality.
It recently started in mid-2014 and was renewed by AMC (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad) until the third season that’s scheduled to come out in 2016. Being an 80s flick, the show is peppered with synths and electronic beats reminiscent of the New Wave era.
Here’s the trailer for the first season:
Mr. Robot centers around an anti-social computer programmer that acts like a cyber superhero in the beginning of the season — by day he’s an ordinary worker for a corporate company but at night, turns into a vigilante hacker that exposes people dwelling in the dirty areas of the Internet.
He is later on asked to join a group of underground “hacktivists” with a goal of destroying corporate companies like E Corp (aka Evil Corp) including the one that he’s currently working for. The show is a combination of drama and psychological thriller that would, at times, keep you on the verge of your seats.
It became critically acclaimed just after one season with a lot of fans already looking out for the release of next one. It also scored high on review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes which set a record as the only show to earn perfect episode scores for an entire season. Yup, it’s that good.
The IT Crowd
This is an oldie but definitely a goodie. The IT Crowd is a British sitcom TV series that debuted back in 2006 but, unfortunately, ended in 2013. It is basically about the lives of three Technical Support personnel in the IT Department tucked in the basement of their office building.
It follows their day-to-day activities filled with witty tech references, geeky shirts, and weirdly exaggerated themes.
The characters include Moss which is the most awkward among the bunch, Roy who is shy around women, and Jen who heads their team but knows very little about IT.
Check out a personal favorite scene from one of their episodes:
Those are our top 5 picks of tech-related TV shows. What are yours? Let us know in the comments section below. If you could briefly explain why you like watching them, the better!