Silicon Valley (2014–2019) – It’s not Magic, It’s Talent and Sweat!

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Based on silicon valley culture, Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky. It revolves around Richard Hendricks, who is a programmer and created his own start-up company, Pied Piper

The first season commences with Richard creating an app Pied Piper, with his revolutionary data compression algorithm. After the word of Richard’s app spills in the silicon valley, Gavin Belson, owner of a big company, Hooli, instructs his employees to make a copycat version of Pied Piper having the same data compression performance. They were able to build the app and went to compete against Pied Piper in TechCrunch Disrupt. Richard has only one night to outperform their version of Pied Piper. 

Other successive seasons portray Richard’s struggles to make his company big and also come up with other novel ideas to revolutionize the tech world. The series often have references to the big giants in the tech world and how they affect people and start-ups. It also referenced Facebook, with its data disputes with the users. 

“I will help you end this tyranny, by building an internet that is by the people, of the people, for the people, so help me God.”

Richard is a shy but brilliant programmer whose abilities can be easily seen in the first episode itself with the app he created, which he believes is “The Next Big Thing.” To support him is his weird but talented set of team, Big Head (Josh Brener), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) who lives in a “hacker hostel” owned by a crazy entrepreneur Erlich (T.J. Miller)

Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks has brilliantly performed his character. The main flaw outlined in his character of getting too nervous in difficult situations especially when he is in the spotlight is vividly shown by Thomas, which looks quite believable. 

Another character which people loved in the show is that of Gilfoyle, played by Martin Starr, with his badass attitude. He speaks his dialogues or his insults in a monotone, expressionless way but it did hit hard on whom it is thrown. He sure has a lot of egos but balances it with the brilliant talent he has. 

“I’m effectively leveraging your misery. I’m like the Warren Buffet of f*cking with you.”

Other supporting actors,  T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, and Jimmy O. Yang, have done excellent jobs, successfully making the audience laugh with their dialogue delivery and comic timing. We love a series for its characters more than for its storyline, and Silicon Valley characters are just the same. All the coders out there will definitely be able to relate to these characters with no effort. 

One of the show’s greatest assets has been its gift for capturing the dysfunction of the start-up world with both enormous specificity and universality that makes it relatable to anyone who has ever toiled away in a chaotic work environment. The series is not only humorous but intellectual targeting mainly the tech enthusiasts. It is a perfect treat for those working in silicon valley, and are frustrated with its set rules and ideologies. 

Silicon Valley comprises of six seasons, each more intriguing than the previous. It is streaming on Disney+Hotstar!

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Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal is an Electrical Engineer, graduated from the Indian Insitute of Technology Palakkad. In her leisure time, she likes to watch films but more precisely writes her thoughts about it thus influencing others to watch more Good Content.

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