If you aren't watching Mike Judge's Silicon Valley on HBO you are missing out on a seriously awesome show. It's only a few episodes in so there's still time to catch up without spending a ton of time binge watching.
Earlier this week the cable network announced that they are giving the series a second season. Judging from the promo spots the show looked funny, but I really didn't know what to expect from it because trailers can be deceiving. Now I'm hooked, and I hope it doesn't end anytime soon.
The story centers on a character named Richard, an introverted computer programmer who manages to entice a bidding war over his search algorithm. The show is described as being "rather merciless in its focus on Silicon Valley and all it entails, both in reality and in stereotype."
A fake website was also recently launched for the fictional tech company in the show, Pied Piper. You can check the site out here. The fake product they are developing is described as follows:
“Pied Piper is a multi-platform technology based on a proprietary universal compression algorithm that has consistently fielded high Weisman Scores™ that are not merely competitive, but approach the theoretical limit of lossless compression”
The series is partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew and the late Christopher Evan Welch.
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