3 Cool Technology-Related TV Shows
The use of technology is one of the things that brings most people together. For the past couple of decades people have depended more and more on technology as a way to manage their lives, socialize, and get the goods and services they choose to purchase. This has led to the development of a lot of solid technology-related television shows. In this week’s blog, we thought we would take a look at three shows that cover multiple genres that are solid viewing for the technology enthusiast.
#1 – Silicon Valley
Developed by Mike Judge, the comic genius behind Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, and King of the Hill, Silicon Valley is one of the best comedies created over the past decade. Silicon Valley is set, you guessed it, in Silicon Valley. It centers around software developers that live in an “incubator” in Palo Alto, California. The main character, Richard Hendricks, is developing an app hilariously called Pied Piper that is being developed as a tool to search for copyrighted music. The real value of the app, however, is that it has a revolutionary lossless compression algorithm that allows people to keep huge databases that can run just about anything. This overlooked feature opens a bidding war that quickly gets out of hand.
Silicon Valley ran for six seasons on HBO and wrapped up in 2019. It is laugh-out-loud funny for the entire run of the show. Some of the highlights of the show are Hendrick’s ineptitude at running a company, his running rivalry with the head of one of the biggest technology companies, Gavin Belson, and incubator developers Dinesh and Guilfoyle’s back and forth banter throughout the series.
Created by: Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky
Starring: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, and Jimmy O. Yang
Network (years active): 2014-2019 Where to watch: Max
#2 – Mr. Robot
Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is a character study in schizophrenia. The show follows Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and cyberterrorist with several mental illnesses and a drug addiction. Elliot is recruited by Mr. Robot, a manifested characterization of his late father to
head up “fsociety,” a hacker collective that is attempting to encrypt the financial records held by the world’s largest technology company, ECorp.
Mr. Robot is fashioned as a thriller and has been universally praised for its representation of the alienation that can sometimes come through the use of technology. Throughout much of the run, the show uses the dissociation of its main character to great effect, providing intrigue and ambiguity. The show ran four seasons from 2015-2019 on USA Network.
Created by: Sam Esmail
Starring: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Michael Cristofer, Stephanie Corneliussen, Grace Gummer, BD Wong, Bobby Cannavale, Ashlie Atkinson, and Elliot Villar:
Network: USA Network Where to watch: Amazon Prime
#3 – Black Mirror
Black Mirror is a dystopian anthology that is centered around the view of technology in future societies. The series started in 2011 and has won critical acclaim for its representation of situational speculative fiction. The series covers multiple genres and has touched on many different technologies and how they will affect humanity in the future.
Black Mirror started on Channel 4 in the UK, but after season two it was picked up by Netflix. They have produced four more seasons as well as one of the very first interactive movies, Bandersnatch. The series was created by Charlie Brooker and he has written most of the episodes himself taking inspiration from authors such as Philip K. Dick and Issac Asimov.
Created by: Charlie Brooker
Starring: Anthology series, multiple stars.
Network: Channel 4 and Netflix Where to watch: Netflix
Technology is now ubiquitous in our culture, and as time progresses there will certainly be more shows and series created centered around it. For more great technology-related content, check back weekly to our blog.