There are two shows you should be watching right now: Halt and Catch Fire and Silicon Valley. HACF is a dramatic show based in the Texas’ Silicon Prairie while Silicon Valley is a comedy based in, well, Palo Alto’s Silicon Valley.
I am not a tech geek so when a friend told me to the plot to Halt and Catch Fire my first thought was, “BORING!” I snoozed on the first season, but then I watched an episode on Netflix and I was sucked in. (PS – You can also watch the first season on AMC right now because tonight is the premier for the 2nd season).
WHAT’S HALT AND CATCH FIRE ABOUT?
Set in the early 1980s, series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. (written by AMC)
Two words: character development. The HACF writers sure do know how to make you care about Joe, Gordon, Cameron, and Donna. Yes, there is technical jargon throughout the show that flies right over my head, but I’m not distracted by it because I like the universe the writers are building. I compare this to Star Trek and when those characters talk about technical things related to The Enterprise– it adds to the believability of the show and it makes their world real. BTW – The show takes place mainly in Dallas Texas, but both Gordon’s and Diane’s cars have California license plates. Speaking of Cali, let’s switch gears and talk about Silicon Valley.
WHAT’S SILICON VALLEY ABOUT?
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s. (Written by Home Box Office)
The tech speak doesn’t go away in this show but instead it adds to the pure comedy of this show. Here’s a good example during the TechCrunch competition. I also find I am laughing at myself whenever Jared brings up ideas like SCRUM or SWOT because I DO know what those are and admit to using them in my own office. I guess I am a nerd.