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The IT Crowd is a British sitcom by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan (Black Books), produced by Ash Atalla (The Office ) and starring Chris O’Dowd (Girls, Family Tree), Richard Ayoade (Strange Hill High), Katherine Parkinson (Inside n°9) and Matt Berry (House of Fools). The “IT” in the show’s title can be pronounced as either the word it /ˈɪt/, as in “the ‘it’ crowd”, or as the letters IT /ˌaɪˈtiː/, as in the abbreviation for information technology.
Set in the London offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, the show revolves around the three staff members of its IT department: a geeky genius named Maurice Moss (Ayoade), the work-shy Roy Trenneman (O’Dowd), and Jen Barber (Parkinson), the department head/relationship manager, who knows nothing about IT. The show also focuses on the bosses of Reynholm Industries: Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) and later, his son Douglas (Matt Berry).
The comedy premiered on Channel 4 on 3 February 2006, and ran for four series of six episodes each. Although a fifth series was commissioned, the programme was concluded with a special, one-off episode, aired on 27 September 2013.
The show was the third successful sitcom creation of Graham Linehan, following Father Ted (co-written with Arthur Mathews) and Black Books (co-written with Dylan Moran).