Silicon Valley on HBO: the full trailer for the Mike Judge series. (VIDEO)

Mike Judge Takes on the Tech World in Trailer for Silicon Valley

Mike Judge Takes on the Tech World in Trailer for Silicon Valley

Brow Beat
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Feb. 24 2014 1:28 PM

Mike Judge Skewers the Tech World With Silicon Valley

Mike Judge fans rejoice: The man behind Office Space and Idiocracy will skewer the tech industry in a new satire, Silicon Valley, and HBO has just released a promising full trailer. It features a predictable-looking group of young men with varying degrees of facial hair who band together to start their own company, and it opens with the claim that Steve Jobs was a poser because he didn’t write code.

The half-hour comedy marks a return to television for Judge, who created both Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill, which ended its 13-season run in 2010. Silicon Valley zeroes in on a very different type: a computer programmer named Richard (Thomas Middleditch) who creates a search algorithm he hopes will free him from his job at a giant (fictional) tech company.


The Bay Area tech sector has been the butt of jokes for years, but the pairing of Judge and HBO—not to mention a cast that includes Martin Starr, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods—is encouraging. The show premieres April 6, after Season 3 premiere of the government-skewering Veep. That’s one tasty-looking kebab. 

Lara Zarum is a graduate student in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at NYU. She writes a regular TV column for the Toronto magazine the Grid.