Season One of Silicon Valley, the new half-hour comedy from Office Space and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge, premiered last night on HBO, but you can watch the first episode of the show right now on YouTube for free. Loosely based on Judge’s own experience as a tech engineer in the late ’80s, Silicon Valley is the story of Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his start up Pied Piper.
While the premiere episode focused more heavily on the story, the following episodes are more joke dense and by the end of Episode 2, we have a much better idea of who these guys are. Stealing every scene they’re in are T.J. Miller and Zach Woods, as well as Matt Ross and Christopher Evan Welch playing dueling CEO’s fighting over Pied Piper.
Silicon Valley almost plays as a perfect send up of the gravity that was portrayed in David Fincher’s Academy Award nominated film The Social Network. Thomas Middleditch is a reluctant Mark Zuckerberg who looks and dresses the part just with none of the snappy dialogue or ruthless snark. In the words of Erlich Bachman later in the series, Richard still needs to “learn to be an asshole.”
Even though they may not always get along on the show, Nerdist’s own Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh, told us, “We all got along super well and we hang out all the time. It’s actually kind of gross how well we got along. Yeah. It’s super gross.”
Check out the first episode for free, embedded from HBO’s YouTube channel below. From more from Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani check out The Indoor Kids podcast.
Silicon Valley airs Sundays at 10/9c.