Top 10 moments from The IT Crowd

Top 10 moments from The IT Crowd

It may not seem like it, but Channel 4’s much-loved comedy The IT Crowd premiered on February 3rd 2006 – 10 years ago today. I’ve been watching the show a lot lately and it seems appropriate to share 10 of my favourite moments from the programme.

Although the show’s setting is simple, the gang in the IT department at Reynholm Industries get up to all sorts of amusing shenanigans. The sitcom has given us relatable and unforgettable characters (and some rather disturbing ones too). I love the gang of oddballs occupying the run-down office in the basement: the misanthropic Roy Trenneman (Chris O’ Dowd), the awkward genius Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), the social butterfly Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) and the whimsical goth Richmond Avenal (Noel Fielding). 

The hilarious, awkward and downright daft show is dearly missed, but thankfully the episodes can be enjoyed over and over again. 

10) Jen appears on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? 

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Jen’s unsuccessful romantic endeavours are always entertaining – from dating the man whose name sounds like ‘paedophile’ to the guy who looks like a magician. Possibly the most humiliating of them all is Jen’s attempt to impress her crush by lying about her knowledge of classical music. This is a harmless white lie in itself, but Jen doesn’t know he’s preparing for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and is planning to pick her for his ‘Phone a Friend’. Jen’s wrong answer costs him a staggering £30,000. To make matters worse, she has to go to dinner with him the next day and endure his hateful glare. Poor Jen.

Series 1, episode 3: Fifty Fifty

9) The Red Door 

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Jen becomes increasingly curious about a mysterious red door in the office that’s always locked. When she asks Roy and Moss what’s behind the door, they’re suddenly defensive and forbid her from ever opening it. Naturally, she opens the door when Roy and Moss are out of the office and is horrified to discover someone actually lives there. This is the first time viewers get to meet Richmond – the reclusive, delightfully creepy Goth who was exiled to the basement after his career went town the toilet. This is a moment we couldn’t forget if we tried. 

Series 1, episode 4: The Red Door

8) Moss gets stuck in the arcade machine

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Many technology lovers will do just about anything to get their hands on the latest gadgets, something Moss proves when he finds himself stuck in an arcade machine trying to win the new iPhone. Moss can’t go through a single day without getting into some sort of pickle – and this is a pickle only Moss could get into. 

Series 4, episode 4: Italian for Beginners

7) Roy has poo on his head 

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Jen isn’t the only member of the IT department who doesn’t have much luck when it comes to romance – Roy also has his fair share of cringing encounters. On one of the rare occasions when he goes on a date with a woman he actually likes, he’s abruptly rejected because he has poo on his head. His date is still reluctant to give him another chance when he insists it’s only chocolate pudding. Being the supportive friend that she is, Jen makes the situation worse by sharing his embarrassment with everyone in the building. 

Series 1, episode 3: Fifty Fifty

6) That really violent piracy ad 

This is one of those silly moments from The IT Crowd that get funnier everytime you watch them. Roy and Moss sit down to enjoy their illegal copy of the latest Tarantino movie, but their pleasant evening is interrupted by a particularly alarming piracy advert. The warning starts off quite normal, but suddenly gets super weird: ‘You wouldn’t shoot a policeman…and then steal his helmet. You wouldn’t go to the toilet in his helmet and then send it to the policeman’s grieving widow…and then steal it again!’

Series 2, episode 3: Moss and the German

5) The office ecosystem

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Jen thinks the boys’ disgusting living habits are too much and tries to do something about it. She can’t live with their lack of hygiene and their appalling diets (Roy regularly eats actual buckets of chicken). The boys teach Jen that the office is a delicate ecosystem that can’t be disturbed. To be fair, the little chicks living in Moss’ CD tray are rather cute.

Series 1, episode 4: The Red Door 

4) Abracada-Bra

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When Jen suffers at work because of her bad bra, Moss creates an ingenious solution to change women’s lives everywhere: the Abracada-Bra. The bra is designed to be comfortable and durable and Moss insists it can never go bad. He even takes the bra on Dragons’ Den, but alas, the bra spontaneously sets on fire and isn’t indestructible after all. Such a shame.

Series 2, episode 5: Smoke and Mirrors

3) The smoking area

A social creature like Jen can’t stay cooped up in the basement for too long, as Roy and Moss don’t offer the sparkling conversation she craves. Smoking is her chance to mingle with the other people in the building – until smoking isn’t cool anymore and the smoking area becomes too ‘Soviet’. Melodramatic as ever, Jen embarks on a hilarious quest to find the new smoking shelter – and it’s very grim indeed.

Series 2, episode 3: Moss and the German

2) Moss goes on Countdown

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Moss’ dream of going on Countdown and winning the coveted teapot finally comes true. But he doesn’t anticipate the drama that will follow his success on the show. He’s recruited by a clandestine society of former contestants calling themselves 8+ and Moss is something of a rockstar to them. We see Moss’ dark side in a tense outdoor Countdown battle. We also learn that ‘Tnetennba’ is a word – thanks for educating us Moss. (I’m still waiting for the Oxford English Dictionary to officially recognise this as a word.)

Series 4, episode 2: The Final Countdown

1) Goth2Boss

This is without a doubt my all-time favourite moment from The IT Crowd. Any scene including Richmond has me cackling, but his uplifting and thought-provoking ‘Goth2Boss’ video makes me laugh so much it hurts. Richmond gives us an insight into the lives of goths and the positive contributions they can make to society. If you’re going through a rough patch in life, Richmond’s motivational video will put you on the right track to success. The show is inspiring as well as funny.

Series 4, episode 6: Reynholm vs Reynholm

It was quite a task narrowing down my best bits! What are your favourite scenes/moments from the show?

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