Silicon Valley is one of my favorite TV comedies. It is a show on HBO about a fictional company called Pied Piper. The story is about the development of Pied Piper, all the way from an idea to a huge company, with everything in between as well. In addition to it being a really funny and well made comedy, it also paints a relatively accurate picture of Silicon Valley and the types of people working in it.
As this article by Business Insider discusses, the director of Silicon Valley “employ consultants and even a few real life startups.” The goal is to learn from these people and companies what starting a company in Silicon Valley is really like. This information is then used to try and portray the actual culture of the tech industry. Although the major companies in the show are fictional, it is easy to equate what companies they may be equivalent to in the real world. Furthermore, it is easy to see some similarities between the main character, Richard Hendricks, and real life founders such as Mark Zuckerberg.
Overall, I just really enjoyed watching Silicon Valley. The time commitment isn’t too bad, as there are 6 seasons of 8 episodes or so. Considering each episode is around 30 minutes, this means that the whole series is 24 hours or so. Compared to Game of Thrones and other major shows, this makes Silicon Valley easier to binge watch. However, just like Ballers, Silicon Valley is targeting a specific type of audience. I recommend watching the first 2 episodes, and if you are not interested at all, then you can stop watching, as it’s likely just not your type of show.
Silicon Valley Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for