I have been meaning to write this for a while, I spend a lot of time on a plane and one of the best things I find to pass the time is watching TV shows / series on my iPad. Now I don’t just go after Tech shows but given the industry we are in they do become quite enjoyable to watch.
These call outs are in no order at all, I actually expect most of you would have seen the large majority of them.
The IT crowd
The IT crowd was probably the first IT related show I at least saw on TV.
“In the very first episode, new recruit Jen is appointed head of the IT department, but her staff Moss and Roy soon discover that she knows nothing about computers”
From a UK viewing perspective it should still be available on Channel 4 but I also believe it is on Netflix now. Always worth a watch and there was around 5 seasons!
Silicon Valley does have to be my favourite of the bunch, It is actually one of them shows that you cannot wait to watch the most recent show that has just been released. Also after speaking to some start up folks, apparently it is rather close to the bone when it comes to life in the valley and the rollercoaster ride of start ups in our industry.
My favourite build up and episodes were when they were told they needed to make a box, an appliance. even though they are completely software defined.
In a very topical setting around cybersecurity and hacker era that we are currently living but also about the big businesses taking over and becoming the powerhouses of the world above the government. This series another one I expect a lot of you would have seen.
I have not yet had the chance or flights to get into the latest release of this, but as we get into the new year I have so many hours to spend on a plane so this is up there on the list.
Not many people will have seen this, I managed to find this on my Amazon Prime. It takes a different angle to the IT industry and actually combines some gangster characters into the mix.
Another for Amazon Prime, the show only seemed to manage one season and it goes along the story of the guys create an app and then they go through the start up process of trying to find an investor for their app and everything in between.
Now I am more interested in the ones I have not listed, I hope people have at least maybe not seen one of these and they can be entertained a little but also I would love to hear more IT / Tech Related shows that are out there. The final plug I will give is for BBC Click, it’s a documentary that is released on a weekly cadence and shares some of the latest tech trends, well worth a watch. Drop me a tweet with your suggestions.
Halt & Catch Fire
I cannot believe I missed this one out… Halt & Catch Fire was one of the TV shows that once I started I could not stop! It is honestly that good! It really kicked off with the opening season, probably the reason it was so successful.
4 seasons and 40 episodes should keep you going for a few days even if you manage to get on a complete binge.
It’s the early 1980s, and the spirit of innovation in personal computing is about to catch fire. Hot on the trail is a renegade trio — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — who risk everything to realize their vision of building a computer that can change the future. Not long after IBM corners the market with its flagship PC, a flaw is discovered in its operation, opening the door for competition. In steps Joe MacMillan, a former IBM executive who now works for Cardiff Electric. MacMillan plans to reverse-engineer IBM’s technology, putting Cardiff in the thick of the personal computer race. He enlists the help of engineer Gordon Clark, who dreams of creating a revolutionary computer, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future on the line to join MacMillan’s rogue project.