Alice Wetterlund says T.J. Miller, everyone else on Silicon Valley "can fuck off forever" 

In a series of tweets true to her character on the show, straight-talking punk rocker/superstar coder Carla, former Silicon Valley actress Alice Wetterlund says that the atmosphere on set was just as much of a boys’ club as the tech culture the show satirizes. Wetterlund initially chimed in on Twitter with a sarcastic…

Here's the story behind "Kiss my piss," Silicon Valley's latest addition to our lexicon

Last night’s Silicon Valley season finale gave us two of the season’s funniest bits, both courtesy of Thomas Middleditch’s Richard Hendricks. The first—Richard prancing around in a pied piper costume, flute and all—speaks for itself, while the other, which no doubt sent upstart t-shirt purveyors rushing to the…

Silicon Valley claims a majority share in a finale that plays to its strengths

At the start of season five, I argued that Silicon Valley was staring at a lot of obstacles, thanks to a somewhat unmoored fourth season and associated real-world debacles. And now looking at the season as a whole, it’s been a mixed bag in terms of working around those roadblocks. T.J. Miller’s absence proved to be no…

Richard flips a bitcoin for his company's future on a solid Silicon Valley

In my review of Silicon Valley’s fifth season premiere a few weeks ago, I argued that while the show continues to have issues in its advanced age, it’s still working off of a sturdy foundation with its talented cast and its perverse sense of humor. And as we approach the end of the season, that point has held up. Each…

Facing the uncanny valley, Silicon Valley misses the chance to jump right in

For all HBO’s “It’s not TV” pride at being above its broadcast peers, this Sunday has a lot of hallmarks of those broadcasters’ love of themed programming. On the same night as the second season premiere of Westworld, a show that throws the evolution of robots back in the face of their creators, Silicon Valley is…

Like his Silicon Valley character, Zach Woods says some pretty disturbing stuff in his sleep

Now in its fifth season, HBO’s Silicon Valley remains buoyed by Zach Woods’ alternately buttoned-up and unhinged Jared Dunn, who, as we’ve previously pointed out, is just a few editing flourishes away from veering into the dark side. Woods told us that, hilariously, he improvised a great deal of his bizarro backstory;…

Richard weighs transplanting Silicon Valley's most vital organs

All the way back in the third episode of Silicon Valley, I made the observation that a central lesson to take from the show was the message “Look before you leap.” Multiple seasons later, that message hasn’t become any less relevant. Putting the “neg” in “negotiations,” spilling evidence of a conspiracy onto the…

Richard experiences pains—growing and otherwise—as Silicon Valley settles into its new digs

I may have come across as a bit harsh on Silicon Valley in my review of last week’s premiere, but I feel it’s important to clarify that my judgments come from a place of love. When this show is firing on all cylinders, it’s frequently one of the best comedies on television, and it bothers me when it comes across as…

Silicon Valley is forced outside its comfort zone as season five boots up

As it begins its fifth season, Silicon Valley finds itself at a disadvantage for a variety of reasons. It’s coming off a fourth season that had its moments, but that was repeatedly criticized for its inability to commit to the fresher narratives it introduced. It’s satirizing an industry whose public perception in the…

Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods improvised most of Jared’s backstory 

At the beginning of Silicon Valley, Jared, played by Zach Woods, wasn’t too dissimilar from Richard. Both were timid and reserved, although Jared often played the optimistic yin to Richard’s pessimistic yang. But over time, Jared’s eccentricities were slowly revealed, like his sexual prowess, simmering rage, and …

Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch isn't sure if Richard will go full Gavin Belson 

Last season of Silicon Valley saw Richard struggling to keep his integrity intact, attempting to illegally install Pied Piper code on thousands of Hooli phones, all for the sake of keeping his dream of a decentralized, peer-to-peer internet alive. In classic Silicon Valley fashion, Richard’s plan backfired through…