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…

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…

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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…