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

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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

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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

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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…

Richard weighs transplanting Silicon Valley's most vital organs

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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

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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

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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 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…

New trailer for season 5 of Silicon Valley eliminates the "no dog" policy

This new trailer for season five of HBO’s Silicon Valley starts on a massive twist: The show has undergone a surprise time-jump, with Thomas Middleditch’s Richard Hendricks waking up from a four-year coma. It’s an unbelievably show-changing reveal that throws every ongoing storyline—not to mention the relationships…

Thomas Middleditch on Time’s Up, T.J. Miller, and the end of Twitter

It’s now February, the month of love and prognosticating marmots. Among all the other seasonally appropriate offerings you’ll find on TV and in theaters is Jason James’ Entanglement, a twisted yet comedic love story starring Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler. As Ben Layton, Middleditch is an unconventional…

Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart won’t stop insulting each other on Instagram

The last two people you might expect to be involved in a social media flame war would be esteemed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch. And yet, here we are. For the past week, the two have been going at it on Instagram, mocking each other in short, filter-heavy…

A funny if scattered season of Silicon Valley comes to a funny if scattered end

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Ever since Vikram Murthi filled in for me a few weeks ago, I’ve been chewing on a statement he made in his review, that this year Silicon Valley “excelled by shifting its focus towards episodic narratives over a strong seasonal arc.” It’s an observation I agree with, though instead of using it to praise the comedy I’m…

Richard breaks bad on Silicon Valley, and in the process breaks everything else

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In his advance review of season three, Erik Adams made the key observation that while Silicon Valley’s ensemble is its greatest strength, it smartly never gets away from keeping Richard Hendricks at the center: “This is still the story of a protagonist with a good idea, noble intentions, and ample vulnerabilities… the…

Haley Joel Osment and a cold snap are the latest disruption to Silicon Valley’s ecosystem

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At this point, the failure of the Pied Piper team to achieve long-term success is as much ingrained into Silicon Valley as Charlie Brown’s inability to ever kick the football Lucy Van Pelt holds up for him. Showrunner Alec Berg admitted as much in those exact terms a Vanity Fair interview, pointing out that in the…