Even if you don't know Steve Jobs from Steve Wozniak, you're likely going to laugh your butt off watching "Silicon Valley" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO; 3.5 stars out of 4).
Co-created by Mike Judge, the show pokes fun at every aspect of the tech mecca of Silicon Valley. No one is spared, from Google-like companies to pretentious start-ups to investors, hackers and billionaire tech bosses who constantly preach that their products are "making the world a better place."
It's hilariously specific, but surprisingly relatable to a wide audience.
The story focuses on Richard (Thomas Middleditch), a shy, socially awkward programmer working for a paycheck at tech company Hooli. On his own time, he develops a music site with a compression algorithm that astounds Hooli's do-gooder boss, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) as well as well-known venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch).
Richard's algorithm sparks a bidding war between the two tech giants that mines a series of clever business-world jokes. When Richard selects a suitor, he realizes he know nothing about business. So he hires biz whiz Jared (Zach Woods) to help, which raises alarms with his partners and friends Big Head (Josh Brener), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and their blowhard landlord Erlich (T.J. Miller), who has agreed to house the guys for a 10 percent stake in any profits from their computer wizardry.
I'm kind of breezing through the fully realized story because I don't want to ruin some of the spot-on jokes. "Silicon Valley" is a funny, insightful, blistering satire.
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