Now into it’s 4th season the show about 5 silicon valley nerds and misfits still hasn’t reached its peak. Each new season brings a new major issue for the gang to work out, always coming out on top in the end. Mike Judges epic show is certainly one of my favourite current shows out there.
Today we bring you 10 Facts about HBO’s Silicon Valley to impress your friends with!
1. Already friends
Much of the main cast were friends or friendly in real life because they knew each other from the stand-up comedy world. Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and Josh Brener are all seasoned stand-ups. The actors on the show at times are given freedom to improvise their scenes due to their backgrounds in stand-up and improvisation comedy.
2. The high score
The Weissman Score was something created by the writers to try and convey a metric to an audience that might not necessarily be well-versed in computer programming. But the producers had Stanford researchers actually develop a legitimate equation that is slowly gaining traction in the research community.
3. Real life depicted
During the opening credits, you can see how the Facebook signal “eats” the Whatsapp and Oculus signal, referring to their purchase by Facebook.
4. Middle out
The middle-out compression algorithm that Pied Piper uses on the show might actually become the basis of a new theory that could truly revolutionize data compression in the real world.
5. Have you seen my stapler?
Co-creator Mike Judge calls it “Office Space for modern times.”
6. DRINK! DRINK! DRUNK!
Gilfoyle drinks a beer in every episode.
7. Office Politics
Zach Woods & Thomas Middleditch have previously appeared in The Office, but have never appeared together on screen. They guest starred in season 9 of the show.
8. Fantasy football fans
Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller appeared together as guest stars on an episode of The League. They played companions in a fantasy football cult called The Light of Genesis.
9. Unfortunate circumstances
Because of Christopher Welch‘s death, the second season was rewritten. RIP.
10. App pitches
The principal cast members have reported that they often get pitched for actual apps by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs when they’re spotted in public.