YMMV / The IT Crowd

  • Awesome Music: The incredibly catchy theme song.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Reynholm vs Reynholm", which (besides the special) was also the final episode of the series. Douglas' wife returns, but her character is bizarre and she does very little besides start the court case. Jen is relegated to Douglas' legal lackey for no good reason, Roy and Moss are Demoted to Extra, Richmond makes a brief appearance as a totally different person and is gone just as fast, and there's only one short scene in the IT office. The episode also ends very abruptly.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • "You wouldn't shoot a policeman, and then steal his helmet! You wouldn't go to the toilet in his helmet, and then, send it to the policeman's grieving widow. And then steal it again!"
    • Douglas getting into an incredibly violent scuffle with a trans woman. Uncomfortable? Sure, but it's also the most thoroughly over-the-top fight sequence you'll see in a sitcom.
    • Reynholm's suicide begins as Refuge in Audacity but when he falls past the window later on in a flashback as Moss delivers the line "There's some scary stuff out there" could count.
    • "If she had told me her parents had drowned, I'd be the happiest man in the world!" Why is that funny and not horrible? Because it means Roy wouldn't be trying to wrack his head around how the hell someone could die in a fire at Sea Parks.
  • Ear Worm: "Willies, willies, I like willies."
    • No, no; It's "I LOVE willies."
      • Excuse me sir, could you keep it down, please?
    • "0118 999 881 999 119 725"
  • Fandom Rivalry: With The Big Bang Theory, which is a show already ripe for Snark Bait. While there are people who like both shows, fans of IT who don't like Big Bang will say that the latter is this concept "done wrong," not to mention has more Unfortunate Implications with it's depictions of geek culture.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Douglas mishearing April saying that she used to be a man as "I'm from Iran" is due largely in part to his overall inattentiveness, but he was also eating his entree when she told him. He probably didn't hear her over his chewing.
  • Fridge Logic: Lampshaded in "Are We Not Men"- as the credits are rolling at the end, it cuts back to the scene inside a trailer just after the bank robbery, where Roy asks, "Who closed the doors?"
    • Whoever drove the truck there?
      • Perhaps Derrick drove it there before Barry shot him.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The whole "Fire at Seaparks" joke becomes less funny after this happened.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The joke involving the new, extremely long emergency phone number is that it's far too difficult to remember, especially for a number meant to be called quickly. However, thanks to the catchy jingle, quite a lot of viewers claim to have actually memorized it.
  • Hollywood Homely: Jen's treated as somewhat less attractive than she actually is by most of the cast except Douglas. She's implied to look like a man and have unladylike big feet, among other things.
  • Jerkass Woobie: While Douglas is clearly a sexist and an asshole, and was especially nasty to his post-op transgender girlfriendnote , it's hard not to feel sorry for him in the Stinger for "The Speech": watching television and eating pizza in his room alone, crying that "It's not the same!" before openly weeping.
    • Roy is a shameless pervert and is mean to almost everyone he meets, but he's not without his sympathetic moments. For example, in the episode "Are We Not Men?", in his desperation to make friends, he's tricked into helping a bunch of guys robbing a bank, helps them to hide, and once they're safe... he starts crying uncontrollably.
  • Memetic Mutation: "FATHERRRRRRRRRR!!"
    • Have you tried turning it off and on again?
    • GOD DAMN THESE ELECTRIC SEX PANTS!
      • You there, computer man. Fix my pants.
    • Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
      • The thing about Arsenal is they always try to walk it in.
    • 0118 999 881 999 119 725 *Beat* 3.
    • I'm not crying! You're crying!
    • Roy and Jen had this happen in universe during the last episode where an incident involving them, a homeless woman and a midget went viral on the internet and received major news coverage.
    • I'll just put this over here with the rest of the fire.
    • But a fire? at a Sea Parks?
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Jen being hired as the IT department's manager despite not knowing anything about computers isn't unrealistic. Most IT directors are not technicians. They are business or sales majors, depending on how company hierarchy is managed. What's odd is that in-universe Moss and Roy expect that Jen will be a technician and are horrified that she is not. What is unrealistic is Denholm assigning her as IT's manager because she claimed to know about computers.
  • Values Dissonance/Values Resonance: Roy taking his masseur to court over kissing him on the ass. To us, the audience, it's played as a joke. However, it's taken so completely seriously In-Universe (save Jen, who teases Roy about it, much to his annoyance) that almost defies it's own Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male.
  • The Woobie - Jen trying to present Moss's invention on Dragon's Den.
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