There exist an abundance of sitcoms out there, but only a handful come close to the brilliance of ‘Silicon Valley’. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, and aired on HBO, the show follows the lives of five young men from the iconic Silicon Valley, whose lives change after they found a start-up. While the show’s flavour of comedy is petty similar to other legendary sitcoms like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Office’, the show still manages to be a breath of fresh air owing to its unique characters and its original take on the dark side of the Silicon Valley.
Season 1 of‘ Silicon Valley’ first made its way to viewers’ screens on April 6, 2014. Upon release, Season 1 immediately created an impact among viewers and critics alike, prompting HBO to renew the show for another season. Since then, the show has seen five successful seasons air, and here’s everything you need to know about ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 6.
Silicon Valley Cast: Who’s in it?
In the show, Thomas Middleditch stars as Richard Hendricks, a programmer who builds an app (and later, a start-up) called Pied Piper that has a revolutionary data compression algorithm. Josh Brener plays the role of Richard’s not-so-intelligent best friend, Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti, who works for tech giant Hooli and starts to gain influence in the Silicon Valley owing to corporate politics. Martin Starr comes in as Bertram Gilfoyle, a network engineer who handles server configuration and system administration at Pied Piper. Finally, Kumar Nanjiani plays Dinesh Chugtai, a disloyal and deceitful programmer from Pakistan who is also an important part of Pied Piper.
Another important character in the show, Erlich Bachman, is played by TJ Miller. Bachman, who owns a start-up incubator, takes up an important role after he invests in Pied Piper and acquires a stake of 10% in the company. However, Bachman’s character is removed from the show in Season 5 after Miller is dropped from the cast.
Other important characters in the show include Monica Hall (played by Amanda Crew), Donald “Jared” Dunn (played by Zach Woods), Laurie Bream (played by Suzanne Cryer), and Jian Yang (played by Jimmy O. Yang). The show’s main antagonist, Gavin Belson, is played by Matt Ross.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 6.
Silicon Valley Plot: What’s it about?
Broadly speaking, ‘Silicon Valley’ follows the ups and downs in the lives of those associated with Pied Piper after Richard’s data compression algorithm takes the market by storm. As soon as word of Richard’s work spreads in the Silicon Valley, Gavin Belson, the CEO of tech giant Hooli, offers to buy out Pied Piper for a sum of $10 million. Richard, however, refuses Hooli’s offer and, with an investment of $200,000, sets out with Bertram, Dinesh, and Jared to nurture Pied Piper into a company.
Infuriated by Richard’s rejection of his offer, Gavin sets his sights on replicating Pied Piper’s revolutionary data compression algorithm. For the same, he uses his Hooli employees, including Richard’s friend Big Head, and ends up creating a copycat version of Richard’s algorithm, which he names Nucleus. Gavin’s plans, however, are upset when Richard and co. beat Nucleus at the TechCrunch Disrupt event for unfunded start-ups.
Having pitched their product successfully at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard and co. attract a host of venture capitalists eager to invest in Pied Piper’s Series A funding round. However, things get complicated for Richard and co. after Hooli sues Pied Piper alleging copyright infringement. As a result, all of Pied Piper’s potential investors withdraw their offer, putting the start-up at risk. Despite the difficulties, Richard refuses to sell Pied Piper to Hooli, and continues in his quest to make Pied Piper a big company.
Of course, the journey towards greatness is far from smooth, and Richard and co. encounter one hurdle after the other as they try to secure increasing amounts of funding to help Pied Piper grow as a company. Each season of the show ends with one cliffhanger or the other, and Pied Piper’s future always remains in question, thereby keeping viewers hooked to the show. However, it is not just Pied Piper’s uncertain fate that attracts viewers – the character development in ‘Silicon Valley’ is sublime, as is its writing and dialogues. The result is that the sitcom is a well-rounded, funny, and insightful take on the cut-throat competition that characterizes the Silicon Valley.
Understandably, the show has created quite the impression among critics and viewers alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Silicon Valley’ enjoys an average score of 95% over five seasons, with Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 having scores of 95%, 96%, 100%, 97%, and 89%, respectively. Meanwhile, on IMDb, ‘Silicon Valley’ has an overall rating of 8.5/10, after over 100,000 votes. The show has also won two Primetime Emmy Awards, out of its staggering 40 nominations.
Silicon Valley Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Silicon Valley’ season 5 premiered on HBO on March 25, 2018. It was initially expected that Season 6 would follow suit with a March or April release in 2019. But that didn’t happen. On July 18, 2019, HBO announced that Silicon Valley will return for its seven-episode, sixth and final season in October.
“Silicon Valley has been a career and life highlight for us,” series executive producers/showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg said. “We’ll miss it desperately, but we’ve always let Pied Piper’s journey guide the way, and Season 6 seems to be the fitting conclusion. We are forever indebted to our incredible cast, crew and partners at HBO. At a certain point, there’s only so much we can do to make the world a better place.”
‘Silicon Valley’ Season 6 is all to premiere on October 27, 2019. The show is expected to air till December, 2019.
Silicon Valley Trailer:
Here’s Season 6 trailer to get you excited.
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