The cover to “The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season” proclaims it’s from a producer of “The Office” (the British version, mind you), and even if it weren’t, such a comparison would be a foregone conclusion. Like a growing number of sitcoms, this workplace comedy delights in discomfort.
Nothing so uneasy that it will send you into fits of depression, but this is a show at the ready to humiliate its characters. And they are Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), whose rather sheltered existence as the antsy, put-upon IT department in the unkempt basement of a large corporation is turned topsy-turvy with the unannounced arrival of their new boss: starched suit Jen (Katherine Parkinson).
The new dynamic that immediately comes into play “ cute girl vs. pair of geeks “ reminds me more of “The Big Bang Theory” than “The Office,” although subjects such as a visiting “stress expert” steer the ship toward the territory of the latter. The six episodes of the 2006 debut season all are amusing “ more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, running counter to a perfectly annoying laugh track supplied by the live audience.