IT Crowd Season 2, Episode 3: Great anti-piracy PSA sendup

The latest IT Crowd -- season two, episode three -- aired last night, and featured a milk-nose-snortingly funny parody of the pre-show anti-piracy ads you get in movie theatres. I'm downloading the torrent right now (they don't air The IT Crowd in China, where I am this week, and Channel 4's streaming service won't run on Linux, or to IP addresses out of the UK), and can't wait to see it.

The IT Crowd is my favorite new TV show -- barring The Daily Show -- of the decade, brilliant geek humor that rewards multiple viewings (as I discovered when I bought the Season One DVD and checked out the leet subtitles). Torrent link, Link to anti-piracy PSA parody on YouTube (Thanks, Justin, Ryan, and Iris!)

(Disclosure: I was an unpaid consultant on season one of The IT Crowd)

See also:
IT Crowd Season 2, Episode 2 -- keyboard-destroying nerd sitcom
The IT Crowd -- season two, episode one


  1. Any links to a Youtube-esque video of it? I could care less for a 200mb video that I watch once. Plus, don’t want to hog the home’s bandwidth.

  2. “milk-nose-snortingly funny”? It was clever, yes.

    Though, the British do have a fairly difference sense of humor than I do. I found it clever, that’s all.

  3. “milk-nose-snortingly funny”???
    I suppose… if you like laugh tracks. I found it painful to watch.

  4. Is it my imagination, or at 17:21 in the show, there’s a copy of MAKE Magazine on the corner of the desk behind Roy?


  5. They have lots of geek in-jokes in the office. For example, when you see Maurice sitting at his desk, behind him you can see the Flying Spaghetti Monster parody of the Jesus fish.

  6. “To be clear — Danny O’Brien (EFF staffer, occasional Guardian contributor, and native to Britain’s shores) arranged for the stickers. I just talked with Graham about geek culture some.”

  7. Though, the British do have a fairly difference sense of humor than I do. I found it clever, that’s all

    Yep, likely to be funnier if you’re a Brit. It quite closely parodies a real advert, and the policeman’s helmet detail is (perhaps) a twisted reference to the Jeeves & Wooster stories by P.G. Wodehouse.

  8. As a person that finds those anti-piracy ads on DVDs unbelievably annoying I was in tears laughing at the parody, espescially the stealing it back bit at the end. I also liked the german cannibal’s rendition of the IT Crowd theme song on cello at the end during the credits. I love this show.

  9. Anti Piracy spot from Paraguay (the copys was selled like real).

    Nobody is whatching it, maybe becouse its all in guarani, native lenguage.

    its funny

  10. Absolutely love this show. Havent had this much fun since AbFab. As a neophyte 3rd world denizen, a sitcom as brilliant as IT crowd certainly lights up my fire. Please keep the BitTorrent streams comming. If you think China is far away, then you should try LA. The cello performance was absolutely brilliant :)

  11. “Do you know, there is a twist at the end… ;)”

    Moss is a ghost ! He’s his own brother !

    It was all a dream…?

  12. Does anyone know what the vinyl bird figure on Roy’s desk is? I vaguely remember seeing it on Boing Boing. I think it’s from a cartoon but I’m not sure…

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