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Silicon Valley - (S01E08)


Poised to compete at TechCrunch Disrupt, the guys of Pied Piper become worried after an impressive presentation by Gavin Belson. As Jared tries to pivot the company, Richard is inspired to make big changes at the last minute.

Episode Title: Optimal Tip-to-top Efficiency
Airs: 2014-06-01 at 22:00
  • Matt Roush

    The deft, resonant satire that helped make Judge's Office Space a cult hit takes on farcical new dimension in Silicon Valley.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There isn't an actor or character you won't look forward to seeing again, and that includes those you may initially resist. Each is allowed to be right or wrong, each could exist in the world as we know it, and each can be uproariously funny in his or her own way.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Judge has a keen eye for the absurdities of human behavior and speech, but he's not the kind of guy to waste that on subtle inside jokes or wordplay. He's not someone to waste it on farce, either: Silicon Valley also happens to be sly and smart.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Every performance is terrific.... While these characters are written and performed as over the top, the show also celebrates the subtle underplaying that goes into making Big Head and Gilfoyle so memorable. That variety of tone is another way in which Silicon Valley sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The pilot is flat-out brilliant ... It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The writing is sharp, and laughs are both low (Ehrlich commissions a Latino graffiti artist for a street-cool logo that turns out to be incredibly, hilariously vulgar) and high (in the same episode, Ehrlich's repeated attempts to avoid coming off as racist come off as racist).

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a perfect marriage of creative team, channel and subject.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Judge isn’t quite jury and executioner of this whole crazily infantile, insular scene. But he clearly knows how to probe its soft spots. In that respect, Silicon Valley is its own killer app.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Karen Valby

    As in Office Space, the heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tim Molloy

    Silicon Valley often has the watch-it-all-come-together plotlines that make those shows [“Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiam”] such delightful comic puzzles.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Silicon Valley is the funniest out-of-the-box pay cable comedy in a good while.

    Time Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech, billionaire-making culture and economy of Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Yahoo that has infiltrated (“disrupted,” as they say) contemporary life. Better still, Silicon Valley is also here to make you laugh.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrew Romano

    The plot itself isn’t particularly complex.... The satire, on the other hand, is exquisite.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Created by Mike Judge, it does for techies, venture capitalists, and tech-biz campuses what Judge’s film “Office Space” did for cubicle dwellers, their bosses, and office parks back in 1999.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It arrives fully formed and packed with smart observations that will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest technology, modern capitalism and geek culture. Even if you don't care about those things, Silicon Valley works as a well-crafted ensemble comedy about a particularly eccentric workplace.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The show’s version of machismo is hilarious, and feels new. Silicon Valley captures the pack-wolf preening of guys whose muscles are located mostly above their necklines.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Silicon Valley is a funny, insightful, blistering satire.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Not only is it funny, it has an air of authenticity thanks to co-creator Mike Judge, who mines his previous experience as a Silicon Valley engineer for laughs.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    With an appealing cast, a relatively fresh setting and smart jokes ("Every party in Silicon Valley ends up like a Hasidic wedding," i.e., the men and women are always separated), Silicon Valley is definitely worth your time investment.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    Silicon Valley is good. But “Silicon Valley 2.0” is going to be even better.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    Silicon Valley has its share of pause-the-DVR laugh lines, but it's not as relentlessly funny as, say, Judge's "Office Space." It does, however, get better as it goes along.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's a well-observed comedy that succeeds because it's so rooted in specificity.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Silicon Valley is a comedy, certainly, and a very funny one, but it doesn't spend all its time reminding you of the fact.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Even in today's world in which everyone lives online, the milieu of Silicon Valley makes for a rather small target. But Judge and his colleagues manage to hit it smartly.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    [A] sharp, very funny new HBO comedy.

    Slate Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Silicon Valley, the latest creation of Mike Judge ("Office Space," "King of the Hill"), gets off to a rough start Sunday night; one might say it tries too hard. But it's certainly worth the 30-minute expenditure, because well before Episode 5 it's in a comedic groove and seems destined to run beyond the eight-week run HBO currently has planned.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Silicon Valley, a new comedy about programmers trying to make it big in a world where unimaginable fortune may be only an app away, is both smart and funny.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The show is well structured, with blunt but effective sitcom beats, and, refreshingly, it isn’t an “Entourage”-tinted fantasy.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Assuming you aren't a programmer and don't plan to invent the next killer app, you may at first find HBO's Silicon Valley more pathetic than amusing.... By the end of the second episode, however, the personalities take off, the humor sharpens and there's no need to reboot.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    There’s a lot to like, in a series with genuine laughs.

    Variety Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    In the grand tradition of Mike Judge projects, HBO’s new comedy, Silicon Valley, is a bit messy, a bit shambling, and often very funny.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    There are a few elements of Silicon Valley that are still works in progress at this point. The force of Miller’s personality can be overwhelming, and a little of Erlich goes a long way.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Valley starts well, with needling absurdities, but payoffs are few. [Apr 2014, p.50]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Judge clearly likes his characters, and his charismatic actors often justify that affection, but it's disappointing to see so much of an episode's running time spent, for example, on the homophobic implications of a piece of street graffiti, when we could be in the inner chambers of Hooli, or even in the incubator watching as the nerds bicker their way through code to realize the compressor's greatest potential.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Some of the resulting tech and geek jokes feel accessible to all. With others, we feel like we need a password, and that could limit the long-term appeal of Silicon Valley. But if it only settles in as niche humor, it’s solid there.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Silicon Valley has some very solid laughs but traffics in stereotypes that feel outdated. Full Review
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