HBO’s New Sitcom Will Entourage the Tech Set

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By Patrick Coffee Comment

shutterstock_110088764For a quick minute last week we had a theory that Sam Biddle of Valleywag and Evan Spiegel of Snapchat were engaged in a battle of wits to determine who could most successfully make the archetypal Southern California startup dude look like a douchebag.

We quickly deposited that theory in the overflowing “dumb thoughts we had today” box, but now it looks like the guy behind Beavis and Butthead might just beat them both to the punch.

Mike Judge‘s Silicon Valley, an HBO sitcom described by The Hollywood Reporter as “Entourage for the startup scene”, debuts on April 9. Based on the critical reception to date, we feel like the many, many stereotypes mentioned on top tech blogs every week may soon go mainstream. BetaBeat guesses SV will be “a show about four Erics”—which would be terrible—but the THR tagline “the people who are the most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success” gives us hope.

Given Judge’s history (Beavis, Office SpaceIdiocracy, etc.) and the fact that his only soft spot seems to be for aging Southwestern suburbanites and their weird kids, we expect Silicon Valley to be brutal and we will be disappointed if it does not follow through.

Can Judge deliver the “kicking” tech culture deserves? We’ll give him three episodes.