HBO's Silicon Valley is the best comedy about the tech industry in recent years (sorry Big Bang Theory — but not really). Actually, I would go as far as to say that Silicon Valley, created by former tech drone Mike Judge (of Office Space, Idiocracy and Beavis and Butthead fame), is actually one of the best comedies overall on TV these days. And now it's returning for a glorious third season on April 24.
When Mike Judge, creator of Office Space and Beavis and Butt-head, set out to write his HBO comedy series, Silicon Valley, about Bay Area coders, he wanted to conceive a simple, believable widget for his characters to invent. So he teamed with Stanford electrical engineering professor Tsachy Weissman and Ph.D. student Vinith Misra; they came up with a superfast compression algorithm.