Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the US tech industry.
The region and the powerful companies and leaders therein have a long history — it can be a lot to digest.
But if you’re looking for a place to start, look no further than the myriad streaming services at your disposal.
We stuck to movies and TV shows that we found were free to watch with subscriptions at the time of writing this post. Sorry, “Pirates of Silicon Valley.”
Here are 9 movies and TV shows you can watch on HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and more to brush up on your Big Tech knowledge.
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1. Devs (2020) — FX on Hulu
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
What is it: The show tells the story of a computer engineer employed at a cutting-edge Silicon Valley tech firm who suspects her boss’s secret organization has something to do with her boyfriend’s disappearance. The sci-fi series is a bit of a slow burn — creator Alex Garland told Insider’s Kim Renfro that the production is for someone “who is patient, and just sort of drifting through imagery and ideas and music and stuff like that.”
What you can learn from it: The world portrayed in the show is rife with Silicon Valley stereotypes and loosely mirrors that of its real-life counterpart, from the region’s striking wealth disparity and its sprawling tech campuses to the quirky founders that run the most powerful tech companies. “Devs” also heavily plays on the “God Complex” and the narcissism that is ingrained in some parts of Valley culture.
2. “Silicon Valley” (2014) — HBO Max, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
What is it: The comedy TV show follows a group of bright, introverted computer programmers living in a Bay Area startup incubator as they navigate the tech industry and its ego.
What you can learn from it: The show perfectly captures the Valley’s idiosyncrasies — the hoodies, the job perks, the tech offices, the promise of stock options in the big tech gold rush. The show’s creators consulted real-life techies — including writer Mike Judge who worked as an engineer in the Valley in the 1980s — to make sure they were staying as true to reality as possible. “Silicon Valley” is full to the brim of insider tidbits that the region and its inhabitants, for better or worse, are known for.
3. “Halt and Catch Fire” (2014) — Netflix, Philo
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
What is it: Starring Lee Pace, the show begins in the 1980s and follows a fictional ex-IBM executive bent on reverse-engineering the firm’s PC technology with the help of a brilliant coder.
What you can learn from it: As The Verge reports, Pace’s Joe MacMillan has all the familiar elements of eccentric tech founders like Steve Jobs. The show draws on other tech archetypes but does it in a way that paints a humanizing picture of the internet age and tech innovation …read more
Source:: Business Insider – Entertaiment