tek's rating: ¾

Corporate, Comedy Central, Tuesdays 10:30pm
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This is set at a corporation called Hampton DeVille, which basically crushes the souls of its employees. The series focuses mainly on two junior executives-in-training named Matt Engelbertson and Jake Levinson, who share an office. They also have a friend in HR named Grace. And there are a pair of executives named John Strickland and Kate Glass, whose job seems to be to make everyone's lives worse. (Not that they see it that way; they're not bad people, or anything. Their souls are about as crushed as everyone else's.) The CEO is Christian DeVille. And there's an IT guy named Baron. The show kind of reminds me of Better Off Ted, but it's much darker and drearier. (Some might say it's reminiscent of the movie "Office Space," but I haven't seen that.) There's also a recurring character named Paige (played by Anna Akana). I'm not sure what her job is, and her role is pretty minor (but the fact that Akana is in the show is probably the main reason I wanted to check it out, before it started). And... I don't know what else to say, except that I find the show mildly amusing.

After the 10 episode first season, I decided to put my review under "weird shows," but that's largely because I wanted the color scheme to be gray. Because the mood of the show is so gray... so dismal. It is kind of weird, actually, so that may be a better fit than, say, "comedy" or "quirky," but it's not so weird that I didn't have any reservations about choosing this category. But, whatever.


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