The IT Crowd is one of those shows that is just the right mix of writing, characters, actors, and quirk. I can’t imagine anything quite matching its tone, but NBC almost launched a U.S. version of the British series in 2007. The remake starred Joel McHale in the place of Roy, and Richard Ayoade reprised his role as Moss.
Per the usual routine for getting a series off the ground, they created a pilot but the funny thing is that it’s almost an exact match of the first episode of the original series. That’s an interesting stylistic choice, especially since there’s a lot to live up to. An enterprising individual decided to show how similar the British and U.S. pilots are by creating a splitscreen comparison. It’s entertaining and a little weird.
Watch a side-by-side comparison to the original IT Crowd and the full U.S. pilot after the break.