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7. "Silicon Valley" (HBO)
Fifteen years after "Office Space," Mike Judge returned to the tech world from an entirely new angle, looking at the way app development has turned the industry into the Wild West, where vast fortunes can be made — and lost — in an instant. Where many of HBO's recent half-hours are considered comedies only for awards purposes, "Silicon Valley" was frequently laugh-out-loud funny, mixing very smart and specific gags about technology (a video chat program far less reliable than picking up an old landline phone) with the cruder humor that was Judge's staple back in the "Beavis & Butthead" days, and sometimes — as in the amazing pornographic brainstorming scene in the season finale — doing both at once. Thomas Middleditch headlined a terrific cast filled with funny actors being used better than they have before, most notably the late Christopher Evan Welch, who left huge shoes to fill with his very strange and precise performance as corporate benefactor Peter Gregory.