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Season One

  Season One  

Premiere: April 6, 2014 — Finale: June 1, 2014 — DVD: Silicon Valley The Complete First Season    
Summary: An engineer develops a perfect compression algorithm and must fight against a multinational company to make it successful.

If Paul Allen, Mark Zuckerberg, or these type of people had been born 100 years ago, or even 80 years ago, I don’t think they’d be the richest people in the world. They would probably be well-paid somewhere, but … the type of people who became the richest people in the world in the past have been like Rockefeller, Carnegie… captains of industry. These kind of alpha-male types, not these introverted programmers. That’s what makes it just perfect for comedy, is seeing that these guys that got bullied in high school are now the richest people.
Mike Judge

The first season of the television comedy series Silicon Valley originally aired from April 6, 2014, on HBO to June 1, 2014, in the United States. The show focuses on engineer Richard Hendricks and his attempts to grow Pied Piper.





Critical Reception

The show's general reviews have been very positive, scoring a 84 out of 100 with critics on Metacritic. Clifford Wheatley of IGN gave the first season a 8.5, saying, "Silicon Valley kicked off its run with a strong debut season that brought plenty of perverse humor, satire, and character dynamics that laid the groundwork for what could become one of HBO’s best comedies to date."

Awards and Nominations

  • The show received a nomination for "Best Comedy Series" at the 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards. Additionally, Middleditch was nominated for "Best Actor in a Comedy Series", and Evan Welch was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series".
  • Mike Judge won an audience award for "Episodic" at the SXSW Audience Awards.
  • Nielsen Ratings: The first season averaged 1.72 million viewers with a 0.95 rating in the 18–49 demographic.


Promotional photos


1X1 AlwaysBlue.png    "Minimum Viable Product" April 6, 2014
Directed by: Mike Judge - Written by: Mike Judge, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky

Richard Hendricks' compression algorithm ignites a bidding war between mega-rich tech funding giants Gavin Belson and Peter Gregory.

The Cap Table.jpg    "The Cap Table" April 13, 2014
Directed by: Mike Judge - Written by: Carson Mell

Richard hires Jared Dunn to help him create a business plan. Hooli steals the Pied Piper algorithm and calls it "Nucleus".

Articles of Incorporation.jpg    "Articles of Incorporation" April 20, 2014
Directed by: Tricia Brock - Written by: Matteo Borghese and Rob Turbovsky

The guys find themselves in trouble when they find out that the "Pied Piper" name is already registered.

Fiduciary Duties.jpg    "Fiduciary Duties" April 27, 2014
Directed by: Maggie Carey - Written by: Ron Weiner

Richard drunkenly promises to make Erlich a board member on Pied Piper, which he immediately regrets the next morning.

Signaling Risk.jpg    "Signaling Risk" May 4, 2014
Directed by: Alec Berg - Written by: Jessica Gao

Erlich hires a graffiti artist to create a new logo for Pied Piper and to paint it on the incubator's garage.

Third Party Insourcing.jpg    "Third Party Insourcing" May 11, 2014
Directed by: Alec Berg - Written by: Dan O'Keefe

The gang hires a young computer hacker known as "The Carver" to improve their cloud-based modules, but he ends up destroying the entire code.

Proof of Concept.jpg    "Proof of Concept" May 18, 2014
Directed by: Mike Judge - Written by: Clay Tarver

Pied Piper arrives at TechCrunch Disrupt, where Richard gets distracted by an ex-girlfriend, and Erlich has sex with a judge's wife.

Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency.jpg    "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency" June 1, 2014
Directed by: Mike Judge - Written by: Alec Berg

Pied Piper wins at TechCrunch Disrupt and the guys calculate how long it would take for Erlich to jerk off every male in the audience.