Writing codes through the night, debugging and adding benchmarks or rigorous unit tests can take their toll on their worst days. But who says programming cannot be fun too? As a matter of fact, the ones who thrive best in their jobs are the ones who love what they do.
If you are looking for the best of TV shows that have managed to avoid the clammy unrealistic portrayal of the tech industry in Hollywood and be fun at the same time, then here is a list of series that has been perfectly curated for you.
1. Mr. Robot
First on our list is the award-winning and critically acclaimed series starring fast-rising star Rami Malek. Mr. Robot is a whole different take to any other movies, or tv shows that you are familiar with.
The story follows Elliot Alderson — played by Rami Malek — a cybersecurity engineer and skilled hacker who is recruited into a secret society of hackers bent on reshaping the world through calculated hacks and leaks. If you are mostly dissatisfied with the present world system and have questions you want to be answered, be prepared to leave Mr. Robot with more unanswered questions. This is not to say Mr. Robot is inconclusive, far from it. In fact, Mr. Robot is far more precise than you are familiar with.
Currently in preparation for its fourth season, the critically acclaimed TV series has been lauded for its impressive technical accuracy. Here you are not limited to smokescreen, and technical terms floated flippantly for the sake of it. In Mr. Robot, the ‘phishes’ and ‘piggybacking’ are just what they are: a lot of Python and Docker codes un-shying away from the audience.
Mr. Robot has since won more than a dozen awards since its inception in 2015, and it is no surprise that its star Rami Malek went on to clinch this year's Oscar, Best Actor for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody.
2. Altered Carbon
If Mr. Robot is lauded is for its high technical accuracy, Altered Carbon could well be the opposite of that. Not that it cares for technical accuracy anyway.
The Netflix Sci-Fi series is based on a novel by Richard Morgan of the same name, and unlike Mr. Robot is set almost 400 years from now—the year 2384. In Altered Carbon, anything is possible, which is, of course, is less of a surprise given the fast evolution of AI and technological innovation revolves around the infinite possibilities of the computer world.
Altered Carbon explores the possibility of encoding one's memory and consciousness such that peoples' consciousness can be saved and transferred into certain alienwares called stacks, making immortality theoretically possible, given stacks can be transferred from body to body (also called sleeves).
With a first-season budget that is larger than Game of Thrones first three seasons combined, Altered Carbon might not fire up your python or C++ gear, but it is the type of movie you might want to binge-watch after a hell of stressful week.
3. Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is a critically-acclaimed comedy series that could well be the most popular on this list. It follows the lives of five young guys—which are as weird as they come—and their attempts at founding a startup company in Silicon Valley.
Richard Hendricks is the cog of the team (the most socially awkward too!) and he creates an app, called Pied Piper, which contains a revolutionary data compression algorithm, Richard’s algorithm is set to be the next big thing after the internet, and he soon finds out there is more to his app than the silly name he has given it.
Silicon Valley's sixth and final season is set to premiere late October 2019.
4. Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Fire started with relatively low viewership and audience but rapidly grew in strength in its final two seasons. The series is set in the late 20th century prior to the gold rush of computer innovation. It deals impressively well with the revolution of personal computers and later in the series the worldwide web which took the world by storm.
Joe Macmillan (Lee Pace) finds a significant flaw in IBM's technical operation, and begins an exciting quest to create a rival company that not only ousts IBM but also completely changes the scope of the future.
Halt and Fire fourth and final season ended in 2017 to wide critical acclaim.
5. Person of Interest
“You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day" —this is the opening voice-over by Harold Finch in Season One.
You get the picture immediately. But well, not entirely.
In Person of Interest, a recluse billionaire and hacker creates a powerful AI system capable of predicting crimes and terrorists acts even before they happen. We are presently making fast strides in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Models, but we should be concerned about its ethical issues as well. Person of Interest deals well with this issue.
The critically acclaimed series starring familiar stars Micheal Emerson and Taraji P. Henson, ended its fifth and final season in 2016.