On the most recent episode of KQED Newsroom, PBS’ Steve Goldbloom and KQED News Contributor Aarti Shahani discussed the new HBO series, “Silicon Valley,” and why the tech hub is such a great target. Watch the segment above.

Now that you’re in the mood for good satire, we’ve pulled together some of the tech mockery in honor of the new show’s premiere last night. From SNL takedowns of tech-journalists and iPhone fanboys, to Bravo’s ill-fated “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” reality show that is truly stranger than fiction.

What’s your favorite Silicon Valley spoof? Let us know in the comments.

Silicon Valley (HBO, 2014)
In case you missed the show last night, here’s a brief look at Mike Judge’s new series.

Betas (Amazon, 2013)
One of Amazon’s first forays into original programming, Betas follows a group of friends as they try to get their new app up and running. Sounds familiar.

“Tech Talk” (Saturday Night Live, 2012)
A terrific takedown of tech journalists and iPhone complainers everywhere.

The Onion. Enough said.

@TheOnion, April 28,2011


Everything But The News (PBS, 2014)
A public media plug for an unlikely source of media commentary: new PBS Web series starring Steve Goldbloom. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out.

Triumph of the Nerds (PBS, 1996)
Excellent three-hour PBS documentary from the mid-’90s. Subtitled: “The Rise of Accidental Empires,” the film gives an early look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and many others. Find the whole film on YouTube.

Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (Bravo, 2012)
There’s no better way to satirize Silicon Valley then by simply pointing a camera at tech-bros like Dwight. (We’re happy this show got canceled, too)

iSteve (Funny or Die, 2013)
An under-the-radar feature-length riff on the life of Steve Jobs, starring Justin Long, John Hodgman’s Mac counterpart in Apple’s “Get a Mac” commercials.

Best Silicon Valley Satires 8 April,2014Adam Grossberg

  • My favorite Silicon Valley parody is College Humor’s “Start-up Guys.”



Adam Grossberg

Adam Grossberg is a video producer at KQED News. Prior to coming to KQED, he produced videos for PBS, The New York Times, Current TV and The Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has received an Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Murrow award and two Northern California Emmy awards. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Email: agrossberg@kqed.org

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