HACF Again

Promo shot for the TV show Halt And Catch Fire - blood red grafitti reading 'WELCOME TO MUTINY' with the main characters underneath looking moody, Cam is holding a baseball bat behind her in a threatening manner.

This is a reply I made on this Reddit:

I did a list of my fave ever telly programmes and it took me bloody ages. There was only one thing that could be number one:

I feel that because of its ostensibly geeky focus, people sleep on HACF. I get sooo annoyed when I meet people and their fave show is Breaking Bad or The Wire or The Sopranos and they haven’t even heard of HACF.


It’s so easy for crime shows to garner viewers. But for people like me, I was a kid during the ’80s, I grew up with BASIC and learning 6502 assembler and peeking and poking hex codes just to see what I could fuck up. HACF represents a whole history that’s never normally explored on telly. I would say it’s actually positively ignored unless it’s a ‘haha look at the nerrrrds’ kind of shite.

And yet, HACF documents how we’re here, on this very forum, chatting with strangers from all over the world.

This isn’t just TV for me; this art changed my life. There’s not a week goes by that I don’t find myself thinking about some quip or argument or Joe with that bat or FUCKING RYAN RAY and omg, I can’t take it.

I’m glad there are equally obsessed people on here.

You understand.

This is not a TV show, it’s way more than that.