The characters seem deeply troubled by their nerdiness in “Dweebs,” but they aren’t all that nerdy. And they should take more heart from the nifty premise that cyberspace is the true revenge of the nerds. Based on the thoughtful bow, show is more accurate than funny; yet the bugs can be easily worked out, and “Dweebs” could have a future.
Warren (Peter Scolari), founder of a wildly successful software company, and his key employees Karl (Stephen Tobolowsky), Vic (Corey Feldman) and Morley (David Kaufman) are moving from a garage to a slick office. Carey (Farrah Forke) ishired as office manager and eagerly becomes their fashion consultant, social director and psychotherapist. They’re obsessed with being outcasts, but she accepts them as they are and urges them to accept the world beyond Cyberbyte Inc.
Crisis comes when they learn she’s a technophobe who knows zilch about computers. Warren wants only computer-literates on staff, and predicament leads to some touching moments.
Scolari gives a daring performance as the twitchy visionary who has trouble talking. Feldman looks more like a gang member, which shows that dweebs come in all shapes and sizes. Kaufman is the allergic whiner. Given the best bits, Tobolowsky is superb.
There’s lots of room to flesh out these guys and introduce real oddballs. Writing staff shouldn’t let Carey get too comfortable.
Creator-writer Peter Noah unfurls some wit, such as Warren’s complaint, “If I had a million for every time I was given a wedgie … Wait … I do.” Hiring Andy Ackerman to direct was a smart move.
Each scene opens with a computer screen displaying icons for various settings and a cursor points to the next location.
There’s likely to be an inverse relationship between normalizing these dweebs and the show’s humor. If producers run with it, “Dweebs” just might redefine the term.