Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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The Texan company Cardiff Electronics gets a new employee from New York. He's apparently working for IBM, but after he gets the new job it gets clear that he has a hidden agenda, and is not exactly what he claims to be.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy ... Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis ... Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé ... Donna Clark
Toby Huss ... John Bosworth
David Wilson Barnes ... Dale Butler
Graham Beckel ... Nathan Cardiff
Mike Pniewski ... Barry Shields
Lisa Sheridan ... Rebecca Taylor
Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Joanie Clark
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark
Lillian Ellen Jones ... Haley Clark
Alana Cavanaugh ... Haley Clark
Lou Anne Cooper ... Maylene (as LouAnne LaFortune)
Alec Magee Alec Magee ... Dallas Deputy


Dallas, Texas, 1983. Confident Joe MacMillan, a key player in the introduction of the IBM PC, has just been offered a job as a salesman for Cardiff Electric, a systems software company that has no interest in the development of PCs to compete against IBM. What Cardiff Electric is unaware of is that Joe has been MIA for the past year, his whereabouts or doings which no one knows. Despite their less than productive first meeting, Joe searches out Gordon Clark, a lowly engineer at Cardiff Electric. Gordon is floundering in his life, he, along with his wife Donna, who once had the passion of PC hardware development and the potential of computers, but who now feels that the security of a job to support the family is more important despite his generally despondent state because of that job. But Joe entering Gordon's life reignites that passion in Gordon, Joe who wants Gordon to help reverse engineer a IBM PC so that they can develop a PC clone that they want. This action would mean their ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

1 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Georgia, USA See more »

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"Cameron Howe" is a combination of the character Cameron and the Gordie Howe jersey he wears in "Ferris Bueller' s Day Off". See more »


"Halt and Catch Fire" (HCF) was NOT a command that set up a race condition. It was a mythical command to do this. See more »


Joe MacMillan: Computers aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


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Interesting, smart and well acted.
26 December 2015 | by midas-jacobsSee all my reviews

The pilot of "Halt And Catch Fire" brings together the characters, who we will be seeing throughout the show. We first meet Joe MacMillan, someone who really wants to make a cheaper Computer and challenge IBM with it. Therefor he has to assemble a team. Joe first goes to a man named Gordon. Then he goes to Cameron. She is a very talented with computers and codes. In this episode we see them come together and we get to see how they are as a person.

The directing of the pilot was good. So was the filming of it. Nothing to special, my inly really complain with this was that there were some times things a bit shaky (when the camera started to shake). And I don't really like when that happens in a movie or series, but for the rest everything was fine. The thing that I liked was the filter they chose. It made everything look more old. Something else that I liked was the realistic portraying of the computers and electronics overall. I am no technicus but it sounded very accurate. Something like in "Mr Robot" (a terrific show). The clothing choices were well as well. They also looked like they were from the eighties.

The acting was the thing that stood out the most. Just like the script. But first the acting. Lee Pace plays Joe MacMillian. He is a hard-driving former IBM sales executive. And a Douchbag. This is already established in the first scene. When he hits an armadillo and looks like he doesn't even care. Also further on in this episode he does something to Cameron, which I am not going to spoil. He acted very well, I haven't seen a lot of Lee Paces movies so I can't really compare, but he was good. The next actor I am going to talk about is Scoot McNairy he was Gordon. They also made showed us his character well. He is a man who isn't happy with the job he has right now so he really wants to help Lee Paces character. I very much like his performance. And now my favorite character, for now at least, is Cameron. She was played by Mackenzie Davis. The first shot that I saw her come in to the classroom I liked her already. She is more someone who can't find a place to fit in but still doesn't want to change herself to fit in. Cameron is very smart to, and it was really convincing. I have previously seen Davis act in "The Martian" where she had a role you could compare with this one, but the characters were completely different. And that really shows her acting talents.

As I have said the writing of this episode was very good. I liked everything they said. It was never boring. Some lines were very interesting to here. It was cool to listen to them talking about computers. There were also some funny moments added in, they weren't hilarious or something, but funny enough to work. These jokes didn't take away the serious tone, though.

I very much liked this pilot episode, and I will certainly enjoy watching the rest of the season.

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