Valley of the Boom

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Valley of the Boom
GenreDocudrama miniseries
Created byMatthew Carnahan
Directed byMatthew Carnahan
  • Kyle Dixon
  • Michael Stein
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Denise Pleune
  • Falguni Lakhani-Adams
  • Arielle Boisvert
  • Shawn Williamson
  • Joel Ehninger
Production location(s)Vancouver, Canada
CinematographyFrançois Dagenais
  • Suzy Elmiger
  • Jon Corn
  • Jeff Groth
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43–48 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkNational Geographic
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Valley of the Boom is an American docudrama television miniseries, created, directed, and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan, that premiered on January 13, 2019, on National Geographic. The series centers on the 1990s tech boom and bust in Silicon Valley and it stars Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris, John Karna, Dakota Shapiro, Oliver Cooper, and John Murphy.


Valley of the Boom will take a close look at "the culture of speculation, innovation and debauchery that led to the rapid inflation and burst of the 1990s tech bubble. As with its hybrid series Mars, Nat Geo will use select doc elements to support the scripted drama to tell the true inside story of the dramatic early days of Silicon Valley."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]





No.Title [2]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [2]U.S. viewers
1"Part 1: print ("hello, world")"Matthew CarnahanMatthew CarnahanJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)[a]TBD
2"Part 2: pseudocode"Matthew CarnahanMatthew CarnahanJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)[a]TBD
3"Part 3: agile method"TBATBAJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)TBD
4"Part 4: priority inversion"TBATBAJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)TBD
5"Part 5: segfault"TBATBAJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)TBD
6"Part 6: fatal error"TBATBAJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)TBD



On November 15, 2017, it was announced that National Geographic had given the production a series order consisting of six episodes. Executive producers are set to include Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington, Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic, and David Walpert. Carnahan is also expected to act as showrunner for the series and direct as well. David Newsom is co-executive producer and will lead the non-scripted unit of the production. Joel Ehninger is expected to act in the role of producer. Production companies involved with the series include STXtelevision and Matthew Carnahan Circus Products.[1][4][5][6] On September 24, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on January 13, 2019.[7]


On March 16, 2018, it was announced that Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris, John Karna, Dakota Shapiro, and Oliver Cooper had joined the series' main cast.[8][9][10]


Principal photography for the series began on March 26, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada and was expected to conclude by May 28, 2018.[11]



On July 24, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released.[12]


On September 21, 2018, the series held its world premiere during the second annual Tribeca TV Festival in New York City. Following a screening, a conversation took place featuring members of the cast and crew including creator Matthew Carnahan, actors Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris, and real-life subject Stephan Paternot, founder of[13][14]


The series will premiere globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. STXtelevision will distribute the series in China.[1]


The series has been met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 43% approval rating with an average rating of 5.08 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 59 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[16]


  1. ^ a b The first two episodes were made available on December 21, 2018 on the National Geographic website.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (November 15, 2017). "Nat Geo Greenlights Silicon Valley-Themed Limited Series From Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington & StxTV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - valley of the boom on ngc |". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Watch Valley of the Boom on National Geographic". National Geographic. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (November 15, 2017). "National Geographic Channel Orders Tech Industry Drama Series 'Valley of the Boom'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 15, 2017). "NatGeo Orders Silicon Valley Limited Series From Arianna Huffington and 'House of Lies' Creator". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "National Geographic Greenlights Irreverent Six-Part Limited Series Set in '90s Tech Bubble, Valley of the Boom from STXtv". Business Wire. November 15, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  7. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (September 24, 2018). "TV Review: 'Valley of the Boom'". Variety. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (March 16, 2018). "'Valley Of The Boom': Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn & Lamorne Morris To Star In Nat Geo's Silicon Valley-Themed Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (March 16, 2018). "Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn and Lamorne Morris to Star in Nat Geo's 'Valley of the Boom'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 16, 2018). "Valley of the Boom: Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris to Star in Nat Geo's Silicon Valley-Set Series". TVLine. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (March 26, 2018). "Filming in Vancouver: Fresh Off the Boat stars, 1990s tech bubble, Canadian medical drama". Inside Vancouver. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Ryan, Patrick (July 24, 2018). "First look: Nat Geo's tech drama 'Valley of the Boom' tells Internet origin story". USA Today. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 22, 2018). "Bryan Cranston, 'Ray Donovan,' 'Shark Tank' and 'Law & Order: SVU' Set for Tribeca TV Fest". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Burroni, Christine (September 22, 2018). "Bradley Whitford on 'West Wing' reboot: I'm in, ball's in your court Aaron Sorkin". Page Six. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Valley of the Boom". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Valley of the Boom". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 13, 2019.

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