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The Triumph of the Nerds
The Triumph of the Nerds DVD Cover
Format Video (TV)
Genre Documentary
Origin USA
Language English
Release Date 14-28 April 1996
Running Time 150 min
Created by NA
Directed by Paul Sen
Produced by John Gau, Stephen Segaller
Written by Robert X. Cringely
Screenplay by Robert X. Cringely
Distributed by PBS
Narrated by Robert X. Cringely
Starring Douglas Adams, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Gary Kildall, Bob Metcalfe, Steve Wozniak
Music by Nitin Sawhney
Cinematography by John Booth
Edited by Michael Duxbury
Production Company John Gau Productions, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Location(s) Various
Original Channel Channel 4, PBS
Additional Information
Based on Accidental Empires
Topics Technology, Computers, Hacking
Follows NA
Precedes Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
Associated Video NA
Website pbs.org/nerds

Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS.


The documentary explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from WWII to 1995. The title, Triumph of the Nerds, is a play on the 1984 comedy, Revenge of the Nerds. It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April 1996 on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December 1996 on PBS.

Triumph of the Nerds was written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens) and based on his 1992 book, Accidental Empires. The documentary is composed of numerous interviews with important figures connected with the personal computer including Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Ed Roberts, and Larry Ellison. It also includes archival footage of Gary Kildall and commentary from Douglas Adams, the author of the science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Cringely followed the series with Nerds 2.0.1 (Glory of the Geeks in the UK), a history of the Internet to 1998, when the series was made. In 2012, Cringely released the full interview that Steve Jobs gave in 1995 for Triumph of the Nerds as the film Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.


Film User Format Link Notes
The Triumph of the Nerds, The: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996) NA XviD Archive.org

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