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I am trying to identify an old TV show with the following properties:

  • Was broadcast in the early 1990s in South Africa, but the show likely came from the United States
  • The main characters were a team of nerdy/geeky software developers working at a small development company
  • Early in the show they hired a non-technical secretary which introduced the more technical minded developers to different 'normal' activities (e.g. going out for lunch, hanging out, social lives, etc).
  • The owner of the software company used to jump on a trampoline in his office while thinking up new software ideas
  • One of the software developers, part of the main cast, always wore sunglasses.

The show wasn't on for long, so chances are it was cancelled in the first series.

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I believe you're talking about Dweebs, a show described as:

Warren ( Peter Scolari), was a young computer software writer whose programs had made him a legend in the industry. Unfortunately, he was painfully shy and socially maladjusted as well as eccentric ( to come up with ideas for the next " killer app," he bounced on a trampoline in his office). His Seattle company, Cyberbite, was staffed with 3 talented but similarly socially inept programmers. Karl ( Stephen Tobolowsky), the oldest dressed horribly; Vic ( Corey Feldman), who thought his dark glasses made him cool was constantly depressed; and Morley ( David Kaufman), who had been Vic's buddy since high school, was allergic to everything-especially women. Into their dysfunctional world came Carey ( Farrah Forke), the sexy new office manager who knew absolutely nothing about computers but much about life. She hired Todd (Adam Biesk), as a gofer who among other things , translated technospeak into English for her, and set out to give them real lives and some style. Despite their eccentricities, they were nice guys-they just needed help dealing with the outside world.

(Excessive emphasis my own).

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Yup, that's the one. Thanks! –  Judy Feb 23 '12 at 20:26
    
The pilot episode is on youtube, but the rest never made it onto DVD. –  Judy Feb 23 '12 at 21:06
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Sounds like The IT Crowd, but American and 17 years ago. –  Abby T. Miller Apr 5 '12 at 22:03
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