Halt and Catch Fire is a 10-episode series coming to AMC that watches a former IBM executive try to compete in the personal computer race. It premieres on AMC on Sunday, June 1 at 10pm ET/PT. Until then, AMC has decided to stream the pilot episode on Tumblr at http://amctv.tumblr.com/ The pilot episode is 50 minutes long and will only be available online through May 31st.
Below, you can catch the trailer for the upcoming series and the show synopsis.
“Halt and Catch Fire” is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize the IBM PC’s fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone’s game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe McMillan (Lee Pace) plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer, he forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. McMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. While charting the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, and as their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate.