Television: The Way They Were

It's sex, war and microchips in a nifty movie about the pioneers of the personal computer era

It's 1976, and a handful of unkempt longhairs are hard at work over some odd machines in a crowded garage when a man in a suit walks in out of the California sunshine to offer them a big, fat pile of cash. The group's leader takes offense at this gauche tender of venture capital; Apple Computer's mission, Steve Jobs explains, is "practically spiritual." And then he takes the money.

Every epochal moment in Pirates of Silicon Valley (June 20, 8 p.m. E.T.), TNT's smart new movie about the birth of the PC industry, comes complete with a similar backdoor irony. Pirates'...

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