ALF, Numb3rs, MacGyver, Misfits: Meet Our New Engineering Teams

For the last several years, clypd’s Engineering teams have been named after colors. The theme incorporates the red, green, and blue inputs of an RCA component cord, and is also found on clypd logo. We have had to deviate once or twice to add a new hue, like when our team in India grew, and took the name Team Indigo. And when our Data Science team chose Maize, thanks to a passionate University of Michigan grad. Recently, we decided it was time to change up the names.

What does a company with TV in our DNA do in a case like this? A company that works with national broadcast and cable networks, whose office is decorated with film reels, and old TV sets from the 1970s and 1980s? We named the teams after TV shows, of course!

The teams submitted names of shows spanning the decades, often based on their favorites. Not every show that we’re fans of works for this assignment, however. Having a team named “Lost” doesn’t feel like something that would bode well for them.

The guidelines for naming were to work with single word TV shows. Can you imagine setting up a recurring meeting for “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”? Too many words to say and to type. The goal was to select a show whose name is somewhat descriptive of the work of the team, the team members’ personalities, or sometimes both.

A week later, the Red, Green, Blue, and Maize teams have been rebranded to:

Team ALF. ALF, short for Alien Life Form, crash-landed on a suburban garage. With his spaceship beyond repair, the Tanner family, whose house he crashed into, took him in. He’s funny looking, with a bad attitude. ALF aired on NBC from September 1986 to March 1990. It ran for four seasons and produced 99 episodes. Ratings-wise, it was the #10 show in primetime in 1987, with an 18.8 Household rating. Nostalgic for ALF? Catch it on Sundays from 6-7a ET on MeTV.

Team Numb3rs. The Data Science team’s choice of Numb3rs needs little explanation. The show opens with this voice over: “We all use math every day. To predict weather…to tell time…to handle money. Math is more than formulas and equations. It’s logic; it’s rationality. It’s using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know.“ The series about FBI agent Don Eppes and his math whiz and college professor younger brother, Charlie, solve the FBI’s toughest cases ran from January 2005 to March 2010 on CBS. It was routinely a Top 50 series, with about 8-10 million viewers per week.

Team MacGyver. The team represents a group of engineers who are tasked with a range of problems. More specifically, Solution Engineering is defined as a a technical mindset or a way of thinking about how best to achieve a problem resolution. They have a lot in common with MacGyver. MacGyver works as a troubleshooter. He’s a trained scientist, resourceful secret agent. He mixes scientific knowledge with creative use of common items. MacGyver ran for seven seasons on ABC, from 1985 to 1992. The show itself was a moderate hit, also ranking in the Top 50. However, it has a loyal following and has lived on via two movies, and a MasterCard Super Bowl spot. 

Team Misfits. The former Blue team, with team members in Boston as well as India, went a bit more global with their pick, Misfits. This is a British science fiction comedy/drama about a group of young offenders sentenced community service where, during an electrical storm, they obtain supernatural powers. The series ran in Britain for five seasons, from 2009 to 2013. It is available in the US via Hulu, where the LA Times reports it has been on Hulu’s most watched list.

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