The six-part series on the early 1990s tech boom (and bust) works because, "it turns out that the missing ingredient in that hard-to-translate format is this: being cheeky," says Tim Goodman. "Valley of the Boom won't be for everyone, because it unapologetically rips up how a story should be told and takes the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to a very important (and often funny and mind-blowingly relevant and revolutionary) moment in business and cultural history, and has a lot of fun with it. And guess what? That fun is contagious." ALSO: Valley of the Boom is a frustrating dud.