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(The Hollywood Reporter)   The Big Bang Theory is, once again, Thursday night's most-watched comedy, and it shattered two viewership records with its last episode   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 178
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2013-01-05 09:30:55 AM
Scary why? It's a good show. Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.
 
2013-01-05 09:35:08 AM

KawaiiNot: Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.


That's not a high bar at all.
 
2013-01-05 09:37:43 AM

kronicfeld: KawaiiNot: Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.

That's not a high bar at all.


Hey, I have standards...nobody said they have to be high standards.

Bazinga!
 
2013-01-05 09:56:44 AM
Did they ever fix the elevator?
 
2013-01-05 10:24:51 AM
Love the show.  It's the only traditional sitcom I watch.
 
2013-01-05 10:34:33 AM
 
2013-01-05 10:41:26 AM
Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.
 
2013-01-05 11:53:15 AM

KawaiiNot: Scary why? It's a good show. Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.


You also liked "Triumph of the Will" and "Birth of a Nation" as weLl?

/amidoinitrite?
 
2013-01-05 12:00:31 PM

KawaiiNot: kronicfeld: KawaiiNot: Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.

That's not a high bar at all.

Hey, I have standards...nobody said they have to be high standards.

Bazinga!


Came for that word, but I have no idea why.  Leaving now.
 
2013-01-05 12:05:39 PM

GAT_00: Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.


Add an overbearing laugh track to that statement, and pepper it with lame-ass non-sequitur "nerdy" references, and you could write for a shiatty Chuck Lorre show.
 
2013-01-05 12:14:48 PM

FirstNationalBastard: GAT_00: Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.

Add an overbearing laugh track to that statement, and pepper it with lame-ass non-sequitur "nerdy" references, and you could write for a shiatty Chuck Lorre show.


I probably wouldn't mind the show so much if it didn't have the laugh track.  I've only ever liked three shows with laugh tracks: NewsRadio, Home Improvement, and Sports Night, and the track went away quickly on Sports Night.
 
2013-01-05 12:21:40 PM

GAT_00: FirstNationalBastard: GAT_00: Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.

Add an overbearing laugh track to that statement, and pepper it with lame-ass non-sequitur "nerdy" references, and you could write for a shiatty Chuck Lorre show.

I probably wouldn't mind the show so much if it didn't have the laugh track.  I've only ever liked three shows with laugh tracks: NewsRadio, Home Improvement, and Sports Night, and the track went away quickly on Sports Night.


Pretty sure Home Improvement had a studio audience.  You even got to see some of it in the Tool Time segments.
 
2013-01-05 12:21:42 PM

Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.


You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.
 
2013-01-05 12:22:07 PM
Is the "It's not really a nerd show" crew in here yet? Let me get my popcorn.
 
2013-01-05 12:23:54 PM
I am am a 43 year old geek, well read, well traveled, and have a bizarre sense of humor.  I have tried but I find the show just awful, and it caters to to psuedo geeks who just discovered Star Wars in 2009 because they got a decent internet connection then.

Hipster geeks are far worse than regular hipsters.
 
2013-01-05 12:25:24 PM

Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.


MASH on DVD skirts this issue.

Thankfully, it was shot one camera instead of with an audience, so the show is better without the network mandated laugh track that was shoved in there (Thanks, BBC!)

However, you're right that three camera Studio Audience shows like, oh, I Love Lucy would suffer if the laugh track were removed.
 
2013-01-05 12:26:33 PM
BBT is funnier then most comedies airing now. Compared to community or modern family it's brilliant tv.
 
2013-01-05 12:26:45 PM
Meh, it is one of the few shows I regularly watch. There aren't many that are worthwhile on network TV anymore; and it is probably the best of all shows on at this point in time.
 
2013-01-05 12:27:25 PM

Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.


The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.
 
2013-01-05 12:29:03 PM

Howie Spankowitz: Love the show.  It's the only traditional sitcom I watch.


This. I didn't start watching until it went into syndication, but it's a great show.

I just hope they have the good sense not to let it jump the shark
 
2013-01-05 12:30:17 PM
Haven't found the later seasons have been good as the first. However this weeks wasn't bad. Do agree though the laugh tracks (and shows with live audiences) are annoying.
 
2013-01-05 12:30:46 PM

kimwim: Did they ever fix the elevator?


Don't be fatuous
 
2013-01-05 12:31:52 PM
I like the show... It's not outstandingly brilliant by any means, but it's a nice way to kill 25 minutes...

/I understand the disliking, but don't share it...
 
2013-01-05 12:34:20 PM

theflatline: I am am a 43 year old geek, well read, well traveled, and have a bizarre sense of humor.  I have tried but I find the show just awful, and it caters to to psuedo geeks who just discovered Star Wars in 2009 because they got a decent internet connection then.

Hipster geeks are far worse than regular hipsters.


THIS.

Product placement. Pandering. Enforced stereotypes.

All around terrible show.
 
2013-01-05 12:36:16 PM
I finally caught a couple episodes. It's ok. I can see how the 'real' nerds crap themselves over it, and how the 'really not nerds' find it hilarious.

Overall, I thought it wasn't hilarious or offensive. Just another sitcom. I chose Tool Time over it, given different channels and crap on everywhere.
 
2013-01-05 12:36:50 PM

BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.



That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".
 
2013-01-05 12:42:37 PM

Flappyhead: Is the "It's not really a nerd show" crew in here yet? Let me get my popcorn.


theflatline: I am am a 43 year old geek, well read, well traveled, and have a bizarre sense of humor.  I have tried but I find the show just awful, and it caters to to psuedo geeks who just discovered Star Wars in 2009 because they got a decent internet connection then.

Hipster geeks are far worse than regular hipsters.


LOL this is why I love FARK
 
2013-01-05 12:44:07 PM
There is no Laugh Track for The Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory is filmed in front of a Live Studio Audience.

You can get tickets here

You can see a video here about going to a live taping

Bloopers Reel with audience laughter: Skip to the 8 min mark to see Johnny Galecki stop mid-scene, look at the audience and say "Really?" when a small group cheers in response to a Schrodinger's cat reference.
 
2013-01-05 12:44:23 PM

Blues_X: BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".


Thats not what he said, really. He said you cant just remove the track and leave the silences. Its an unfair comparison. Also what funny show do you watch that doesnt use an audience or laughtrack? Genuinely curious.
 
2013-01-05 12:45:44 PM

Madbassist1: Blues_X: BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".

Thats not what he said, really. He said you cant just remove the track and leave the silences. Its an unfair comparison. Also what funny show do you watch that doesnt use an audience or laughtrack? Genuinely curious.


Archer, off the top of my head.
 
2013-01-05 12:45:51 PM

Donnchadha: kimwim: Did they ever fix the elevator?

Don't be fatuous


Serious. Haven't seen an episode, since, well, second season?
 
2013-01-05 12:46:48 PM

Malacon: There is no Laugh Track for The Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory is filmed in front of a Live Studio Audience.

You can get tickets here

You can see a video here about going to a live taping

Bloopers Reel with audience laughter: Skip to the 8 min mark to see Johnny Galecki stop mid-scene, look at the audience and say "Really?" when a small group cheers in response to a Schrodinger's cat reference.


There is always a laugh track for three camera, studio audience shows.

If a joke falls flat, they'll punch it up with 60-year-old canned laughs. If a scene needs a retake, they'll shoot it after the audience leaves and add in 60-year-old canned laughs. If the audience sucks, they'll punch the laugh track up with 60-year-old canned laughs.
 
2013-01-05 12:49:42 PM
I've yet to watch this show. It just looks way to predictable and cutesy.
 
2013-01-05 12:50:33 PM
On one hand, I think this is a pretty terrible show. The three-camera, belaughtracked sitcom should have been done away with a decade ago. The plots are simply standard recycled sitcom fare with a few pseudo-geek jokes shoehorned in. And the first season (admittedly the only one I watched) seemed to rely on public-domain cultural signifiers for geekdom (ancient sci-fi posters) rather than modern stuff that would have required copyright releases, lending a really cheap air to the whole affair.

On the other hand, though, it seems to be making science geeks cool, and from what I hear from current physics grad students, helping them to get laid occasionally. (Wish this had been on a decade ago when I was in grad school.) So, even though this seems to be a show about geeks written by jocks, I really don't have a problem with it. But I'm not going to watch it.
 
2013-01-05 12:51:07 PM

kimwim: Donnchadha: kimwim: Did they ever fix the elevator?

Don't be fatuous

Serious. Haven't seen an episode, since, well, second season?


Yes they did. Karl Hungus made a guest appearance.
 
2013-01-05 12:53:11 PM

BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


Seinfeld, M.A.S.H., All in the Family, etc. . . . all used laugh tracks.
 
2013-01-05 12:53:12 PM
It's a nerd minstrel show.
 
2013-01-05 12:53:32 PM

BumpInTheNight: Madbassist1: Blues_X: BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".

Thats not what he said, really. He said you cant just remove the track and leave the silences. Its an unfair comparison. Also what funny show do you watch that doesnt use an audience or laughtrack? Genuinely curious.

Archer, off the top of my head.


Archer was the first thing I thought of as well. If we want to limit it to live-action sitcoms for some reason, I'd add in Arrested Development and Better Off Ted as well. I think comedies that don't need to rely on laughter cues are much stronger. Although a lot of viewers honestly don't get comedy on TV without the cues, which is why shows like those by Chuck Lorre do so well.
 
2013-01-05 12:54:14 PM
Funny show, haters can suck it.
 
2013-01-05 12:55:13 PM
*searches thread for comment describing The Big Bang Theory as "nerd blackface" *

You're losing your edge, guys.
 
2013-01-05 12:55:49 PM
THANKS A BUNCH FOR STEALING MY THUNDER, BLOODY WILLIAM

*leaves in a huff*
 
2013-01-05 12:56:05 PM
Because of this show, I don't care for the sheldon character or actor at all. At all. I hate his face, his mannerisms, his voice, and his style of acting. I wanted to beat the shiat out of him. Then I found out he was gay. And it didn't change a thing, because it wouldn't be a hate crime to beat the shiat out of someone because you hate everything about them except that they're gay.

/irrational hate is the best hate.
 
2013-01-05 12:56:20 PM

Madbassist1: Flappyhead: Is the "It's not really a nerd show" crew in here yet? Let me get my popcorn.

theflatline: I am am a 43 year old geek, well read, well traveled, and have a bizarre sense of humor.  I have tried but I find the show just awful, and it caters to to psuedo geeks who just discovered Star Wars in 2009 because they got a decent internet connection then.

Hipster geeks are far worse than regular hipsters.

LOL this is why I love FARK


I can watch bad TV, and honestly Max Headroom, the IT Crowd, Code Monkeys, Red Dwarf, and a slew of others are much better than BBT.
 
2013-01-05 12:56:25 PM
Hooray for non-reality shows breaking records!
 
2013-01-05 12:57:38 PM
So what's the popular show with Farkers, Portlandia?
 
2013-01-05 12:57:44 PM

NeoCortex42: BumpInTheNight: Madbassist1: Blues_X: BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".

Thats not what he said, really. He said you cant just remove the track and leave the silences. Its an unfair comparison. Also what funny show do you watch that doesnt use an audience or laughtrack? Genuinely curious.

Archer, off the top of my head.

Archer was the first thing I thought of as well. If we want to limit it to live-action sitcoms for some reason, I'd add in Arrested Development and Better Off Ted as well. I think comedies that don't need to rely on laughter cues are much stronger. Although a lot of viewers honestly don't get comedy on TV without the cues, which is why shows like those by Chuck Lorre do so well.


Aye, Modern Family is another quick nod. Laugh tracks are the crutch of the untalented comedy, the very core of things like that show Ricky Gervais lamented about during Extras (oh hey another one). Big bang theory is just another by the numbers bore that panders to the lowest common denominator stuff.
 
2013-01-05 12:57:55 PM
Well duh. Kaley Cuoco + those nerdy glasses she was wearing in the episode = yes please!
 
2013-01-05 12:58:01 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: On one hand, I think this is a pretty terrible show. The three-camera, belaughtracked sitcom should have been done away with a decade ago. The plots are simply standard recycled sitcom fare with a few pseudo-geek jokes shoehorned in. And the first season (admittedly the only one I watched) seemed to rely on public-domain cultural signifiers for geekdom (ancient sci-fi posters) rather than modern stuff that would have required copyright releases, lending a really cheap air to the whole affair.

On the other hand, though, it seems to be making science geeks cool, and from what I hear from current physics grad students, helping them to get laid occasionally. (Wish this had been on a decade ago when I was in grad school.) So, even though this seems to be a show about geeks written by jocks, I really don't have a problem with it. But I'm not going to watch it.


I don't know how much it's helped physics grad students. Every first encounter with a person basically goes like this:
"I'm in grad school, working on my PhD in physics."
"Oh, you must love big Bang Theory, then! I love that show! So are you just like Sheldon? Is that how you guys really act?"
 
2013-01-05 12:58:11 PM

BumpInTheNight: Madbassist1: Blues_X: BumpInTheNight: Hand Banana: Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.

You can't just remove the laugh track and then leave the silence that is intentionally put in there for the laugh track. The funniest show ever made would be awkward and weird if you did that.

The genuinely funny shows don't need to leave room for a laugh track.


That. If TBB were actually funny, they wouldn't add the laugh track to point out the "jokes".

Thats not what he said, really. He said you cant just remove the track and leave the silences. Its an unfair comparison. Also what funny show do you watch that doesnt use an audience or laughtrack? Genuinely curious.

Archer, off the top of my head.


Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Life is Short, The Office (maybe not so much lately).
 
2013-01-05 12:59:02 PM

parkerlewis: Hooray for non-reality shows breaking records!


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