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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 02:08:22 PM  

Malacon: You think a sit-com that accurately represents the lives of an Astrophysicist, a Theoretical Physicist, an Experimental Physicist and an Aerospace Engineer would be naturally funny to the masses anyone at all?


FTFY, Sport.
 
2013-01-05 02:11:31 PM  

NeoCortex42: The difference is, people recognize that The Office is pretty far removed from reality at this point while also treating BBT as a pseudo-documentary.


That's because even idiots like me generally know what a secretary does. A theoretical physicist? Not so much. Quit being an elitist prick, like the asshole upthread that made up a story about some fat chick interrupting him and his friends in their intellectual discourse on the 4th of July.
 
2013-01-05 02:12:33 PM  
Oh look, its this thread again, wherein nerds defend a show pandering to what non-nerds think nerds are like.
 
2013-01-05 02:14:22 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Donnchadha: It's from the people who brought you everything else on CBS

I'll stop you right there and admit to liking NCIS. (I know, I know.)

And that's okay, because NCIS is nothing more than "What If The Goddamn Batman were a Navy Cop".


You say that like that isn't awesome.  NCIS is fun.
 
2013-01-05 02:15:35 PM  

Malacon: You think a sit-com that accurately represents the lives of an Astrophysicist, a Theoretical Physicist, an Experimental Physicist and an Aerospace Engineer would be naturally funny to the masses?


I doubt it would be naturally funny to them
 
2013-01-05 02:26:44 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: So what's the popular show with Farkers, Portlandia?


I loved Portlandia for about three episodes, and then I realized that every single sketch was the same: person or persons do or say something absurd. Other person or persons are caught off guard, get frustrated, try to "go with it" to be polite, or otherwise react predictably, but fail because the other people don't- or can't- understand that their actions are absurd. Both sets of person or persons do so while acting in an irrationally endearing and/or antagonistic manner. The end.

The show is clever in that it skewers the skewerers. Making fun of people whose existence consist of living outside the norm and being smug about it is something that few other shows can pull off. (Although It HAS been done- c.f. South Park "smug" episode.) Making it a mix of sketch comedy and episodic comedy is also clever, as is the use of the two main actors in (nearly) every segment.

There's a lot to like about the show, but honestly the repetition gets to you eventually. So much so that you really only need to see one or two episodes to have seen them all. I suppose the same could be said of The Big Bang Theory, just with a different set of things that are common to every episode.

Boil it down to the essentials, and you have this:

Penny is hotter than Carrie.
 
2013-01-05 02:29:15 PM  
oh goody the thread where everyone on FARK tells me how lame BBT it because it has a laughtrack, doesn't delve into inside jokes of the physics community that most people can't relate to, stereotypes nerds and general Chuck Lorre hate.

did I miss anything?
 
2013-01-05 02:30:18 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: oh goody the thread where everyone on FARK tells me how lame BBT it because it has a laughtrack, doesn't delve into inside jokes of the physics community that most people can't relate to, stereotypes nerds and general Chuck Lorre hate.

did I miss anything?


Someone said you make minstrel shows too, can't forget that Mr Lorre.
 
2013-01-05 02:31:20 PM  
If you don't like a show then don't watch it. Change the channel, go outside and play, do something else.
 
2013-01-05 02:34:44 PM  

Madbassist1: NeoCortex42: The difference is, people recognize that The Office is pretty far removed from reality at this point while also treating BBT as a pseudo-documentary.

That's because even idiots like me generally know what a secretary does. A theoretical physicist? Not so much. Quit being an elitist prick, like the asshole upthread that made up a story about some fat chick interrupting him and his friends in their intellectual discourse on the 4th of July.


Wow, guess I touched a nerve there.

You kind of showed my point, though. Everybody does know what a secretary does. This is why most everybody realizes shows like The Office are often pretty far from reality. Yet, at the same time, these same people often don't think that all of the preconceived notions they have about geeks from Big Bang Theory might be equally far from reality.
 
2013-01-05 02:37:20 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.


Anything sci-fi that had posters is not likely in the public domain yet. You would have to go back to the 1920s to find any of that.
 
2013-01-05 02:40:19 PM  

red5ish: If you don't like a show then don't watch it. Change the channel, go outside and play, do something else.


We're talking geeks here. To many of them, going outside would be like the first 10 minutes of Total Recall when Arnold is on Mars and his helmet comes off.
 
2013-01-05 02:42:00 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,


Pretty sure it's meant for people who have a regular sense of humor.

Seriously, if you yourself admit that your sense of humor is weird and non-standard, why complain about something clearly meant for the masses?
 
2013-01-05 02:44:15 PM  

PanicMan: Listen. Because of this show millions of people have a better idea of what it's like to be one of us internet/science/gamer/introvert type people. Even if you don't think the show is funny (which I usually do), isn't that an accomplishment in its self? Maybe a few parents will see them playing D&D and realize it's just a game and not witchcraft. Maybe some kids will want to become theoretical physicists. Just because you knew what Schrodinger's cat is about before the show doesn't mean the rest of America did. People are learning and having fun doing it . How can you hate on that?


No, because anyone who thought DnD was witchcraft is so far gone that a sitcom isn't going to fix that.
 
2013-01-05 02:45:52 PM  
I don't want to watch a show about what real physicists do. I'd rather watch a show about these guys. The laugh track doesn't bother me when I generally find what is being laughed at funny as well.

An awful laugh track? Two broke girls. I watched it last season because it was between HIMYM and two and a half men, but it was brutal.
 
2013-01-05 02:56:55 PM  
Forget the laugh track (yes, I know it's got a live audience, but if you think that means there isn't a laugh track as well, you know nothing about how these types of TV sit-coms are filmed, so shaddup-a-you-face),what makes this show suck is that it has shiatty writing and has about the same level of humor as a fence post.

Look, Sheldon doesn't understand social morays. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Leonard is a grown man living with his mother. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Sheldon has come up with an overly complicated solution to a simple problem. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Penny doesn't understand a geeky reference. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Leonard's mom is a Jewish harpy. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Penny wants to be an actress and works as a waitress. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?
Look, Raj has poor fashion sense. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?

This is a show by the guy who created, produces, and writes for Two and a Half Men. Just remember that the next time you're watching TBBT...you're watching something from a guy who thinks 30 minutes of fart and masturbation jokes make for good entertainment.
 
2013-01-05 02:57:17 PM  
I don't hate BBT, and will occasionally watch a rerun, but I don't consider it a particularly good comedy. I am mostly frustrated with NBC for moronically keeping Community in the 8pm slot against a show that was already a juggernaut.
 
2013-01-05 02:58:55 PM  
Harbinger of the Doomed Rat:

Look, Sheldon doesn't understand social morays. ISN'T THAT FUNNY!?


Anti-social eels are never funny.
 
2013-01-05 02:58:56 PM  

had98c: Well duh. Kaley Cuoco + those nerdy glasses she was wearing in the episode = yes please!


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"I'm going to take everything off you except those glasses.  And maybe your boots...."

The funniest BBT line in years.
 
2013-01-05 02:59:02 PM  

Bloody William: It's a nerd minstrel show.


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Swan-nee. How. I Love. Ya. How.I Love. Ya. My. Dear. Old. Swan-nee.
 
2013-01-05 03:00:42 PM  

Bloody William: It's a nerd minstrel show.


Nerdsploitation.
 
2013-01-05 03:06:51 PM  
The giant Jenga was awesome and Penny wearing nerd glasses?

Hubba, HUBBA!

Suck it haters and go watch re-runs of that crap-fest Fringe
 
2013-01-05 03:20:32 PM  
I tried to watch this show for 10 minutes and I almost went blind at how unfunny it was. Just aggressively, obnoxiously not clever or funny. Hands down better shows include Parks & Rec, Community, Workaholics, Always Sunny, Archer, Futurama, The League, and even The Office or Wilfred.
 
2013-01-05 03:36:30 PM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: you're watching something from a guy who thinks 30 minutes of fart and masturbation jokes make for good entertainment.


30 minutes of fart and masturbation jokes would be tremendously good entertainment! That would be like four episodes of Robot Chicken. I would watch that show. Too bad Chuck Lorre doesn't make anything like that. If there was a show actually called, 30 Minutes of Fart and Masturbation Jokes I would be all like "Shut up and take my money!!!"
 
2013-01-05 03:39:55 PM  

Richard Sauce: Workaholics


No.
 
2013-01-05 03:45:43 PM  

GAT_00: You say that like that isn't awesome.  NCIS is fun.


I prefer NCIS Los Angeles, or is it CSI Los Angeles?, where there's a big shoot-out every episode right in the middle of L.A., but somehow no one ever gets in trouble for this, or attracts much attention at all.
 
2013-01-05 03:53:13 PM  

GAT_00: FirstNationalBastard: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Donnchadha: It's from the people who brought you everything else on CBS

I'll stop you right there and admit to liking NCIS. (I know, I know.)

And that's okay, because NCIS is nothing more than "What If The Goddamn Batman were a Navy Cop".

You say that like that isn't awesome.  NCIS is fun.


Oh, no, I agree... NCIS is fun. Realizing it's The Goddamn Batman as a Navy Cop makes it more fun.
 
2013-01-05 04:06:14 PM  

Occam's Disposable Razor: So the conversation is about Thursday night comedies and the merits of laugh tracks or studio audiences, and none of you frittatas have mentioned The League?

[images.tvrage.com image 435x653]
Shiva frowns on these shenanigans.


Shivakamini Somakandarkram!!!

/oh the things I would do to disappoint that woman for 30 seconds
 
2013-01-05 04:09:58 PM  

Richard Sauce: I tried to watch this show for 10 minutes and I almost went blind at how unfunny it was. Just aggressively, obnoxiously not clever or funny. Hands down better shows include Parks & Rec, Community, Workaholics, Always Sunny, Archer, Futurama, The League, and even The Office or Wilfred.


You didn't almost go blind. You're lying. Why are you a lying liar who lies?
 
2013-01-05 04:11:28 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.


So, you were into nerdiness before it got mainstream?
 
2013-01-05 04:15:38 PM  

stoli n coke: Richard Sauce: I tried to watch this show for 10 minutes and I almost went blind at how unfunny it was. Just aggressively, obnoxiously not clever or funny. Hands down better shows include Parks & Rec, Community, Workaholics, Always Sunny, Archer, Futurama, The League, and even The Office or Wilfred.

You didn't almost go blind. You're lying. Why are you a lying liar who lies?


He might not be lying. He did say the not clever or funny parts were very aggressive. Perhaps the show simply kicked the hell out of him.
 
2013-01-05 04:18:23 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: 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.


So what you're really saying is that you want to suck his dick?
 
2013-01-05 04:31:45 PM  

Lokasenna: This just in:

Big Bang is not a show for nerds about nerds.

Big Bang is a show about nerds for everyone else.

A show for nerds about nerds would probably tank because the (vast) majority of potential viewers would probably have trouble following it. Big Bang does a good job of throwing in nerd references with just enough explanation to get the idea across - any scene where Sheldon has to explain something to Penny, or any time someone makes one of those Star Trek-style "it's just like sticking a pin in a balloon!" analogies.

There's a point on the being-authentic-to-the-subject-matter spectrum where average viewers stop tuning in because it doesn't appeal to them. I think Big Bang is just shy of that, and nobody with a brain is saying otherwise. Complaining about it is no better than complaining about how Michael Westen gets to cause an explosive traffic jam on a major Miami road every week without ever hearing from the cops.


Plus about 99% of self proclaimed "nerds" (ya know, people that think playing video games make them nerds) wouldn't get it either.
 
2013-01-05 04:34:38 PM  
ZIMBABWE
 
2013-01-05 05:03:54 PM  
Penny's black dress, just for fun.
 
2013-01-05 05:04:50 PM  
God damn it, http://i.minus.com/idvRAnEXZsUw6.gif it won't let me link for some reason.
 
2013-01-05 05:23:58 PM  
This show is awesome because of 1) Sheldon, and 2) Penny's fantastic tits.
 
2013-01-05 05:27:52 PM  
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+
www.xpautographs.com

/yes please
 
2013-01-05 05:42:07 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Product placement.


I know, right? I've been totally addicted to Dr Peeper and Cola since I started watching.

saga.bidyut.com

saga.bidyut.com
 
2013-01-05 06:04:59 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: So what's the popular show with Farkers, Portlandia?


No. You've heard of Portlandia. What farkers like is really obscure. You wouldn't have heard of it.
 
2013-01-05 06:10:09 PM  

fusillade762: DeathByGeekSquad: Product placement.

I know, right? I've been totally addicted to Dr Peeper and Cola since I started watching.
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www.lostwackys.com
 
2013-01-05 06:24:44 PM  

Funbags: Oh look, its this thread again, wherein nerds defend a show pandering to what non-nerds think nerds are like.


My nerd cred:
Wrote a Star Trek fan fiction novel
Spoke Klingon to Michael Dorn
Dressed daughter up as Yoda for HWeen
PhD
Published researcher
Has Lenier figure autographed by JMS
Has both bat'leth and d'k tahg hanging over my office desk
Ragequit Spider-Man over the clone saga
Writing a scholarly book chapter on the psychology of A Song of Ice and Fire
Wrote a paper on Firefly and the psychology of religion
Sang babies to sleep with Jonathan Coulton numbers
Regularly hosts MST3k nights
Named a child after a Firefly character (not telling you which)
Married an equally-nerdy woman (they do exist and they're awesome)

I farking LOVE Big Bang Theory. Mrs Thunder and I refer to the show as "Our People" and laugh our butts off. Don't like it? Dislodge the stick from your colon and you might start finding it enjoyable.
 
2013-01-05 06:27:43 PM  

pacmanner: [i662.photobucket.com image 252x253]


I'd sit through a laugh track for that every week.
 
2013-01-05 07:02:57 PM  

stoli n coke: Malacon: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: It's what stupid people think smart people sound like; it's the Newt Gingrich of comedy.

Pretty much, aye.

C'mon, it's a Chuck Lorre show. It's the people who brought you Dharma & Greg taking on geek culture.

Take that as you will.

More importantly it's a sit-com.

You're looking for accuracy in the depiction of a group of people - any group of people - from a sit-com?

It's all about stereo-typing and simplification for the sake of easily accessible comedy. You think a sit-com that accurately represents the lives of an Astrophysicist, a Theoretical Physicist, an Experimental Physicist and an Aerospace Engineer would be naturally funny to the masses?

Seriously, it's a sit-com. You're over thinking it, people.


You have to remember, the people complaing over accuracy in BBT are the same people that thought this
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was below their standards just because she didn't really like World of Warcraft as much as she claimed.
"No True Nerd" is this generation's "No True Scotsman."


...any woman who wants a nerd and thinks she has to lie about being a nerd to get one deserves to die alone.
 
2013-01-05 07:47:25 PM  
This whole thread needs a dose of:

1-media-cdn.foolz.us

/BBT's not my cup of tea
//To each their own.
 
2013-01-05 08:25:33 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: oh goody the thread where everyone on FARK tells me how lame BBT it because it has a laughtrack, doesn't delve into inside jokes of the physics community that most people can't relate to, stereotypes nerds and general Chuck Lorre hate.

did I miss anything?


These are almost as bad as beer threads. Apparently everyone on fark drinks a special dark brew only made in a corner brewery in a town that isn't even on the map. They are the only ones blessed enough to drink from the cup. Also, all light beers are for peasants.
 
2013-01-05 08:37:48 PM  
Used to hate it until I watched a couple of episodes. It's actually pretty good. Laugh track has gotta go though.
 
2013-01-05 09:32:38 PM  
If you think about it the pause for laughter is good for the writers. For a 30 minute sit com you have about 7 minutes of commercials and say 30 seconds of theme song. That leaves 22.5 minutes of dialogue to write if you figure 3 laughs per minute at 3 seconds per laugh that is 1 less minute of writing you have to do for every (approximately) 7 minutes divide that into your remaining 22.5 minutes and you now only have to provide approximately 19 minutes of dialogue. Pretty smart if you ask me.
 
2013-01-05 09:33:47 PM  
Sorry for the run on sentence, crappy punctuation and poor grammar.
 
2013-01-05 09:49:03 PM  
Speaking of laugh tracks, anyone ever notice that there's that ONE GUY in the laugh track of "Seinfeld" and "Friends" that does an over-loud, over-jolly, over-hilarious'd laugh like HA HA HAAAAA at the segue or end of a particular scene here and there?
 
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