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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 09:49:54 PM  
Laugh track sitcoms are soooo 5 years ago...

/That's how a lot of you sound, like hipsters.
 
2013-01-05 09:56:00 PM  

cryinoutloud: NeoCortex42: "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?"

If anyone really acted like Sheldon, they'd be living in the streets. They sure as hell wouldn't have roommates and real friends.

/hate that show


Penny and Raj are great characters.  The rest of the show is just a sackful of assholes.
 
2013-01-05 10:05:14 PM  

titwrench: 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.



I read this in Sheldon's voice ..
 
2013-01-05 10:10:18 PM  

Austin Millbarge: titwrench: 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.


I read this in Sheldon's voice ..


Then I did and I giggled.
 
2013-01-05 10:39:05 PM  
Penny withbthe glasses.... yowza
 
2013-01-05 11:00:55 PM  
I like the short blonde with the big cans.
 
2013-01-05 11:02:35 PM  

titwrench: 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.


Yep, that's the impression I get with studio audience/laugh track sitcoms, everyone doing the bare minimum of work they can get away with. And I've said this before, but laugh tracks on TV give me the same feeling as when I hear REO Speedwagon on the radio. Let's farking evolve, people.
 
2013-01-05 11:05:14 PM  
Hey, they're smart, but retarded, isn't that funny? LOLOLOLL!!!11!!! Awful show.
 
2013-01-05 11:10:16 PM  

thanksagainandagain: I like the short blonde with the big cans.


She's a cutey, alright. The part where she first hooked up with Wolowitz and started yelling back to his mother in almost the exact same voice made me lol.
 
2013-01-05 11:36:06 PM  
I loathe this show. If you changed the "nerds" to Black people, and used the same sorts of demeaning jokes, you'd have one of the most racist shows on television next to Jeff Dunham's cancelled hate-fest.

I think if I ever met the actor who plays Sheldon, I'd have to be congratulated if I didn't punch him square in the nose. His performance is the nerd equivalent of blackface.

Big Bang Theory is a nerd minstrel show.
 
2013-01-05 11:54:08 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I loathe this show. If you changed the "nerds" to Black people, and used the same sorts of demeaning jokes, you'd have one of the most racist shows on television next to Jeff Dunham's cancelled hate-fest.

I think if I ever met the actor who plays Sheldon, I'd have to be congratulated if I didn't punch him square in the nose. His performance is the nerd equivalent of blackface.

Big Bang Theory is a nerd minstrel show.



That's so original and inciteful. I'm surprise no one else has tried to make this point in this thre-, Oh, wait. They have.
0/10. You get nothing. Good day, sir.
 
2013-01-06 01:07:54 AM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: 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.


I'm amazed how many people keep saying Big Bang Theory uses a laugh track. It's been said many times before that they don't use one.

But insisting they use one when they don't? You are the biggest idiots here, ready to make an argument but providing no evidence or even anecdotes to the contrary. I've been to a taping at Warner Bros. Studios, not for Big Bang Theory, but they discussed how some of the taping goes, and that it is consistent for all their sitcoms, which include BBT. They explicitly avoid a laugh track. If after a scene, they don't get the response they want, they will have another joke ready and will have the scene redone with the new joke in the place of the old one that got no or few laughs. Since most of the sitcom is pieced together in editing afterwards (all scenes are shot at least twice), they can get the best takes and the loudest laughter put together for the ideal cut. Criticize this method if you want, but ultimately, there is little difference in this versus a story board where ideas may be changed.

If you don't like BBT, fine. Everyone has different tastes after all, right? But don't make arguments that are factually wrong to support your case. At least recognize what goes on behind the scenes to make a strong case, rather than looking like a doofus on Fark (though, then again, we pretty much all do here at some point or another).
 
2013-01-06 01:24:24 AM  

06Wahoo: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: 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.

I'm amazed how many people keep saying Big Bang Theory uses a laugh track. It's been said many times before that they don't use one.

But insisting they use one when they don't? You are the biggest idiots here, ready to make an argument but providing no evidence or even anecdotes to the contrary. I've been to a taping at Warner Bros. Studios, not for Big Bang Theory, but they discussed how some of the taping goes, and that it is consistent for all their sitcoms, which include BBT. They explicitly avoid a laugh track. If after a scene, they don't get the response they want, they will have another joke ready and will have the scene redone with the new joke in the place of the old one that got no or few laughs. Since most of the sitcom is pieced together in editing afterwards (all scenes are shot at least twice), they can get the best takes and the loudest laughter put together for the ideal cut. Criticize this method if you want, but ultimately, there is little difference in this versus a story board where ideas may be changed.



So, what you're saying is that they manipulate the recorded laughter however they want it, creating a track of said laughter to suit their needs.

Why, it's almost like they're creating a LAUGH TRACK.
 
2013-01-06 03:14:53 AM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: 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.


Hmmm, Leonard isn't Jewish and Raj is kinda metrosexual so you you are completely wrong ISN'T THAT FUNNY?

So yes it has some broad stereotypical humor and it does get some specifics wrong (I'm looking at you Penny MMO episode) but I will give them that they really work very hard at always geting their science right and their comic book references are always spot on. I would rather watch 100 BBTin a row than 1 American Idol.
 
2013-01-06 06:43:57 AM  

theflatline: Hipster geeks are far worse than regular hipsters.


I am sick and farking tired of people calling themselves geeks who have no understanding of the word. It doesn't mean "watched some episodes of Battlestar Galactica and own an iPhone". It's about obsession. A friend of mine is an embroidery geek. As in, she has a BA in it, and is now doing a masters in it. I'm a computer geek. I don't do much sci-fi, but give me a software bug in one of half a dozen languages and I'll fix it.
 
2013-01-06 12:12:05 PM  
Some people care too damn much.
 
2013-01-06 02:39:35 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, what you're saying is that they manipulate the recorded laughter however they want it, creating a track of said laughter to suit their needs.

Why, it's almost like they're creating a LAUGH TRACK.


Except that isnt what they're doing at all.
 
2013-01-06 03:10:42 PM  
You know what would really be a horrible idea? Trying to make a comedy sitcom that accurately depicts real life geeks. I doubt there would be enough material to make a pilot.
 
2013-01-06 04:08:40 PM  

red5ish: You know what would really be a horrible idea? Trying to make a comedy sitcom that accurately depicts real life geeks. I doubt there would be enough material to make a pilot.


Closest might have been "Freaks & Geeks" and "The IT Crowd". Both great shows; both orders of magnitude better than BBT.
 
2013-01-06 04:13:02 PM  

retarded: That show sucks.


I thought "retarded" was your Fark handle. Didn't realize it was literal.
 
2013-01-07 08:40:19 AM  

Son of Thunder: 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.


Welcome to my favorites list.

=]
 
2013-01-07 11:34:40 AM  

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?


It's helped my Husband and I out a bit. We met online via World of Warcraft. Usually I tell people we met "through friends" but I'm immigrating to another country and we have to be 100% truthful. I was worried that this would be considered "weird" and immigration officials may put us under the microscope.

Thankfully, after telling our story, our 55 years old lawyer who can barely work a computer turns to us and goes "OH! Just like on BBT when Penny got addicted to that game!"
 
2013-01-07 11:45:40 AM  

Blues_X: Sans the laugh track.


Fascinating.....

When you take a show and edit out part of it to make it look bad the show looks bad.

I bet if you poured water on them they would get wet to.

/ Your newsletter, I would like to subscribe to it.
 
2013-01-07 11:49:27 AM  

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


Trick question.

Any show that gets popular will, by definition, bring out the hipster dopes who are too cool to like anything popular and too insecure to shut up about it.

For example: "I don't even OWN a TV, but I saw this show ONCE at a friend's house and it makes me weep for the state of our nation."

You know, assholes.
 
2013-01-07 11:53:23 AM  

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


I think it provides a lens that allows "true geeks" to understand how non-geeks sometimes see them. It's an exaggeration to illuminate an aspect of the truth and in the service of humor.

Also, ruthless realism would ruin ANY comedy. Do you really think M*A*S*H is a realistic portrayal of military service for doctors?
 
2013-01-07 12:17:27 PM  

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

I think it provides a lens that allows "true geeks" to understand how non-geeks sometimes see them. It's an exaggeration to illuminate an aspect of the truth and in the service of humor.

Also, ruthless realism would ruin ANY comedy. Do you really think M*A*S*H is a realistic portrayal of military service for doctors?


I've heard, from people in their respective fields, that "Scrubs" and "Reno 911" were pretty close to reality, at least thematically.
 
2013-01-07 01:19:12 PM  

SpectroBoy: I think it provides a lens that allows "true geeks" to understand how non-geeks sometimes see them. It's an exaggeration to illuminate an aspect of the truth and in the service of humor.


I got bad news for ya. Geeks arent some big mystery. We know and understand you guys. It isnt hard.
 
2013-01-07 02:14:58 PM  

Maestro1701: retarded: That show sucks.

I thought "retarded" was your Fark handle. Didn't realize it was literal.


NERDRAGE
 
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