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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 42
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2013-01-05 12:23:54 PM
4 votes:
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 09:30:55 AM
4 votes:
Scary why? It's a good show. Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.
2013-01-05 02:56:55 PM
3 votes:
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.
2013-01-06 03:14:53 AM
2 votes:

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.
2013-01-05 06:24:44 PM
2 votes:

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 01:46:17 PM
2 votes:

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.
2013-01-05 01:05:10 PM
2 votes:
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?
2013-01-05 01:04:16 PM
2 votes:

stoli n coke: Bloody William: It's a nerd minstrel show.

Probably because doing a documentary style show on nerds would be boring as fark.


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Totally.
2013-01-05 12:56:25 PM
2 votes:
Hooray for non-reality shows breaking records!
2013-01-05 12:53:12 PM
2 votes:
It's a nerd minstrel show.
2013-01-05 12:46:48 PM
2 votes:

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 12:34:20 PM
2 votes:

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 12:27:25 PM
2 votes:

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 10:41:26 AM
2 votes:
Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.
2013-01-07 11:53:23 AM
1 votes:

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?
2013-01-06 04:13:02 PM
1 votes:

retarded: That show sucks.


I thought "retarded" was your Fark handle. Didn't realize it was literal.
2013-01-06 12:12:05 PM
1 votes:
Some people care too damn much.
2013-01-06 01:07:54 AM
1 votes:

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).
2013-01-05 04:31:45 PM
1 votes:

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 02:58:56 PM
1 votes:

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 02:44:15 PM
1 votes:

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 02:42:00 PM
1 votes:

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 02:29:15 PM
1 votes:
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 02:11:31 PM
1 votes:

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 01:56:23 PM
1 votes:

PanicMan: NeoCortex42: 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?"

Are you upset that people are interested in what you do and want you to tell them about it?


But it's not that at all. They're not interested in what I do. They just think they already know about it through misinformation. Let's use another show as a different example:
"Oh, I'm a secretary."
"Oh, really! I love The Office! Its such a great show. Do you like it, too? I'm sure you would. It must be so crazy working around people like that all the time."

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.
2013-01-05 01:49:21 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-01-05 01:20:47 PM
1 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: It's what stupid people think smart people sound like; it's the Newt Gingrich of comedy.


Smart people don't post on FARK
2013-01-05 01:16:48 PM
1 votes:
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2013-01-05 01:14:38 PM
1 votes:
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.

this

It's an amusing little show, featuring my people (nerds), leaves you feeling good, not depressed or traumatized or annoyed, like so much of the crap on cable and broadcast. Sheldon is The Fonz, Leonard is Ritchie Cunningham, Howard is/was Ralph Malph, and Raj is Potsie. Which I guess makes Wil = Leather Tuscadero (shows up occasionally).

It will go on a little while longer, and ultimately end (gracefully, one hopes), to be seen endlessly in syndication. Such is TV life. Enjoy it in the fullness of its life.
2013-01-05 01:02:39 PM
1 votes:
I don't know why there is such hate for the laughtrack.  How are you supposed to know what's funny without it?
2013-01-05 12:57:55 PM
1 votes:
Well duh. Kaley Cuoco + those nerdy glasses she was wearing in the episode = yes please!
2013-01-05 12:56:05 PM
1 votes:
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 12:54:14 PM
1 votes:
Funny show, haters can suck it.
2013-01-05 12:50:33 PM
1 votes:
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 12:49:42 PM
1 votes:
I've yet to watch this show. It just looks way to predictable and cutesy.
2013-01-05 12:44:07 PM
1 votes:
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 12:29:03 PM
1 votes:

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 12:21:40 PM
1 votes:

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 12:05:39 PM
1 votes:

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 10:34:33 AM
1 votes:
2013-01-05 10:24:51 AM
1 votes:
Love the show.  It's the only traditional sitcom I watch.
2013-01-05 09:35:08 AM
1 votes:

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


That's not a high bar at all.
 
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