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.
Funbags: Oh look, its this thread again, wherein nerds defend a show pandering to what non-nerds think nerds are like.
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.
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.
Malacon: There is no Laugh Track for The Big Bang TheoryBig Bang Theory is filmed in front of a Live Studio Audience.You can get tickets hereYou can see a video here about going to a live tapingBloopers 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.
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.
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.
retarded: That show sucks.
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.
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.
had98c: Well duh. Kaley Cuoco + those nerdy glasses she was wearing in the episode = yes please!
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?
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,
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.
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?
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: It's what stupid people think smart people sound like; it's the Newt Gingrich of comedy.
Howie Spankowitz: Love the show. It's the only traditional sitcom I watch.
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.
GAT_00: Well, nobody has ever accused Americans of having good taste in television shows.
KawaiiNot: Better than all that "reality" junk on TV these days.
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