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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   ( divider line
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2013-01-05 01:33:04 PM  
3 votes:

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

Uh, Portlandia is a hipster minstrel show. I hate every time it comes on the TV that I don't own.
2013-01-05 02:59:02 PM  
2 votes:

Bloody William: It's a nerd minstrel show.

Swan-nee. How. I Love. Ya. How.I Love. Ya. My. Dear. Old. Swan-nee.
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.
2013-01-05 12:59:02 PM  
2 votes:

parkerlewis: Hooray for non-reality shows breaking records!

"At what cost?"
2013-01-05 12:44:07 PM  
2 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 12:22:07 PM  
2 votes:
Is the "It's not really a nerd show" crew in here yet? Let me get my popcorn.
2013-01-05 09:35:08 AM  
2 votes:

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

That's not a high bar at all.
2013-01-06 04:13:02 PM  
1 vote:

retarded: That show sucks.

I thought "retarded" was your Fark handle. Didn't realize it was literal.
2013-01-05 04:18:23 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:11:28 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:06:51 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:00:42 PM  
1 vote:

Bloody William: It's a nerd minstrel show.

2013-01-05 01:49:10 PM  
1 vote:
Last 4th of July I was sitting in a park with some friends for a fireworks display. We were having a conversation about alien life, and animatedly debating the potential difficulties of trying to communicate with hypothetical intelligent alien life -- whether there would be any common vocabulary of ideas, whether they would understand our concept of the individual, whether mathematical principles might be a more universal language that opens the door to further exchange of ideas, etc. etc. Not an unusual conversation for us.

A fat woman in a lawn chair turned to us and said "Y'ALL SOUND LIKE A REAL LIFE VERSION OF THE BIG BANG THEORY!" We just looked at her blankly for a few moments and then resumed our conversation.
2013-01-05 01:46:17 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:12:12 PM  
1 vote:

FirstNationalBastard: flaminio: chewielouie: Seinfeld, M.A.S.H., All in the Family, etc. . . . all used laugh tracks.

MASH was forced to by the network. The producers didn't want it. The only concession they got was no laugh track in the operating room. So, to get back, they wrote an episode that takes place entirely within the OR.

On DVD, you have the option of watching the show without the laugh track. It's much better, especially the episodes in seasons 3-5, which weren't so silly, and not yet overtly preachy. After watching MASH this way, you can't go back to watching it with the laughs.

And honestly, I have to wonder if Lear would have done AITF without a laugh track if possible.  Hell, the show was no longer taped in front of a studio audience by, oh, season 6 or 7.

I think so. The laugh track helped break up any possible uncomfortable silence whenever Archie said something controversial. It helped lighten the mood and establish him as "just set in his ways" instead of just a bigoted asshole.

As for MASH, Alda bypassed the laugh track problem in later seasons by just writing episodes that weren't funny.
2013-01-05 12:51:07 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:23:54 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:05:39 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:56:44 AM  
1 vote:
Did they ever fix the elevator?
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