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2013-02-06 10:17:20 AM  

mojotele: Oh howie indeed.

[i.imgur.com image 850x1249]


That looks 'shopped. I can tell by the pixels.
 
2013-02-06 10:18:58 AM  

rugman11: LDM90: I watched 2 seasons of The Walking Dead before I thought, "I'm not even sure I like this show."

What does it mean???

I'm this way with Girls.  It's supposed to be one of the best comedies on television, but it's not really funny and the whole thing is just so damn unimportant that I've not piled up the last four episodes because it's the absolute last thing on my list of things I want to watch.  I think it's just one of those things that the cultural milieu says is supposed to be revelatory but that is just impenetrable to the masses.


Is it shallow and pedantic? Does it insist upon itself?
 
2013-02-06 10:19:22 AM  
i1151.photobucket.com
It's a feckin' sitcom - not real live!
It's not as if ya sit around making constant witty banter in yer own feckin' house.
REAL reality TV would be some fat arse sittin' in a chair feckin' staring back at ya!
 
2013-02-06 10:21:48 AM  
This is the cover photo on her FB fan page, so... damn.

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2013-02-06 10:21:51 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: mojotele: Oh howie indeed.

[i.imgur.com image 850x1249]

That looks 'shopped. I can tell by the pixels.


Yea, it probably is.  Oh well :)
 
2013-02-06 10:23:16 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: I've recently started watching MLP just so I can mock bronies. My god the show is horrible

I knew we'd convert you.

[i6.photobucket.com image 324x285]




No! I only watch it for research purposes.
 
2013-02-06 10:23:52 AM  

EyeballKid: Digitalstrange: Eh, fark off Bittermitter. TBBT is a cute, harmless show that makes being a nerd a little less stigmatizing even as it caricaturizes it shamelessly.

What's missing from this?
[LAUGH TRACK]

OMG, THIS IS SO FUNNY! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!


Oh sure, being a tracker seems harmless -- but it's an entry doubt that can lead to becoming a birther, truther, or (shudder) a full-fledged Tea Partier...
 
2013-02-06 10:26:51 AM  
Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!
 
2013-02-06 10:28:08 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: I've recently started watching MLP just so I can mock bronies. My god the show is horrible

I knew we'd convert you.

[i6.photobucket.com image 324x285]


......I've just started watching this, too. I'm not a dude, but a brony got me into it. It's so much more awesome than I could have ever imagined.
 
2013-02-06 10:28:08 AM  

DubyaHater: The writers need to admit that Sheldon is autistic.
/Bazinga



I've had that same thought many times.

However, it also occurs to me that Sheldon is highly functional -- with a steady job, group of friends, and even a girlfriend. He appears capable of taking care of himself, and also seems to be generally happy.

Therefore, what would be the point of diagnosing him as autistic? It would accomplish nothing practical.

He's getting along just fine -- better than most of us, even -- despite his weirdness. Would calling him autistic even MEAN anything?
 
2013-02-06 10:28:31 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!


You sound like you prefer "Glee"...

/NTTIAWWT
 
2013-02-06 10:28:34 AM  
Also, what is the Fark consensus on Person of Interest?

I for one enjoy it, but I never hear much about it on here.
 
2013-02-06 10:28:54 AM  
This doesn't indicate "hate" it indicates being in denial that you actually enjoy a show. If you hated it you wouldn't watch it and spend time talking about it.
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Some people have too much time on their hands. For everything else in life I do enjoy I don't have hours/half-hours to waste on something I don't.
 
kab
2013-02-06 10:32:50 AM  

verbaltoxin: Hate watching = you like watching it, but you hate yourself for it, and are worried about what people think of you for watching it.

Don't worry, we pro wrestling fans already know what this feels like.


Hate watching = you actually like it, but biatching about everything makes you feel better.

You see this in video game forums ALL the time.  "God, D3 is the worst game ever.  I have like.. 400 hours on my barb, and can't stand it"

Folks that continually expose themselves to things they dislike either have a fetish, or are functionally retarded.  There's really no other explanation.
 
2013-02-06 10:32:53 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".


Relax, Poindexter - or there'll be no watermelon after that fried chicken dinner!
 
2013-02-06 10:32:55 AM  

ObeliskToucher: Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!

You sound like you prefer "Glee"...

/NTTIAWWT


From a pure musical theater nerd standpoint, I enjoy the arragements of some of the songs they do. The show itself isn't great, so I don't bother with it.
 
2013-02-06 10:34:02 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: rugman11: LDM90: I watched 2 seasons of The Walking Dead before I thought, "I'm not even sure I like this show."

What does it mean???

I'm this way with Girls.  It's supposed to be one of the best comedies on television, but it's not really funny and the whole thing is just so damn unimportant that I've not piled up the last four episodes because it's the absolute last thing on my list of things I want to watch.  I think it's just one of those things that the cultural milieu says is supposed to be revelatory but that is just impenetrable to the masses.

Is it shallow and pedantic? Does it insist upon itself?


I know you're joking, but has there ever been a bigger gap between critical adoration and the audience?
 
2013-02-06 10:35:34 AM  
"And, remind me, how do these ironic non-idiot replies show up in the ratings?"
"They show up the same, my friend. They show up just the same."


/nothing's obscure on Fark
 
2013-02-06 10:38:23 AM  

rugman11: FirstNationalBastard: rugman11: LDM90: I watched 2 seasons of The Walking Dead before I thought, "I'm not even sure I like this show."

What does it mean???

I'm this way with Girls.  It's supposed to be one of the best comedies on television, but it's not really funny and the whole thing is just so damn unimportant that I've not piled up the last four episodes because it's the absolute last thing on my list of things I want to watch.  I think it's just one of those things that the cultural milieu says is supposed to be revelatory but that is just impenetrable to the masses.

Is it shallow and pedantic? Does it insist upon itself?

I know you're joking, but has there ever been a bigger gap between critical adoration and the audience?


Honestly?

Arrested Development.

Critics came in their pants on a weekly basis for that show. And, while it was damn good, Audiences never really found it.

/I think that's known as Whedon's Syndrome.
 
2013-02-06 10:41:30 AM  
I hate play Assassins Creed 3.  The game was so poorly designed, but I got it for Christmas so I feel I should go for the 100% single player achievements.  That farking Eagle mission pisses me off though, the controls are terrible and the hit box isn't consistent.
 
2013-02-06 10:42:27 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!




You drive a hybrid car and wear skinny jeans don't you?
 
2013-02-06 10:42:44 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: /I think that's known as Whedon's Syndrome.


No, it's closer to "Fox Pre-emptiveitis"
 
2013-02-06 10:46:21 AM  

Digitalstrange: Eh, fark off Bittermitter. TBBT is a cute, harmless show that makes being a nerd a little less stigmatizing even as it caricaturizes it shamelessly.


No it doesn't.

tl;dr version:

"The humour in The Big Bang theory relies on the audience siding with and relating to Penny, the character coded as "normal" in comparison to the main four guys. It also relies on the audience having a sense of superiority over Leonard, Raj, Sheldon and Howard. We're supposed to feel like we're cooler than them and that we're better than them. This then prompts us to laugh at the things which make them nerdy, which stop them being cool, which make them lesser. This is done, in my opinion, to stop them from seeming intimidating. It's essentially Chuck Lorre saying "Don't worry, these guys may have fancy degrees, they may be more successful and more intelligent than you but they like sci-fi and read comics. They're socially awkward and can't speak to girls. You're much cooler than they are so you're still better than them."
 
2013-02-06 10:47:35 AM  

Burr: Also, what is the Fark consensus on Person of Interest?

I for one enjoy it, but I never hear much about it on here.


My favorite new show of the past year or two. It has a lot of the original Mission Impossible feel to some of it.
 
2013-02-06 10:48:53 AM  

Tom_Slick: Which explains the ratings for Duck Dynasty, it is the dumbest show I have ever seen, the stuff that goes on is predictable and contrived, but if I stumble upon a marathon on a Sunday afternoon I will watch 3 or 4 episodes.


So far as I've seen, it's the only reality show without contrived hatred among the main cast.
 
2013-02-06 10:51:15 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Honestly?

Arrested Development.

Critics came in their pants on a weekly basis for that show. And, while it was damn good, Audiences never really found it.

/I think that's known as Whedon's Syndrome.


And, yet, even at its worst, Arrested Development got more than 3 million viewers and, at its best, drew almost 10 million.

Girls meanwhile is not in the Top 100 of cable shows on Sunday.  It never gets a million viewers for its initial airing and is lucky to break two million through all of its airings.  And yet, Metacritic gave the first season an 87, with only Louie rating as a better comedy.
 
2013-02-06 10:52:06 AM  
First world problems
 
2013-02-06 10:53:20 AM  

rugman11: has there ever been a bigger gap between critical adoration and the audience?


Better Off Ted

Incredible show, that nobody watched.  You can't fault the network.  They advertised the hell out of it.

Watch this and try to keep a straight face.  NSFW Language
 
2013-02-06 10:53:54 AM  
Let's see...

"Nerd blackface"
"laugh track"
"Sheldon's autism"
"Melissa Rauch's bewbs"

All I need is "You killed 'Community'" and I'll get BBT Fark thread BINGO.
 
2013-02-06 10:54:41 AM  

YodaBlues: Digitalstrange: Eh, fark off Bittermitter. TBBT is a cute, harmless show that makes being a nerd a little less stigmatizing even as it caricaturizes it shamelessly.

No it doesn't.

tl;dr version:

"The humour in The Big Bang theory relies on the audience siding with and relating to Penny, the character coded as "normal" in comparison to the main four guys. It also relies on the audience having a sense of superiority over Leonard, Raj, Sheldon and Howard. We're supposed to feel like we're cooler than them and that we're better than them. This then prompts us to laugh at the things which make them nerdy, which stop them being cool, which make them lesser. This is done, in my opinion, to stop them from seeming intimidating. It's essentially Chuck Lorre saying "Don't worry, these guys may have fancy degrees, they may be more successful and more intelligent than you but they like sci-fi and read comics. They're socially awkward and can't speak to girls. You're much cooler than they are so you're still better than them."




How did I know before clicking the link you provided it would be praise for community? That show is boring and painfully not funny. Heap praise on it all you want but TBBT won. Get over it.
 
2013-02-06 10:56:03 AM  
Zombie Breitbart has pretty much admitted they tune into Glee week after week so they can be pissed off at the show's pro-gay agenda.
 
2013-02-06 10:56:43 AM  

LDM90: I watched 2 seasons of The Walking Dead before I thought, "I'm not even sure I like this show."

What does it mean???


aendeuryu: Not going to RTFA, but fark threads for Season 2 of the Walking Dead were simply awesome, and could have proved the hypothesis of hate watching all on their own.


Heh. Came here to post this. The only reason I watched Season 2 at all was to laugh at how bad it was.
 
2013-02-06 10:58:44 AM  

rhiannon: Burr: Also, what is the Fark consensus on Person of Interest?

I for one enjoy it, but I never hear much about it on here.

My favorite new show of the past year or two. It has a lot of the original Mission Impossible feel to some of it.


Wow, I've been searching for an appropriate comparison for it. That is it! Also maybe it's a good thing it sort of flies under the radar. It has a good number of viewers but seemingly no hype backlash since there isn't much hype to start with.
 
2013-02-06 11:10:02 AM  

Fano: So far as I've seen, it's the only reality show without contrived hatred among the main cast.


Maybe that is why I can watch it I generally dislike reality shows with fake "I hate you" drama.
 
2013-02-06 11:11:35 AM  
I like the premise of BBT, but the jokes are weak and predictable, the characters are all unrelatable, and the writing comes off as the same brand of lazy as done in Two and a Half Men but with all the references replaced with sci-fi and comic book stuff.  It's like they use mad-libs for the scripts and just fill in the blanks with show-appropriate references.  I wouldn't care except its success just encourages more sitcoms with the same brand of lazy writing.  Path of least resistance and all that.
 
2013-02-06 11:12:44 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Some of us like TBBT subby, so fark off

 
2013-02-06 11:13:59 AM  
Also, I find Once upon A Time entertaining as well (A little cheesy sometimes, but still engrossing)
 
2013-02-06 11:19:54 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!

You drive a hybrid car and wear skinny jeans don't you?



I drive a Mini and wear skirts. What's your point?
 
2013-02-06 11:20:30 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: How did I know before clicking the link you provided it would be praise for community? That show is boring and painfully not funny. Heap praise on it all you want but TBBT won. Get over it.


I've never seen Community, so I can't comment, but his analysis of TBBT is dead-on from the few episodes I've watched. And you fail to counter the argument presented in the article, presumably. because you can't. Instead you attack the author because he enjoys a show that showcases "nerd" humor with reverence instead of bile, simply because you don't like Community in general.
 
2013-02-06 11:23:01 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: YodaBlues: Digitalstrange: Eh, fark off Bittermitter. TBBT is a cute, harmless show that makes being a nerd a little less stigmatizing even as it caricaturizes it shamelessly.

No it doesn't.

tl;dr version:

"The humour in The Big Bang theory relies on the audience siding with and relating to Penny, the character coded as "normal" in comparison to the main four guys. It also relies on the audience having a sense of superiority over Leonard, Raj, Sheldon and Howard. We're supposed to feel like we're cooler than them and that we're better than them. This then prompts us to laugh at the things which make them nerdy, which stop them being cool, which make them lesser. This is done, in my opinion, to stop them from seeming intimidating. It's essentially Chuck Lorre saying "Don't worry, these guys may have fancy degrees, they may be more successful and more intelligent than you but they like sci-fi and read comics. They're socially awkward and can't speak to girls. You're much cooler than they are so you're still better than them."

How did I know before clicking the link you provided it would be praise for community? That show is boring and painfully not funny. Heap praise on it all you want but TBBT won. Get over it.


It really isn't our fault that you don't understand humor without it being spoon-fed to you.   Just go back to watching "Ow My Balls"
 
2013-02-06 11:26:53 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: How did I know before clicking the link you provided it would be praise for community? That show is boring and painfully not funny. Heap praise on it all you want but TBBT won. Get over it.


Meh; close enough.

"Nerd blackface"
"laugh track"
"Sheldon's autism"
"Melissa Rauch's bewbs"
"You killed 'Community'"


i107.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-06 11:28:49 AM  

bulsd: That explains how i just watched all the episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" on netflix.


Stop disliking things that I like.
 
2013-02-06 11:30:10 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: Mid_mo_mad_man: Welfare Peanut Butter: Ah, The Big Bang Theory. Or, as I like to call it, "The Nerd Blackface Show".

My local NPR affiliate did a story about hate-watching and "2nd screen watching" (aka watching TV while simultaneously talking about it online.....sounds familiar) a couple weeks ago. As I was listening, the hate-watch thing sounded so absurd, but then I realized that I'm a hate watcher of "Project Runway". The show pisses me off so much, yet I watch beacuse I love to hate it, and I hate myself for loving to hate it. It's a complete shame spiral.

/Did the same thing with "Torchwood"
//BARROWMAN!!

You drive a hybrid car and wear skinny jeans don't you?


I drive a Mini and wear skirts. What's your point?




You sound like the typical hipster d-bag. I'm way to intelligent for TBBT. I watch show XYZ. You wouldn't get it etc.
You ever think the reason you hate it because it hits to close to home?
 
2013-02-06 11:31:27 AM  
The nerd blackface criticism is irrelvant. The problem with BBT is that it uses the same outdated corny throwaway sitcom template and all they did was make all the characters nerds.
 
2013-02-06 11:31:33 AM  

Burr: Also, what is the Fark consensus on Person of Interest?

I for one enjoy it, but I never hear much about it on here.


I like that show, Elementary is pretty good too.
 
2013-02-06 11:31:55 AM  
It explains subbies mom's popularity.
 
2013-02-06 11:32:50 AM  

Nick Spiceyweiner: Mid_mo_mad_man: Some of us like TBBT subby, so fark off


I agree with Mr. Spiceyweiner.
 
2013-02-06 11:36:42 AM  

browntimmy: The nerd blackface criticism is irrelvant. The problem with BBT is that it uses the same outdated corny throwaway sitcom template and all they did was make all the characters nerds.



Nothing wrong in giving customers/viewers what they want. Farkers forget that the networks are there to make a profit. If no one watches whatever show the hipsters love it gets cancelled. Just how it works.
 
2013-02-06 11:36:57 AM  
I hate watched the Newsroom last season. I kept hoping it would turn into something amazing like the West Wing, but every week made me more and more angry.
 
2013-02-06 11:37:26 AM  
OR the reason why it has high ratings is because it's funny.

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