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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Columnist explains the newest trend in TV viewing: "hate watching". Well, that explains how something like The Big Bang Theory can get such high ratings   ( divider line
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2013-02-06 10:03:19 AM  
5 votes:

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's a stupid show, with stupid jokes, for stupid people.
2013-02-06 11:11:35 AM  
4 votes:
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 09:35:16 AM  
3 votes:
2013-02-06 01:56:31 PM  
2 votes:

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

Why do people so enjoy saying stupid, racist things on the Internet?

Why do stupid people enjoy calling people racist?

From Wiki:
"Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person."

By calling it "nerd blackface" someone is making the statement that the show is creating a stereotyped caricature of a "nerd"

From Websters:
"Racism - a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race"

Now please show your work how someone comparing negative nerd stereotyping to negative black stereotyping is showing any form of belief that black people are inferior.
2013-02-06 10:46:21 AM  
2 votes:

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 10:26:51 AM  
2 votes:
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"
2013-02-06 10:04:30 AM  
2 votes:
TBBT isn't the worst show in the world, and it isn't the best show in the world.  It is a sitcom with nerd references.  That is it.  It provides some chuckles, but it provides just as many groans.  It's middle of the road.

It's still better then the tripe that is Two and A Half Men.  That show is just terrible.
2013-02-06 09:55:19 AM  
2 votes:
The Big Bang Theory is not a nerd show. It's a generic sitcom with characters that happen to be nerds. It's also the Sheldon and Howard Show more than anything.
2013-02-06 09:46:28 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-02-06 09:35:44 AM  
2 votes:
The reason I watch...
2013-02-06 01:53:53 PM  
1 vote:

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

Why do people so enjoy saying stupid, racist things on the Internet?

For the same reason people love finding racism in things that aren't?
2013-02-06 12:58:36 PM  
1 vote:
Good crap, whatever happened to watching what you like and not giving a flying fark what others think?
2013-02-06 12:28:21 PM  
1 vote:

EyeballKid: Maestro1701: If you don't like TBBT, that's fine. Blaming the laugh tack for your dislike is just lazy.

A laugh track defender calling somebody out for being lazy. It's downright hilarious, if only I had some sort of audio cue that would allow me to better recognize when a situation is funny and I'm supposd to react accordingly...

I never defended laugh tracks. I just pointed out how lazy it is to blame them for a show being lousy. Do a little work. Blame the writing, premise, characters, acting...

Reading does it work?
2013-02-06 11:54:24 AM  
1 vote:
Goes to show that people love television, no matter how bad it is.
2013-02-06 11:37:48 AM  
1 vote:

madtowner11: bulsd: That explains how i just watched all the episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" on netflix.

Stop disliking things that I like.

Don't get me wrong, i love that someone thought enough about Bob Saget to give him a job for this long, but seriously... Ted is an idiot.
2013-02-06 11:37:26 AM  
1 vote:
OR the reason why it has high ratings is because it's funny.

2013-02-06 11:31:27 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:20:30 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:53:54 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:48:53 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:38:23 AM  
1 vote:

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?


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 10:28:08 AM  
1 vote:

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

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 10:21:48 AM  
1 vote:
This is the cover photo on her FB fan page, so... damn.
2013-02-06 09:48:48 AM  
1 vote:
Remember "Hello, Larry"?

/get of my lawn
2013-02-06 09:43:14 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-02-06 09:39:32 AM  
1 vote:
Well that explains the popularity of "reality" TV
2013-02-06 09:35:21 AM  
1 vote:
There are only 3 legitimate reasons for watching a TV show you don't like:

1: You're getting paid to do it.
2: Your wife promised to give you a blowjob after the show.
3: You're in a full body cast and the remote is broken.
2013-02-06 09:34:26 AM  
1 vote:
2013-02-06 09:33:43 AM  
1 vote:
The writers need to admit that Sheldon is autistic.
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