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2018-08-09 05:00:47 PM  
He'd have been terrible as Penny.
 
2018-08-09 05:11:25 PM  
Yeah, right, Macaulay.  I'm sure everyone was all over you to be Sheldon.  It's so obvious that you would have been so much better than Jim Parsons.  I mean, I look at that part and think, "Wow.  He's good, but if only Macaulay Culkin had been in this..."

Now tell us how you turned down Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
 
2018-08-09 05:35:55 PM  
Benevolent Misanthrope: ... 

Now tell us how you turned down Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

One of these things are not like the others.

When it comes to BBT, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch are the only real reasons to watch the show. If I recall, Kate Micucci (damn, hell yes!), Laura Spencer (oh fark hell yes), Alessandra Torresani (ughhhh, mother forker....  spent!) were the only other reasons.
 
2018-08-09 05:40:30 PM  
I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.
 
2018-08-09 06:10:13 PM  

Aezetyr: Benevolent Misanthrope: ... 

Now tell us how you turned down Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

One of these things are not like the others.

When it comes to BBT, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch are the only real reasons to watch the show. If I recall, Kate Micucci (damn, hell yes!), Laura Spencer (oh fark hell yes), Alessandra Torresani (ughhhh, mother forker....  spent!) were the only other reasons.


I was comparing in terms of popularity, not content.
 
2018-08-09 06:15:12 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.


THEY REFERENCED SOMETHING I RECOGNIZED!
 
2018-08-09 06:48:22 PM  

Sgt Otter: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

THEY REFERENCED SOMETHING I RECOGNIZED!


Those are sadly the only moments I have found slightly amusing in the bits and pieces I've seen.
 
2018-08-09 10:28:23 PM  
Culkin couldn't afford Niles Crane School the way Sheldon did. I don't know why, Penny somehow afforded Jennifer Aniston School.

It's not appointment TV for me but I come across it (phrasing) I'll watch for a while. I love that there's so much indignation over Apu, who is a cartoon when Raj is much more offensive. Or it would to be to me if I was Indian and got offended at things.
 
2018-08-09 11:13:40 PM  

Mugato: Culkin couldn't afford Niles Crane School the way Sheldon did. I don't know why, Penny somehow afforded Jennifer Aniston School.

It's not appointment TV for me but I come across it (phrasing) I'll watch for a while. I love that there's so much indignation over Apu, who is a cartoon when Raj is much more offensive. Or it would to be to me if I was Indian and got offended at things.


I'm Indian. Both are stupid, but I've seen more offensive things. Apu was particularly grating in the early 90's when everyone in school was incredibly surprised that my dad didn't own a 7/11.

These things take time, and other minorities are worse off. I'll suck it up.
 
2018-08-09 11:15:11 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.


ok I personally hate the show now. But I'll admit the first couple of seasons of the show were decent. But once they realized they had a huge hit on their hands they really started shoehorning in references to pop culture, 80's nostalgia, and over the top fandoms. But when the show came out it was fairly different from the other shows that were airing. Most TV shows at the time were really dumbed down for the "Kardashian" crowd. But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.

Buuuuuuuut with popularity shiat started spiraling down from there. They assumed they were funny for all the wrong reasons and it almost became a spoof of what they were originally. Characters evolved into something that was almost a complete 180 of what they started out as, such as the Indian dude who couldn't form a sentence around women. Compare his character in the first season with how he is now. It's not even the same character at all.

Not saying the show ever was a masterpiece. But it at one point was a helleva lot better than it is now.
 
2018-08-09 11:15:24 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Now tell us how you turned down Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.


Turned down?

I thought that was a biography of the guy.
 
2018-08-09 11:15:50 PM  
Hilarious.

The Big Bang Theory - No Laugh Track 1 (Avoiding the Shamy)
Youtube jKS3MGriZcs
 
2018-08-09 11:17:07 PM  
HA HA HA HA HA LOUD LAUGHTER MACAULAY CULKIN AS THE LEAD IN BIG BANG HA HA HA HA HA LOUD LAUGHTER

/ HA HA HA HA HA LOUD LAUGHTER
 
2018-08-09 11:19:35 PM  
I watch it at this point to annoy you people now.
 
2018-08-09 11:19:36 PM  
The Big Bang Theory was never a good show. (HAHAHAHAHAHA) The characters were average at best with one weird one that everyone thought was smart and arrogant (HAHAHAHAHAHA) The worst were the fans who thought that they were smart because they watched the shows and could say they understood the things nerds talked about (HAAHAHAHAHAHA) Also, laughing at jokes they really didn't understand. (HAHAHAHAHAHA)

/Did I mention the annoying laugh track?
//I know those kind of shows have them but when it's so bad that it gets noticed, it's bad.
 
2018-08-09 11:20:38 PM  

JesterJoker55: But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.


In the few times I tried watching BBT (and the one time years ago I tried watching Numb3rs), I felt that the writing was too often throwing in technical jargon to explain away absurd plot points.

And I don't mean in a science fiction type of way, the you know/something/whatever device saves the day, but "these completely unrelated 20 theorems, 5 postulates, and 57 Heinz flavors have solved this crime and/or are the basis of my joke."
 
2018-08-09 11:26:27 PM  

Kubo: Laugh


Can't believe it took 12 posts before a hater posted something about the no laugh track thing.
 
2018-08-09 11:37:43 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.


It's not just you.

Every person I know who likes the show is a certifiable moron.
 
2018-08-09 11:39:29 PM  
Theu should've cast Screech
 
2018-08-09 11:42:28 PM  
BBT fans are the only people worse than Trumpers. You should really consider killing yourselves.
 
2018-08-09 11:43:41 PM  

puffy999: JesterJoker55: But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.

In the few times I tried watching BBT (and the one time years ago I tried watching Numb3rs), I felt that the writing was too often throwing in technical jargon to explain away absurd plot points.

And I don't mean in a science fiction type of way, the you know/something/whatever device saves the day, but "these completely unrelated 20 theorems, 5 postulates, and 57 Heinz flavors have solved this crime and/or are the basis of my joke."


Oh most farking definitely yes that's exactly whats going on. But my point was that the first season or so had the characters talking to each other as if they were actually professors/engineers. But after that it turned into exactly what you were talking about. Completely paraphrasing here because I'll be farked if I can remember it. But the gist was they were sitting around having lunch and discussing a sciency equation or some shiat. The actual discussion doesn't matter, but how they were discussing it was actual real world stuff and made sense if you knew at least a rudimentary knowledge of Calculus or College level maths. The conversation has a couple of jokes in there but the end of meal the guy with the problem says "Hmmmmm I'll give that a shot" and Sheldon makes a crack about it taking him so long to think about the solution.

Fast forward 5 seasons, that same damn discussion would now be something like

"Your problem is much like the classic conundrum that Kirk encountered with the Gorn. He used the classic Kah-Klehm Shinoit maneuver and overcame his adversary in the grim times."

"So what you're saying is that much like Thor the conductivity is like Tesla overcoming the Samperflange of the Thundertank piloted by Panthro."

"Ha! More like Orko trying to conjure a rock in an episode of He-Man"

"Leonard! I'm surprised at you! It's taken you this long to come to a solution that could have easily been resolved. Much like Mr. mxyzptlk! The solution was to just reverse the polarity!"
 
2018-08-09 11:45:35 PM  

Mugato: Culkin couldn't afford Niles Crane School the way Sheldon did. I don't know why, Penny somehow afforded Jennifer Aniston School.

It's not appointment TV for me but I come across it (phrasing) I'll watch for a while. I love that there's so much indignation over Apu, who is a cartoon when Raj is much more offensive. Or it would to be to me if I was Indian and got offended at things.


Apu pre-dates Raj by about 20 years, give or take. The issue was never that Apu is a stereotype, it was that the only Indian character in popular culture was a stereotype. There are far more Indian characters in popular in Raj's time, many of which are not stereotypes.
 
2018-08-09 11:49:12 PM  
Jim Parsons being replaced by Macaulay Culkin, yeah maybe (a big maybe) but replacing Johnny Galecki?
I don't think so.  Galecki single-handedly kept that piece of caca afloat (along with John Goodman (when he was written into the script at all).  If Roseanne hadn't turned into such a self-important, destructive person that torpedoed the whole show, it would probably still be on the air.  Genius casting would have been to replace Laurie Metcalf with Rosie O' Donnell.  It could have then been simultaneously the most watch and the most hated show in recent memory.
 
2018-08-09 11:53:44 PM  

JesterJoker55: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

ok I personally hate the show now. But I'll admit the first couple of seasons of the show were decent. But once they realized they had a huge hit on their hands they really started shoehorning in references to pop culture, 80's nostalgia, and over the top fandoms. But when the show came out it was fairly different from the other shows that were airing. Most TV shows at the time were really dumbed down for the "Kardashian" crowd. But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.

Buuuuuuuut with popularity shiat started spiraling down from there. They assumed they were funny for all the wrong reasons and it almost became a spoof of what they were originally. Characters evolved into something that was almost a complete 180 of what they started out as, such as the Indian dude who couldn't form a sentence around women. Compare his character in the first season with how he is now. It's not even the same character at all.

Not saying the show ever was a masterpiece. But it at one point was a helleva lot better than it is now.


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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph​p​/Main/Flanderization

It happens
 
2018-08-09 11:55:44 PM  
I find the laugh track discussion interesting.  After watching scenes without laugh tracks from both Friends and Big Bang Theory, BBT is the better show.  They move along the same as real life, compared to the forced pauses for laugh track Friends used to do.  Friends writers must've not had a lot of lines to write, because they sure ran the laugh track a lot.

To the haters of Big Bang Theory, they're already one season beyond Friends, and still going for another year.
 
2018-08-10 12:00:44 AM  

JesterJoker55: puffy999: JesterJoker55: But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.

In the few times I tried watching BBT (and the one time years ago I tried watching Numb3rs), I felt that the writing was too often throwing in technical jargon to explain away absurd plot points.

And I don't mean in a science fiction type of way, the you know/something/whatever device saves the day, but "these completely unrelated 20 theorems, 5 postulates, and 57 Heinz flavors have solved this crime and/or are the basis of my joke."

Oh most farking definitely yes that's exactly whats going on. But my point was that the first season or so had the characters talking to each other as if they were actually professors/engineers. But after that it turned into exactly what you were talking about. Completely paraphrasing here because I'll be farked if I can remember it. But the gist was they were sitting around having lunch and discussing a sciency equation or some shiat. The actual discussion doesn't matter, but how they were discussing it was actual real world stuff and made sense if you knew at least a rudimentary knowledge of Calculus or College level maths. The conversation has a couple of jokes in there but the end of meal the guy with the problem says "Hmmmmm I'll give that a shot" and Sheldon makes a crack about it taking him so long to think about the solution.

Fast forward 5 seasons, that same damn discussion would now be something like

"Your problem is much like the classic conundrum that Kirk encountered with the Gorn. He used the classic Kah-Klehm Shinoit maneuver and overcame his adversary in the grim times."

"So what you're saying is that much like Thor the conductivity is like Tesla overcoming the Samperflange of the Thundertank piloted by Panthro."

"Ha! More like Orko trying to conjure a rock in an episode of He-Man"

"Leonard! I'm surprised at you! It's taken you this long to come to a solution that could have easily been resolved. Much like Mr. mxyzptlk! The solution was to just reverse the polarity!"


img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-08-10 12:03:52 AM  

Sgt Otter: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

THEY REFERENCED SOMETHING I RECOGNIZED!


Not only that but because the show is about smart people that makes them smart too. It's practically like joining Mensa.
 
2018-08-10 12:08:39 AM  

lack of warmth: I find the laugh track discussion interesting.  After watching scenes without laugh tracks from both Friends and Big Bang Theory, BBT is the better show.  They move along the same as real life, compared to the forced pauses for laugh track Friends used to do.  Friends writers must've not had a lot of lines to write, because they sure ran the laugh track a lot.

To the haters of Big Bang Theory, they're already one season beyond Friends, and still going for another year.


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2018-08-10 12:12:20 AM  

contrapunctus: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

It's not just you.

Every person I know who likes the show is a certifiable moron.


*shrug* i like the show

/hey wait a minute.......
 
2018-08-10 12:16:52 AM  
Barzoople (Big Bang Theory Parody) [Panoots Cartoons]
Youtube YjMWnOezGU0
 
2018-08-10 12:19:23 AM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: JesterJoker55: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

ok I personally hate the show now. But I'll admit the first couple of seasons of the show were decent. But once they realized they had a huge hit on their hands they really started shoehorning in references to pop culture, 80's nostalgia, and over the top fandoms. But when the show came out it was fairly different from the other shows that were airing. Most TV shows at the time were really dumbed down for the "Kardashian" crowd. But Big Bang Theory  went against that and assumed the audience was at least semi-educated.

Buuuuuuuut with popularity shiat started spiraling down from there. They assumed they were funny for all the wrong reasons and it almost became a spoof of what they were originally. Characters evolved into something that was almost a complete 180 of what they started out as, such as the Indian dude who couldn't form a sentence around women. Compare his character in the first season with how he is now. It's not even the same character at all.

Not saying the show ever was a masterpiece. But it at one point was a helleva lot better than it is now.

[img.fark.net image 330x598]

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php​/Main/Flanderization

It happens


Stupid Flanders.
 
2018-08-10 12:20:14 AM  

lack of warmth: I find the laugh track discussion interesting.  After watching scenes without laugh tracks from both Friends and Big Bang Theory, BBT is the better show.  They move along the same as real life, compared to the forced pauses for laugh track Friends used to do.  Friends writers must've not had a lot of lines to write, because they sure ran the laugh track a lot.

To the haters of Big Bang Theory, they're already one season beyond Friends, and still going for another year.


You know what the BEST thing about Friends is?

When Captain Sobel got his ass handed to him in Band of Brothers. Because that's what the entire cast of Friends deserved in real life.
 
2018-08-10 12:31:22 AM  

contrapunctus: It's not just you.

Every person I know who likes the show is a certifiable moron.

Nobody I know who likes the show (quite a few) is a moron, but they do have seem to have a more forgiving sense of humor.  (Think Monty Python and not Benny Hill.  Think Richard Pryor and not Martin Lawrence.)

Comedy is very subjective, and we each have our own preferences.  Whatever style of comedy you like, go for it.  Just don't judge each other because you like the occasional pie-in-the-face.
 
2018-08-10 12:38:17 AM  

Elrond Hubbard: Just don't judge each other because you like the occasional pie-in-the-face.


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2018-08-10 12:41:26 AM  
Iowan73:
Apu pre-dates Raj by about 20 years, give or take. The issue was never that Apu is a stereotype, it was that the only Indian character in popular culture was a stereotype. There are far more Indian characters in popular in Raj's time, many of which are not stereotypes.

Are there? Examples?
 
2018-08-10 12:42:16 AM  

puffy999: lack of warmth: I find the laugh track discussion interesting.  After watching scenes without laugh tracks from both Friends and Big Bang Theory, BBT is the better show.  They move along the same as real life, compared to the forced pauses for laugh track Friends used to do.  Friends writers must've not had a lot of lines to write, because they sure ran the laugh track a lot.

To the haters of Big Bang Theory, they're already one season beyond Friends, and still going for another year.

You know what the BEST thing about Friends is?

When Captain Sobel got his ass handed to him in Band of Brothers. Because that's what the entire cast of Friends deserved in real life.


I wouldn't say the entire cast of Friends.  Most of them seem like okay people.
 
2018-08-10 12:51:10 AM  
I gave up on it after the pilot when Sheldon dissed Babylon 5.
 
2018-08-10 01:19:14 AM  
It amuses me that so many of you have a thing about laugh tracks.  Quick:  name all the classic sitcoms that didn't have a laugh track.  All In The Family?  Cheers?  Taxi?  Seinfeld?

Hell, I can't name even one off the top of my head.  Are there any?  IT'S JUST PART OF THE GENRE.  If you don't like it, don't watch sitcoms.  But the presence of the laugh track does not make it a bad show.
 
2018-08-10 01:24:53 AM  

COMALite J: I gave up on it after the pilot when Sheldon dissed Babylon 5.


The producers obviously did this as a come-on to get people riled up.
Anybody who has seen Babylon 5 would realize this.

The first 3 seasons (at least) of "Babylon 5" compare favorably to any other Sci-Fi that has been on TV.
"The Outer Limits" (1963-1965)
"The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964}
Star Trek in all its' various incarnations
Et al.

A very specific type of Sci-Fi trolling.
To not fall for it is the best strategy, (something I am failing at it miserably, right now.)

It still doesn't limit my enjoyment of the show.

p.s.  Any show that has Bob Newhart as a guest character is all right by me.
 
2018-08-10 01:39:08 AM  
i can't stand the show.

But Melissa Rauch...damn.
 
2018-08-10 02:13:15 AM  
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Posted ironically.
 
2018-08-10 02:55:47 AM  
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2018-08-10 03:22:50 AM  

contrapunctus: NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.

It's not just you.

Every person I know who likes the show is a certifiable moron.


Well, I like it and I'm not a moron: I've been tested.
 
2018-08-10 03:32:30 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: I watch it at this point to annoy you people now.


Yeah - these threads are enjoyable for the ranting of the angry edgelords, all outraged at the great unwashed liking what they don't like.
 
2018-08-10 03:58:22 AM  
Big Bang Theory is nerd blackface.
 
2018-08-10 05:16:03 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: I don't want to be all edgelord here, but I've caught maybe half a dozen episodes of this show over the last few years and I just don't understand the appeal. Aside from Kaley Cuoco and the squeaky-voiced girl being eye candy, there's just nothing entertaining about it.


well, on first blush it looks like a show for nerds but it really isn't.  There are other better shows that appeal to the nerd sense of humor and are smart.  This is a show making fun of the nerds and that's why it's so popular, there's a large demographic that enjoys making fun of nerds. Or geeks.  Neeks?  Gerds?
 
2018-08-10 05:19:22 AM  
______ is an exact portrayal of _________ as interpreted by theater majors.

1. BBT, nerds
2. The Imitation Game, Alan Turing
3. Top Gun, fighter pilots
4. Jobs, Steve Jobs

Theater majors are excellent at certain things but too often their Play Dough press suspiciously extrudes people dramatically different from themselves... exactly like themselves.
 
2018-08-10 05:41:35 AM  

puffy999: Elrond Hubbard: Just don't judge each other because you like the occasional pie-in-the-face.

[78.media.tumblr.com image 500x357]


I enjoy Wodehouse's Jeeves books immensely but still laugh loudly at the 3 Stooges and Jackass.  Physical comedy will always work for a lot of people because it transcends language barriers.

/cue Man Getting Hit in Groin with Football

As for TBBT....meh.
 
2018-08-10 05:45:10 AM  

karmachameleon: It amuses me that so many of you have a thing about laugh tracks.  Quick:  name all the classic sitcoms that didn't have a laugh track.  All In The Family?  Cheers?  Taxi?  Seinfeld?

Hell, I can't name even one off the top of my head.  Are there any?  IT'S JUST PART OF THE GENRE.  If you don't like it, don't watch sitcoms.  But the presence of the laugh track does not make it a bad show.


I think Taxi and Cheers had live audiences.

If the laugh tracks aren't so IN YOUR FACE it blends in so you don't really notice it. How I Met Your Mother has the most obnoxious laughtrack I can think of; it made the show really annoying to watch.  I put up with it only because of NPH, darn his watchability....
 
2018-08-10 05:59:33 AM  
Wine Sipping Elitist:

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph​p​/Main/Flanderization

Oh no, you didn't.
 
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