My .02 cents.
This CBS sitcom has been around since 2007. It flew under my radar until recently when re-runs began trapping my wife. I have to say, the nerd jokes are lame, the characters quickly get under my skin and the laugh track makes it all worse. It all seems so middle-school.
Am I alone in my distaste for this tripe?
My .02 cents.
"The future ain't what it used to be."
I got it into last season, which was the 4th season I believe. The show recently went into syndication so I've been watching the earlier shows, which I would agree are not up to the standard of the more recent shows.
By the way, the actress who plays Amy Farrah Fowler is Mayim Bialik who starred in the 90's comedy Blossom.
She also has legitimate science credentials, having earned a Ph.D in neuro-science.
Jim, I've seen only an episode or two, but I am right there with you... Felt like a typical bad sitcom. That said enough people here like it so I am willing to say maybe I didn't see enough of it.
Big fan of Big Bang.
hate the laugh track
It is clear that Chuck Lorre's attention drifted from 2 1/2 men to Big Bang, I worry that it will drift away from Big Bang to the 2 1/2 men reboot to spite Charlie Sheen.
In other news, I am mourning the loss of "In Treatment" on HBO. Waaaaaah, my Irish boyfriend, Gabriel Byrne!!!!!
I never miss an episode of Big Bang Theory. One of my favorites.
But yes, I do have a genetically-encoded disdain for laugh tracks.
I'm down on Copernicus. Heliocentrism my foot.I can't stand The Big Bang Theory.
From what little of the show I've watched, it seems like nerd jokes for the masses, ie, people who took a science course or two in college, or people who like having their stereotypes of nerds reinforced. For real nerd content you're better off watching Futurama or reading xkcd.
As suburban children we floated at night in swimming pools the temperature of blood. -- Douglas Coupland
Sometime during high school (late 90's), I decided that I hated CBS comedies, thinking that the jokes were predictable and tired. So I refused to watch them for over a decade. My company's travel agency always books United, so I have occasionally had opportunities to sample CBS comedies on flights over the last two years. I was feeling a little snobbish for always scoffing when my manager (BBT) or friends (HIMYM) rave about one of these shows. I can tolerate a little How I Met Your Mother, but I find Big Bang Theory and @%*# My Dad Says pretty much exactly what my snobbish prejudice would expect. I do think that the laugh track contributes to by distaste.
I learned to hate laugh tracks with "M*A*S*H*" years ago and haven't gotten past it. Part of the reason that "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" were so good was because they were filmed before a live studio audience -- the laughs were more organic and fit the level of the joke.
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My wife and I love BBT. It hooked me when Sheldon called engineers the oompa loompas of science. I will never forget that line. Oh, and my wife and I are both engineers.
LET'S GO DUKE!