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People say, that "The big Bang Theory" is awful... why?

Last posted Aug 19, 2012 at 06:53AM EDT. Added Aug 16, 2012 at 05:00PM EDT
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Hello everyone,

first things first, I’m german, therefor is english not my motherlanguage. So please don’t grammar nazi me.

Well, I noticed, that quite a lot english talking people out there state, that “The big bang Theory” series is awful and totally unfunny. And I don’t really get why that is. It’s not my favourite series, or I don’t hate anyone because they hate it, I just would like to hear one or another … not rageing explanation. If you get the meaning. Why? I never met a german person who said that the series is unfunny or anything.

Thank you :)

http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/253876
to take an example that I just saw a half hour ago (Make sure to take a look at the comments).
It seems, that mostly “nerdy” people don’t like it, but I’m pretty nerdy, too.

But anyway, I bet, there are going to be a few haters here in no time :)

Sheldon annoys the everliving crap out of me. “Oh, but he’s supposed to be that way!”
I don’t care. And I don’t know why a character is designed to be hated. He’s not someone I “love to hate,” I just can’t stand the guy.

Sorry to sound so….enthusiastic about my distaste for the character, but there’s my two cents.

Edit: TariC, you called it.

Last edited Aug 16, 2012 at 05:29PM EDT

TariC wrote:

http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/253876
to take an example that I just saw a half hour ago (Make sure to take a look at the comments).
It seems, that mostly “nerdy” people don’t like it, but I’m pretty nerdy, too.

But anyway, I bet, there are going to be a few haters here in no time :)

One image does not make a lifetime of hate. Haters gonna hate and stuff, that’s all there is to it.

I personally love it and I get a good amount of jokes which are the more internet, comic, film and gaming sort of them while my older sister understands more of the jokes for everyone. Also it a annoys me that people get a clever joke think they are nerds or smart but that’s a rare thing.

Also Mack I like Sheldon because he’s designed to be different and almost inhuman and a lot of the jokes are based around that and how others around him bring out his actual emotions. So dislike for the character is understandable just the kind of humour and person you are.

I know some people that don’t like it, along with people that almost ruin the show with unnecessary fanboyism and drooling over Sheldon. However, it is a funny show, and I enjoy the type of humor it has. The Superhero Jokes are the best to me.

While I have almost zero knowledge of the show, (Shows with actual humans. Ew.) I have heard people express their dislike for it because it “Cashes in” on nerd culture. That people who watch it aren’t “Real nerds” and don’t get the jokes. It’s in a similar to sense to Netizens not liking when the “Outside world” knows of their memes. In a semi-joking/poking fun at one’s self way, I like to say that people who live on the net are losers, take away their supposed superiority of their in-jokes and they have nothing. (Not really, obviously. Don’t get mad.)

I haven’t seen too much of the show, so I can’t really say.

I don’t like the humor, and yet, something tells me my writing wouldn’t be any better.
I think it’s because they try to push it into people’s faces with that laugh track…
Either that, or the funny part about it is that you’re not supposed to get the jokes, which reminds me a lot of “RANDOM” humor. I hate random humor with a passion, but that’s another story for another time…

I just don’t like Sitcoms in general, unless it’s a cartoon, or is a parody.

Thank you guys for the many responses :)
But the laugh track thing is in pretty much every show (at least in all american shows that are aired here in germany. And of course not in cartoons.) Which means, that all these shows would be hated with a passion… not just Big Bang Theory.
So, may I assert, that BBT is mostly hatet for it’s thematic and Sheldon? However, I now have the question, because “nerds” are offended or “normal people” simply don’t get the jokes?

@ RandomMan:
It’s not the only source, but I stumble on 9gag currently over “”%$/ the show is so unfunny!!!" and when someone in an online chat “Bazinga!” says the hating is going to start… It’s just a bit hard to link online chat conversations and pitures that are not tagged.

@ RegularMack
Yes, I did ;)

I enjoy it very much. I find myself empathizing with the characters a little too much than I should.

I think the hate comes from generalization of Nerd stereotypes, e.g. can’t get laid, obsessed with comic books and video games to a fault, genius-level intellect, etc. Despite this, I still don’t think it’s a bad show.

Alejandro wrote:

I like it.
How I Met Your Mother is still the best show, though. Smart writing, great acting, the whole thing.

That show has lost its charm, imo. The last few seasons have presented an almost entirely different show than the one I fell in love with.

Still gonna watch the 8th season, but I gotta disagree with you right there for the most part.

in the hoppip over the sea wrote:

I simply cannot stand Sheldon, it’s just not very funny, and without the laugh track it’s just dumb.
Embedding disabled, but have fun.

Wow. That was… interesting.

Let me use this to explain why I think this show is stupid – not awful, mind you, but stupid, like the majority of live-action Disney sitcoms. It took me until the laugh track ended to realize that Sheldon receiving his N64 was a joke – and with the time that tape was silent, it was obviously supposed to be a really funny joke. I did not laugh, let alone crack a smile, during the whole video, and it only accentuates Sheldon’s douchiness. For that matter, I think I’ve maybe laughed twice watching this show – and one was a good brick joke and the other was a legitimately funny, non-Sheldon, nerd-stereotype-free joke.

Seriously, I would love to get an old N64.

TariC wrote:

Thank you guys for the many responses :)
But the laugh track thing is in pretty much every show (at least in all american shows that are aired here in germany. And of course not in cartoons.) Which means, that all these shows would be hated with a passion… not just Big Bang Theory.
So, may I assert, that BBT is mostly hatet for it’s thematic and Sheldon? However, I now have the question, because “nerds” are offended or “normal people” simply don’t get the jokes?

@ RandomMan:
It’s not the only source, but I stumble on 9gag currently over “”%$/ the show is so unfunny!!!" and when someone in an online chat “Bazinga!” says the hating is going to start… It’s just a bit hard to link online chat conversations and pitures that are not tagged.

@ RegularMack
Yes, I did ;)

It’s not the laugh track itself. It’s the fact that it pops up after nearly every sentence.

I like the jokes in the show itself and I find most of them relatable. Relatable jokes are always good in comedy (since its what makes jokes virtually all good; its human nature to find humor and a laugh in a joke about something one relates to) but Sheldon, in my opinion, is just not the real interpretation of how a modern nerd and/or geek acts in U.S. society. Of course, real interpretations with no exaggerations at all are bad for any comedy show but they just added a little too much with Sheldon in my opinion.

Creating a good comedy show is like chemistry, you can only add so much of certain things. To get a lasting formula, you need to find a equal balance of properties. That’s primarily why Seinfeld is still so memorable and liked today.

Last edited Aug 17, 2012 at 08:55PM EDT
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