January 2, 2013

The Problem With The Big Bang Theory…




I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.

Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.

And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…

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In case you haven’t already seen this popular post that makes me want to try The Big Bang Theory (expecting to hate it) all the more.

Man is this spot-on. This perfectly articulates why I - as someone who regularly says that I “fly my nerd flag high” - really, really intensely dislike TBBT.

I used to not miss a single episode of The Big Bang Theory, then my parents started to watch it. I was visiting and I was watching a rerun with them and Sheldon mentioned Doctor Who. I laughed, but my parents LAUGHEDthen turned to me and said “he watches Doctor Who just like you!” and kept laughing. In that moment everything in the above post came to me in an instant and I stopped watching The Big Bang Theory.

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