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…
I realized halfway though that pretty much everything TBBT does is a polar opposite of what was done in Dexter’s Lab. Given that Mr. Tartakovsky and crew are themselves intimately familiar with the subject matter, they’re able to make a more genuine product. Compare the D&D episodes of both for a good example. It’s hard to write without experience, but it’s even harder to write without compassion for the subject matter.
I dismissed the thing as a poser show after watching it for like 5 minutes, It’s totally unbearable. There are two things that really kill that show for me, one is the amount of undeserved hype it has. The other is that it feels like a really lazily written show. I don’t fall for the “nerd culture” references. Though they make nice quotable bits, they totally fail at producing any suspension of disbelief for me; I end up just annoyed at the innacuracies because I don’t find anything else to look at.
I guess we could call it a new genre, “nerdxploitation” or “geeksploitation”, like it was in the 70’s with blacksploitation films or sexploitation before that.
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