After several months of being told by people that I trust that it's a really funny show, and also several months of me explaining just why the jokes aren't funny (my rebuttals sounded hilarious even to me), I decided that perhaps as a geek myself, I may just be too close to the subject matter to see it objectively. After all, I DO carry a man-purse, I DO have conversations about fiction as if they were real, I DO have difficulty with OCD things like always sitting in the same spot, and I do exhibit most of the social awkwardness that the characters on the show do. I began to wonder if it would be possible to:
a) objectively view the show with all those things in mind
b) find it funny?
It was with this in mind that D and I sat down to once-and-for-all determine whether the show does, in fact, suck ass as much as it seemed to upon viewing the pilot. We've now watched every episode, and I'm here to report to you that... I was wrong. I actually like that show quite a bit. (I stand by my review of the pilot, though, it's still terrible.)
I'm not sure you realize how much it pains me to not only think this way, but to also publish the thoughts on the internet, but it's completely true. Viewed outside the context of a show that I thought should be trying to APPEAL to geeks, it does an excellent job of making FUN OF geeks in a way that geeks like me can totally appreciate. It's funny because it's TRUE. You just have to get past being insulted by it. One of my biggest complaints was that it doesn't accurately reflect geek culture, but now I see that it actually does. Sure, some things are exaggerated, but it's very funny, appealing to the primarily non-geek viewers are much as it can to the geek ones.
I hereby have to revoke my completely negative criticism of this show and apologize to the people involved with it. <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> does have quite a bit of exceptionally funny stuff in it, and would be what I would call a "perfect show" if they'd just get rid of that damned laugh track. Despite the laugh track, I have to say I like it quite a lot, putting it just a bit under <i>The IT Crowd</i> on my "shows that I actually like" graph.
Congratulations on being able to objectively view and enjoy the show.
I have had several revelations like that recently, though I think it might be more out of boredom and convenience that I have changed my mind. As you may or may not know, Big Bang Theory is from the same writers as Two and a Half Men. All commercials I'd ever seen for that show looked awful - an aging Charlie Sheen and Duckie, plus some fat kid. The jokes and most conversations are pretty crude, pretty male-humor oriented. I often find parts annoying, but sometimes the way it's written makes up for it. I wouldn't say it's a favorite or anything, and I don't go out of my way to watch the new episodes, but I am perfectly content watching it twice in my 6-8:00 television block while I pay more attention to the internet anyway. And I do sort of appreciate the special guests, like Martin Sheen, and the dad from Pretty In Pink. Anyway, it went from a show I groaned at the thought of to being a show I watch 2 times on weeknights.
The other show I've recently changed my mind on is How I Met Your Mother. The first few episodes I found NPH unbearably annoying, and the other characters forgettable. I still find NPH incredibly annoying, but now that I see the other characters do too, it's sort of ok. I can't really pinpoint what I like about it now, but I think it has something to do with the shtick and flat out ridiculousness of many of the situations. And I really enjoyed the Doogie Howser spoof they ended the show with last week.
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