Now I will briefly touch on a sitcom I boycotted, came back to because everyone was talking it up, and am boycotting again: The Big Bang Theory.
Is this show for real? I know that people hate shows like 2 And A Half Men because they’re hacky and cheesy and obvious, but I still think it’s good. You can’t watch that show and not laugh. And if you can, you have no soul. But how did The Big Bang Theory become a success? Let me tell you a little story with my relationship with this show.
I either watched the pilot or an episode early on in the first season, obviously, because if CBS puts something on Comedy Mondays, I’m not going to ignore it, that would be sacrilege. So I was like “Oh, this show is pretty obnoxious, not into it.” And didn’t watch it again, which is kind of a big deal for me. I don’t think you understand how much crap I will watch when it comes to TV and film and be totally fine with it. If a show is too bad for me to watch, it’s really fucking bad.
PAR example: I saw Fred Claus in theaters, and enjoyed it. I saw Down To You starring FPJ and Julia Styles (who I hate) and liked that too. I watched the show Welcome to the Captain starring Fran Kranz (yes, that’s his name, and he’s the worst, most obnoxious actor of all time and if he pops up in a nother one of my sitcoms I will fucking find him and scratch his eyes out. The only actor worse than Franz Kranz is Keanu Reeves. The fact that someone in this world would hire Franz Kranz to be in their film or TV show makes me want to cut myself), Chris Klein, Joanna Garcia (loves) Jeffery Tambor, Rochelle Welch. Horrible, awful sitcom. There were 5 episodes.
I also watched The Class, which I’m pretty sure had not one known-named actor in it. Watched every episode. Loved every episode. Am really sad it’s gone. I currently watch ‘Til Death starring Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher featuring JB Smoove (Leon Black from Curb… whose stand up I have seen live) and Shit Break from American Pie.
The point of that little exercise was to show you the kind of crap I watch. And I legitimately love every second of every one of those shows, as explained in my previous post. But now, back to The Big Bang Theory.
I was talking to someone recently who said I should write a spec script for The Big Bang Theory. He was like “that show is so hot right now” and “everyone loves that show”. Also, a good friend of mine, who has a similar taste in bad movies/TV as I also is obsessed with The Big Bang Theory. Well I tried it again. I watched the season premiere a few weeks ago. I had to turn it off mid-way through. What a horrible horrible show.
First of all, the fact that someone that knows me and knows my writing would suggest I try to write an episode of The Big Bang Theory, should seriously check himself. Lets get into the basic plot of the show: Two genius nerds live across the hall from a hot cheerleader babe (who is actually not that pretty at all). And the point of the show is to like laugh at the funny relationship between the two geniuses and the hot girl and see how they get along and interact and blah blah blah. God, the central plot is so boring I’m still confused as to how this even got green-lighted for a pilot. The plot description makes me angry. I know you're angry, I'M angry!!!!
Anyway, so I watched episode one of this season, where one of the nerds starts to hook up with the hot girl as he returns from some science research expedition in Antarctica with his nerd friends. But then all this other stuff starts happening and nerd 1 can’t make it to the bedroom with hot girl because there are issues he needs to tend to. So every time he starts making out with hot girl and something pops up (pun intended), he has to leave her to fix the problem and each time he says “I cannot catch a break here!”
Let me tell you something about the phrase “I cannot catch a break here!”, I love it. I think it’s hilarious and I love using it. I laugh every time I hear it. That being said, I don’t know if I can ever use it again. Within an episode of a sitcom, it’s fine to repeat a funny phrase like that, it becomes like a little inside joke between the viewer and the show. But if you do it more than 3 times it starts to get annoying. I’m not even kidding, I think the nerdy guy said it 4 times in less than 5 minutes. Then, when he said it a fifth time, I turned the TV off, which wasn't easy as I was shaking with rage. Soooooo annoying.
My other issue with this show is the punch lines. Every joke made is like an everyday occurance as explained by a genius in science terms. HOW IS THIS FUNNY!? I get that it’s funny that that’s how these guys talk and the girl doesn’t understand them. But I don’t understand them either. And neither do you. So you might recognize that it’s time to laugh because something funny was said, but you really have no idea what you’re laughing at. Infuriating.
So I invite you to watch an episode (or 5 minutes) of The Big Bang Theory so that you can confirm my theory that his is, in fact, the worst show on television. I was going to post a clip of it from YouTube but I started watching one and vomited all over my computer because it was so awful. Hatred.