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Old 07-29-2014, 02:09 PM
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If you know who these guys are, then you know what I'm talking about.

I resisted this in the beginning, but now I'm hooked. I even watch the re runs.

Could this show be the next Seinfeld?

The show is so loaded with spin, I love picking it out. It's so obvious.

Still, Amy makes be howl. She's brilliant.

I always wondered if by using the names Sheldon and Leonard, they were paying homage to Sheldon Leonard.

I'd like to read all the things the guy wrote at the end.
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my wife watched from the first show and I didn't. the first one I caught was in season 4.....I made her buy me the first three on blue ray for xmas. I love that show.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:28 PM
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My wife drug me kicking and clawing to watch it. I tried to poo poo it, but it won me over.

The one where Sheldon buys Amy a Tiara makes me ROTFL.

When she first looks in the bag and reacts....Can't get enough of that.

I like when they give Sheldon alcohol...or helium. Friggin funny show.

Penney really knows exactly how to say something with double entendre, she nails it every time.
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My wife drug me kicking and clawing to watch it. I tried to poo poo it, but it won me over.

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this was me also. I saw the original trailer and thought it was going to over the top, trying too hard for a laugh kind of show but I was so wrong.
My wife and I sometimes type " Sheldor AFK"...hahaha
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:49 PM
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AFK? Not sure what that means. I don't think I saw every show.

All the actors play their part beautifully. Wallowicz is pretty funny in his own right.

But Sheldon is so over the top that it works. Penny is great.

Soft Kitty is embedded in the culture already.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:51 PM
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YAASS! I love the show. Ive made it up to season 5. I have to catch up. Being a science fan I love when they twist real facts to justify their actions.
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It's really devious in it's intentions though. They portray men as weak, child like beings, and they portray women as strong and smarter (common sense-wise) than men. So they perpetuate the reversal of the roles. Just about everything they eat is bad for you and they celebrate the big corporations like they're the good guys. (Bernadette: I just got headhunted by a giant pharmaceutical company and they're going to pay me a butt load of money, yay!) They portray Bernadette as this likable mouse-like creature but she hates kids. Erosion of family values and all that.

So it's entertaining for me on many levels, but the spin is devious. The show is riddled with spin. I've become pretty adept at picking it out.
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Could this show be the next Seinfeld?
BBT has its moments but hands down, the best comedy since Seinfeld is Modern Family. That show has me in stitches.
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I find BBT more irritating than amusing. I've never been able to watch a whole episode, despite Mr Madge and the Madgettes howling with laughter.
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I watched until they decided to fill the show with the girlfriends. Don't like any of them. Penny steals the show, but the other two, Blossom and that other whiney chick have to go. The writing is good and all of the tech language, whether real or not, has to be harder to learn lines than from the ordinary language.
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AFK? Not sure what that means. I don't think I saw every show.
Sheldor is Sheldon's screen name for online gaming and AFK means "away from keyboard."

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I .... The writing is good and all of the tech language, whether real or not, has to be harder to learn lines than from the ordinary language.
The Tech stuff is all real and fact checked by a scientists at UCLA, as CBS keeps them on staff for the show. http://www.wired.com/2011/09/tv-fact...g-bang-theory/
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Love it! Did not watch it in the beggining either. The title turned me of thinking how funny will a show about geeks be? Each character has something I like. Amy cracks me up every time. The spanking show and the sick Amy show are twof my favorites. The gift show is also one of my favorites.

Some of the corporate to me is a backwards way of slamming that POV in my mind.
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My wife and I love that show! When taping Conan at Warner Brothers recently, she came along specifically to visit the "company store" and look for merch related to the show, and there's a lot! We didn't get the 20% employee discount though. :(

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I got the chills when I read "the next Seinfeld". I despise The Big Bang Theory. Part of the problem is that it's on network TV, where most comedies go to die. Plus the laugh track is overused to the extreme. And maybe it's just because I've dealt with a lot of people like Sheldon in my life, but I don't find him remotely funny and would love to see an episode where another one of the characters finally snaps and strangles him with his Wonder Woman lasso or whatever milquetoast nerd reference applies to him.
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Thank you!!!

I knew I couldn't be the only one like this. My wife and I have given this show a shot a few times. We have tried to sit through it and honestly enjoy it. We find it really annoying and a bit too nerdy. And we're both sci-fi nerds. The longest we've ever lasted was the first commercial break.

Clearly, a lot of folks enjoy the show, so they're doing something right.
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I have every season on DVD. Love that show.

I think the only people I've heard that don't like it are the more nerdy people who would actually get their jokes. They feel like it's demeaning them or something... I get all the jokes and I think it's hilarious. People need to lighten up :P
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What year did it debut?

First heard the theme song back in 2003ish...
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My favorite was the one where Sheldon talks to a toy Mr Spock action figure,who has the voice of Leonard Nimoy,who tells him to play with the transporter toy,.....and he breaks it.LOL.I had tears in my eyes.:)

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I think the only people I've heard that don't like it are the more nerdy people who would actually get their jokes. They feel like it's demeaning them or something... I get all the jokes and I think it's hilarious. People need to lighten up :P
Really? I have had just the opposite experience. The physicists and other scientists I know people that understand the science appropriate the humor and really like the show. I have never heard anyone say it was demeaning. Again, just the opposite. ;-)
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My wife drug me kicking and clawing to watch it. I tried to poo poo it, but it won me over.

The one where Sheldon buys Amy a Tiara makes me ROTFL.

When she first looks in the bag and reacts....Can't get enough of that.

I like when they give Sheldon alcohol...or helium. Friggin funny show.

Penney really knows exactly how to say something with double entendre, she nails it every time.
I've been hooked since season 1! :)
It's been great to see my fellow over-educated uncool geeks in the spotlight :)
Frigging hillariuous!

Also, not many female scientists have been featured in prime time sitcoms before, so the Amy and Bernadette characters refreshing :)
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I think the only people I've heard that don't like it are the more nerdy people who would actually get their jokes. They feel like it's demeaning them or something... I get all the jokes and I think it's hilarious. People need to lighten up :P
All the nerdy scientist types I know love the show :)
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I have never heard anyone say it was demeaning. Again, just the opposite. ;-)
Speaking as a registered Science Geek Kinda Person (tm), the show does perpetuate the stereotype of the intelligent person who is socially inept, awkward and unattractive. The fact that they do so for both males and females is hardly compensating. Yes, there can be some biting wit from the characters but I think if the show featured extremely intelligent people who were also good looking it would be a flop. I don't think the audience could take it because their own lives would absolutely suck by comparison. I know this for certain because alongside my own extreme intelligence I am also extraordinarily good looking. And very humble and inordinately nice and kind and modest. In fact, I am the most modest person in the world*.

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I was into BBT years ago. Most times it's showing it's re-runs and, funny as the show is, you can only watch them for so long. Love the relationships between the nerds and their mothers :)

It's good to see smart people being portrayed sympathetically for a change - usually they're the villains ....

Villain: "Aha! You have been snared in my devious trap! Odious, infinitesimal specks like you are mere bugs to be crushed underfoot ..." [wafty camp gesture]

Hero: "Yeah? Just you wait, Doctor Brainhead. I'll get you!"
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Interesting ob Nonny about the relationships between the nerds and their Mothers. Notice not much...if any... mention is made about the Fathers....Like that's the norm now.

I get the impression that Penny secretly wants to boink Sheldon just to rock his universe. At least give him a hummer for his birthday or something.

Jim Parsons created one hell of a character in Sheldon. I saw him a while back in a serious thing where he was playing a French dude. They say comedy is the hardest, so he's versatile.

I really wanted to not like this show, but the writing is too good, the cast is stellar, and the social situations it deals with are a breath of fresh air.

I refuse to watch Modern Family and I'm not sure why. The cast just doesn't appeal to me.
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Agree about the script, Lar - very sharp.

Howard has the stereotypical Nyorker Jewish Mom. Leonard's father is only mentioned but his mother is the original ice queen (and maybe my favourite character in the series). Sheldon's mother is also separated and is a stereotypical Bible thumping southerner. The only one with both parents is Raj, with his parents always talking to him via his laptop together - and stereotypical domineering Indian parents. Meanwhile, we don't see Penny's mother, only her father, and he's a stereotypical middle class worried father.

Freud would have something to say about all this!
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If you know who these guys are, then you know what I'm talking about.

I resisted this in the beginning, but now I'm hooked. I even watch the re runs.

Could this show be the next Seinfeld?

The show is so loaded with spin, I love picking it out. It's so obvious.

Still, Amy makes be howl. She's brilliant.

I always wondered if by using the names Sheldon and Leonard, they were paying homage to Sheldon Leonard.

I'd like to read all the things the guy wrote at the end.
Loaded with spin? Is that a quark reference Larry? If it was, you can colour me charmed! :)

Here you go ...an index to the vanity cards (as they are called):
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Loaded with spin? Is that a quark reference Larry? If it was, you can colour me charmed! :)

Here you go ...an index to the vanity cards (as they are called):
http://www.chucklorre.com/index-bbt.php
Not a quark ref lol, I'm not that charming lol... I believe the TV is a total propaganda outlet, with the major networks especially desensitizing us and leading us to believe what "they" want us to believe. My wife thinks I'm nuts, and I am a little, but I believe this down to my core, and try and spot spin whenever I can.

Thanks for the link, I have some reading to do!
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I don't think BBT is necessarily aimed at "serious" scientific professionals (ie I can't see physicists around the globe tuning into the show and excitedly tweeting every time Sheldon mentions string theory).
It's more geared towards the "average nerd" and associated gaming/ comic books/ RPG's/ cosplay, etc which goes along with it and half the fun of the show is picking out the pop culture references.
It also helps that's it's a damn funny show of course....
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According to that great link that JustJames posted, the oldest one I can find said it aired in September of 2007.

Wiki confirms it and outlines the show quite nicely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big...eory_(season_1)
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Jim Parsons created one hell of a character in Sheldon. I saw him a while back in a serious thing where he was playing a French dude. They say comedy is the hardest, so he's versatile.
And what do you make of his seeming obsession with Eugenie Bouchard, the new tennis bright light from Canada? He follows her, tweets her all the time. I'm a little suspicious.

BBT - i can say as a true blue academic that academic life and academics (profs, science techno geeks...) are nothing like the show. Nonetheless, the writing in the show is superb, as is the acting. It's clear the show would be nowhere without Parsons.

I hated the show on first viewing but slowly grew to like it... kind of like a Robert Fripp record.
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LOL! How true. Couldn't stand KC when I first heard them. Then their music frew on me like a fungus!
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his mother is the original ice queen (and maybe my favourite character in the series).
As I don't watch the show, how does she compare with Frasier's Lilith, who was my favourite character (read: idol and role model) in that series?

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Leonard's Mom would tear Lileth a new earring hole. She's far more cold and feeling-less.

Except when her and Sheldon get together.
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Speaking as a registered Science Geek Kinda Person (tm), the show does perpetuate the stereotype of the intelligent person who is socially inept, awkward and unattractive. The fact that they do so for both males and females is hardly compensating. Yes, there can be some biting wit from the characters but I think if the show featured extremely intelligent people who were also good looking it would be a flop. I don't think the audience could take it because their own lives would absolutely suck by comparison. I know this for certain because alongside my own extreme intelligence I am also extraordinarily good looking. And very humble and inordinately nice and kind and modest. In fact, I am the most modest person in the world*.

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Hehe. So what's your flavor of science geekery?

We would like you to submit scientific evidence of the above statements for peer review.
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Is this the show/sitcom with NPH? It always amazes me that he's such a hetro sexual icon, yet he's gay.
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When it comes to science, I'm a pan-flavorist. Science, to me, is a word that describes the desire to find out everything about everything. To answer "How does this work?" for anything. Science is all about finding truth and not bullsh*tting yourself.

I have a vivid memory of being six years old and lined up with all my first grade friends ready to file out of the classroom to go home. Our teacher and her friend were asking each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. You get the usual "fireman", "ballerina", etc. When they asked me, without hesitation I said "scientist!" My idea of what a real scientist did was probably closer to "Renaissance man". I thought a scientist looked into microscopes in the morning then they could mix chemicals in the afternoon (after hunting fossils, of course) and finally look through a telescope before going to bed. I thought my older sister was nuts when she said I would have to pick just one.

In high school I had planned on becoming a chemist but my love of music (especially electronic gear) propelled me into electrical engineering (and eventually computer science). I accidentally became a college professor and several years later developed an elective science course called Science of Sound. It's for non-science majors and I love teaching it. I have a chance to get a little more philosophical about science than the more strict engineering/technology coursework of my major students.

We were talking about something this past semester (I forget precisely what) but my enthusiasm must have been showing because one of my students just sort of shook her head and said "You are such a geek". I had to laugh. A proud laugh, I might add.

I loves me science!
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