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Yeah, that's about right...

Cracked.com writer Luke McKinney said of the TV show Big Bang Theory that it is a "collection of one-dimensional insults that are what a sitcom writer thinks a nerd is."

Sounds about right to me.



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Oct. 19th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about BBT. I watched one episode when it started. On the one hand, I'm very glad to see nerds on tv. We're like the last subculture to be portrayed. On the other, I have this lingering feeling we are being made fun of, like you do, despite what an actor on the show said in Entertainment Weekly. In issue #1226, dated 9/28/12, Simon Helberg, who plays Howard Wolowitz, said, "'Oh, it's going to be mean to nerds,' or 'It's going to be a caricature.' Everyone's goal was to counteract that. The people who watch don't see it as a cartoon version. These are real people." So the actors and writers are aware we are real, but they are doing the comedy thing of holding us up and examining how we are like 'ordinary' people. That's how comedy functions. However, comedy writers can go too far. (This is the last time I'll be able to quote EW because I have decided to let my subscription run out.)

You know, BBT does have cool props, and a woman character who is a geek herself, but if those are the only wholeheartedly positive things I can say about the show, I guess I have spoken volumes.
Oct. 22nd, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I enjoy BBT. I have been in some of the situations shown in the show, and it is funny to see. Yes, it is often exaggerated and yes, one-dimensional, but that's comedy.
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