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Old 01-16-2013, 11:18 AM   #151
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You guys just hate BBT because it reminds you too much of yourselves. Stop being butt hurt.

1600 Penn is just horrible.
never seen 2 & a half men, so I will not comment like most sheep.

Most of the crap on TV is just simply there to entertain. It is the lowest form of humor in most cases.

Basically TV humor is like thold version of internet Memes.
Or maybe it's a hackneyed attempt at comedy with unlikable characters who haven't seen an ounce of character development (with the exception of creepy Jewish guy) in, what is it now, 6 years now?

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #152
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As opposed to TV shows that...aren't there to entertain?
There are different levels of enter... you know what never mind.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:37 PM   #153
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I'm warming up to Ben and Kate. Seems like it's still trying to find itself. Very understandable for a first season.

New Girl has been getting on my nerves since the end of the first season. Just my opinion but I feel like it's getting worse.
YUP, same here. At first I liked New Girl...but as the season went on I started liking it less and less...now I don't even watch it anymore.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:43 PM   #154
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It's like Webfoot Hero said, everyone is a caricature of themselves by now except Winston.
I really want to like it but it's harder to every week. Though it's no 1600 Penn...
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:55 PM   #155
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You guys just hate BBT because it reminds you too much of yourselves. Stop being butt hurt.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #156
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I think BBT tries too hard...and it's obvious it does.

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I love Big Bang theory. To each his own.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:37 PM   #158
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TV legend Conrad Bain from Diff'rent Strokes has died and I thought this quote of his was rather interesting from a few years back commenting on the current state of TV sitcoms.

"I think they got off the track when they first hired a standup comic to do the lead," he said. "Instead of people creating real situations, you get people trying to act funny."

Which in reality is correct for it seemed in the 90's that every stand-up comedian was getting their own show from Roseanne, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:39 PM   #159
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Yeah, but given that Seinfeld was funnier than a great deal of sitcoms to come before it, that argument is pretty flawed. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 PM   #160
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But I liked Roseanne and Seinfeld.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #161
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But wasn't Dane Cook getting his own show for awhile? glad that never happened.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #162
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Speaking of New Girl, I feel like pretty much any show that does the "Ross and Rachel thing" quickly loses my interest. For my money The Big Bang Theory and New Girl aren't all that bad, but the on-again/off-again romances between lead characters are such an obvious ploy to keep people interested it has the opposite effect. Just be funny and focus on creating a quality show, you don't need to do a soap opera at the same time.

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How I Met Your Mother.

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:55 AM   #164
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TV legend Conrad Bain from Diff'rent Strokes has died and I thought this quote of his was rather interesting from a few years back commenting on the current state of TV sitcoms.

"I think they got off the track when they first hired a standup comic to do the lead," he said. "Instead of people creating real situations, you get people trying to act funny."

Which in reality is correct for it seemed in the 90's that every stand-up comedian was getting their own show from Roseanne, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld.
Look I like Mr Drummond, but he was an antique. Would Diff'rent Strokes really be funny today? No, heartwarming maybe. But I don't need my heart warmed when I watch a sitcom. I need to laugh. And I'm sorry but a typical episode of Seinfeld was much funnier than any of the gazillion "very special episodes" that Strokes pumped out. I like old 70's and 80's sitcoms when I'm feeling nostalgic, but they don't make me laugh a whole lot. Seinfeld is now an old show too. But when I rewatch episodes of that it's for reasons unrelated to nostalgia.

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How I Met Your Mother.
I'm not crazy about that show either.

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Happy endings

I caught a bit, bad timing on jokes,unfunny jokes, they pause as if they expect laughter

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:11 PM   #167
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Almost anything on WB/CW 11.

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Nope, doesn't remind me of myself at all. It's just not funny.

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Look I like Mr Drummond, but he was an antique. Would Diff'rent Strokes really be funny today? No, heartwarming maybe. But I don't need my heart warmed when I watch a sitcom. I need to laugh. And I'm sorry but a typical episode of Seinfeld was much funnier than any of the gazillion "very special episodes" that Strokes pumped out. I like old 70's and 80's sitcoms when I'm feeling nostalgic, but they don't make me laugh a whole lot. Seinfeld is now an old show too. But when I rewatch episodes of that it's for reasons unrelated to nostalgia.
I don't entirely disagree with the sentiment. Maybe it's just me, but I've found that comedy hits best with me when I have an emotional investment in what's going on. For me, I don't think something can truly be funny unless it also emotionally and intellectually engages the audience. It's why I'll often skip episodes of a talk show I love when I'm not interested in the guests. It will be funny, the jokes will be good, but if I can't get into it emotionally or otherwise care then I probably won't laugh and will end up getting bored.

A good example of this, for me, are my very different opinions of two Adult Swim superhero cartoons, Venture Brothers and Frisky Dingo. I love Venture Brothers, I can't stand Frisky Dingo. Both are funny, but Venture Brothers actually has characters and themes that draw me in and a real emotional core to while, whereas Frisky Dingo is just a string of jokes and witty dialogue. I get invested in Venture Brothers, I get bored and annoyed at Frisky Dingo.

Or, another talk show example. A big factor in what talk shows I like, period, are the hosts. Not just how funny they are, but how likable or charismatic they are, or how interesting the subject mater of their material is to me. I love Conan and The Daily Show because Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart are both charismatic and likable as well as funny, and in the later's case I also have a strong investment in the show's primarily political subject matter. I also love Craig Ferguson, who's not as funny as the former two by any stretch, at least I think so, but is so likable and draws me in with his persona that I'm still engaged and thoroughly entertained. And then there's Jimmy Kimmel, who's funny, but doesn't have a very strong presence on screen and generally talks about things I don't care about, so even though his stuff makes me laugh I just don't care.

That's how I am with comedy, anyway.

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Old 01-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #170
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The Big Bang Theory. There's literally not one redeeming factor to that show.

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Nothing that hasn't been said before: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Anything by Tyler Perry, The George Lopez Show.

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The Big Bang Theory. There's literally not one redeeming factor to that show.
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Almost anything on WB/CW 11.

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I might put Steve Harvey in the same category as Jamie Foxx and The
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I love Big Bang Theory and I agree about the "butthurt fanboy" comment. The show gets a ton of hate on this board, and that's precisely the reason why. Is it taken to extremes? Of course, because it's TV. Does anyone actually make as much of an ass out of themselves in public as Nick does on New Girl? Of course not (well, I hope not) but it's okay because it's a TV show.

I just find it funny how BBT seems to "offend" so many people here. I remember someone a while back someone on these boards compared it to blackface. Total bullsh**. Comparing the once socially-accepted mockery of an entire race of people to poking fun at a subculture of geeks who attend too many comic book conventions is absolutely absurd.

Anyway, as for shows I don't find funny at all:

The Mindy Project
The Office
Any show with Reba McEntyre (Oh sweet Sara Rue, why did you have to lower yourself to star in this crap?)
2 Broke Girls (Kat Dennings, you lovely little sellout)
Two and a Half Men

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The key difference being that Nick on New Girl is actually funny, while no one on Big Bang has ever been.

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