I used to completely
despise Big Bang Theory, and now I've kind of... got a complicated relationship with it.
Occassionally, there will be a cute nerdy joke. In fact, I even like some of the characters. Here's what I don't like:
- It presents geekiness and mental dysfunction as a package deal.
- Most of the "jokes" amount to "look how hilarious this guy's autism/crippling OCD are!"
- Sometimes it's just bad.
Basically I can only get on board with BBT if I turn my brain and empathy off for most of it. I have this problem chronically with Chuck Lorre's shows. Take Mike & Molly... aside from just being an awful show, it's littered with the main character's supposed loved ones making insanely mean fat jokes about them pretty much non-stop. That isn't funny, it's sad. If that were a real-world scenario it would make the two leads devoid of self respect and everyone else bullies. I don't know why he does this weird thing where he takes people from a subculture/stereotype and simultaneously attempts to make them sympathetic and
the butt-end of every joke.
You know what struck me about some of those laugh track free scenes? Them being geeks isn't funny, but the characters are probably people I'd get along with. It's a waste. I guess it comes down to this: since I cannot laugh at people for being geeky (and definitely not for being on the autistic spectrum or having a mental illness), I can find endearing moments in BBT, but not a whole lot of laughs.