The Big Bang Theory has had more seasons, more episodes and an even longer run than Friends.For those doing the calculations, that’s a whole lotta Thai takeout boxes, comic book references, white board equations, rounds of “Soft Kitty” and bazingas. The CBS sitcom about a ragtag gang of scientists (and those who love, or at least tolerate, them) remains a monster ratings hit, and has already been renewed for a 10th season with cast members earning $1 million per episode.
But as its popularity seems to defy gravity, the show’s critics—and across the Internet, there are hordes of them—are getting louder, and more annoyed. Viewers have called out BBT for various reasons—the exaggerated audience laughter (though the show is way creepy without it), its lighthearted propagation of rape culture, and an observation that the characters are psychologically broken but simply laugh it off. Though one overarching belief shared by haters is that the show does not accurately represent nerd culture.
Some critics lays out the issue like this: “BBT catches shit because it treats nerds, and nerd culture as being a laughable set of stereotypes, when many people feel that its an important cultural part of their life. It reads like blackface for nerds.”
The Big Bang Theory is going to air its last season in May 2019.Though it is a very popular show,it is undoubtedly also the most hated one.
Why Is The Show Hated?
When news broke that The Big Bang Theory was coming to an end after a whopping 279 episodes, the response was surprisingly hostile for a show that’s been on TV screens for more than a decade.
Some people were clearly devastated, although they admitted to being “in the minority”.Despite attracting more than 18 million viewers every year since 2012, The Big Bang Theory has been accused of both racism and sexism, as well as simply not being very funny.
An ardent viewer of the show remarked “BBT makes nerd culture the butt of, not the subject of, the jokes.”
There are subtle, but important nuances.
South Park’s “Make Love not Warcraft” episode managed to make WoW the subject of their jokes. Community’s “D&D” episode managed to make D&D the subject of their jokes. Are they both poking fun at a lot of the elements in these things? Absolutely, but that’s just it. They’re making fun of parts of it, like the guy who gets way too into roleplay, getting killed by a bad dice roll, the neckbeard that plays WoW 20 hours a day. In BBT, nerd culture itself is the joke. I remember one episode where Sheldon said he was playing N64 on an emulator, and the laugh track played. I was expecting that to be the setup to the joke, but it wasn’t. That was the joke, the idea that someone would want to play an N64 game on a computer was the punchline.
But 22-year-old Lorna, who describes herself as a “super-fan”, says she’s “heartbroken” that one of her favourite shows is ending.”I like it so much because the dynamic they have as a friend group is something that everybody would like to have,” she tells Newsbeat.”I was a big fan of Friends as well and it’s quite a similar show dynamic, which I really enjoy.”