Who are you people? The people watching The Big Bang Theory, I mean. Show yourselves. The world demands explanation. I mean that, too. In every way, shape, and form, this is the Justin Bieber of television shows. It's massively popular, the highest-rated comedy on television, in fact. That means a lot of us are watching it, but go ask 10 of your friends if they do and see how many admissions of guilt you get. It's not going to be a huge number, and not just because huge numbers aren't really possible if you're only asking 10 people.
That's exactly how it should be, though. This is not fandom you should take pride in.
If you're unfamiliar, the basic problem with the show is that it's goddamn terrible. I said as much on Twitter recently and the outpouring of support I received will probably keep me depression-free for the next six years.
Everyone hates you, Jim Parsons.
As you can clearly see, my devoted army of approximately 80 fans (on a good day) vehemently agrees with my assessment. Meanwhile, I didn't get much in the way of objections from fans of the show. So, what gives?
Easy: this is a show for old people who are curious about what life is like for their kids who never call them. While you're out there meeting dates on the Tinders and sending out Facetweets, your poor parents are at home, desperately hoping someone will tell them what those words mean, thus giving them some sort of means to reconnect with the child who abandoned them immediately upon turning 18.
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"This flip phone's probably older than you, grandma."
You kids like your computers and so do those kids on this show -- you guys must be the same! Next thing you know, mom is shouting "Bazinga!" at the dinner table at Thanksgiving, confident that such an outburst isn't even going to make you vomit a little.
Fortunately, this presents a huge opportunity for a lot of us. If your dislike for The Big Bang Theory is such that you'd like to see it jettisoned from a prime-time lineup you don't watch anyway, there is one clear and present way to make that happen. Simply put, just start calling your mother.
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