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  1. Your premise is that TBBT has been so successful. I most certainly disagree with that! Although the first 3 seasons were excellent (stories, actors, jokes, etc.), the following 3 seasons---and ostensibly the 7th that has just begun---have registered a free-fall in quality. The series is no longer funny, and it has certainly lost its charm; just think of Howard and Raj holding each other's nipples for ~30sec. At times it's just gross ("conspicuously and tastelessly indecent"). I'd be better off watching seasons >2 of Married with Children. I've been a fan of TBBT from the beginning and I was very sorry to see it stumble so badly. I still think that the series and characters have a lot of potential, but I feel that the producers are out of ideas and are currently walking around in circles and doing their best to milk their cash-cow. What a waste! My take is that after Season 3 the producers decided to put less emphasis on the geeky, sciencey elements that were integral to the series' original success; and put more weight on the relational component (everyone got in a couple, everyone is on the verge of getting married, etc.) and walked straight into a wall. It didn't help that Parsons started acting worse (he was clearly entitled to his first Emmy award, and as far as I go should have gotten an Emmy for each of the first 3 seasons of TBBT, but as far as I go he deserved no Emmy for later performances) and that Bialik took so long to truly get into her role and start acting naturally. Howard in a couple is a pale shade of Howard hunting desperately for women, and mean Bernadette of late is hugely less charming than innocent Bernadette. Priya was a ray of light performance-wise, but she was ditched. And Raj, well, is pathetic: I get the feeling that the producers never really knew what to do with this character. All in all, a free fall. To sum up, TBBT of late may be successful ratings-wise, but it's a sheer disaster quality-wise.
  2. Although I do not entirely subscribe to all the arguments made here, I also think that the show is losing it (see the 'toilet humour' thread) and that the whole 'gf for everyone' flip is a flop. I also agree that trying to switch TBBT to "normal" sitcom situations, with poor-taste romance and very bad toilet jokes, was a terrible decision. The way the show is evolving is in effect nonsensical and unpredictable and, other than some rare sparkles, each episode is harder to bear than the previous.
  3. As far as I'm concerned, it stopped being so beginning with the 4th season. Up until the end of season 3 it was quite cute, indeed. My main concern with the development is that it takes all the charm out of TBBT (at least most of it).
  4. A bit off-topic regarding my original post, I find the nerd/science humor in season 4 quite dull compared with prev seasons (but I may be biased because of the modified context). And I've also noticed way too many déjà -vus and refurbished/reprocessed jokes and situations. But again, that's not my main point.
  5. There is a difference between (1) making occasional references to sex and stuff adult, as in the first three seasons (I see no problem spicing up the nerdy situations with Leonard's learning from Google how to pleasure Penny, or with the Wolowitz Space Waste-Disposal System, or with Leonard and Penny breaking their bed because of all the action; that was quite cute, really) and (2) basing the entire show on penis envy and tilted uteruses, while making only passing (good) references to nerdish situations. Don't get me wrong: the way it is progressing, I feel that the logical conclusion to the season would be a grand group orgy finale with all the main characters in it + the 2m guy. Sheldon would call this Reductio ad absurdum. The thing is, point (1) is what made the show so successful in the first place, while point (2) has the potential of driving TBBT out of business.
  6. Dear producers PLEASE stop with the toilet humor. Your series is not Married with Children.., and your target audience is not Al Bundy! I am a big fan of TBBT up until the end of season 3. Beginning with season 4 the show is becoming more and more of a disgrace: Between Howard masturbating with a robot hand, Sheldon farting in Penny's or Leonard's nose, Amy and Sheldon counting and extrapolating the number of guys that Penny had sex with (31, and about 170 dates with different guys), Amy having 185 orgasms or so while participating in scientific experiments, Bernadette having gone out with a 2m-tall guy with proportional endowment (as pointed out by Howard), Leonard engaging in Kamasutra with Priya, Amy masturbating with an electric toothbrush named Bernard, Penny going out to find herself a hiney to bite, Amy trying to lick something on Penny that is not her ass hole (I'm not making this up!, it's all there in the episodes), Raj being fond of playing the clarinet while discovering that he was definitely not gay, Amy's rhesus monkeys masturbating, Amy going out to party (!), Amy making dirty allusions towards Sheldon and kissing him (!), Sheldon peeing while Leonard and Priya have sex in the shower, Amy kissing Penny (!), and perhaps some others that slip my mind. Who needs all this?! Oh, and there's definitely too much shouting around, and way too many 'Shut up!s'. Not all is bad. The season contains some sparkles such as Sheldon's spat with Raj over the Brobdingnagian, big-ass desk (pure genius!), Leonard characterising Sheldon as having very life-like movements but that he wasn't a real boy (and Sheldon's reaction), Howard's magic trick with cards and Sheldon's bemusement (masterly executed), perhaps some others. But all in all, a very disappointing season. I repeat, I very much enjoy TBBT and watched the first three seasons at least 4-5 times (although the true figure would probably be closer to 10). However, recent developments in the show make almost all episodes unbearable to watch, with some rare exceptions. I'd hate for the show to go down the drain this way.
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