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  1. I think the (new) fans out-number the (old) fans. I agree with the original poster. I loved the show for the first 3 seasons. The show changed when the producers decided they wanted to increase their demographic to get more viewers - (namely female viewers). All of the sudden the show's characters started to change from awkward individuals struggling to fit in and thrive (classic "nerd"-type issues) - into a sitcom that has the same old "formula" of male-female relationships. (Just like every other sitcom out there - predictable and boring). Quite frankly, everything that made the show unique and funny was changed to be a standard sitcom formula with only a shadow of its former glory attached - for the sake of continuity (so as not to lose too many original fans/viewers). If you like the show now - fine. I do not care to debate. I only wish to express my opinion, and support of the original post here - as I agree entirely.
  2. Everyone has an opinion. Only the editors truly know what they do with the audio track for final production. I would suspect that even though they record many "takes" with various levels of laughter - at the end of the day, the editor has resources (laff tracks) to utilize in order to fine tune the laughter to whatever level they are trying to achieve. I absolutely loved the first 3 seasons of the show - but now I can't stand the way they have changed it. One of the things that I disliked is that around the end of the 3rd season or so, there was a (noticeable) increase in the amount of "enhanced/pushed" laughter. It was almost as if every time somebody moved, or made a facial expression - there was laughter. Clearly, not everything always has to be funny - or even if it is, does not result in actually laughing out loud. TV producers are trying to compel viewers to believe that what they are watching is funny. They use imposed laughter as a way to subliminally and even overtly convince you of that. Yes, the over-use of laughter in this and practically (all) sitcoms is a problem that insults your intelligence and gets on your nerves.
  3. The episodes become even shorter when you fast forward past all the relationship crap so-called-comedy story lines. The few glimpses of past comedic glory (just the guys interacting) is becoming a rarity on the show. We are now over-shadowed by nagging women imposing relationship issues on the guys. I really hate what this once-great show has devolved into. I'm going to ride it out a few more episodes and if I cannot stomach it any more, the rest of you who like the new format can "have" it - as I'll be done with it. That shark has long since been jumped.
  4. There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the characters "static". The characters themselves and the specific roles they played were supposed to be stereotypes. These stereotypes very importantly allowed viewers to identify with, and recognize how these 4 guys, struggle to interact with the world around them. This struggle was funny. Very funny. It was also very well done in that it was believable and struck a chord of authenticity with all viewers who have any bit of nerdiness in them. I "want" to see a typical nerd try to get the girl. I "want" to see the super-genius asexual human-robot flex his brain cells and awkwardly interact with those around him because his brain does not work like everyone else's in the world. I "want" to see the typical nerd who believes that he is a womanizer - his exploits are hilarious and it is always fun to watch that struggle to try and "belong". I "want" to see the introvert who has issues even talking to women, but when around his buddies, is just fine. If you take away the sterotypes and take away what would be, (and is) the typical struggle of these folks to try and fit in and belong - then you DO jump the shark of the show. In changing them from their stereotypes you in effect give them success, thus ending the struggle, thus ending the reason so many of us indentified with the show in the first place. In changing them - the whole show changes. By changing these stereotypes to be more mainstream - the show has destroyed what made the show so unique and enjoyable. Yes the characters are still the same characters, but the situations that made the show so funny are now all about male-female (typical) issues. I would have preferred it if the male-female issues would have been more like the early days when Leonard tried to get the hot girl Penny - but could not because - after all - just like in life - it is a rarity for this type of relationship to exist. You have to admit that NO other show out there was like it. Now, it has become just like all the other shows - which is truly a tragedy. You can like the show the way it is now - and that's ok - but you missed my point, it would seem. Everyone like different things - and that's ok - but this whole thread is about if the show is still funny. Many think it is. I think it is not - and I have stated why. Feel free to enjoy it to your heart's content.
  5. It is truly unfortunate that the writers have chosen to turn this once-great show into a commonplace "relationship" sitcom. I watched it because it was unique and funny as hell. I watched it because the writing and situations did not "cater" to the viewing public who wanted dumbed-down "romantic comedy" (gag, choke) types of shows. Seasons 1-3 rocked big time. Season 4 started the transition to watered-down run of the mill territory that has simply accellerated, unfortunately. This latest season, for me, is almost unwatchable. What the writers did to the main (male) characters is horrible. Yeah, yeah, yeah they wanted them to "grow up" - whatever ! Come on - let the guys be themselves - true to their characters - when they were actually funny ! Too much emphasis on the "girls" now, and situational comedy about relationship issues. I can get that on the multitude of other shows already on the air. It is so sad they had to change this show to appease the simpletons who eat this kind of tripe up and call it delicious. So far this season, I record every episode, and when watching it - fast-forward past all scenes with just the women, howard/bernadette/mother, and stop to watch only when it is the guys. I find that the female characters pollute the othewise stellar chemistry of the show. I know I am not alone in my assessment of what the show has become - but clearly the majority of people prefer this new watered-down flavor of the show - since it now looks like all the other garbage on the air that is also seemingly popular. I loved the show SO much. It is simply painful to see what has been done to it in the last few seasons. For me, the shark has already been jumped.
  6. I think that all the characters (except for Raj) are practically dead. The writers have changed all of them too much - to morph the show from a funny, geeky, unique show - to a run of the mill sitcom where relationships are the only impetus for so-called comedy. Rest in Peace Seasons 1-3. Those days shall never return again. So sad to lose the characters and situations that we loved so much.
  7. Pretty much where the general direction was/is going now anyway - so not really anything ground-breakingly new. I guess the producers feel it is time for the nerds to grow up and become just like everyone else, and for the show to become like every other show out there. They "shall boldly go where everyone else has already gone before !" Predictable and formula to a "T". Yawwwnnnnn. NEXT !
  8. What I have ended up doing for Season 4 and 5 is to FFWD through ALL the scenes with: - Just the girls together doing girlie things - Scenes with Bernadette and anyone else - Scenes with Amy trying to seduce Sheldon I watched the parts with the guys being themselves (well, their "changed" selves) - no thanks to the creators/writers !! That made seasons 4 and 5 more palatable. And, for the record, the season 5 finale where everyone started to hold hands - even Sheldon - made me GAG ! Gimme a break, already.
  9. BINGO !!! I absolutely agree with you. Relationships that come/go are ok in small doses, but the SHOW must revolve around the stereotypical nerds that we know and love. It is THEIR trials, nerd culture, and REAL science that makes the show funny, entertaining, and UNIQUE. I, too, will stop watching if I see that they have taken the show even farther away from its roots. If I have to sit through relationship issues (the wet blanket that now covers the show), I will walk away from the show - and let the people who crave "romantic-comedy-formula" garbage to enjoy what this once-great show has become.
  10. Science - PLEASE ! I want the show to get back to its roots - which is where I got hooked on it. After Season 3 it dissolved into less and less about quirky nerds and more about run-of-the-mill relationship garbage that you can get on any other sitcom out there. It has been watered-down enough !!!
  11. I never liked the theme song and find it annoying. It is also one of those tunes that is just "catchy-enough" to stick with you and drive you bannanas as you sing it (or try to) in your head long after you have heard it. I FFwd through it every time but usually catch just enough of it to induce the "residual effect" above - LoL !
  12. If anyone has read any of my posts, you'd already know what I am about to write. Season 1-3 Sheldon (and everyone else) is what I prefer. It is the introduction of the now "regular" female characters, their female "circle", and the interaction with the guys (for the sake of creating "relationships") that caused the male characters that we knew and loved, to forcibly "adapt" (change) into what they have now become - regular and boring. Bring the show back to its roots, let the show be about the guys being themselves, and let us laugh and enjoy the show again. And BTW, Sheldon as a logic-centric robotic never-smiling genius was very unique and entertaining. RIP Sheldon of Seasons 1-3.
  13. Who got left out? Penny, or the 'treasured acquaintance'? To me, I like the show as a "guy" thing. A story about guys, for guys. I find the other supporting characters to be just that - supporting side stories - no more. I'd rather have most of the focus of the show be on the 4 guys.
  14. Well, I would have preferred it to end earlier than morph into an "all crowd-pleasing" show that drifted away from its unique comedic formula. If they found their story-lines getting tired and the ratings starting to drop, I would have preferred that they end it on a high note - rather than changing the show into something that had become more and more difficult to stomach. Long live Seasons 1-3. :-) PS - I still love the show - (mostly for the 4 main characters) - but that love is slowly dissolving...
  15. This isn't a soap opera. I actually think it (is) turning into a soap opera. Time will tell where the writers take it from here.
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