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(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
5.1 (5.1) (5.7) (1.9) (2.2) (2.3) (5.1) (2.6) (4.6) Modern Family
3.5 (3.8) (4.5) (0.9) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) Grey’s Anatomy
3.3 (3.7) (1.1) (---) (1.2) (2.9) (3.2) (3.4) (---) Once Upon A Time
2.9 (3.0) (3.2) (1.2) (1.4) (---) (2.8) (2.1) (2.6) Happy Endings
2.7 (3.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (2.7) (---) (---) Desperate Housewives
2.6 (2.1) (2.4) (1.5) (1.4) (2.2) (2.7) (2.4) (2.7) Last Man Standing
2.5 (2.9) (3.0) (1.3) (1.4) (1.6) (2.8) (1.7) (2.5) The Middle
2.5 (2.4) (2.5) (0.6) (0.9) (---) (2.4) (1.2) (2.1) Revenge
2.5 (2.9) (2.9) (1.4) (1.5) (1.6) (2.8) (1.7) (2.5) Suburgatory
2.4 (2.2) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Bachelor
2.2 (2.3) (---) (0.7) (1.0) (0.9) (2.0) (1.3) (2.3) Castle
2.1 (2.1) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Celebrity Wife Swap
2.1 (2.3) (2.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Private Practice
1.8 (2.2) (2.7) (---) (---) (---) (1.9) (---) (---) Wipeout
1.7 (1.3) (---) (1.0) (0.9) (1.3) (1.3) (1.2) (1.4) 20/20
1.6 (1.6) (1.5) (1.1) (0.8) (1.1) (1.5) (1.8) (---) Body of Proof
1.6 (1.5) (---) (---) (1.3) (1.2) (1.2) (---) (1.3) Extreme MHE
1.2 (1.4) (---) (---) (1.4) (1.6) (1.4) (1.8) (---) AFH Videos
1.2 (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.5) (---) (---) Pan Am

* “Desperate Housewives” again matched its all-time low while “Pan Am” hit a new one.

* “Body of Proof” will look extra-wobbly once “Pan Am” is incinerated.

* “Wipeout” is a lesser ABC series but still doing much better in Thursday’s pre-“Anatomy” slot than was “Charlie’s Angels.”

(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
3.0 (2.9) (1.1) (0.9) (0.9) (1.1) (2.9) (2.9) (---) The Office
2.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Off Their Rockers
2.3 (2.4) (2.4) (0.9) (---) (2.7) (2.2) (2.4) (2.0) The Biggest Loser
--- (2.3) (2.4) (1.5) (2.5) (3.4) (---) (---) (---) Fear Factor
1.9 (1.9)
(0.9) (0.7) (---) (0.7) (1.8) (1.8) (---) Parks and Recreation
1.9 (2.0) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Up All Night
1.8 (2.0) (1.1) (0.9) (1.0) (1.1) (1.9) (2.2) (---) Law & Order SVU
1.7 (2.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Are You There, Chelsea?
1.7 (1.7) (1.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (2.1) (1.9) Parenthood
1.6 (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 30 Rock
1.6 (2.0) (1.0) (0.9) (---) (1.1) (---) (---) (---) Whitney
--- (1.6) (1.5) (1.5) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Who’s Still Standing
1.4 (0.6) (0.6) (0.8) (1.5) (1.6) (---) (---) (1.6) Grimm
1.3 (1.4) (1.2) (0.8) (1.3) (1.7) (1.0) (---) (1.6) Dateline (Fr)
1.3 (0.7) (1.1) (0.8) (1.2) (1.1) (0.9) (1.1) (0.9) Rock Center
--- (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dateline (Su)
1.1 (1.2) (0.8) (---) (---) (0.7) (1.2) (1.3) (---) Harry’s Law
--- (---) (---) (---) (1.0) (0.9) (---) (1.3) (---) Prime Suspect
0.9 (0.9) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (1.0) (---) (---) (0.9) Chuck
0.9 (1.0) (1.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Firm

* NBC got viewers with its cringe-inducing geezer-centric “Off Their Rockers” prank show, but Monday’s episode was just a preview. The ensuing series does not yet have a regular timeslot.

* With “Off Their Rockers” gone for now, the resurrected “Fear Factor” is essentially now tied with “Biggest Loser” as NBC’s second biggest primetime series.

* Brian Williams' "Rock Center" just hit a personal best.

* Check out how high “Parks and Recreation” now ranks among NBC’s stable.

* “30 Rock” isn’t doing appreciably better or worse than “Community” was in the same timeslot.

* “Up All Night” is pulling essentially the same numbers “Whitney” was in the same post-“Office” slot.

* Did you know the creators of “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Up All Night” are all former “Saturday Night Live” writers? (The names you’ll want to IMDb are Tina Fey, Michael Schur, Greg Daniels and Emily Spivey.) SNL, meanwhile, routinely gets better ratings than anything in NBC primetime. Its Daniel Radcliffe installment hit a 3.0 in 18-49 while the Charles Barkley installment managed a 4.1. For comparison’s sake, NBC’s second-biggest late-night offering, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” is lucky to average a 0.9 in that demo.


(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
7.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) American Idol (We)
5.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) American Idol (Th)

5.4 (2.3) (1.5) (0.8) (2.3) (3.0) (4.0) (2.6) (2.7) The Simpsons
4.4 (3.1) (1.7) (1.0) (2.1) (3.1) (3.6) (2.8) (3.2) Family Guy
4.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Napoleon Dynamite (8:30)
--- (---) (---) (---) (3.8) (2.9) (2.9) (3.1) (---) The X Factor (Th)
3.4 (1.3) (1.3) (---) (1.1) (3.3) (3.4) (3.6) (---) New Girl
3.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Alcatraz
3.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Napoleon Dynamite (9:30)
--- (---) (---) (---) (3.3) (3.4) (3.4) (3.7) (2.6) The X Factor (We)
3.1 (1.1) (0.9) (0.7) (1.1) (3.0) (3.0) (3.2) (---) Glee
--- (1.1) (1.2) (0.9) (---) (---) (1.3) (---) (2.6) House
--- (2.4) (1.1) (1.1) (---) (1.5) (2.4) (2.8) (---) Bones
2.3 (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (2.3) (2.2) (2.4) (---) Raising Hope
--- (2.2) (1.5) (1.0) (0.9) (2.5) (---) (2.2) (2.4) American Dad
--- (2.2) (1.3) (0.8) (1.5) (2.3) (2.5) (1.7) (1.8) Cleveland Show
2.2 (1.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Finder
--- (---) (---) (---) (2.2) (2.1) (---) (2.2) (2.1) Terra Nova
1.9 (1.0) (---) (---) (1.0) (1.3) (---) (1.5) (1.3) Cops
1.7 (---) (1.1) (0.8) (---) (1.0) (---) (---) (1.4) Kitchen Nightmares
--- (---) (---) (---) (1.5) (---) (2.4) (1.5) (1.9) Allen Gregory
1.1 (---) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (1.1) Fringe

* “American Idol” returned much weaker this season, but still dominated all non-football programming.

* Boosted by a Sunday football overrun, “Napoleon Dynamite” enjoyed a spectacular ratings debut.

* Bad Robot’s “Alcatraz” is for the moment tied with ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” (also from some “Lost” creators).

* Even with “Idol” as its lead-in, “The Finder” is not doing as well as “Bones.”

* At this month’s TCA event in Los Angeles, Fox execs said “Allen Gregory” is dunzo and “Fringe” is probably next if Warner Bros. doesn’t lower its license fee.

(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
5.3 (5.3) (3.5) (2.8) (2.6) (2.9) (4.6) (3.0) (3.3) Big Bang Theory
4.6 (2.3) (4.5) (2.4) (2.3) (4.7) (5.1) (3.1) (5.2) Two and a Half Men
4.6 (2.4) (4.4) (1.9) (2.6) (4.2) (4.6) (3.3) (4.6) 2 Broke Girls
4.4 (2.2) (3.9) (1.8) (2.1) (---) (4.5) (3.0) (4.4) How/Mother
2.2 (4.1) (4.1) (2.1) (2.0) (3.6) (2.1) (2.8) (3.5) NCIS
--- (---) (---) (---) (4.0) (3.1) (3.3) (3.1) (1.9) Survivor
3.8 (2.3) (3.8) (2.1) (2.2) (4.0) (4.2) (2.6) (4.2) Mike & Molly
3.5 (4.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rob
--- (---) (---) (---) (---) (3.3) (2.7) (2.9) (2.8) The Amazing Race
1.7 (3.3) (3.5) (---) (2.1) (3.0) (2.2) (---) (3.0) NCIS LA
3.2 (1.8) (2.0) (2.4) (1.5) (3.4) (3.4) (2.1) (1.8) Criminal Minds
3.2 (3.2) (1.8) (1.7) (1.7) (2.8) (2.8) (1.6) (1.7) Person of Interest
3.0 (2.7) (1.9) (1.7) (1.5) (2.7) (2.7) (1.6) (1.6) The Mentalist
3.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Undercover Boss
2.8 (---) (1.7) (2.1) (1.6) (2.9) (2.5) (---) (1.6) CSI
2.8 (1.6) (2.9) (1.6) (1.8) (2.8) (3.0) (2.0) (2.8) Hawaii Five-0
--- (---) (2.5) (2.1) (1.9) (2.7) (3.0) (2.3) (2.2) Rules of Engagement
1.5 (2.6) (1.2) (0.9) (---) (2.1) (2.1) (---) (1.9) CSI Miami
1.5 (2.1) (2.6) (---) (1.7) (2.2) (1.7) (---) (2.2) Unforgettable
2.0 (2.7) (1.1) (0.6) (---) (2.2) (1.9) (---) (1.9) The Good Wife
1.8 (1.8) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.6) (1.1) (2.0) Blue Bloods
1.7 (1.8) (1.2) (1.0) (0.9) (---) (1.4) (0.9) (1.7) CSI NY
1.5 (4.8) (2.9) (0.9) (4.0) (3.0) (1.7) (3.7) (2.9) 60 Minutes
1.3 (1.5) (1.0) (0.7) (0.8) (---) (1.3) (---) (1.3) A Gifted Man

* “Big Bang Theory” has overtaken both “Modern Family” and “Two and a Half Men” to emerge as TV’s top scripted series.

* “Rob” is doing about the same as “Rules of Engagement” but much better than “How To Be A Gentleman.” SNL vets David Spade and Rob Schneider recently co-starred with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Colin Quinn in "Grown-Ups."

* “Undercover Boss” so far is getting about the same kind of viewrship “Amazing Race” was in the same slot.

* Even against “Grey’s” and “The Office,” Bad Robot’s “Person of Interest” is hitting its best numbers ever (besting even its own 3.1 September premiere).

(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
--- (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (1.1) (0.8) (0.3) Next Top Model
1.1 (1.2) (1.5) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) Vampire Diaries
0.3 (0.3) (---) (---) (0.4) (0.5) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) Hart of Dixie
0.7 (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) One Tree Hill
0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2) Secret Circle
0.7 (0.8) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.4) (0.7) (---) (0.7) Supernatural
0.6 (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (0.4) Gossip Girl
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (0.8) (0.8) (0.6) 90210
0.5 (0.6) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (0.5) (---) (0.6) Nikita
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Remodeled

* The CW’s top series, “Vampire Diaries,” just hit its season low.

* “Nikita” got a full first-season order, but it’s been the CW’s leading candidate for cancellation for a while now. At least until “Remodeled” premiered.

Cable Above 0.9
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
3.5 (3.8) (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Jersey Shore
--- (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (3.5) (3.1) The Walking Dead
2.3 (2.4) (2.4) (1.9) (1.9) (2.1) (1.7) (2.1) (---) Pawn Stars
2.2 (1.9) (1.0) (1.5) (2.1) (1.8) (1.9) (1.7) (1.5) Gold Rush
2.0 (2.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Game
2.0 (0.7) (1.3) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball (Th)
2.0 (2.1) (2.0) (1.0) (1.9) (2.3) (2.1) (2.1) (1.6) Storage Wars
2.0 (2.1) (1.9) (1.9) (1.8) (2.0) (2.4) (---) (---) Teen Mom
1.9 (1.9) (1.6) (1.6) (1.6) (1.9) (1.7) (1.8) (---) Kourtney & Kim
1.7 (1.6) (1.8) (1.6) (1.6) (1.6) (1.7) (1.8) (1.8) WWE Entertainment
1.6 (1.8) (2.2) (1.4) (1.4) (1.6) (1.2) (0.7) (0.5) American Pickers
1.6 (1.9) (1.6) (1.4) (1.3) (---) (1.4) (1.7) (1.6) Love & Hip Hop
--- (1.6) (---) (1.1) (1.6) (2.1) (1.7) (---) (---) Storage Wars Texas
1.5 (1.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cajun Pawn Stars
1.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball (Mo)
1.5 (1.8) (1.3) (1.4) (---) (1.3) (1.7) (---) (---) TI And Tiny
1.4 (1.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ax Men
--- (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.3) (1.3) (1.1) (0.9) Boardwalk Empire
1.3 (---) (1.2) (---) (1.0) (1.2) (0.9) (1.1) (0.4) Hardcore History
1.3 (1.7) (---) (---) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.6) (1.7) Real Housewives Atl
1.3 (1.2) (1.3) (---) (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (0.9) Real Housewives BH
1.2 (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball (Fr)
1.2 (1.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Let’s Stay Together
1.2 (1.3) (1.1) (1.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.6) (---) (---) Sons of Guns
1.1 (1.3) (1.2) (1.2) (1.1) (---) (0.5) (---) (0.8) Hardcore Pawn
1.1 (1.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Mob Wives
1.1 (1.3) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Pretty Little Liars
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) White Collar
1.0 (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (0.9) (---) (---) Beyond Scared Straight
--- (---) (---) (---) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) Dexter
1.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) GOP Debate (Th)
1.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Justified
1.0 (0.8) (1.2) (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (---) Lizard Lick Towing
1.0 (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball (Th)
1.0 (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Shipping Wars
1.0 (1.0) (0.9) (---) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) Top Chef
1.0 (0.8) (---) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (0.6) (0.9) (0.9) WWE Smackdown

* No 10 p.m. series (broadcast or cable) gets better ratings than “Jersey Shore.” Crazy!

* BET’s “The Game” is currently cable’s top scripted series.


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  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    As A Nerd, Big Bang Theory Offends

    by Crow3711

    No one I know is like that. Not to mention the fact that show isn't funny and is for fucking idiots. But...that's the most popular stuff in America these days....for idiots. Anyway, sad to see Fringe at the very, very bottom of the barrel, but then again, it's hard to sympathize since they fucked up their fourth season so badly. I don't want it to be canceled, but if I was the guy with the checkbook, it'd be hard not to. Surprised to see person of interest doing so well since I usually enjoy all the bad robot stuff, but I actually gave up on it after 3 episodes I think. Seemed much too procedural and predictable. Has it improved a lot? Glad to hear its sticking around, should I be giving it a second look?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Person of Interest

    by Symposium

    Does not deserve that number. I had hopes for it being a good show but as soon as it turned into the "number" of the week episode It got dull.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Just Curious....

    by Kevin Hazard

    Is that 1.0 for justified for the season many people as I know that love that show I thought it would pull bigger numbers..

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Since *I* hate it...

    by Charger

    Since *I* hate show x obviously everyone who likes it is an idiot.

  • I promise.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2 a.m. CST

    Walking Dead is getting killer ratings for basic cable!!

    by Titus05

    glad to know it will be around for a long time

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    I agree crow3711

    by Xenodistortion

    That shit is NOT funny. Sucks that something like that is so popular. By all right nerds should be offended. Then again almost all characters in tv are gross inaccurate stereotypes of peoples personalities manifested into these untalented blathering meat sacks whom warrant nothing but a punch in the face. Big Bang Theory is dumb.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by berksbear

    Everyone I know tells me YOU'RE an idiot. So it must be true. Thanks for the logic, bud!

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    The real problem with Big Bang Theory

    by Wheel99

    is the constant use of the laugh track. Its used on almost every line.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Watch it without the laugh track

    by Clio

    I saw a clip of it with the laugh track.....not a single funny line in it....nada. Laugh tracks grate on my nerves.....hard to believe so many people think it's filmed before a live studio audience. Not funny at all, IMO.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Poor Fringe and Smackdown!

    by zillabeast

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST


    by chrismk

    What amuses me, is people coming on here to complain about Big Bang Theory playing to stereotypes, when by whinging in the Talkback, they are in fact reinforcing the stereotype themselves! I'm a geek (with a degree) and I love Big Bang Theory! I don't care if it plays to any stereotypes, it's getting big viewing figures and AS a geek, that can only be a good thing. We laugh along WITH the characters, not generally AT them (Sheldon aside).

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Oh yes, the delicious irony..

    by Xenodistortion

    ..that we post on the internet about a show where they do indeed joke about nerdy things like complaining about crappy shows on the internet.. so frothy and sweet... DAMN YOU BIG BANG THEORY! You've exposed me for the hypocrite self hating nerd that I am. Such masterfully satyric writing. You know, I don't think peoples complaints are that they're just stereotypes. They're poorly written stereotypes. Throw in all the uber-cool super hip internet movie comic reference lingo junk you want, just make sure it's fucking funny first. I personally don't think it is.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Bbt without laugh track

    by David Cloverfield i have to say, there are two or three funny lines. (can't blame me for not jumping to that conclusion). But they put laugh after eveything, killing any resemblance to how humans speak. Pretty lame. That said i never got the "i don't know any nerds like that" argument. I don't know anyone like the guys from Community. Or like Leslie Knope. I can still laugh at their shows. You hang out with theoretical physisists all the time? Don't take the show so personally. It's pretty medoicre, but far from the worst offender on TV.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Big Bang is great.Stop being such a hipster douchebag.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    I know shit loads of people like that from when I used to play D&D.Back before I discovered pussy and drugs.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    You're asking somebody who posts here not to be a hipster douchebag?

    by FlandersBum

    Good luck with that.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    You think Big Bang are poorly written stereotypes?

    by RobinP

    You should've seen the UK Channel 4's "The IT Crowd". That was written about geeks & nerds by a person who clearly was neither and presented an outsider's "funny" stereotype of what we're like. I actually found it to be offensive. The Big Bang Theory, on the other hand is written by geeks and nerds ABOUT geeks and nerds and is by far a better show. Personally, I know people like Leonard, Sheldon & Co. I find it to be pretty funny with a depth to the humour that often merits a second viewing. However - humour is entirely subjective, so what appeals to one won't appeal to the other.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Grimm and Once upon a time worth watching?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    The latest Fringe was far too good

    by gotilk

    for its own good. So sad. What the hell is wrong with people? You watch, it will get even better right before we lose it.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Network tv - currently watching

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Modern Family - light comedy, always assured of a laugh and Sofia Vergara's fantastic cleavage The Office - light comedy, thats had better days, but still provides a good laugh Parks and Recreation - see The Office 30 Rock - see the Office Chuck - about to end, great at times for the geek references Alcatraz - brand new, with a very average pilot episode, but the second one was much better Person of Interest - am watching it, and find some enjoyment, but hoped for more Fringe - my favourite show on TV since Lost finished. Its must see tv for me, great characters and story, but with terrible scheduling and an involved storyline it seems destined to finish this year. Supernatural - enjoying at times still, but has had a far too many weak episodes recently.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory actually got dumber...

    by V'Shael

    It was never THAT smart in its alleged appeal to smart geeks. But its gotten really fucking dumb. Hence the improvement in ratings.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by phantomcreeps

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory is like the Amos n' Andy of nerd culture.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    So intellectually offensive and it's more offensive every year that passes. Why do so many sitcoms HATE their own characters? How much of a Big Bang Theory episode is just cheap insults? I think it's 80% put downs and 20% dismissive eyerolling. Fuck that shit. Bring back Inspector Spacetime.

  • Part of it for me is just the awful traditional sitcom format, but i just also find the humour of BBT patronizing and grating. It's like the nerdspolitation humour of Saved by the Bell's Screech, or family matter's urkel The target for that show is people who identify with the hot blonde. People who are not nerds, but know nerds. To me a real geek show is Community, a show made by genuine geeks, and flies it's geek banner with pride. But if some enjoys BBT all the more power to them, ultimately they win because they're getting enjoyment out of something I can't.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    For the last time...

    by RitualNo1

    For the last time, there is no laugh track! It is shot on front of a studio audience! You do not understand how TV works so your opinion is not worth shit. Big Bang Theory is the best comedy on TV. You are the IDIOT.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais was on SNL?

    by ElPaw

    Also, what are Archer's numbers?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    These numbers prove North America...

    by Yeti

    continues to dumb itself down at an alarming rate.

  • crow3711, yes, it has improved a lot and you should be giving it a second look. symposium, it's not just about the "number" of the week, that's the main plot, yes, but, there are also the subplots, the flashbacks, the mystery of both main character's past, ect.. Hey, we all have different tastes in tv, (Everything for that matter.) I'm sorry to hear both of you are not enjoying the show as much as I am. Considering the fact (or opinion) that 99% of network tv shows are crap, I'm surprised I like "Person Of Interest" as much as I do.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Smash is on OnDemand

    by carey adams

    I watched it last night, and it's pretty good. This coming from someone that hate's Glee and anything associated with it. It reminded me a little bit of the film version of A Chorus Line. Is it good enough to be NBC's savior? I don't know, but I think it's probably better than any other scripted drama not named Parenthood (which is criminally under-watched).

  • Like I said, different tastes. (I hope Warner Bros. does lower its license fee for "Fringe", since that may be the only way to save the show.)

  • Not to mention shows with live studio audiences have a 'laugh now' sign that lights up regardless though for those watching at home, there is still an obnoxious outburst of laughter after every line

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    axcel1, I might give PoI a second chance if that's the case

    by Rebel Scumb

    I watched the first one but couldn't get into it. I like Emerson a lot though so if it's gotten better would be willing to give it another go

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks to TB'ers, I had to check out "nerd blackface"...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I am now deeply in love with Penny. By far my favorite train-wreck. Still, Community is emperor supreme.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Put a fork in Fringe.

    by Bob

    It's done at the end of this season. Let's just hope they can wrap it up in time. Really wish they hadn't re-booted the universe at the start of the season. "Yeah, lets just throw out everything we worked on the last three seasons and start over." Very lame. But it has gotten better.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Person of Interest

    by GaiustheBrave

    crow3711, If you didn't like it bc it was procedural, then I wouldn't bother going back for a second look. It is still a problem of the week story, with a season-long bad guy, kind of show. I actually enjoy it, mostly bc it hits me as a show about a superhero without the costume and Caviezel's character seems to be channeling Eastwood at times. I totally understand the criticisms, but it's so much better than a lot of other shows I could be wasting my time on.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Laugh Track or Studio Audience

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Most every "live studio audience" sitcom has its laughs (and silences) punched up digitally. The audience gives the sound editors a good indicator of what works and what might need a little help. This isn't What's Happenin' circa 1979. What producer would trust an audience to "laugh correctly" on their production? A great sound editor makes it seamless. A bad sound editor can ruin an entire production. I remember really liking the concept for Root of All Evil with Lewis Black. They had some amazing comics on that show - Greg Giraldo, Paul F. Tompkins and Patton Oswalt, all of which went to the jugular, railing against pop culture bullshit. The methadone clinic audience they bussed in just sat there in a stupor, week after week. So they sweetened the laughs and it was so bad it was surreal. Because you've got great comics in the room pushing harder than normal to win over the audience, but the audience is already beside themselves if the sound editor is to be believed. It just threw everything out of whack. That said, with a few minor exceptions, this season of The Office has been every bit as arch, insulting, and lazily written as The Big Bang Theory and WITHOUT four cameras and a studio audience.

  • I hope you can catch up on past episodes. I like that, while minor injuries he (Reese) receives do not reduce his abilites much, the major one he got in a recent episode didn't magicial disappear in the next ones after that.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    BBTheory Is Filmed In Front of A Live Studio Audience

    by Crow3711

    Trust me, some of the idiots I know who love the show actually went to a screening. No joke. But, as with any audience show they add in a SHIT TON of additional laughing.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by The Garbage Man

    You might want to try knowing what you're talking about before trotting out the "I know more than you and everyone else is an idiot" attitude. I'm just going to leave this right here:

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Only a 1.0 for Justified? That's a disgrace!

    by ATARI

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    BBT gets a lot of TB hate

    by Adelai Niska

    but it's not all that bad. They played Settlers of Catan last week and made the same immature jokes as my nerdiest friends. It's no Community, but nothing is.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Oh, wow, TV ratings are low, compared to decades ago.

    by kabong

    All network executives should put themselves out of the world's misery.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Now wait a second...

    by adml_shake

    While I think that something like the BBT is in front of a live studio audience, you can't sit here and tell me that Whiteney is. It's so blatantly obvious that they use a laugh track, because it's the same laughs from episode to episode. And the jokes all fall flat. It's not funny. Yet they claim it's in front of a live studio.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    nikita season 2

    by Daniel

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Sitcoms will NEVER be as good as Seinfeld!

    by Tristan

    All sitcoms, as of late, are TERRIBLE and that includes, The Big Bang Theory! Yes, you can argue that the last two seasons of Seinfeld weren't as good as the others, but seriously, just compare the writing of these sitcoms today, to the writing of Seinfeld and even, the "brilliant" years of The Simpsons! The writing in most sitcoms just falls flat and I agree that comedy is different with people. I even thought most of the new season of Beavis and Butthead was more funny than anything else on TV right now. Right now, my favorite shows are: The Walking Dead Justified Breaking Bad Hell on Wheels Board Walk Empire Southland Face Off Beavis and Butthead Unfortunately, I don't have Showtime, so I can't watch Homeland and Dexter. I've tried watching, Person of Interest, Fringe, Alcatraz, Grimm and even, Prime Suspect and they just don't interest me. I'm hoping that someone will create a show that is just as exciting, as The X-Files and Sopranos were.

  • didn't Parks & Recreation get higher ratings than either of those shows when it followed The Office?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I Sort of Agree Aftermath, Aside From One Shoq

    by Crow3711

    Arrested Development was, in my opinion, the only show anyone has ever made funnier than Seinfeld, and its just as rewatchable, its just unfortunate there are only 50 some episodes instead of a few hundred. I also firmly believe that Parks and Rec, while not Seinfeld good, is carrying the torch admirably. That's a really, really funny show. So yes, I agree that seinfeld is still mostly untouched, I do think those two shows at least compare extremely favorably, and AD is even slightly better to me.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I want download and streaming numbers...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I know more people who watch 30 Rock and Parks and Rec than any of that CBS trash. I think most of these numbers are guesses and bull shit. Tried to watch BBT... Couldn't get through it. The show is for retards. Watching gay guys try and act like nerds is amusing for about five seconds. I actually thought the show was interesting when I thought they were just all just gay nerds... But then they tried to push the idea these guys were straight... HAHA! Guess they didn't want to piss off the middle of the country. BBT is really bad and barely anything else CBS makes is good minus maybe Criminal Minds. Fox is just pumping shit with American Idol and that shitty show Finder. It sucks that I'm down to like a handful of show I like plus sports games. This blows! TV needs to change! At least AMC and FX are still trying.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Bbtheory's characters are annoying

    by sunwukong86

    Especially Jim Parsons

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I've never laughed at Seinfeld.

    by Bob

    Seriously. I've tried watching it a couple of times, but I just don't find it funny. I know I can't possibly be the only one who feels the same. What's up with that?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah, "Nikita" is in its second season.

    by Lenny Nero

    True, it did get a full first-season order...last television season.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Fear Factor

    by severianx1

    Dumbest show on TV. Should be renamed "Disgust Factor", because it's more about doing things that are disgusting than doing things that are scary.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I've been to two tapings of THE BIG BANG THEORY...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and the laughs are all the studio audience. It's a blast for the studio audience and, trust me... it's like Comic-Con (I've never seen so many Woot & TeeFury shirts in one setting than at a TBBT taping). It's fine if you don't like the show, but for those of us who enjoy it, it's hilarious. I'm a geek for life... I get absolutely giddy over comic books, video games, collectibles, etc... and I love THE BIG BANG THEORY. But, I also love COMMUNITY, PARKS & REC, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY, LOUIE, 30 ROCK, THE LEAGUE, etc. I'm also obsessed with MAD MEN & BREAKING BAD. I feel sorry for you tools who can only enjoy one type of comedy show, while spewing nothing but vitriol for anything else. It's just TV... You don't HAVE to like everything.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    re: "the only show anyone has ever made funnier than Seinfeld"

    by Hercules

    you should look into "The Larry Sanders Show," "Fawlty Towers," and the first four seasons of "The Simpsons."

  • I hate BBT! Those characters are soooo unrealistic. Geeks don't even act like that anymore! They're all really cool these days. They never have trouble getting women or bitch and moan about how their favorite show/movie raped their childhood. They love themselves some George Lucas and Michael Bay. And they NEVER read comics in a comic shop or pine after (insert sci-fi actress here). CANCEL THAT DAMNED SHOW, ALREADY!!!! And don't get me started on Fringe! I don't even want to talk about!! No, REALLY!! Last season was so bad... I don't understand how it got another season. Its very existence is harshing my mellow, man! Thank God it was moved to Friday to make room for that great new show they put on hold because of Fringe. Can't wait! Person of Interest? I saw the first few episodes. It was kinda cool, but now it's getting old. It's so last week. If they'd let Joss Wedon do it it would be so much better. Until then, I'm not watching it again.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Sanders is Damned Funny, For Sure

    by Crow3711

    But I may have been a little too young & dumb when it was first on to really appreciate it completely, and I haven't seen it again since. Never seen Fawtly, but Netflix is always pushing it on me, I'll give it a shot. Simpsons...I've seen it, I love it...but it's not in the same league for me personally. And it's just my opinion, I don't literally mean Seinfeld and AD are the funniest shows ever. It's just I've seen every episode of AD like 4 times, and I constantly notice new little things that make laugh harder than anything else I've ever seen. Chereth Cutestory - Maritime Lawyer, Lawyer of the Sea

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by skiprat1

    I can't put into words how much I love this show. It's heartbreaking that something this good and well-made can be on the verge of cancellation, while drawn-out shit like 'The Office' (yes, it used to be good, not any more), continues to exist. I've been encouraging everyone I know to start watching Fringe, but of course they have no clue what's happening. I'd gladly contribute to a Kickstarter fund for a final, shortened fifth season. Kinda doubt that approach to funding would work however.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    This season of The Simpsons has been fantastic

    by jimbojones123

    If you aren't watching, you really are missing out.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    people who don't like Big Bang Theory have no sense of humor...

    by Titus05

    and also don't like hot chicks...and probably see themselves as the nerdy characters on the show so they can't bear to watch

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    at least Fringe lasted 4 seasons

    by Titus05

    I love the show but am surprised it lasted as long as it has...the mythology is so far gone at this point that only die hard fans can appreciate it the ratings have never been great (even on Tuesday and Thursday nights)...gotta give FOX credit on this one...they left it on for a pretty long time and they will get to wrap up everything before the end...very few serialized shows get that opportunity Anna Torv beig related to Rupert Murdoch probably didn't hurt either

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    "Big Bang" has gotten really bad too

    by professorjack

    the worst is what happened to the Howard character. He was funny when he was a pervy creepy little guy. Now that hes in love his character is laughless

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    i watch bbt for bialik and rauch

    by unclejoe

    two of the funniest women on tv were it not for them, the show would be lame and tired

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    We've enjoyed Last Man Standing with Tim Allen

    by dead youngling

    Course I have two daughters and was raised with three sisters, so I get all the girl stuff. Fringe should go...just becoming too weird. I like Bog Bamg was it has been lacking recently. Still enjoy me some Castle. Love Face Off, the makeup show.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I watch Once Upon A Time and its awesome! Its run by two former Lost writer Kitisis and Horowitz or something like that. Its got a lot of the structure of Lost with Flashbacks and a focus on a different character each episode. Its a story of Snow Whites evil queen who casts a spell on all of the storybook characters which transports them to a town in our world called Storybrooke and everyone except for her forgets their past lives. Snow White and Prince Charming manage to transport their baby Emma to our world before the curse takes effect. 25 or something years later Emma is an adult and had adopted her own baby Henry out who happened to have been adopted by the evil queen (Regina) Henry brings her to Storybrooke and the curse is slowly begining to fade.

  • Sure there are still socially awkward geeks out there, I'm not saying there aren't, but geek culture is so mainstream now that this show feels like a relic of 20 years ago, especially because it's one of the few shows still using the traditional sitcom format. When I was in highschool going to a comic shop meant you'd see a weird goth guy and 2 big fat guys with ponytails. But now go to shops or cons or anything like that and there tons of hot girls. There's been a huge reversal on huge geeks are viewed overall. and regardless of that, at the end of the day it just comes down to how funny someone finds the show, I personally don't find it funny so it isn't worth my time to watch any more of it. If people like it then hey great, its win-win for them.

  • I'd rather watch Archer or Its Always Sunny. Network shows are stale and boring.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Just lost my hard on for Anna Torv

    by proevad

    Rupert fucking Murdoch? Ugh. There goes my fantasy about putting a horse tail and a ball gag on her and dragging her around my dungeon by her long blonde hair. Fuck. Also, she's a fine actress and human being I'm sure.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    More evidence that SNL is the best show on network TV

    by Papa Chubby

    Even thru all the ups and downs inherent in such a long running series, it's still my favorite show

  • Must've imagined it...nobody's that much of a fucking tool...

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Anyone who doesn't like IT Crowd is a TAPEASS!

    by BrannigansLaw

    Oh, yeah... BBT IS better than IT Crowd. But that doesn't mean that IT Crowd isn't a great show... because it is.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    BBT is funny.

    by gotilk

    End of.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    @branniganslaw: "BBT IS better than IT Crowd." Nope, sorry...uh, no.

    by BurnHollywood

    No. And I feel badly for you that you don't or can't understand why. Difference would seem to be that I watched every IT CROWD in the space of about two weeks, and still can't make it through a single BBT...I suddenly start noticing my fingernails are too long and should be clipped, or remember something I need to look up on the internet, or just feel the need to finally get caught up on my reading, or... No.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Where's Ringer?

    by bierce

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    Don't know why that would be a turn off, to me it's even more of a turn on after I mail him the pictures and video.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    TV comedies

    by Blanket-Man

    Still love Seinfeld, still consider it the funniest show ever. Larry Sanders was right up there, too, as were the best episodes of Cheers. The Simpsons were great until season 10 or so, but even the new episodes make me laugh occasionally. I thought the first 3+ seasons of Big Bang were hilarious, but it's gone downhill since they brought in Blossom and the big-chested blonde for Howard. WAY too many stale sex jokes now. They need to get back to focusing on the core 5 actors. Or maybe it's just run its course... And I don't get the "BBT is offensive to geeks" thinking. Was Seinfeld offensive to Jews? Does anyone know ANYONE like Jerry, George, Elaine or Kramer?!? If I did, I'm sure I'd despise them! But they sure were funny.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    nice lol

  • actually almost every nerd/geek i know watches it except for me, and most of them have great taste in shows otherwise. and if u think its offensive, just shut the fuck up and deal with it. just cuz its not funny and makes fun of nerds dosen't make it offensive. the problem with it is, the nerd joke is the only joke the writers know how to do, and they don't do it well. its a bad show dont know why people like it, but i guess i have to deal with it. seinfeld is my favorite comedy. i watched an ep of cheers, didn't like it, ill check out larry sanders. my other comedies are arrested develpoment, that 70s show, the office, parks and rec, louie, south park, just started eastbound and down and liking it, middle seasons of family guy and community. BRING THAT SHIT BACK NBC! also did anyone else watch talkshow with spike feresten a few years ago before it was canceled? cuz i loved it but nobody watched

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    oh and fuck snl

    by jsfithaca

    wkuk<madtv<snl and i forgot wkuk in the above post loved that shit

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Simpsons xmas episode this year was damn good

    by Simpsonian

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Homosexuals shouuld be insulted by BBT...

    by MST3KPIMP

    seeing as the main character in real life is a gay man they dance around this fact by not only giving him a love interest that is conveniently unattractive but conveniently uninterested in anything romantic. Theres a youtube clip showing them trying to kiss and she runs to the bathroom to vomit. Way to go writers for brilliantly sneaking your way out of that conundrum.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I love Big Bang Thoery and think that its spot on with made and my friends

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I ment

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I love Big Bang Thoery and think that its spot on ABOUT ME and my friends

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    There's one thing that's absolutely certain

    by MJPollard

    Any time I see a lot of negativity and hatred in these talkbacks, I know that something is worth checking out. You people are so fucking full of yourselves it's pathetic. I'd sooner put my trust in a Ouija board or a Magic 8-Ball before I'd take anything you fools have to say seriously.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Once versus Grimm

    by batjac

    Once upon a time is essentially using the Lost formula with tons of flashbacks. While I am enjoying the show, it does suffer from the same Lost issue. That is- when THE problem is solved, the show is over. Now watching how Emma defeats the witch/queen and Rumplestiltsken is fun as long as they can kep it up. Anyone else notice how they have quietly retooled the show so that the boy is almost an afterthought now? Grimm on the other hand--also fun but whats the point. Someone else made the point that for a "Grimm" Nick sure does get his butt handed to him a lot. And the subplot about the police captain being the big bad seems to have died on impact. Both shows are fun but given NBCs horrid track record of sticking with shows--it looks grim for grimm.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Fringe Update: Season 5 Discussions Underway, J.J. Abrams 'Hopeful' Show Will Be Back

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory = Blackface For Nerds

    by thelordofhell

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Louie is by far the best comedy series on right now.

    by gotilk

    I may enjoy TBBT, but Louie is near perfection. One thing I don't get though is how people can level THAT criticism on TBBT. Oh, the nerds are too broadly drawn as characters? Real geeks don't act like that? Ya think? Real doctors don't act like the doctors did on MASH either. I think it's a cheap criticism and an unfair comparison. You may LIKE IT Crowd more, sure. So did I. IT Crowd WAS great, but so is BBT. The approaches are completely different. It would be like criticizing Airplane because it was *unrealistic* and *besides, The Princess Bride was a better movie*. Well, yes it was. But Airplane was still achingly hilarious. The approaches to comedy, and even the visual style, are VASTLY different. Sure, both shows deal with what we call nerds or geeks, but these are 2 VERY different groups of geeks here. IT departments are so different than groups of science geeks, it's unfair to compare the 2 for their accurate portrayal of what you probably see as the same types. I like the show (and IT Crowd for the opposite reason) BECAUSE the characters are broad and exaggerated, and because the jokes are both geek-friendly and broad. It's not popular because they reference Doctor Who and feature Wil Wheaton as essentially the *big bad guy* in the show. It's popular in spite of this. The audience for this thing is HUGE, much bigger than any actual genre show out there, maybe ever. Why? Because the writers on the show are so good, they could reference something so obscure that 90% of the audience will have no idea what the hell they're talking about yet STILL get the laugh anyway. That's talent. I'm not arguing that it's *good because it's popular* .. nah... I'm arguing that it's good because it's popular and it has no right to be. The non-geek audience keeps coming back to watch because the writing is stellar and the cast is one of the best assembled on TV, ever. I've been reading people bashing that show for a long time, and it's almost never fair. I think as soon as it became a hit, some people just couldn't fathom it. They even used to complain about the *laugh track*. There isn't one. oh and.... Thanks for the info, room23storeblogspotcom. That's some semi-good news. And anything is better than nothing. I'd hate to see Fringe end now. And it's so nice to see Supernatural somewhere in the middle on a list instead of dead last. It may not be the best season so far, but it's still a great show.

  • They lowered it to 88 or something ages ago.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    funny... I never knew that "nerd" was a racial group.

    by BrannigansLaw

    Look, there are many types of nerds and geeks. BBT acurately depicts a specific type of nerd/geek. If it doesn't reflect your geekitude, then get over it. The world of geekdome does not revolve around you. Accept that you and your life mean absolutely nothing. You're not going to amount to much more than you are now. Accept it and move on. Oh yeah... BBT RULES, BITCHES!!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 5:11 a.m. CST

    gotik, ARCHER is the best comedy on TV.

    by BrannigansLaw

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Once, PoI, Fringe, h50, White Collar, and Comedies.

    by kdoc13

    Once Upon A Time - thought it was going to be just a chick show like Desperate Housewives, actually pretty good. They have added a lot of depth and back story to the fairy tales, and have a unique way of bringing it all together. Plus, good season-long thread running though the smaller stories. That said, the flashbacks are kind of rough at times, but I don't think as bad as Lost. Also, I don't know how long they can keep this up before the stories start running thin. If I were the writers, I'd be on a three year plan, then end it. Oh, and the Queen/Witch/Mayor, serious babe! Person Of Interest - Still procedural, but getting better with the longer stories. As I understand it, and perhaps Herc can speak to this, CBS mandates that there must be definite ends to story lines so that they don't run past a season long. You'll never get 5 years of Lost or 4 years of Fringe on CBS, there's a weekly story, and a yearly story, so if things end at the end of a season, that's all she wrote. Again, that's how I understand CBS dictates their programing works, the only exception being... Hawaii five-0 - The blonde skelletor looking chick ruined the show. Plus, bringing in Terry O'Quin was stupid. He's playing Locke again, but on a smaller level. They've also gotten away from the main story (Wo-Fat), and followed the Battlestar Galactica plan of douching-up your favorite characters. (Don't hate, if anyone can tell me "Water" and "33" are worse than lovesick jealous Lee on New Caprica and Drunk tigh running the bridge, I can't even hear you.) they got away from the core cast and core story, and the ratings are going down. Another season, I imagine, then it's gone. Fringe - 4 years, should have been longer. I hope there's a good conclusion. This season has kind of gone off the rails though. White Collar - I realize its USA Network, but where's the love? The first 2 seasons were great, can't believe that's not doign better. BBT, Seinfeld, ITCrowd, etc. - Seinfeld is a show you love or hate, I never got it, like curb your enthusiasm, I hate it. Not that it's not funny, you just have to be the right person to appreciate it. Big Bang Theory, this is the wrong crowd for that show. And can we be honest about the IT Crowd for a moment, when it works, it's brilliant. The Work Outing, the Canibal episode, amazing. Probably some of the best comedy ever. But when that show fails, it's painful to watch. The one with the charity calander. Comedy is highly subjective, don't be too quick to hate on BBT, it could be worse, it could be "Rob" or that cross dressing show that already got cancelled.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Big Bang should be 1 camera setup, on location, no laugh track

    by Ricardo

    And the characters be less idiots, and more like real scientists.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Studio audience doesn't mean jack

    by Truxton Spangler

    It's just another element that's edited into the mix used to form the final product. ^White Collar--I've liked this series, but Fonzie just made his appearance for this last episode. Granted, USA's series are known for their lightweight nature, and plot lines that never truly have the impact they suggest, but the way that wrapped up the music box/treasure thing was too neat even for a USA show. And why not toss in the anklet as well?

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Archer is DAMNED funny.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory is taped in front of a LIVE AUDIENCE.

    by hst666

    They use a laugh track, because believe it or not not everyone who laughed on the first take laughs on the 6th take or sometimes it's not picked up by the mics very well. I agree the laugh track slows the show down and it should be shot as a single camera show allowing for a greater density of jokes. It is NOT ground breaking comedy, but it is amusing. Community > 30 Rock > BBT, but that does not mean BBT is bad.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Live Audience = Laugh Track to me

    by Ricardo

    I hate it.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Once Upon A Time has those nods to Lost

    by jim

    like Snow White & her daughter sharing a bottle of MacCuthcheon whiskey. And last night Snow White picked up an Apollo chocolate bar at the store.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    The Herc Spinorama is back!

    by CCon99

    Desperate Housewives is doing horrible with a 2.7 rating, while Parks & Rec is doing wonderful with an abysmal 1.9.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    How's LUCK doing? Is it good?

    by BenBraddock

    God only knows when it'll show on Swedish tv...

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    LUCK hasn't started yet

    by jim

    There was a preview of the first episode in December. I believe the series starts next week. The preview episode did get over a million viewers. Don't know how it is. I didn't want to watch the first episode then wait 6 weeks for #2. Decided to wait until it premieres again.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks for that Big Jim

    by BenBraddock

    I saw that the first ep was available on the torrent sites, must have been the preview ep you mention. Looking forward to it, guess I'll wait and see it on Swedish telly/ buy the box when it comes, whichever's quickest. Providing it's good, natch.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I hate Big Bang Theory

    by Itchy

    But I'd like to "Big Bang" Kaley Cuaco, if you know what I mean. And if you don't, it means I think she's hot and would like to have sex with her.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Is it ON Netflix?

    by BrannigansLaw

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    "¡Rob!" is not a Happy Madison production

    by Matt

    While many of Schneider's projects have been produced by his old pal Sandler, "¡Rob!" is not one of them. It is produced by The Tannenbaum Company. ("Rules of Engagement" is a Happy Madison show, though.)

  • Seeing how the damn thing is supposed to be a comedy. This can partly be attributed to the fact I don't find sitcoms in general to be funny, though. Jokes that have that big of a setup aren't funny, as they are just too damn self conscious. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt that it could be funny in person, however, as the cast does seem to have good chemistry. Oh, and Kelly Cuoco is "cute," not hot. "Cute" girls become "hot" when they are paying attention to guys who aren't used to ANY women paying attention to them.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    @Yeti and then The Group

    by Guy Steele

    @Yeti: I very much Concur re your comment about the continuing dumbing down of America's TV viewing aud. One only has to see the ratings for shows like Justified and Fringe to tell that America writ large do not want well written and well acted shows. A grand example was the cancellation of Arrested Development. It was on for three seasons... won just about every accolade you can win in TV and still couldn't get a rating point to save its life. If it has great acting, intriguing story lines and well developed arcs... consider that program to have low ratings. If you can set your watch/clock to the plot beats, the actors speak in wonderfully yucky cliches and if you're a sitcom with a laugh track... then you are most likely a HIT! Go figure...

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    There's a difference between physicists and...

    by Andrew

    creepy fat guys with man boobs who complain about the Star Wars prequels. BBT is not written to parody YOU - it is a parody of academia. - and it's spot on.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    BBT is funny and humor is subjective

    by BugDOC

    I am a scientist, nerd, and my colleagues in our lab all enjoy BBT. It is declining a bit over time but many episodes are very good and can be enjoyed on second viewing. We have especially enjoyed those that had Suku and Starbuck and Summer Glau. In general Chuck Lorre has pretty sharp writing and editing. POI is getting better as it goes. JC sucked me in on the first episode. Alcatraz. Ok for now. Don't miss. Justified. Southland. Shameless. Raising Hope. Only watching Fringe and Chuck out of loyalty at this point.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by BugDOC

    Right you are.

  • ...that if the show was constantly struggling in the ratings, rather than being the ratings powerhouse that it has become, then many of the geeks that seem to constantly complain about it now would instead be proclaiming it to be one of the best things on tv, and bitching about the fact that no one is watching it, and calling people stupid for not supporting it. In other words, it is less about taste, and more about (idiotically) trying to prove that 'my taste is better than your taste'. Oh, and personally, I loved The I.T. Crowd. Too bad the show is all but over (they announced last year there won't be a season 5 at all, but they will be doing a one off special sometime this year)

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The Luck premier was awesome

    by proevad

    Dialogue was fantastic. Like Deadwood without the cocksuckers.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    BOSS is a truly epic television experience.

    by pr1c3y

    I never expected Boss to be a show I'd compare to The Wire but it is. It's that perfect blend of Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The Wire and City Hall. Kathleen Robertson is a goddess.