Why Is ‘The Big Bang Theory’ So Popular In The UK?
Over the past few months or so, I’ve been talking a lot about the weird British stuff that I’ve learnt since moving over here from Arkansas and man, some of it has been really weird. But another thing I’ve noticed is that we also have a lot in common and enjoy a lot of the same things.
Nothing makes me prouder as an American than thinking about all the great stuff we’ve given the world. Whenever I see a McDonalds (or more likely a Subway, because they’re freakin’ everywhere) on a street corner, a pack of Oreos in one of your stores – sorry, ‘supermarket’ – or hear y’all praising an American movie, I can’t help but hearing the first few bars of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ striking up in my head.
But I ain’t so sure about what is undoubtedly the biggest American export of the 21st century to the shores of Britain so far…
The Big Bang Theory.
The new series is currently showing on E4 (is that related to Channel 4, by the way?) and from what I can gather, you guys in the UK freakin’ love this show. I’ve seen a whole bunch of people walking round in t-shirts with catchphrases from the show. I see people on Twitter quoting that whole ‘paper, lizard, Spock’ scene. Heck, now I think ‘bout it, I think I see this show more off the TV than I do on it, which is weird ‘cos it seems to be on TV like everyday, usually more than once.
Before y’all get angry with me for badmouthing your favourite show, I just wanna say that I don’t mind The Big Bang Theory. Y’all might remember I included in a post about my pop culture guilty pleasures a few months back, where I said that I couldn’t stop watching it.
What do I like about it? Well, it’ll probably surprise y’all to know that I’ve been called a nerd myself (really Alan?! – AS) and I can kinda relate to a majority of the folks on the show – though they ain’t much like the nerds I knew back home.
It’s kinda nice to see that the show doesn’t just use nerds to laugh at too, ‘cos we’ve had enough of that to last us a lifetime. The humour comes more from references to nerdy stuff like comic books and scientific theories (the episode where Sheldon draws up an algorithm for making friends is one of my favourites – though it don’t work in real life…I tried…) and the guys’ relationships with the people round them. I can tell y’all right now that if I ever met Kaley Cuoco in real life, my reaction would probably be like Raj’s in the show.
But – and it’s a pretty big but, the kind of but that dude Sir Mix-A-Lot would like – I don’t really get why it’s as popular as it is, especially over here in the UK. This show is literally freakin’ huge, with folks saying that it could be even more popular than ‘Friends’, but it’s kinda…I dunno, functional?
It’s a standard sitcom is what I’m trying to say. There’s an annoying laugh track, some situations that we’ve all seen done before like a million times on other shows and a lot of the jokes are pretty lame, like even lamer than some of the jokes I cut out of this post before sending it to American Soda. It’s fine ‘n all and I can see why people enjoy having it on in the background or something, but we’ve got much better stuff over in the States.
The show doesn’t seem to fit into what I got told was ‘the British sense of humour’ either. I thought y’all enjoyed sarcastic and cynical humour and like…stuff that shouldn’t be funny but kinda is. Y’know, like laughing at bad situations. I was kind of expecting all of y’all TV shows to be like mini-Shakespeare plays and full of lines like that dude Oscar Wilde (yeah, I know he’s Irish…) would write. Or at least like ‘Monty Python’.
Plus, y’all have got a much better nerdy sitcom over here too; Red Dwarf!
So my question to y’all is this – why is ‘The Big Bang Theory’ so popular over here in the UK and why isn’t more awesome US stuff – like WWE or A1 Steak Sauce – as popular? Oh, and if y’all could explain why ‘Jersey Shore’ and ‘The Hills’ are so popular here while you’re there too, that’d be swell. Tweet me @AStoneHCO, add me on Facebook or leave a comment!
Until next time Stonites!