Why It's Finally Time To Cancel The Big Bang Theory

Enough about politics: it's time for us to come together and talk about the real issue plaguing our society: why we need to cancel The Big Bang Theory once and for all. It's ten seasons long, and we could barely make it through the first one without cringing at all the forced "inside" geek jokes, and the paltry attempts at scientific intellectualism that supposedly set this show apart from the usual sitcom.

We're here to tell you to end it. Take it out back, Old Yeller-style, and pull the trigger. How the show has managed to squeak by this long on bare bones humor, corny catchphrases, and one-dimensional characters is a mystery. We're going to tell you why it needs to be put out to pasture, and spare us the pain of its existence, once and for all.

It's a big misrepresentation of geek culture

Big Bang Theory is one of those shows that, on the surface, sounds like a brilliant premise. Think Revenge of the Nerds meets Friends and *boom* instant show! And really, how can anyone hate the show, you ask? It's a show about young scientists — supposed nerds of the highest order — living their lives, cracking supposedly complex scientific jokes. Sounds like a good recipe for an underrepresented subculture to shine, right?

Well, wrong. This show is possibly one of the most wrong shows on television, from the fake geeks the actors portray, to the jokes that, even if you're a scientist or a geek, fall short of the mark. In fact, the show feels like it was written by people who don't understand geek culture at all, and instead just took all their cues from every stereotype in the book. It's a bit like being in a room of cardboard cutouts of one-dimensional characters while a crappy speaker blares "Bazinga!" every fifteen minutes and a laugh track plays distressingly afterward.

Also, while we're on the subject of fake geeks, let's talk about real life. In real life, when you've left academia and enter the real world, no one actually cares what you've done except whoever's looking at your resume. Unless you've pioneered breakthroughs in your field, or been published in big name academic and scientific journals, no one cares. These jamokes have done neither, and yet they're all these big honkin' deals whom their professions just can't get enough of. So the show relies not only on corny, topical outmoded pop culture humor and crappy one-liners, but on this illusion of intellectual one-upmanship that goes from cringeworthy to absolutely insufferable as the minutes limp by.

The idea of "Nerd Culture" being some weird OTHER thing is over

Who's the gorgeous starlet in that image? Oh, just Gal Gadot, AKA Wonder Woman, AKA a main character in one of the biggest "nerd' things around. And here we have BIg Bang, a show that insists nerds and the people they like can't possibly look like this. They're nerds, dur hur hur!

Big Bang Theory's entire humor is predicated on, "Hey, isn't it funny how geeky these dudes are?" Yet, you know what the biggest blockbusters in recent years are? Dork movies! Lord of the Rings, Assassin's Creed, Captain America, Harry Potter — every single nerd movie is now the biggest thing. Name a person you know who doesn't rabidly watch The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. This show has gone on so long, it's drifted into a weird alternate reality where nerd stuff never took off and people are still getting laughed at and wedgied because they know what "Avada Kedavra" means (spoiler: it's a delicious Italian dish).

There's no longer a "look at these weirdos" thing when it comes to nerd culture — it's all just culture. No one's getting ostracized for liking Spider-Man, and no one's getting teased for wanting to see Batman fight Superman (well, except maybe Zack Snyder). All the stuff that the Big Bang characters are WEIRD for is stuff that you, and every single person you know, does every day. The blonde hottie neighbor of yours whom the show likes to pretend is above superheroes? She's the type of person who not only has a favorite superhero — she probably knows more about them than you!

Its humor isn't nearly as smart as people think

Defenders of Big Bang insist that the jokes are complex, and even high-brow, perfect for brainy geek subcultures. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case — in fact, much of the show's humor is downright accessible. Sheldon and his irksome catchphrase "Bazinga!" are possibly the most memorable parts of the show, meaning the "intellectual" show's iconic takeaway is as unintellectual as it gets.

As far as the jokes about String Theory, Quantum Theory, and other science-y stuff, they're usually basic gags with "science term" filled into the blanks, since the writers almost certainly know very little about the actual subjects. In truth, the show's humor is very topical, in that it relies heavily on pop-culture references, in order to force familiar "oh hey, I've heard of that thing" laughter from the audience. No one's holding a gun to our heads to laugh, but it feels like they are, the way they rehash Star Wars and Star Trek jokes as if they're esoteric, when in truth, they're absolutely mainstream.

All the characters suck as people

We've talked about how the characters are one-dimensional, but we haven't yet mentioned how awful their one dimensions are. Every single character on the show is reduced to a series of negative traits and flaws, stuffed into Hollywood-geeky human suits. Sheldon is a super-genius jackwagon with a catchphrase, Penny is a neurotic plain-jane written to be drooled over, Raj is a creepy moron, and so on.

The characters could probably all be assembled together Voltron-style to make an actual, well-rounded, complex, and nuanced character, if the writers were so inclined. They're not, so instead we get this House of Wax assortment of cookie-cutter characters, a laugh track, and the same worn-out "geek" references driven into our skulls until we laugh to keep from crying.

It is grossly misogynistic

One of the common misconceptions about geek culture is that women don't exist there, unless it's for male consumption. One of the main female characters on the show, Penny, is constantly derided by Sheldon and his friends, since her pursuit is decidedly not of the intellectual variety (she's a struggling actress). It isn't until she magically absorbs the scientific and academic jargon the male characters throw around, and starts regurgitating it in the show's stilted dialogue, that they take her even remotely seriously. Even so, it says a lot about the writers that their narrative would frame Penny as a punchline until she somehow attains the level of intellectualism as her male counterparts.

It's not funny, guys. Most of science's biggest moments were pioneered by women, and even if women aren't pursuing a highbrow and intellectual field, that doesn't make her a joke. We're convinced most of the writers have never actually talked to or met a woman in real life, which would explain why all the women on the show are reduced to misogynistic tropes, from appearance to one-dimensional personalities.

It's ableist

Quickie primer: ableism is being awful to people who are disabled, either physically, mentally, or both Guess what Big Bang Theory is? Good job, you've been paying attention.

Now a lot of shows are pretty ableist, but Big Bang Theory has a bit worse of a time with it, because one of its main characters is coded as being autistic. Yes, almost everyone on Earth believes Sheldon Cooper has autism, based on how he's written and how he acts. The thing is, though, autism is a legit disability, yet all the show does is make fun of him for his "weird quirks" and "kooky character traits." Imagine a show about someone who lost a leg and all the show does with that character is make fun of how he limps! That's this show. Can it just ... not? Just not forever.

It makes people be condescending to Mayim Bialik

Dr. Amy Fowler is one of the characters added to the show after "Hey what if a pretty girl met a nerd?" ran out of steam. She becomes Sheldon's girlfriend, and she's a genius. Here's the thing, though: in real life, the actress who plays her — Mayim Bialik — is a legitimate genius too. But she's also a pretty girl who's acting, which means that everyone thinks that she's not actually as awesome as she is.

Whenever she's interviewed, not only do the interviewers focus on bland, boring things like her diet or her dress, but the interviewers even say snide things like, "While you don't actually have a PhD..." and she has to cut them off by saying, "No, actually, I have a PhD in neuroscience, and my dissertation was entitled "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader–Willi syndrome." Now, we'll be honest: we have no idea what that means. But we do know she's truly a genius, and deserves better than interviewers being snotty to her because girl + brain is too complex an equation for them.

When your show is literally making people treat its stars with less respect than they should, it might be a good idea if you just cancel the show. Please? Please, Chuck Lorre. End it. Let there be one good thing in 2017.

It's just plain unfunny

One-dimensional characters, blatant misogyny, and misunderstanding of geek culture aside, the show just isn't funny. The jokes aren't actual jokes so much as they're the geek equivalent of buzzwords meant to galvanize laughs out the audience, like blood from a stone. We're convinced that the show has run this long and this hard, and even won an Emmy, simply because it has succeeded in cramming the most geeky terms into its script than any other show currently on air.

Seriously, the jokes. Aren't. Real. Sheldon throws out the title of a popular science fiction/fantasy show/game, says "Bazinga!" and the audience laugh track trails afterward to mask the cringing of everyone on set. The science in the show is sub-Beakman levels, and is actually insulting to the intelligence of the audience. It spends so much time trying to convince us the show is more intelligent and innovative than it actually is, the executives seemed to have forgotten to pull the plug.

Well, we haven't forgotten, and we're begging you: please put Big Bang Theory out of its misery. Do it for the future of geeky children everywhere. Children everywhere, really. Do it for us. Do it for yourself. Just do it.

Chuck Lorre has enough shows, and few of them are any good

Look, we're incredibly tempted to make this entire entry just a list of all the shows that Chuck Lorre has done, but here we'll give you a shortened version: Two Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory. Does he really need to keep making so many mediocre shows? Does anyone like them? Like, really like them? Hate-watching doesn't count.

Maybe if he didn't spread himself so thin, he could concentrate and make one really good show. After all, when Joss Whedon made Angel and Firefly, the quality of Buffy the Vampire Slayer dipped. Maybe if Chuck Lorre wasn't attempting to make every show in the entire world, he could just focus on one decent show, or making Big Bang, an already-existent show of his, something more than the cat's litter clumps.

Everything about Sheldon Cooper is the absolute worst

While we like a character who is shown to be complex, nuanced, and unable to process their own emotions, but eventually is allowed to grow and change as the story continues, this doesn't apply to the show's most well-known character, Sheldon.

According to the show, Sheldon was a child prodigy with an eidetic memory–meaning he can recall everything in perfect detail, with minimal effort. He has an IQ of 187, earned his PhD at age 16, and acquired another along with a scientific doctorate. In essence, if he were a female character, this is where the flashing neon "MARY SUE" sign would magically power up and begin buzzing incessantly.

Despite all this, Sheldon Cooper exhibits social awkwardness, the inability to process the emotions and nuances of others, and all the other stereotypes media and literature tend to throw at super-genius characters. His character has sparked debates all over the web regarding whether or not he's autistic, but sparked even more debates about whether or not him possibly representing those with mental disabilities is pigeonholing actual disabled people once again. Because seriously: why is it, whenever Hollywood makes a super-genius character, they feel the trade-off must be "is a complete turdblossom because they're just too smart for their own good?" Why is this a thing that happens?

Sheldon, as a character has not exhibited any of the signs of the nuanced character growth we mentioned above, and the show (so far) is ten seasons long. He starts off as a complete lemon to his friends and rivals alike, and has since become more of the same, just with more mugging. He's little more than the writers' escape from a flat scene where they can't think of a punchline, so Sheldon shouts "Bazinga!" to end the scene with a laugh ... track. Meanwhile, we're sitting there, alternating between stone-faced and cringing, unsure of what's going on because this is the one situation comedy on television with no situation or comedy to speak of.

Jim Parsons is a genuinely good actor, and is being wasted

But here's the thing about Jim Parsons, the guy who plays Sheldon. Have you ever seen a piece of chocolate just utterly covered in poo? Or a top-of-the-line steak with way too much salt? That's Jim Parsons — as an actor, he's actually amazing, except everything about Big Bang and the Sheldon character is so overwhelmingly terrible, his awesomeness gets overridden.

Whenever he's let loose — whether it's in the Muppets, or even in bad commercials — he's amazing. He's warm, has great chemistry, and is pretty decent-looking for a dude who pretends to be a loser for a living. He's someone who could make waves as a dramatic, or even (real) comedy actor, but instead of doing anything awesome, he's stuck bazinga'ing all the live-long day.

Worse than that, though, there's a chance that even when the show ends, he'll be too typecast to get any other roles besides Sheldon-But-Not-Named-That. Let him go now! Let him free. Fly like a bird!