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February 9th, 2009
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The Big Bang Theory
A television show by that name, that is. I became aware of it last week, when I read an article that said that one of the main characters appears to have Asperger's Syndrome but that's never stated. In any event, it's about geeks and seems to have very realistic geeky touches, from what I have read. I saw a couple of clips and they looked funny. Anyone know it? Is it good? And what's your take on the question in the article I read: is Sheldon supposed to have Asperger's?

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From:aurienne
Date:February 9th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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My brother had me watch part of it, and I'm just so unused to the 3-camera laugh-track style setup, that I just couldn't watch it, yet I wouldn't mind reading the scripts. (Or finding an unsweetened-edit. Laugh tracks = evil!



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From:mofic
Date:February 9th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm not fond of laugh tracks but I don't think it would turn me off altogether. I think I'll give it a try tonight. I have a bunch of stuff that needs doing that could be done while watching tv (beading, sewing repairs, folding laundry) so maybe I'll have a television evening.
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From:tarchannon
Date:February 9th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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The show is very, very funny - particularly if you have a bit of science background. I'm pretty sure that Sheldon is not supposed to have Asperger's. He's just weird (in a good way).
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From:mofic
Date:February 9th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the input. I'm going to give it a try tonight.
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From:partly_bouncy
Date:February 9th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Ditto. I love the show. I think Sheldon is just supposed to be one of those super nerds who is kind of so self absorbed that he doesn't get social interactions.
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From:st_crispins
Date:February 9th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I read the same article you did and then looked at clips as you did.

It did look like a funny show and I might start watching.

and yeah, he really did look like someone with Asberger's to me even if they didn't state it.
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From:mofic
Date:February 9th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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A couple of clips really shouted "Asperger's" to me.

In one, Penny is returning money that Sheldon lent her and she says, clearly sincerely, "Thanks so much for lending this to me. It was a big help."

He replies, "Sarcasm, right?" And when she assures him she's sincere he says "I never get that one."

The second was one where Sheldon is learning how to make friends, and he starts befriending a little girl in a book store. One of his friends pulls him away just as he's setting up a zoo date with her and he's completely baffled and clearly doesn't understand the cultural context that forbids a grown man from making friends with a child he doesn't know.

Both of these were played for laughs and both *were* funny, but both seemed reflective of something real, too.

OTOH, some of it just seemed standard laughing-at-geeks humor, like the clip about rock/paper/scissors/lizard/Spock. And that one didn't make sense to me - the joke is that they all always do Spock, so it's always a tie. But surely someone would start doing Lizard or Paper, both of which beat Spock.
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From:wordplay
Date:February 9th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
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We watch it (it makes an hour block with "How I Met Your Mother", and that's a solid hour of decent sitcom) and I love it. I'm not sure if he's meant to be actualized as Aspie or if he's just (as we call it at work, in a building full of researchers who aren't particularly high-functioning in social arenas) "on the spectrum" but lacking a clinical diagnosis.

There is an awful lot of laughing-at-geeks humor, although a lot of it is in-joke - I always assumed the Spock thing was because, c'mon, what good geek WOULDN'T choose Spock, given a choice? And it is certainly the case that Sheldon stands out of those four characters - his social inability isn't unique (they're all impaired in some way) but it's certainly distinctive from what the other geek characters are dealing with.
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From:mofic
Date:February 10th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
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I always assumed the Spock thing was because, c'mon, what good geek WOULDN'T choose Spock, given a choice?

You're right - jokes don't have to make real world sense and that is what makes it so funny, that their geekiness overcomes their desire to win.

Well, I didn't get to see it last night because of the President's press conference (Damn he's good!). I assumed it was preempted - it turned out it was just on later, but I didn't realize that in time. I did watch some more clips and I'm getting a feel for the characters and finding it very funny.
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From:blue_meridian
Date:February 9th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
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It's a very funny show although I don't watch it very often (I can't sit still to watch any television usually, or stand the noise/commercials, so it's not a reflection on the show itself!). My husband watches it and it has him laughing out loud - and he most definitely doesn't have a science background, so it's got a pretty broad appeal. *g*
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From:tarchannon
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
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I might suggest downloading the show; it cuts the sitting time to under 22 minutes and eliminates commercials and the inevitable volume tsunami that goes with it. Plus, you can watch it in spurts and pause inbetween. I do this, and it's a like a dream. :)
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From:mofic
Date:February 10th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Where/how do I do that? I can find clips easily but I don't see anywhere with full episodes. I was going to watch it last night, but it got preempted by the President's speech (which was very good, but not funny).
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From:tarchannon
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
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There are several great private sites (private meaning free, but you just have to make a login to see the goodies). Though a smaller, newer one, one of my favorites is http://couchpotatoes.forumotion.net/index.htm?sid=d558b3ea1b54e09dcaf6bf5a4162ecad . You can usually find most TV shows within 2 hours of airing, and download using free services (no torrents or anything like that). Most of the time, you can find whole series of US, UK, and Australian shows, new and old.
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From:mofic
Date:February 10th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. But what do I do with the file once I've downloaded it? I tried downloading the pilot. It's a "rar" file, which is something I haven't come across before.
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From:tarchannon
Date:February 11th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
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rar is similar to zip. You need a program like Winrar to open/decompress and/or assemble the file parts. There are quite a few free programs that will do this. Check download.com .
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From:tarchannon
Date:February 11th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
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You can also just download the single link MU files (megaupload). MU is free, easy and quick, and you won;t have to assemble parts that way (they are usually playable as soon as they are done downloading).
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From:libgirl
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
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I have a friend that just recommended it highly to me. I haven't seen it, but it's a hit with some of my friends. One in particular said that the geeky stuff is really, really true to geek life :D.
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