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The one criticism of CBS’ high-rated, geek comedy The Big Bang Theory uttered most often is a pithy “I don’t get why it’s popular”—a very simple declaration of how baffling it is that a lot of people, maybe even loved ones or friends whose opinions are usually valued, actually want to use up precious minutes of their day watching a by-the-book sitcom with a distracting laugh track and an over-the-top lead character who has a grating personality disorder. Naturally, there’s a Family Guy quip that speaks to the WTF of it all: “I keep not laughing at The Big Bang Theory and I figure, it’s gotta be the television.” To clear up the confusion that those who “don’t get it” might have, you’re right, there isn’t anything revolutionary about the series—this isn’t an Arrested Development, a Girls, or a Curb Your Enthusiasm—so anyone expecting to be immediately bowled over by the writing will likely end up disappointed but, what it lacks in edginess and subtlety, it makes up for in charm. In fact, in recent years the show has primarily been charm-driven (as opposed to being comedy-driven), which—now that I think about it—may be a little bit revolutionary. Co-created by Two and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre, Big Bang is built around the insular friendship of four socially inept scientists. The degree and style of that ineptitude is sharply differentiated, varying in a typical quirky, sitcom-y fashion: Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is the libidinous one who still lives at home with […]


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I doubt many people tuned into the premiere of Charlie Sheen’s FX show Anger Management thinking that it was going to be their new Thursday night fave. If you’re anything like me, then sheer curiosity is what brought you to Sheen’s latest, in which he plays, of all things, a therapist (get it? ‘cause he’s Charlie Sheen and he’s helping people with their problems! Oh brother! Cue laugh track). The vague, non-plot of the series opener finds Sheen counseling a group of sitcom archetypes (the senior citizen whose dialogue is filled with folksy bigotry, the young gay man who sits beside the folksy bigot on a couch, the socially inept guy who makes women uncomfortable, the superficial chick who’s made uncomfortable by the creepy, socially inept guy) and fuming over the values his ex-wife’s new boyfriend is passing down to his daughter. You see, he helps people with their anger management issues but he also has anger management issues, hence the title and hence the reason why you don’t really need to watch more than one episode. Honestly, the show wasn’t the wholly objectionable thing that I’d thought it would be. I did, however, find almost every aspect of it mystifying.  “How is it that this exists?” I thought to myself as I watched the premiere.

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