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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the I-officially-reinstate-anything-can-happen-thursday. dept.

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dryriver (1010635) writes in with news that the Chinese government has had enough of the antics of doctor Sheldon Lee Cooper. "Chinese authorities have ordered video streaming websites in the country to stop showing four popular American TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, senior staff from two sites said Sunday. The move suggests government attention is intensifying on the online streaming industry, which is freer than state television and China's cinemas to show foreign productions and other content and has stretched the boundaries of what can be seen in the country. A spokeswoman for a leading online video site, Youku, said it had received notification on Saturday not to show sitcom The Big Bang Theory, political and legal drama The Good Wife, crime drama NCIS and legal drama The Practice."

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One of these things is not like the others... (-1)

pla (258480) | about 7 months ago | (#46854985)

Okay, I can understand political and crime/legal dramas (wouldn't want people accidentally thinking they have legal rights). But tBBT?

What, does Putin happen to favor String Theory, and Sheldon's recent abandonment of it (oh BTW, spoilers, sweetie!) pushed him in to a prostitute-killing rage?

Yeah, one of those four doesn't quite make sense.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (3, Insightful)

pla (258480) | about 7 months ago | (#46855001)

China. Not Russia. Yes, I am a fucking moron.

But I ninja'd all the haters who will now repeat this correction, at least. :)

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (5, Funny)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 7 months ago | (#46855015)

The road to first post is plagued with face plants.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856611)

"paved", roads are paved.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855045)

This was the Chinese, Putin is in Russia. RTFA.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855059)

And poutine is in Québec.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 7 months ago | (#46856327)

and poontang is everywhere

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856385)

Except Slashdot.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

guygo (894298) | about 7 months ago | (#46855057)

BaZinga!

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855079)

Putin does not control China

yet

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

buybuydandavis (644487) | about 7 months ago | (#46856677)

Good luck with that, Vlad.

Compare China's GDP to Russia's sometime. I don't think Vlad will be annexing any chunks of China any time soon. China's army is just a teensy bit bigger than Ukraine's.

Quality Control (4, Funny)

Roger W Moore (538166) | about 7 months ago | (#46855111)

You seem to assume that all Chinese censorship is purely politically motivated. The Big Bang Theory probably just fails basic quality control standards.

Re:Quality Control (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855595)

Your face fails basic quality control standards.

Re:Quality Control (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#46856259)

Authoritarian governments often see the political in what we consider the mundane. They are often wary of allowing "Western" or "bourgeois" ideas to "corrupt" the masses under their control. Even literature or art from their own society can be banned. Consider the example of Doctor Zhivago:

During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union [washingtonpost.com]

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855113)

China is much more concerned about "cultural contamination", not just political contamination. While the Chinese are Communists, they are not the hyper-political communists of the Soviet Union where culture such as religion and traditions were a plague to be eradicated, they are Communists with an eye towards preserving their very ancient culture.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855215)

China is much more concerned about "cultural contamination", not just political contamination. While the Chinese are Communists, they are not the hyper-political communists of the Soviet Union where culture such as religion and traditions were a plague to be eradicated, they are Communists with an eye towards preserving their very ancient culture.

OOOOOhhhh!!! (light goes on)

NOW I understand why Sheldon Cooper is such a threat.

No, actually not really. I'm even more fucking confused over BBT being part of this censorship...

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856471)

It's not Chinese. If you haven't studied it, it's hard to explain.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

camg188 (932324) | about 7 months ago | (#46856619)

Doesn't the show feature an unmarried couple living together?
Some censors don't like stuff like that.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (5, Interesting)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 7 months ago | (#46855185)

tBBT shows enough pure unadulterated American freedom that is in conflict with sanitized state controlled media.
China isn't the only country whose govts are pissed with pure uncensored internet freedom. Even my Brazil "democracy" has tried to police twitter, facebook, google plus to censure critics of politicians specially right before elections. Remember Turkey has banned twitter and facebook.
Realize that without serious state controlled media, China will fracture into dozens of states. It's internal language, cultural and social disparities rival only the former USSR.
China invented the technique of legalism back in (259 BC – 210 BC) when "China Qin Shi Huang" gave his name to his country, in the past having even censured attempts to use history against current rulers.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855275)

tBBT shows enough pure unadulterated American freedom that is in conflict with sanitized state controlled media.

Yes, because a bunch of math nerds sitting around on a couch every Friday night arguing about Star Trek is EXACTLY what every frat house in America is also doing on Friday night...

If THAT is "pure unadulterated American freedom", then WE should be looking to censor our own shit out of embarassment.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855751)

A satire based on nerd and intellectual culture shows pure unadulterated American freedom?

You are free to imagine this, but beyond that your freedom is largely imaginary.

Re: One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856009)

Hang on a moment, what streaming service with bbt is legally accessible in china?
I still have to get these on the BitTorrent channel.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (2)

ttsai (135075) | about 7 months ago | (#46856157)

"... when "China Qin Shi Huang" gave his name to his country ..."

Someone should have suggested to the emperor that he could actually name the whole country after himself. I imagine he would have been very pleased. Of course, he would have had to come up with a name that wasn't based on Indo-European languages. Maybe a cursory look at Wikipedia on the etymology of China is in order.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about 7 months ago | (#46856213)

When it comes to language disparities, I think India at least equals China with its hundreds of languages and cultures. And manages to be relatively democratic, if highly flawed and still prone to some censorship.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 7 months ago | (#46856267)

Perhaps China could become a democracy and stay a single country. I hope it could.
But for as long as it's a dictatorship, I have less than zero respect for that country. Same for Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and many other de facto dictatorships like Russia,Venezuela,Equador. Oh the curse of having lots of Oil.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856839)

Qin Shi Huang is an alias used in history texts. His name is Ying Zhen, where Ying is the family name. Qin was the name of a state before it became a dynasty, and that name was derived from the name of the land on which the state was founded, a long time before Qin Shi Huang.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

freeze128 (544774) | about 7 months ago | (#46855225)

Maybe because early episodes alluded to Leonard having a brief relationship with Joyce Kim, who turned out to be a North Korean spy...

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855277)

IIRC they did an episode where Chinese researchers apparently faked scientific results synthesizing a super heavy element. In episode before that said Chinese researchers claimed that this discovery was the greatest thing besides of the communist party, and one of the main characters of the show said that the communist party made them say that.

Perhaps this was enough to cross the line.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46855509)

I think it was more likely to be the idea that a bunch of technical workers is depicted as affording to live outside of a company dorm.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (1)

plasticsquirrel (637166) | about 7 months ago | (#46855295)

The Big Bang Theory is hugely popular among young people in China. It's one of the most famous American TV shows there, and it is (was) very widely circulated. There are many jokes they don't really "get," but they still really like it.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855463)

Dude, TBBT is a shit show. You need to protect your young ones from the lame lines that come out of these puppets. Just like Friends.

Re:One of these things is not like the others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856317)

Simple.

The show shows It's fun being an American. Maybe China doesn't like that?

Well judged (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46854999)

All terrible shows that the world could do without.

Re:Well judged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855163)

The first three seasons of TBBT were pretty good.

Re:Well judged (1)

timelorde (7880) | about 7 months ago | (#46855781)

As was that final season of The Practice - the James Spader year.

Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855011)

Less shit that the Chinese have to endure.

Shelden will be miffed! (1)

ozduo (2043408) | about 7 months ago | (#46855017)

Or he will be piriated

Yeah, even Chinese censorship sucks. (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 7 months ago | (#46855051)

They're such a large market, though, so will we see television programmers tipping to the Chinese government's caveat?

How is that any different (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855053)

From CBS blocking me from watching it in the UK?

Re:How is that any different (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 7 months ago | (#46855073)

Or CBS blocking me from watching it in Canada, eh?

Re:How is that any different (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 months ago | (#46855477)

In Canada, you can watch last week's episode on CTV's website.

Re: How is that any different (1)

John Howell (2861885) | about 7 months ago | (#46856021)

Or in New Zealand?

Re:How is that any different (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46855527)

Fortunately it's not an ABC show, because I would be blocked from watching back episodes in the US because my cable provider is not one of the handful of cats and dogs in the network's "verify to watch" list.

Good move (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855081)

It's a good first step, but the ban should be wider and reach all the "I'm so nerdy XD" bullshit.
Just goes to show that even censorship can have an upside.

Re:Good move (0)

pspahn (1175617) | about 7 months ago | (#46855409)

+1

To be honest, the episodes that I have watched made me feel a little insulted. I've no idea what sort of creds the writers have, but I got the impression that it was a show that parodied "geeks" made by people who have no idea what the word actually means.

Now, on the other hand, "did you try turning it off and on again?" is something that certainly rings common to me.

Re:Good move (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855563)

Once someone pointed out to me that it's not a show which is parodying geeks, but it's making fun of people with autism spectrum disorder.

Re:Good move (1)

buybuydandavis (644487) | about 7 months ago | (#46856683)

Basically it's a geek zoo to point and laugh at.

Re:Good move (1)

John.Banister (1291556) | about 7 months ago | (#46856711)

Sitcoms Chuck Lorre [wikipedia.org] also created include:

Two and a Half Men
Grace Under Fire
Cybill
Dharma & Greg
Mom

This may give some context to the tone of what you saw. I don't recall having seen any references to biting the heads off of live chickens. [wikipedia.org]

well, that settles it (0)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 7 months ago | (#46855091)

no China trip this year.

Why is this a surprise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855109)

China wants to prudently judge what foreign influences it allows into the country and doesn't want its young people to grow up to become daggitybos like some of the people who watch (and act in) The Big Bang Theory. Are we to be surprised that a state looks out for its citizens?

Re:Why is this a surprise? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855167)

Looks like China have been getting their censorship policies from the UK.

This is a country that once banned Seasame Street (BBC) because it was "too authoritarian."

Re:Why is this a surprise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855175)

At least the children who watched that show know how to write "sesame".

Re:Why is this a surprise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855663)

Daggitybo? Are you Australian, by some chance?

In unrelated news (5, Funny)

arielCo (995647) | about 7 months ago | (#46855177)

The Chinese Ministry of Culture reports a 3-point increase in the average urban IQ.

Re:In unrelated news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855641)

You obviously have never watched the alternative. Chinese / Korean shows in China. There are basically four popular ones. Singing/dancing contests. Korean love triangle soap operas. War soap operas depicting the Japanese as evil incarnate....

Big bang was popular because it was about life in general, and people just trying to enjoy it.

I just watched "The Other Guys" on Channel 5 UK (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855179)

Excellent movie, but it was missing almost all references to the banking system and TARP funds. For example, the entire scene at the end, where Derek Jeter hands them documents regarding banking fraud (their "next case"), was cut. The info graphics credits sequence omitted everything but the Ponzi scheme part (but it wasn't just cut off after that; the credits continued with the part after the info graphics). You can view the sequence on Youtube, but that's not complete either: It's missing the AIG and TARP bits.

So China bans Big Bang Theory. What is being hidden from you?

So? (2)

angel'o'sphere (80593) | about 7 months ago | (#46855201)

American companies stream movies to China.
But they don't do the same thing to Europe (Game of Thrones as an example).
How is that even billed? And now we have an uproar that China is censoring it.
Wow ... I would like to have an uproar that we are forced to pirate movies because they get published here (in Europe) months if not years after they were made ...
I'm fed up with movies/books being available in Europe months or years after they where made, for what ever reason ...
 

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855273)

the site Youku is actually just a youtube like site and its not legal streams as far as i know just pirated materials and Chinese home made stuff.

Re:So? (2)

QQBoss (2527196) | about 7 months ago | (#46855797)

tv.sohu.com, though, is a legal streaming site and TBBT has been pulled from their, but 2BG (Two Broke Girls) is still available. I would think that this is a mind-boggingly bad decision, except I do meet people in China that feel they need to ask if women really do have Sex in the City, and if there really are so many murders every day in the USA to justify all the police dramas. Yet most of them can recognize that the Chinese war dramas may not be the best way of learning World War II history.

That, and if you really want to terrify people about going to or admiring the USA, perhaps 2BG and Shameless are the best shows on American TV from a Chinese official's point of view. Oh, and Ellen, which is on a path to become just as bizarrely popular in China as in the USA.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855889)

DId you know that on CCTV they will even broadcast straight up pirated DVD's (complete with pirate marks) on tv? It's a different country out here.

Re:So? (3, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 7 months ago | (#46855721)

Dont kid yourself: You arent "forced" to pirate it, you choose to because you want the content they produced but dont want to play by their terms.

Maybe that doesnt bug you, but at least be honest about it.

Re:So? (3, Insightful)

mjwx (966435) | about 7 months ago | (#46855829)

Dont kid yourself: You arent "forced" to pirate it, you choose to because you want the content they produced but dont want to play by their terms.

Dont kid yourself, when people find terms unreasonable, casual copying becomes justifiable.

Ultimately piracy is a delivery problem, not a legal one. Here in Australia if I want to watch Game of Thrones I need to pay Murdoch A$70+ a month and have to do it on Murdoch's time table. Both of these are unacceptable to me. So downloading it is the only acceptable option remaining.

The old system used by HBO and Murdoch's Foxtel is dying a slow death. People dont want to wait for shows to be on, they want to watch them at their own leisure nor do they want to have to pay for 30 channels of bullshit to get 1 show. Piracy isn't a scourge on humanity as Murdoch et al. would like to perpetuate, it's merely the market reacting to conditions they find unacceptable. If you want to see piracy of your show plummet, make it available through as many channels as possible for a reasonable price. The easiest way to do this is to allow anyone to resell it for a flat (per copy) license fee that people will accept.

However they want to continue to prop up outdated ideas like exclusivity. So they will have to accept that piracy is an acceptable alternative.

Re:So? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856521)

So you are in agreement with the above post stating " because you want the content they produced but don't want to play by their terms". Believe it or not but there are a bunch of folks who make a living by producing and releasing content. Murdoch might take his cut but your $70 a month does pay for a lot of other things. Your entitlement complex has you justifying theft because you don't want to pay.

Re:So? (3, Interesting)

Windwraith (932426) | about 7 months ago | (#46856011)

Yes, there's no "need" to pirate per se. But in several cases getting that content legitimately, in Europe, is close to impossible. We are not talking just "delayed release" as the parent poster said, we are also talking about stuff that never, ever, is released commercially in Europe or regions of Europe for whatever reason. Not to mention some European countries like Spain do everything in their power to prevent you from legally purchasing products from other regions, or at least make it much more expensive than it should.

This is different as don't wanting to play by their terms, this is literally having no terms to play with in several cases. And I understand his sentiment, it's a big deal when China can't have those, but when Europe doesn't have US-produced content, shows or articles, nobody gives a damn and we even get called out on pirating stuff we can't purchase without being rich. Please.

Maybe that doesn't bug you, but it's a thing that happens, believe it or not.

Re:So? (0)

AK Marc (707885) | about 7 months ago | (#46856199)

The content is "advertised" (usually officially) and not available for purchase, at any price. They are enticing you to watch it, then refusing to make it available. That's "forcing" someone to pirate it. Their terms are simple. "you can't have it" but they still suggest and advertise it.

Re: So? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855825)

Sorry, but Europe is a backwater where the average country has "TV licenses" and only 3 or 4 channels on the dial where I grew up with at least 13. Ok, you have Monty python and Dr Who, but you still watch more of our shit...., Bitches

NCIS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855231)

Received notification on Saturday not to show ... crime drama NCIS

So, not all bad news then.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855247)

It's nice to see China setting a positive example in the human rights department for once.

Sounds more like protecting... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855253)

rather than censoring. Only the Republicans like that crap that is on primetime TV. The rest of us are too busy living life to waste it away doing nothing except watching TV like a conservative. Their kind is so lazy, and it is good to see someone stand-up to them.

Re:Sounds more like protecting... (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46855539)

So THAT's why nobody watches MSNBC. I was wondering about that.

Cats' tongues all the way down. (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 7 months ago | (#46855265)

Three CBS and one ABC. Production companies don't align either.

The shows themselves may not be objectionable, keep in mind. It may be payback or threat for other things, movies or something. In Iron Man 3, it's probable The Mandarin was converted from an evil actual Chinese guy to a lame cover story so as to not offend lest that and future movies be banned...or taxed extra hard.

Re:Cats' tongues all the way down. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855495)

Meh, I dunno, NCIS is pretty obvious US propaganda, although probably more aimed at aligning the views of americans to the will of the powers that be. Big bang theory, no idea why they decided to ban this. The two other shows, I dunno, never watched them but legal dramas tend to paint lawyers and cops as honest people with high standards for thruth and justice, some sort of idealised version of how america could be if it wasn't all corrupt, so I can see some propaganda value there.

Outsourcing (5, Funny)

_Ludwig (86077) | about 7 months ago | (#46855333)

Hopefully we can get China to censor Big Bang Theory here in the U.S. too.

Re:Outsourcing (3)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 months ago | (#46855571)

One is compelled to wonder what the aversion to the show is that I see so prevalently on slashdot. Rr is the antipathy based on a sentiment that seems generally opposed to anything that might be categorized as pop culture... a notion that in my observation seems most prevalent among nerds in the under-30 crowd.

For myself, I like the show... my wife introduced me to it in what I would discover was season 3, and she now routinely mentions to me that my "Sheldon is showing" whenever I start acting like a dick without really meaning to.

Re:Outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856169)

Mostly it's because it's not funny

I think it is three things (5, Interesting)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about 7 months ago | (#46856215)

One is that they do a pretty good job portraying various kinds of geeks. Since it is a comedy it makes light of unflattering and silly characteristics that those geeks have. Well, many people can't laugh at themselves. Real life Sheldon Coopers can't laugh at themselves any more than the character can, and thus the character would be something they don't like.

Another is jealousy. The characters on the show have generally had a good deal of success in love, despite being geeky, with very pretty women. This is something that many of the real life geeks on Slashdot do not share. Hence, there is jealousy of the characters.

Finally there is the hipster-ish anti-pop culture thing. That somehow, if something is popular, it can't be good. For many geek, part of the identity is being an outcast, being different, and liking different things. So liking something mainstream won't do at all for them, not because they don't actually like it but because it would conflict with their self identity.

Personally, I think it is hilarious. Not quite as good as the IT Crowd, but I enjoy it and it makes me laugh regularly. Being that it is a comedy, that is all I can ask :).

Re:I think it is three things (1)

mamer-retrogamer (556651) | about 7 months ago | (#46856295)

Mod parent up. I was about to post something very similar.

Re:I think it is three things (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856577)

I don't know about those things, but for me it is the unholy laugh track.

Re:I think it is three things (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856685)

I have watched a fair amount of The Big Bang Theory, but something I read put most clearly into words what bothered me about it: The Big Bang Theory's jokes are very often about humiliating its characters for being geeks/nerds. On the other hand, see Community, which, while it also makes fun of its characters, it lets them have geeky interests without making fun of them for it. The other not-funny-ness in The Big Theory is pretty much normal for sitcoms (e.g. the laugh track other comments are complaining about).

Re:I think it is three things (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | about 7 months ago | (#46856803)

Actually, the reason I don't like BBT is that especially in the last few seasons, it's basically gotten mean. Penny calls the geeks losers, the geeks call Penny a loser, no one actually achieves anything, the geeky side of things is mostly there to get laughs on the basis of "look how anti-social and inept they are".

So in short, it's not really geeky anymore, the humor is basically about insulting everyone right and left, and the people are basically flat stereotypes.

Re:Outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856469)

Because it's insulting.

the internet no longer routes around it (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855339)

Maybe in the past, but the more we centralize everything, the more censorship-tolerant (and surveillance-tolerant) the internet becomes.

It needs to move to p2p, strongly encrypted communication. If it doesn't, it will die under the force of organizations that don't want freedom of communication.

laugh tracks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855467)

I think they censored it for the terrible laugh track.

censorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855499)

So it's censored in China. What makes it news here? What and whose propaganda machine is rolling this out?

The BBT - Good start, not enough stamina (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855501)

The Big Bang Theory started off well, but has been progressively dumbed down for US audiences, a fate that befalls most science-related fiction. Thank goodness for the Canadians, who have a more complex sense of humour and can tolerate something other than sickly-sweet, mediocre-ness.

Re:The BBT - Good start, not enough stamina (1)

Tontoman (737489) | about 7 months ago | (#46855659)

It's maybe becoming more like the TV show "Friends" with everybody in a relationship. It is remarkable the writers can come up with an interesting new script every week considering the show is in its Seventh season.

Re:The BBT - Good start, not enough stamina (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856245)

You mean like "Lost Girl" - a chunky succubus and everyone is flaming gay or otherwise ultra-PC?

Re:The BBT - Good start, not enough stamina (3, Insightful)

tragedy (27079) | about 7 months ago | (#46856279)

It's maybe becoming more like the TV show "Friends" with everybody in a relationship

That kind of tends to be the pattern in real life as well.

If only Australia would follow suit (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | about 7 months ago | (#46855547)

I wish Australia would ban these shows too, then maybe the free-to-air stations might have to get off their lazy arses and make some decent home-grown shows instead. It's no wonder the commercial channels are dying out here - lazy content, too many adverts far too often, horrible cheap-and-nasty titling graphics, constant pop-ups. It's unwatchable. They don't get it, and the sooner they die the better. Or they could, you know, improve.

Re:If only Australia would follow suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855733)

They'd just make more reality shows, which is what they currently fill their mandatory 'Australian made content' with.

Re:If only Australia would follow suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856127)

They'd just make more reality shows, which is what they currently fill their mandatory 'Australian made content' with.

I am so sick to death of having to watch amateur cooking, singing, dancing, "talent" show, renovation, real estate and pseudo-survival garbage just to spend some time with the wife. We have a medium that makes it possible to bring the best in the world to our doorstep and what do most people want? A show with a lot of people bitching at each other while they do something badly. Between that and children's programming my under 6 kids watch I had taken to reading a book or listening to science podcasts while this trash is on the TV but then you're not spending time with the other person.

Baaa.... (1)

zawarski (1381571) | about 7 months ago | (#46855551)

...zinga!!!!!

Re:Baaa.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855937)

Sheldon:
  They called it (Sheldon's discovery) the greatest thing since the Communist party.
Although I'm pretty sure the Communist party made them say that.
I like China.
See they know how to keep people in line.

Still available.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46855667)

Note that banned does not mean it's hard to find. It just means the government won't let companies make large profits off of it. You can easily walk down the street and find all kinds of banned items for sale in China from books to video games. They just won't be in Wal-mart anymore. People will just load up Baidu and search for it. The quality won't be as good as Qiyi, Sohu TV, or what not... but people will still easily watch it.

Is it really censorship? (3, Insightful)

sshir (623215) | about 7 months ago | (#46856063)

I suspect it's more like a form of protectionism. They can't slap some serious tariffs due to WTO or whatever. So in order to protect fledgling local production they do a form of bang-bang control: now you can watch that and now you can't.

In fairness to China... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856083)

...they were only trying to cut out the parts that weren't funny.

Big Bang Theory (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856351)

I keep thinking that Big Bang Theory is the prevailing cosmological model for the early development of the universe. The key idea is that the universe is expanding. The Big Bang model suggests that at some moment all matter in the universe was contained in a single point, which is considered the beginning of the universe. Modern measurements place this moment at approximately 13.82 billion years ago, which is thus considered the age of the universe.

But in reality, the Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro.

tBBT= NeoMarxist/Social Justice/Hipster Propaganda (1)

Suiggy (1544213) | about 7 months ago | (#46856563)

If you disagree, it's too late for you.

Good (0)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | about 7 months ago | (#46856591)

Big Bang Theory is terrible, and the rest are awful at best. Good Guy Chinese Government is saving their people from shitty shows.

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46856673)

Speak for yourself only... Most people in China love it. Most geeks I know love it too... Don't know where all your hate comes from...

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