I spend a lot of time watching TV, probably too much time. So, inevitably, I’ll be engaged in conversation, and someone will say, “Don’t you love that show?” Then I have to say that I, in fact, do not care for their favorite show. So I decided to compile a list of shows I don’t like that my friends, family and critics like.
Anyway, here’s the list:
How I Met Your Mother
I think I was a sophomore in college when everyone kept telling me I had to see this show. And this summer I found out my brother was a fan of the show. Well, I don’t care what my friends and family say, this show is way overrated.
Don’t get me wrong, I like individuals from the show. I find Jason Segel hilarious. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of the best comedies in recent memory. The problem is that he basically plays himself in all his Judd Apatow related work. But in the show his character is the complete opposite of every other character he has played, so it’s obvious that he’s acting. It’s forced.With a good performance you shouldn’t know you’re watching a performance.
Then there’s Neil Patrick Harris, who had one of the best cameos ever in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Except in the show, his character, Barney, is an insufferable douche. Alyson Hannigan is also in the show for some reason, and she just grinds my gears, exactly like she did in the American Pie series.
Not even Bob Saget’s narration does it for me. But that’s all ancillary to my main beef. It feels so sitcom-y. The laugh track, the supposedly outrageous events that aren’t really that outrageous, the jokes and gags you see a mile a way. Basically it’s a hipper version of Two and Half Men.
The Big Bang Theory
This is another show that feels extremely sitcom-y. Coincidence they’re both on CBS? Doubtful. So most of what I said about How I Met Your Mother goes for this show too.
Believe me, I’m a dork so I appreciate all the superhero and sci-fi references, but the show pretends like it has a new, fresh premise when it doesn’t. I mean, no hot chick could possibly put up with a few dweebs even if they’re good-hearted because all attractive women are terribly shallow. But wait, one does! How shocking! That has never happened ever!
It’s Revenge of the Nerds and every John Cusack movie from the ’80s, only they did it more than 20 years ago.
Oh, and they were funny.