The Best and Worst Shows on TV
Best: Big Bang Theory
When asking around about what the first portion of ‘Best and Worst’ should be on, the media staff received several different answers. But perhaps the most frequent and most enthusiastic were on Big Bang Theory, the CBS series centered around Penny, who moves in next to two highly intelligent but socially awkward physicists. The show recently began its fifth season, a small triumph for any comedy series, especially one with such a unique story line.
Kathryn Best, media staff member and Big Bang fan, shared a few interesting facts about the show how the cast functions with their intelligent characters. “The producers and writers send in real physicists to teach the actors why the complicated jokes are funny,” Kathryn explained. “It’s not just people saying lines to get a laugh, it’s pretty genuine.” Andrew McGehee commented on its unique style of comedy, “It’s not just cheap laughs or the same crude jokes repeated over and over again. The show makes you think, making the jokes all the more hilarious.”
Worst: Jersey Shore
This MTV reality show, full of risky behaviors was number one around the library for worst show on TV. The excessive and out of control lifestyle they take part in creates a negative stereotype for Italian Americans. At first, Jersey Shore was a big hit. However, the more episodes that aired, the more this show’s viewers decline. The racy behaviors these young adults partake in include excessive drinking to the point of insanity and dangerous behavior, inappropriate language, and endless conversations of sex, and constantly hooking up with multiple, random strangers. These lewd behaviors portray a terrible image saying that inappropriate, risky, abnormal, dangerous behaviors are okay.
Nic Johnson, also a media staff member said that “I feel ‘stupider’ every time I watch that show.” He also said, “They speak like 4th graders who just learned what a curse word is.” Likewise, the cast of Jersey Shore’s excessive use of foul language make it nearly impossible to hear a full conversation. Trevor Scott simply stated, “It stinks.” Some students feel that it is a bad influence encouraging provocative and dangerous behavior, therefore winning it the title of worst show on television.
-Catie & Hadley