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10 reasons why Community is better than The Big Bang Theory

Gollancz Author: - December 12th, 2012
Other, TV shows

We just can’t let it go! The great Big Bang Theory debate rolls on. This week’s What We’re Watching Wednesday is conclusive* evidence that Community is better than The Big Bang Theory. 

1.       The lack of studio audience laughter

We know that Charlie has waxed lyrical about this already, but it cannot be reiterated enough times: we are adults. We will laugh if it’s funny. We do not need prompting. You sound ridiculous.

2.       Chevy Chase

Er, hello? Have you seen the Three Amigos? Or Christmas Vacation (topical)? Alright, alright, so maybe he is leaving, but I think we need to take a moment to appreciate the wonder that is Pierce Hawthorne. He’s streets ahead of any of the Big Bang characters (and if you have to ask, you’re streets behind).

3.       Abed: 1, Sheldon: 0

As already pointed out by Charlie, Abed and Sheldon both suffer from the similar conditions which make socialising difficult to the point of frustrating. In Sheldon’s case, he is a dickhead, yet he inexplicably has friends who he is nothing but unkind to. In Abed’s case, he is a some-time insensitive but always loveable cast member who makes up for his social misgivings by being… well, not a dickhead. Abed, we salute you.

4.       Kudos

Say you like Community on your Twitter/Facebook/online dating profile/to someone’s face (what? Does that happen anymore?) and all of the above’s recipients will be mentally high-fiving you in the face. You will earn deserved respect. Say you like The Big Bang Theory and you will be unfollowed/deleted/alone forever/punched in the face. No one cares. It’s not worth saying because it’s the equivalent of saying ‘I’m a massive bore. LOLZ.’ Community is the Jean Paul Gualtier edition of Diet Coke. The Big Bang Theory is, at best, Sainsbury’s own brand cola.

5.       It’s not racist

Big Bang has one token guy of ethnic minority. The guy of ethnic minority hams up his accent and is constantly stereotyped because of his race.  Of course, other shows use these stereotypes, but just because it happens it doesn’t make it okay. Or funny, for that matter.

6.       It’s not sexist

There’s one main girl in The Big Bang Theory. She is blonde and hot and says stupid things. Community has a crew of main characters, with more than one girl and more than one non-white person. WOW! Big, sensitive issues like gender and race and all that stuff are handled with comedy – not ignored. All the characters have a different religion, which is often joked about but never trivialised. The characters have a depth and personality that extends beyond the colour of their skin or the nature of their junk.

 7.       Pop culture references

Paintballing (twice). Glee. Dungeons & Dragons. Pulp Fiction. Community constantly pay homage to pop culture cleverly. There’s actual – *gasp*- writing involved. The Big Bang Theory uses references to things in pop culture as punch lines. Nothin’ but laziness there.

8.       Geeks celebrated, not stereotyped

I would like to be friends with everyone in Community (except maybe Pierce). They’re all outsiders, and few of them are ‘normal’ in the way that The Big Bang Theory would like us to think of it (See: Penny). I would not like to be friends with anyone in The Big Bang Theory, for fear that they would steal my pocket protector, guffaw-snort laugh and then fall over their untied shoe laces before crying to their mum, whilst wearing some Spock ears. Because isn’t that what every geek does?

 9.       The bromance between Abed and Troy

There is no way this relationship cannot thaw even the coldest of hearts. In contrast, Sheldon and Leonard have a relationship of dependency based on need rather than love. They need each other. Abed and Troy – now that’s true love, and we’re all about the love here.

 10.   You don’t have to listen to the Barenaked Ladies every time you watch it

Worst. Theme song. Ever.


*alright, not ‘conclusive’.


Special thanks to Sarah Kramer, who not only introduced me to Community and made my life infinitely better, but also pointed out that The Big Bang Theory is sexist and racist and she is not down with that, and may or may not have had one of her emails slightly plagerised here. 

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16 Responses to “10 reasons why Community is better than The Big Bang Theory”

  1. Callum says:

    How dare you insult BNL? They have two Billboard awards to your zero!

    They were the most celebrated Canadian Alt-Rock group of the mid-90s!

    Are YOU triple platinum?

  2. NullApostle says:

    Point 2 is no longer valid. Point 6 is severely outdated.

    Community is goind to get cancelled after season 5 – the new showrunners having run it into the ground.

    What are the ratings of Community again? Right … insignificant.

    • Charlie says:

      Because a TV show’s ratings are indicative of how good it is. Presumably Two and a Half Men is one of the greatest shows of recent years then.

      And if Community does get cancelled soon, it’ll still have had at least three great seasons, which is three more than The Big Bang Theory.

    • DrVagary says:

      If there’s anything thing that Arrested Development has taught us, it’s that show with low ratings are always bad.

    • Buttsoup says:

      yess. because ratings tell you how good a show is, not the actual writing and development of character. Season 4 of Community is not at par with the previous seasons, but it has its reasons. And hell, it is still better than the best season of TBBT which I can’t recall because all of them sucks.

    • Bobbbbbbbbbbbbbb says:

      See the Big Bang theory is for common
      Idiots like you. Honestly you where probably never a nerd because really the show makes fun of nerds and of course Sheldon who clearly has Asperger’s syndrome and they just treat him like some sort of pesky dick (which he is portrayed as) when he needs help. And yes the show is racist , sexist and homo phobic

  3. bee says:

    wow, you guys like Community! I’m subscribing.

    TV ratings suck, just like the general population, we all know that.

  4. tomo says:

    so frustrating when people bring up ratings to argue against a show, arrested development my favourite comedy of all time imdb rate it a 9.2 out of 10 was cancelled only after 3 seasons, people are lazy with tv, the big bang theory, 2 broke girls and two and a half men are the most poorly written shows on tv, and they are the most popular, these shows have no heart, no witty jokes no originality they are just completely dull shows for the mindless drones who cant be bothered to change the channel.

  5. Cynic says:

    Point two is totally incorrect. The Big Bang Theory isn’t sexist. The main girl is a tough-ass farm girl from Nebraska. While she may not have extensive knowledge in science, she has way more common sense and street smarts than the nerds. She is definitely not a dumb blonde bimbo.

    As for point nine, what about the bromance between Rajesh and Howard? Sounds to me that you’ve only seen maybe 10-20 episodes of TBBT.If you don’t know it well enough, don’t judge it.

  6. Rajesh says:

    I’m a die hard fan of TBBT, but I don’t hate Community. It’s a great show but community fans seem to love to trash TBBT and I’m guessing it’s because they’re jealous of how much more praise TBBT gets. Now just in viewers but how many Emmys or Golden Globes have TBBT been nominated for/won compared to Community. TBBT>Community

    • Charlie says:

      You do realise that the number of viewers a show has has no bearing on how good or bad it is? And neither does the number of Emmys a show wins. Especially when you consider rubbish like Everybody Loves Raymond won a hatful of Emmys whereas Buffy the Vampire Slayer never won any non-technical ones.

    • Michael Bagamery says:

      Critics and award organizations can be, shall I say, a bit slow to catch on to genuine genius. Not that I don’t like Big Bang, but Community is, by a wide margin, the best thing in the history of comedy.

  7. Rebekah says:

    I love both shows! I think they’re both great in their own right.

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