I don’t think that there is a show I like less (That I have actually given a concerted effort to watch) than Big Bang Theory
I don’t know what it is that throws me off. It might be the laugh track, but more than just the laugh track I think it is the fact that I hear the laugh track SO loudly because I am doing anything besides laughing.
It’s not the laugh track (although laugh tracks can kill a show, like it did with the last season of the IT Crowd), it’s the fact that it’s not funny. I have tracked the very moment of the shark jump to when they adopted Amy Farrah-Fowler as a main character, for reasons which will be obvious to anyone who understands narrative structure.
What’s criminal is that Community, which broadcast in the same time slot with about one quarter the audience, is effectively being cancelled (although their openly sarcastic attacks on NBC strongly imply that they’ve been having offers from cable networks). Community, unlike Big Bang Theory, is often funny.
The central difference: Big Bang Theory is a sitcom about clever people making stupid jokes; Community is a sitcom about stupid people making clever jokes.