TV Club: The Big Bang Theory gets lost in its own importance

It’s actually hard to believe that The Big Bang Theory is just now arriving at its 200th episode. It feels like the show has been around for ages; the fact that the “hot girl moves across the hall from nerds” setup is both dated and stale at this point (or a long time ago) certainly contributes to that feeling. But seriously, whatever your thoughts on the quality of the show, it’s both a massive institution and a relic of a bygone era. The kind of numbers that the Big Bang Theory pulls on Thursday nights is seemingly out of place, and yet also indicative of a viewership that’s moved away from live viewing and broadcast sitcoms. The Big Bang Theory regularly pulls between 15 and 18 millions viewers a week, which is huge for 2016, and yet those numbers would potentially see the show on the brink …

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