'The Theorists': 'Big Bang Theory''s big Belarusian rip-off

by Margaret Lyons

Chuck Lorre has used the vanity cards at the end of his shows for a variety of purposes: complaining about CBS, commenting on racial politics, explaining science, and last night, he used a card to call out a Belarusian version of The Big Bang Theory.

According to the card, ":Belarus does have a bustling TV production industry. One of their most recent hits is a sitcom about four nerdy scientists who live next door to a beautiful blonde waitress. The characters are named Sheldon, Leo, Hovard, Raj and Natasha, and the show is entitled, The Theorists. Each episode begins with a rapid-fire montage of images which takes us from the dawn of time to the present moment. Keeping with that theme, the montage is scored with what is probably the worst piece of recorded pop music since the dawn of time. And finally, each episode appears to be a Russian translation of a Big Bang Theory episode."

Judging from the photos on the show's website and the way-too-familiar videos [via], it's a blatantly obvious clone:

It's also apparently unlicensed, and according to Lorre, "it's next to impossible to sue for copyright infringement in Belarus because the TV production company that is ripping us off is owned and operated by the government of Belarus."

The theft bugs me, certainly, but I'm almost more bothered by how old faux Walowitz and Leonard are. Yikes, PopWatchers.


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