Love it or hate it, CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular comedy series in television history; so popular, in fact, its stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are beloved characters all over the world. Except in China. That’s right, Laughspinners.
China’s government has banned the Chuck Lorre produced Big Bag Theory from Internet streaming services because China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has deemed it inappropriate for viewing. China has a very long history of Internet censorship, so, sadly, this move isn’t even much of a surprise.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, China’s media watchdog group didn’t explain exactly the reasons it banned The Big Bang Theory, but the group did respond to a university’s query about the ban, pointing to an Article 16 in its rules which states shows that “harm the nation’s reputation, mislead young people to commit crimes, prostitution, gambling or terrorism” will not be tolerated by China’s government. The Big Bang Theory, however, was not the only sow recently banned by China; dramas The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice were also eliminated from China’s Internet streaming services.