Belarusian clone of "The Big Bang Theory"

gATO sez, "Forget about the Turkish Star Wars, this is the stuff! Apparently, there's a Belarusian clone of The Big Bang Theory, called 'The Theorists,' which mimics very closely the characters and plots from the original series."

Belarus, of course, is one of the few remaining largely unreconstructed Soviet-style republics (it's also where my grandfather was born), notorious for its totalitarian hard-line government.

TBBT Belarus version OMG!!!

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(Thanks, gATO!)


  1. I’ve always wondered how Cory can love “IT crowd” yet be silent on “Big Bang Theory”

    Apparently you are aware of it, Cory, so what do you think? Does Kaley Cuoco have the best job in American TV, or Jim Parsons?

  2. Funny, the phrase “The Theorists” is in the final broadcast smallprint blurb of “The Big Bang Theory”….

  3. I am gonna go off topic but Turkish rip-off industry is more developed than that. Any moderately popular series is copied and “Islamized”. the funniest example was “My Name is Earl”. Everything was the same with only one difference: Earl (Turkish version: Erol) find salvation in Islam and tries to make good with his past crimes. Anyway, just look at the protagonists and you’ll see.

  4. Chuck Lorre wrote his end card this week about “The Theorists” and mentioned that he hoped, well, read it for yourself.


    Belarus is a small, land-locked country next door to Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. According to Wikipedia, one of its major exports is cattle by-products. Which begs the question, what horrible shape are the cattle in, if all they’re good for is felt hats and wallpaper paste? But 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. When we brought this to the attention of the Warner Brothers legal department, we were told that 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. Having no other recourse, I’m hoping that this vanity card will be read by the fine folks making The Theorists, and, wracked with guilt, they break down and send us some felt hats. The Kyrgyzstan version of Dharma & Greg already sent me some wallpaper paste.

  5. Please, somebody share a playlist of recognizable clone shows. I want to make a DVD to sneak onto the TV. “Oops, I pressed the language button.”

  6. I hope that Lorre will keep having fun with the issue. Perhaps on another episode, our favorite friends could find themselves dropped into Belarus where hilarity ensues as time-travel “meeting yourself” type issues work themselves out. There should also be a blonde girl catfight.

  7. 1. How old are these actors? Their version of Wolowitz looks like Abe Vigoda. Or do Belarusians just look old?

    2. Is English the native language of that LiveJournal page?
    “Serial action is developed in small town of atomic scientists. “According to script writers it, probably, was a unique place where it was possible to collect both the scientist-physicist, and the atomic scientist, both the chemist-biologist, and the mathematician, and the simple expert who can repair everything that breaks, and to add to them the blonde who dreams of the prince”
    Comedy gold!

    3. Dunno if this would be considered spam or not, but I sell some TBBT-related shirts on Zazzle:

  8. That’s fun lol, Belarusian, now how would I have thought about that? hehe. I just love watching TBBT it’s hilariously funny!

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