30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series
Belarus didn’t even try to hide the fact that they were ripping off Chuck Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory. Their sitcom, The Theorists, centered on four brilliant scientists named Leo, Sheldon, Hovard, and Raj, and they had a gorgeous waitress as their neighbor. The opening montage was also strikingly similar to The Big Bang Theory‘s opening.
After discovering the show, Chuck wanted it to be shut down, but he learned that he unfortunately couldn’t any take legal action. He said: “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.”
Things didn’t quite play out that way, but it’s safe to say that Chuck got his wish because the series got canceled after the cast learned the show was a knock-off. Actor Dmitry Tankovich said: “Initially the actors were told that all the legal issues associated with the series have been resolved. We did not know that this was not so… I think this is the most disastrous period in my creative career. And I do not want to continue participating in a pirate project.”