I watched the first few episodes of BBT, and didn't really like it. As others have noticed, it felt it was laughing at geeks, rather than with geeks.
Few years later, most of the people I was hanging around with loved it and I started watching it again and I found it better. Not sure if it was because they tuned their sensibilities, or the story was more focused on the relationships leaving less time to the "geeks are weird" stuff, or something else. I enjoyed 3-4 seasons, then I've kind of lost interest into it.
Unrelated, I want to like Tales from the Loop, but I can't. Not sure I understand why, it feels like something I would enjoy, but I just can't sit through more than 10 minutes of it.
Laughing At vs Laughing With is exactly the issue. IMO BBT Is laughing at nerds not with them and to me its rife with offensive stereotypes .
A lot of people disagree but I'm not a purist so like what you like.
Also there was a Tales from The Loop show? Huh. I'm more than a little out of touch with pop culture I guess.