Even the Chinese government’s had enough of The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon’s whiny voice.

It’s the end of the road in China for The Big Bang Theory and a handful of other prime time shows. Last month the Chinese government agency in charge of media censorship pulled the plug on CBS’s The Good Wife, NCIS and The Big Bang Theory, and ABC’s The Practice. Viewers took to social media to express their outrage but no one expected that to do anything and sure enough, it didn’t. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) deemed the content of these banned shows “inappropriate,” even though The Walking Dead and House of Cards are still available for online streaming.

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The move was part of SAPPRFT’s larger effort to censor foreign TV shows before they become available online. The agency hasn’t released any real reasons why these specific shows were targeted other than “copyright issues” and failing to align with state regulations for shows that may “harm the nation’s reputation, mislead young people to commit crimes, prostitution, gambling or terrorism.”

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These censorship decisions reveal a major flaw in the matrix when House of Cards – a show whose second season revolves largely around corruption in the Chinese government – can squeeze through the cracks but not the cheeseball humor of The Big Bang Theory that won your parents over. Although the decision is probably irreversible at this point, Chinese fans of The Big Bang Theory continue to speculate on why the show was censored. But hopefully soon enough they, and the rest of America, will realize they’re not missing much.

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