Ying Zhu co-authored “After ‘Big Bang Theory’ Censorship, No Mass Viewer Revolt” with Frances Hisgen May 19, 2014 for China Real Time on the Wall Street Journal’s China blog.


When Chinese censors abruptly pulled the plug on four U.S. TV shows from websites in China in late April, the move left China watchers scratching their heads.

After all, the banned TV shows included “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS” and “The Practice” — all of which pale in their depictions of violence, sex and/or political scandal when compared to other foreign shows that can still be streamed online in China. “House of Cards,” for example, is by far the most transgressive when it comes to violence and scandal, yet it’s so far evaded the honor of being banned.

But for those who’ve been following the moves of China’s censors more closely, the ban shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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