Smells Like Teen Spirit: The Sitcom Announced

CBS to air television sitcom based on classic Nirvana song.

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Over twenty years after its release pushed Nirvana into mainstream consciousness "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is getting a makeover... in the form of a new family sitcom. CBS has bought the rights to a program called "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which was created by "Big Bang Theory" writer Dave Goetsch.

The program will tell the story of a teenager who "forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents". The title is clearly meant to wrap up the protagonist's ambitions and his parents' past. What is not clear yet is whether Courtney Love has signed off on the show, and whether the producers will actually be able to use the title.

The Teen Spirit in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a reference to a deodorant brand. Reportedly, the title came about after Bikini Kill front woman Kathleen Hanna spray painted the phrase "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the wall of the singer's apartment, in reference to the deodorant that his then girlfriend Tobi Vail was using. Kurt then used the lyric as the basis for a song, which he wrote trying to rip off the Pixies:

"I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily that I should have been in that band - or at least a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard."

Whether you're excited for the program, or feel that producers should be changing the title, let us know in the comments below.

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    abdulsadiq
    No matter how good this show could be, it will never live up to the name. It's like calling a new PBS kids show "Master of Puppets"
    eloera1
    How can you say that without even seein the show? Thats very ignorantof you to say that. Im not sayin its gonna be good or bad but we at least gotta check it out. Plus I dont get whats the big deal if they wanna use the song. At least they're putting good music out ther, idk just my opinion.
    latinromans
    I dare you to say that about the next transformers movie with michael bay directing it.
    PGilbert
    Let's not go nuts, I was once a massive fan of Nirvana but there music hasn't stood the test of time, not aged well at all. Master of Puppets on the other hand, a masterpiece.
    Bad Brain
    Since lots of people still relate to the songs and bands try to imitate their sound, I'd say their music has aged well
    Abacus11
    I think Nirvana's music has aged incredibly well. I was 14 years old when Nevermind was released and it's so cool seeing young kids still getting into their music over 20 years later.
    pandaburger19
    I think Nirvana's music has aged incredibly well, and it still resonates with people today. I always that Metallica on the other hand was extremely over rated.
    guitar7masta
    Coming from the same writer as The Big Bang Theory? Well, at least I already know I don't need to waste my time on this.
    CapnKickass
    Just pay attention to the laugh track going off every 5 seconds for no reason and the show is ruined. "Argh! Why do they laugh!?"
    joshua.2wright
    I agree with Master of puppets, but you are completely wrong! there are teenagers today who still listen to nirvana, me included. Nirvana has stood the test of time, Nevermind has stood the test of time, and SLTS has stood the test of time.
    m0t0psych0
    Nirvana hasn't aged well? Listen to the band, Basement. Their newest release 'Colourmeinkindness' definitely has some Nirvana influence in it.
    Kueller917
    "CBS has bought the rights to a program called 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'" Oh no. "created by 'Big Bang Theory ' writer Dave Goetsch." OH NO.
    Z0S07657
    So basically: "Hey guys! Lets make a show about how a guy drops out of Harvard and makes Facebook!" "No no that's been done already." "Hmmm, how about a show where he drops out of Harvard, he creates an internet business and gets help from his sister, best friend and wait wait you're going to LOVE this, HIS 1990'S INDIE ROCK PARENTS AND HAVE IT BASED ON SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT!" "YEAHHHHH THAT'S A GREAT IDEA! "OH GREAT THINKING!" "GOOD JOB MAN!"
    ChaseRock
    Anything for Courtney to buy her drugs....this is insulting, the show has nothing to do with the song it seems they are just using it to make it easier to market FTS
    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    I'll watch it (and keep watching it if I find it funny), but I really don't see why they should call it that. A lot of shows name their episodes after songs, so if they named an episode Smells Like Teen Spirit I would be fine with that, but naming the show that is rather uninspired.
    WantsLesPaul
    My palm accelerates towards my face at a speed that excels the speed of light, thus causing my hand to rip off at it's joints and fly off in to the past.
    mradubz33
    I thought Courtney had to give up control of the rights to Nirvana property to Francis Bean?
    Casperov
    Nirvana and Smells like teen spirit have been able to have longevity and still sounds fresh to new ears. If you've listened to them for 20 years, you may be tired of them, but I have lots of young guitar students who get into Nirvana on their own and love their stuff.
    Pan-Tallica
    Meh. It's just a title. It's not like they're planning to actually use the song in the show (at least not yet, anyways...). I don't see the need to freak out until they decide to use his intellectual property - and by that, I mean MORE than just a title.
    Mkorn
    if CBS is good at anything is screwing up good things . give it some time
    Pyro5139
    I dont even know what the song is about, wtf the sitcom gonna be like
    Shaharz
    Pretty sure Kurt wouldnt approve. Don't think he was a sitcom guy. But me, I don't give a **** and either way I'm not gonna watch it.
    tukk04
    Kurt loved "Leave it to Beaver", he talked about how great a show and how well written it was in an interview before
    Abacus11
    There aren't enough face palms or enough vomit in the world to accurately react to this.This is horrible. The fact that things like this happen on Earth was a big part of the reason that Kurt is no longer with us. And it's from the "Big Bang Theory" creator? Ugh.
    Eifler121
    Hahaha, Yes! You see what happens, Warriors? You see what happens when you mess with the Orphans?
    Botti13
    OH MY FUCKING GOD ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT ABORT
    Shuei5
    Am I really the only one who thinks that Smells Like Teen Spirit is Nirvana's worst song? I use to be a huge Nirvana fan, and I still like their music a lot - but that song... It's just not half as good as so many of their other songs
    Scourge441
    I wouldn't call it their worst, but if I made a list of my favorite Nirvana songs, SLTS wouldn't be on it.
    Shuei5
    Maybe it's not actually their worst, but being so overplayed and "legendary" it instantly makes me annoyed whenever I see the title because they did make so many better songs... Haha yeah, Sweet Child of Mine compared is also really boring compared to Welcome to the Jungle... And whenever you've been to a rock club for a night that song has been played so much that you've got that bloody riff stuck in your brain all the way 'till next weekend
    PGilbert
    exactly like GNR's 'Sweet child o mine'..GNR back catalogue is phenomenal, but that song drives me nuts.
    guitarman57
    If you think Kurt rolled over in his grave hearing about the sitcom, he's doing somersaults because you just praised GNR.
    bearmod
    10 bucks says Courntey is gonna bitch up a storm about them using the name of the song even though she's already pissed away all the ownership rights she had.
    M149CDeath08
    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO THIS IS ALL WRONG, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE, WHEN WILL THEY STOP RUINING THINGS?!!!!
    magicmountain
    I love how they have to include the fact that Courtney love still needs to sign off on it. As if that soul sucking succubus hasn't sucked enough money off of Kurt as it is
    guitarlad89
    for a second i thought it said "The Shitstorm Announced". Sitcom or shitstorm, what does it matter, it's UG.
    EyesWideOpen
    Well The Big Bang Theory is awful. Just another show where every actor acts like they're a stand up comedian, telling vaguely humorous jokes so this will also be horseshit I'm guessing.
    Jugulator_cro
    "...which was created by "Big Bang Theory" writer Dave Goetsch. " I'd be okay with it if it wasn't for this. One piece of shit unfunny show is enough, why two?