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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    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"
    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.
    I dare you to say that about the next transformers movie with michael bay directing it.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!?"
    Nirvana hasn't aged well? Listen to the band, Basement. Their newest release 'Colourmeinkindness' definitely has some Nirvana influence in it.
    "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.
    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!"
    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.
    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
    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.
    I thought Courtney had to give up control of the rights to Nirvana property to Francis Bean?