The Big Bang Theory is irrefutable proof that science geniuses can really screw up the Bell curve when it comes to understanding the opposite sex. Or, stated less scientifically, it means that, more often than not, brain trusts are complete idiots at relationships. Just like the rest of us.
Into its seventh season with 142 episodes aired to date, The Big Bang Theory is a TV sitcom that has done phenomenally well in the ratings department, thanks to its retooled, fish-out-of-the-water premise, all-too-frequent use of hyperbole, and the catchy, created-just-for-this-show Barenaked Ladies theme song of the same name.
Having name-over-title guest stars like Bob Newhart, Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Nye (the Science Guy), Steve Wozniak, Danica McKellar (yes, I have listed the former Wonder Years child star and a real-life math whiz here for her genius), and a handful of Star Trek alumni including Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, George Takei, and Leonard Nimoy doesn’t hurt, either. For me, it’s a refreshing change of pace and direction from the “reality TV” (or what I call the “junk TV”) shows.
I’m no Mensa card-carrying member, but is there an inner geek in me, and with whom do I most identify from this brilliant ensemble cast? Sheldon Cooper (my favourite), with his off-the-scale intelligence, delightfully brief and biting observations, and excessive neurotics?
The womanizing Leonard Hofstadter, who is a built-in check-and-balance to Sheldon’s cerebral shenanigans?
The shy-around-girls Raj Koothrappali? Tongue-tied around members of the opposite sex, unless the social lubricant of alcohol is applied in copious amounts beforehand?
The fatherless Howard Wolowitz, whom we (I) hope that marriage to the sweeter-than-sugar, butter-couldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth fellow scientist Bernadette Rostenkowski has finally taken his womanizing ways out of him (and given him the cojones to deal with his mother. But in lower decibels? That’s doubtful). Amy Farrah Fowler, whom I consider the female and slightly improved version of Sheldon Cooper (aka Sheldon Cooper 2.0)?
Or (and not a geek but almost finding it in the episode where, thanks to one of her crash-and-burn/rebound relationships, she gets into online gaming big time–in a way that puts even the boys’ marathon weekend sessions to shame), the streetwise, struggling actress Penny (who, up until now, still doesn’t warrant a last name and has but one haemorrhoid commercial to her acting credit?) Always there to add a dash of cold water and much warranted dose of reality to the situations encountered and/or created by these intellectual airheads.
Gosh, I really hope it’s not any of them. But in reality (with the exception of the womanizing and alcohol aspects), they probably all represent parts of my psyche at one point or another of my life.
In Canada, we’re lucky to get The Big Bang Theory several times a day (just in case watching it once a week weren’t enough). If there is an intended 18-49 viewer demographic for it, my mom has thoroughly wrecked it. She has to be their biggest fan (she says it preempts even Carol Burnett and Tim Conway for funny) and never fails to watch it every Thursday night at 8pm on the Global/CTV networks.
Live long and prosper, you Big Bang Theory guys and girls.
- How ‘Big Bang’ became ruler of the TV universe (today.com)
- Bob Newhart shines in ‘Big Bang Theory’ season 7 appearance, represents the ‘theme of the show’ (theglobaldispatch.com)