The Big Bang Theory: The show that is full of geeky references, scientific dilemmas and antisocial friends. Everything revolves around the life of four geeky scientists, their general awkwardness and their relationship with society. Feeling like you might identify with these guys already?
In a Nutshell
The story starts with Sheldon and Leonard, two roommates who both happen to be physicists. They have two other friends, Howard (a space engineer who enjoys flirting) and Raj (an astrophysicist that feels like the reincarnation of the Forever Alone meme). Things start to get awkward when Sheldon and Leonard meet their increidbly attractive female neighbour: Penny. As time goes by, new characters are added to their circle of friends.
Meet the Characters
Sheldon is the main character of the show. He’s considered to be the smartest person on the show, and even one of the smartest people in TV. He’s a theoretical physicist. He lacks social skills, doesn’t understand sarcasm and is probably asexual. He feels no desire in going out with people whatsoever and he prefers to stay in watching geeky movies and TV shows or playing videogames. His best friend is Leonard.
Leonard is Sheldon’s roommate and best friend. He’s an experimental physicist. Unlike Sheldon, he does have some social skills and does understand sarcasm. Leonard usually works as a guiding light for Sheldon in social environments. He has a crush on Penny.
Penny is Sheldon and Leonard’s neighbour. She works as a waitress although her dream is to become an famous actress. Unlike the others, Penny is not interested in science or geeky stuff. She prefers going out with friends and dating and thinks that geeks are losers.
Howard has the role of the “clown” of the group. His matching clothes and belts are some of the things that make him a unique character. He enjoys flirting and believes he’s incredibly successful with the ladies. Unlike the others, he doesn’t have a doctoral degree and he’s not a physicist but a space engineer. Oh, and he still lives with his mother.
Raj is an astrophysicist. His best friend is Howard. He’s awkward and desperate for love. Sadly, his Indian origins are often used as a source for racist jokes. Raj is incredibly sweet but is unable to show it because he has a social anxiety disorder and is unable to speak to women. His attachment with Howard is often portrayed as awkward and hints at a potential metrosexuality or even homosexuality.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. 4 geeky scientist guys and 1 stupid blond female. Stereotypical much? Thankfully, after a few seasons, two new female scientist characters are introduced: Bernadette and Amy. But talking about them would be spoilerish so you’ll have to find out for yourself!
A Brief History of The Big Bang Theory: The When, Where and How
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom from the CBS. It was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show premiered back in 2007 and it currently has 8 seasons (and it’s been renewed until Season 10!). As an American show, the story is located in Pasadena, California.
The show is known for having multiple celebrity and scientist cameos such as Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson. It has also both been nominated and won several awards, including the Golden Globes and the Emmys.
Why It’s So Awesome
Because of SO MANY reasons. If you still haven’t watched it show then it’s time for some binge-watching because this is one of those shows that you just can’t quit. If you’re not a geek, you will probably take Penny’s point of view and will just laugh at some of the lame things that the other characters say. But if you’re a geek, then you’ll be like “FINALLY, SOMEONE WHO GETS ME!”. Because watching this show will make you stop feeling bad for staying home all day, not wanting to socialise, or marathoning the same movies and shows over and over again. Because the thing with TBBT, is that it doesn’t say “look, these guys do this but we’re gonna fix them and teach them how to live in society”. No, this show is a love letter to geekiness, and just tells you that some people enjoy doing different things with their time. And that’s OK. It’s not lame or pathetic, it’s just a different lifestyle.
The Big Bang Theory is also awesome because of the humour. Yes, the show does go down from Season 5 onwards, but Season 8 is being awesome so far. The show is full of one-liners, catch phrases that will end up in tees (BAZINGA!!) and geek references that only a small portion of the audience will get.
Of course, like any other show, it has its downsides too. At first, the show had a very poor female representation (similar to Silicon Valley), but they slowly fixed that with the addition of new characters. There were also the critics saying that the show wasn’t so funny without the laugh track, but that’s something that could be said about any other sitcom.
Bottom line, whether you really like it or are incredibly critical of it, what is for sure is that The Big Bang Theory is the most popular show out there in the moment and that is because the show knows how to evolve and stay true to itself at the same time. After 8 years, the show remains fresh and original and has inspired a large amount of geeks to come out and embrace their geekiness.