Ever since September 24, 2007, the television-viewing nerd got a jolt of awesome, for this was the day that CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” premiered. Featuring a cast of lovable geeks and adorable nerds, the TV show lived up to its namesake and sparked a big bang with television audience. Just finishing its fifth season, Big Bang is slated to reappear in the Fall of 2012. Now, let’s take a critical look at this smash-hit that brings geeks and nerds to the forefront of network TV.
First, what is it all about?
Glad you asked, Rhetorical Man! “Big Bang” revolves around the lives of Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. and his roommate and friend, Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D. Everyone on the show (minus average Jill, Penny) is a certified brainiac. The show mainly pokes fun at how clueless geniuses can be in everyday, common scenarios. In addition to spoofing high IQs, “Big Bang” gets most of its humor from japes about geek culture like comic books and video games – I’ll elaborate in a bit!
The show is definitely full of laughs. Howard Wolowitz, the only non Ph.D. packing character, creeps out everyone with his perverted views on everything and Raj Koothrappali just asks for laughs with his selective mutism around women that are not related to him. Sheldon is easily the star of the show with his no-filter comments and stupidness when it comes to social situations. Only Penny, the attractive next door neighbor can successfully navigate human interaction with the “outside world.”
What’s so great about it, though?
For one thing, the show is just damn funny – in a quirky, underhanded sort of way. Getting every one of the jokes requires a working knowledge of math and physics, but thankfully the show does not solely rely on smarty pants jokes. Even though you may not need to know about math and physics to laugh, you will need to have some sympathy for the geeks and nerds of the world.
Another plus to the show is that it puts everything that geeks hold dear right up front and in the open. Love comic books? The group has a weekly trip to their local comic emporium. Heart Star Trek? Well, each man on the show has at least one uniform in his closet. Howard also has a pair of crossed lightsabers over his bed that he flicks on to get him and his girlfriend (pardon me, hand) in the mood.
Should I watch it or not?
If you’re on this site, you need to watch this show! “Big Bang” serves as a beacon of light and hope for every lover of subatomic particles, comic books, and Dr. Who out there! The show has some great jokes that only die-hard nerds will chuckle at and, let’s face it, everyone knows a pig like Howard and a control freak like Sheldon (if you shrugged and said, “not me,” then it is you).
As well as the great and fun-loving depiction of geek culture, the show goes to show that even glasses-wearing, comic-book hoarding dudes can get the hot women! The relationship between Leonard and Penny knows no limits – much like your love for this show shouldn’t. Tune in on TBS for re-runs and join the cast in the fall for the Season 6 opener!Geek TV: The Big Bang Theory,