There is always been a competition over sitcoms and this war has been going on for ages. Whether it’s ‘How I met your Mother,’ or ‘FRIENDS,’ or ‘The Office’ or ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ People quarrel over which series is the best and which is not. I never understood the competition. Despite having the same genre, every sitcom that I mentioned has different storyline and different character portrayal. And everyone has different effect on the audience. There is no such competition! And if you fight over series, well…
Well can you relate science-fiction-comedy-drama with lots of of Star Wars, comic cons and Physics together? One such series did. And that is The Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang Theory
It is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom served as executive producers on the series, along with Steven Molaro. All three also served as head writers. The show premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007, and concluded on May 16, 2019, having broadcast a total of 279 episodes over twelve seasons.
The show initially focused on five characters living in Pasadena, California: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, the two physicists at Caltech, who share an apartment; Penny, a hot waitress an aspiring actress who lives across the door; and Leonard and Sheldon’s comparably nerdy and socially abnormal companions and colleagues, aviation design specialist Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. After some time, supporting characters were elevated to featuring jobs, including neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, microbiologist Bernadette Rostenkowski, exploratory physicist Leslie Winkle, and comic book shop proprietor Stuart Bloom.
The nerd culture
The protagonists set nerd culture through this series. Or maybe tried to set it in a way that it somehow contained gender politics, coitus jokes, dungeons and dragons, and Star Wars. For guys living in 2007, the love for comic books was cute. But not really for an actual guy living in 2007. But I guess the nerd part shows it exactly the way the director wanted it to be portrayed. These characters were loaded up with stereotypes. The first few seasons frequently drew roar with laughter humor from these equivalent shallow portrayals. However, in the event that you look just underneath the surface, it’s not difficult to recognize the quips from the joke.
Sexism over geekism
The Big Bang Theory can get credits for showing how geeks roll in society, but most of the episodes often masked with sexism, misogynistic humor, and racist jokes!
Overall the series was okay, but the storyline did not receive closure in the way one would have expected. Sheldon and Amy won a Nobel Prize, Leonard and Penny are expecting a baby. Howard and Bernadette having children of their own shows stability as a couple. Raj the only protagonist of color… sat next to Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Nobel ceremony after having no one in his life.