The Big Bang Theory is the biggest show on network television and was recently renewed for two additional seasons. If you’ve never seen this hitcom, you must have been living under a rock for the past decade. Since it first aired in September 2007, The Big Bang Theory has been hugely successful and has influenced many of the sitcoms to have come out since then.
Created by Bill Prady, and TV heavyweight Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), the show has become a staple of evening television. You might have heard all your friends going on about it, but it’s never really appealed to you. Well, we’re here to change all of that and give you 5 of the top reasons why you should watch The Big Bang Theory.
It doesn’t talk down to its audience
The characters in the show are bonafide geeks, and they’re not about to dumb down and mansplain science to you. The show hired actually physicists to help make sure the descriptions, job titles, and science jargon were bang on the money, and it worked wonderfully. As intelligent as it is funny, this is a show that makes you think and makes you want to go look things up. Once you do, you will have an even greater appreciation of the show and its clever humor.
Tackles real issues
One of the best things about the show is the fact that it tackles real-life issues sensibly and sensitively. For instance, Sheldon is highly introverted but is brought out of his shell by interactions with the other characters (though he remains more or less the same guy!). Raj can’t talk to women at the start of the show, but he eventually manages to develop the courage to be able to do this, without having to drink alcohol.
Most of us know Wil Wheaton as geeky, weedy little Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner’s 1994 coming of age movie Stand By Me, as well as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek. In the show, he plays an exaggerated version of himself as Sheldon’s nemesis. Wheaton is a scene stealer, and every episode in which he shows up you know, it’s going to be a good one. His back and forth with Jim Parsons is sensational, and a big part of what makes this such a great show.
All the best comedy also manages to balance drama wonderfully as well, and The Big Bang Theory is no different to this. There are actually some surprisingly moving and touching moments in the show, such as Amy breaking up with Sheldon, and Leonard bidding Sheldon farewell at the train station. The show gets the serious bits right and manages to elevate itself above that of a normal sitcom.
There has never been a character on television quite like Sheldon Cooper. The one-of-a-kind uber-nerd is quite simply geekiness personified. Sheldon’s interactions with the other characters are hilarious, and the fact that the character remains more or less the same is what makes him so adorable. We love Sheldon, and Jim Parsons’ portrayal of him is one of the best things we’ve seen in any sitcom.
So, there you have it, 5 stellar reasons to tune into The Big Bang Theory. This is the show you’ve been waiting to discover. Okay, so you’re ten years late to the party, but it’s never too late to discover and enjoy a show this great.