Big Bang Theory, I Defend Thee!

Listen up people, you may have seen a lot of blog posts, articles, facebook rants, etc. bashing on the Big Bang Theory calling it “predictable”, “stereotypical”, and “mundane”.  Whoa.  Slow your role.  I think its about time someone stepped up and went toe-toe with all the Big Band Theory haters out there….and I have volunteered.

I originally thought about going through and countering each and every argument I’ve heard/read about the Big Bang Theory…but then I got exhausted just thinking about it…so my argument to refute all arguments is this: IT IS A SITCOM PEOPLE!

When you complain about the caliber of acting/writing/set design/thought provoking episodes, please keep in mind: this is not an HBO drama.  It’s a sitcom.  On cable tv, with re-runs on TBS.

It doesn’t have to be deep, with oscar worthy performances.  It’s ok that its using stereotypes of “nerds” to be funny-because its a sitcom.  It’s supposed to be simple, laying it all out on the surface.

When I watch a sitcom, its not because I want to watch a program that is going to teach me something, and expand my horizons, its because I want to space out a bit, giggle, and give my brain a break. Sorry I’m not sorry if that makes me a bad/lazy/shallow person.  I’m over it.

So really, let’s not try to make TBBT into more than it is, its a sitcom.  Can you honestly name one sitcom that ran for more than one season that wasn’t predictable?  Or didn’t use some sort of stereotypes?  Or had bad acting?  Go on…I dare you to.

So there.  That’s my argument.  Let’s not compare sitcoms like TBBT to award winning mini series about WWII, because they are two completely different species of television shows.  We’re talking apples and oranges here.

To end things on a positive note, I’ve complied my top 5 reason why I love the Big Bang Theory and I’M NOT ASHAMED ABOUT IT.  Enjoy.

5. The Penny/Leonard Romance– I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for the romance.  Will they? Won’t they?  It’s like Ross and Rachel all over again and I’m eating it all up.  Plus it provides a nice sense of continuity from episode to episode (p.s. I hope  they make it).

4. The Howard/Raj BROmance–  They’re not your typical “bros” but they definitely have a romance going on.  I love the way they bicker like an old married couple.  It gives me the giggles.

3. They’re bringing Blossom back– I grew up in the 90s and yeah, I watched Blossom, so I’m quite pleased to see  Mayim Bailik back in the game.  Mayim girl, I missed you like “WHOA”

2. The one liners- I’m a big fan of short quick witty humor, and the one liners in TBBT crack me up!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Amy: I think a boy likes me!
Bernadette: Doesn’t he know you have a boyfriend?
Penny: She doesn’t have a boyfriend, she has a Sheldon.

Sheldon: Why are you crying?
Penny: Because I’m stupid!
Sheldon: That’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

Raj: My religion teaches that if we suffer in this life we are rewarded in the next. Three months at the North Pole with Sheldon and I’m reborn as a well-hung billionaire with wings!

Sheldon: You mean I have Leonard Nimoy’s DNA (starts to hyperventilate)

And the number 1 top reason why I love the big bang theory is…..

Dr. Sheldon “Shelly” Cooper

Everything about Sheldon makes me laugh.  I love his neurotic knocking, his mommy issues, his “spot” situation, his die-hard paintball playing, his creepy laugh, his inability to comprehend when someone is being sarcastic, and his “I am always right attitude”.  Love it. Love every second of it. I am absolutely convinced that Sheldon and I would be best friends (which is probably very untrue and he would hate me more than he hates Penny).  I am also convinced that the actor who plays Sheldon isn’t really acting and this is how he is in everyday life…which only makes me love him more.

So there.  I said it.  I love the Big Bang Theory and all of its predictable, over/under acting, stereotyping, sitcomyness.  You can feel free to keep on sipping the haterade but you’re wrong to do so. BAZINGA.


25 thoughts on “Big Bang Theory, I Defend Thee!

  1. I tried to watch last season but just could not do it. I’m not knocking it, I just know the show wasn’t for me. They are obviously doing something right if they have been around for this many seasons though.

  2. WHITNEY!! I couldn’t respectfully disagree with you more! I try time and time again to watch it, but literally have never even come close to laughing. I have a couple friends who like it, but I just don’t get what parts people laugh at…Help me out…

    • Hahah it’s ok Scarp…we can still be friends….I guess. I think that generally speaking the era for the sitcom ended with Friends, and they’re really not popular anymore. I laugh at literally everything Sheldon does, I love it when characters are unintentionally funny…Sheldon’s humor comes from the fact that he doesn’t realize how ridiculous he is, he just thinks he’s right!

  3. BOOM!
    Love it, Whit.

    I think some of the predictability is charming, because you become attached to the character’s quirks.

    And if that’s the main argument…the heck…Friends was predictable too. We all knew Ross and Rachel would end up together, and that’s one of the most successful comedic shows of all time.

    I think the brilliance is that TBBT finds new ways to incorporate the predictability. For example, Sheldon being in the bathrooms and telling someone to move over to the next urinal because he’s in his spot…Or Raj falling in love with Siri because he can’t find a real girlfriend. We ALL know that Sheldon is necrotic and that Raj is afraid of women, so the show finds new ways to present us with these ideas.

    Great post, Whit. Let’s spend out evening tonight sipping margaritas outside and quoting TBBT

  4. I just clicked on your blog through Finding Gravity’s blog and I’m so glad that I did! I love the fact that the first post I read of yours is about TBBT!! I absolutely adore this show and love it all the same for every single reason that you pointed out. This made me laugh! Thank you for sharing your love for TBBT!

  5. I personally love BBT, but I have always gotten the feeling that if you don’t find nerd subculture somewhat endearing, most of the humor is going to be lost on you.

  6. Not a BBT fan, fun I appreciate your argument. I think people have gotten use to the crazy over the top forced drama of reality TV to recall what a sitcom is about. Make me wonder if sitcoms from years past would be as popular today.

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