Someone on my Facebook recently posted that they had overheard this spoken in a comic book store:
Asking us why we don’t watch The Big Bang Theory is like asking a self-respecting gay person why they don’t watch Will and Grace.
I’ve tried to like The Big Bang Theory. I really, really have. Perfect Husband and I keep tuning in and trying to make it through an episode. So far our record is three in a row during a marathon before we tapped out.
The Big Bang Theory Has Some Good Points
I love the character of Sheldon, who clearly has Asperger’s syndrome but is coping beautifully with it. He’s the only character who actually seems comfortable with who he is, and I find him the most believable personality, even when he’s being completely outrageous. Pretty much all of the show’s best lines come from him, too.
Even better, they actually do hire scientists to write certain parts of the script, so the philosophical nerd banter, the equations scribbled on the blackboards, and most of the references are completely accurate, putting shows like CSI to shame with their actual correct use of SCIENCE.
The show is filled with little Easter Eggs that only real nerds/scientists/geeks would pick up on, and jokes that laymen wouldn’t get.
And PH and I do guffaw at all of those little moments that are clearly aimed at amusing the geeks out there:
Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip? To get to the same side.
A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink. The bartender replies, ‘For you, no charge.’
Hee hee hee!
Oh, he mentioned Occam’s Razor!
Oh, he dressed as The Doppler Effect for a costume party!
I know what those things are and so I shall giggle in glee because I feel so clever for getting their oh-so-nerdy jokes!
But that’s what it comes down to – even those delightfully nerdy jokes just leave us feeling dirty and used, because we know that those jokes are the result of Chuck Lorre and company trying to butter us up.