I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.
Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.
And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…
Hmm, the writer of this has many good points and I agree with most of them, but still I can’t seem to make myself fully agree with it.
I love TBBT because of the geekyness. I love the fact that they play D&D and WoW and I like their geeky jokes because I understand them and their fandom. I dont laugh at Leonard for owning a batsignal, I envy him! I feel sorry for Penny for being “stupid”, and feel that Leonard would have been better of with a cool sciency-geeky girl. Not the blond, sazzy one across the hall! I love all the characters in TBBT in different ways, but most of all I love the geekyness of the show. Sure, they get things wrong at times (one thing that rally bothered me were when Sheldon paralyzed the rest of the group whitout doing a dice throw when they played Leonards christmas story of D&D), but I would still like to give them thumbs up for trying.
I agree that there are homophobic factors in the show, but I also feel that they kind of embrace it. Raj and Howard have kind of a bromance, and yes, we are supposed to laugh about it at times, but i also feel as if we should encourage it! The bromance going on between Raj and Howard makes me feel like their friendship is the strongest one in the group, and that gives me a positiv view of the “homosexualness” of it. They are comfortable with eachother and therefore there is nothing wrong with it.
I dont think I will stop liking this show any time soon. Maybe its because I need to see Leonard with another girl than Penny, maybe its because I want to know if Amy finally manages to lure out the “human” side of Sheldon, or maybe its because I don’t see the whole picture yet. Maybe Im just stupid. Time will tell.
And finally, I would like to apologize for my bad grammar.