I want to start this piece with an anecdote.†
The other day, while I was walking in to the supermarket, I noticed a group of teenage girls† standing around the entrance with buckets and matching t-shirts. They were raising money for their gymnastics club. ďOh,Ē I thought, ďI must remember to give them some change on my way out.Ē Thatís when I heard her say it.
As I was walking by, the smallest of the group turned to her friends and said, in reference to me: ďOh my god, he looks just like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.Ē I quickly changed my mind about contributing to their efforts, and immediately starting thinking about ways to change the natural look of my face? I donít know what was more hurtful: comparing me to a not-that-attractive guy or saying that I resemble one of the characters on the worst show on TV.
Itís definitely the latter.
Now, there arenít a lot of things I donít understand in this world, but the popularity of The Big Bang Theory is one of them. Itís the most-watched comedy on television, which makes me weep for humanity. The truth is the show has never been funny. It never will be funny. In fact, Iíd go so far as to say that it is worse than Two and a Half Men.
If you are one of the lucky people who have never seen the show, let me break it down for you: Leonard and Sheldon are two physicists who share an apartment. Through the magic of unrealistic narrative television, they become friends with the beautiful waitress who lives across the hall from them. Along with friends Howard and Rajesh, the five get together and engage in many hilarious capers (in theory).
You know what really kills me? This piece of shit show has won awards. The guy who plays Sheldon – the one that those midget girls thought I looked like – has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe. How the Christ did he manage that? He is a terrible actor who plays a one-dimensional, stereotypically geeky character. I didnít see Screech from Saved by the Bell or Roger from Sister, Sister winning any awards in the Ď90s, and they played the exact same character.
The majority of the showís humor comes from the premise that smart people are funny because they say smart things that us normal people donít understand. Half of every episode involves the geeks saying geeky things to each other; while the blonde girl doesnít understand. She might make a funny face or say ďYeah, I understandĒ sarcastically. As the audience, we relate to her and laugh at the awkward situation. And thatís it. Thatís the whole show. You donít even have to watch it now.
Plus, would it kill the producers to add a bit of eye candy? I know these characters are supposed to be losers, but canít they at least be Hollywood losers? Like when they take a really attractive actor and put a pair of glasses on him/her? Is that too much to ask?
Honestly, if you have any sense at all; youíll avoid The Big Bang Theory at all costsBut Ross, what will I watch instead of The Big Bang Theory? Very good question. How about any or all of these?
- Parks and Recreation
- The Office
- Modern Family
- The New Normal
- The Mindy Project
- Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia
To be honest, you could just stare into space for a half hour. That would be a better way to spend your time.