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. “Oh,” I thought, “I must remember to give them some change on my way out.” That’s 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: “Oh my god, he looks just like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.” 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 don’t 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.
It’s definitely the latter.
Now, there aren’t a lot of things I don’t understand in this world, but the popularity of The Big Bang Theory is one of them. It’s 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, I’d 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 didn’t see Screech from Saved by the Bell or Roger from Sister, Sister winning any awards in the ‘90s, and they played the exact same character.
The majority of the show’s humor comes from the premise that smart people are funny because they say smart things that us normal people don’t understand. Half of every episode involves the geeks saying geeky things to each other; while the blonde girl doesn’t understand. She might make a funny face or say “Yeah, I understand” sarcastically. As the audience, we relate to her and laugh at the awkward situation. And that’s it. That’s the whole show. You don’t 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 can’t 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; you’ll 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
- It’s 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.