What Is the Big Bang Theory?
Since “Friends” aired its final episode, I never saw another sitcom that remotely compared to my most favorite American sitcom. There was “How I Met Your Mother” and I was amused for a while but when it took 8 seasons to tell his kids his love story, it became boring. I mean how long could you keep kids on the couch to listen to their dad’s love story?
Then came “The Big Bang Theory” – which I never gave my time of day. I was looking for comedies, not some unknown science shows. In one of those nothing-good-on-TV-moments, I came upon a scene where the characters Sheldon and Amy (I did not know their names then) were talking. The dialogue caught my attention. They discussed body parts and its functions scientifically but it came off as very hilarious. I knew then that the sitcom replaced “Friends” as my most favorite.
The Big Bang Theory is a sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady -- the men behind Two and a Half Men. It’s about a group of nerdy scientists struggling to get on with the mundane task of daily living. As of the 5th season, there are already 7 main characters plus the voice of Howard’s mother (never seen). I love each of the characters but Sheldon seems to be the core character in the sitcom. I would miss the other characters when not around but I might stop watching without Sheldon.
Sheldon is a genius physicist who lives life according to his own terms. He sticks to his guns with what he wants while having some moments of learning how to be normal. He lives in his own world. He believes that he is above the rest of the human populace in terms of intellect.
Leonard is Sheldon’s roommate, another nerdy physicist who is struggling to become as socially normal as possible. Leonard is very understanding and patient with Sheldon.
Penny is the adorable girl who lives across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. The character maybe scientifically inept but she has a lot of common sense which she brings into the group. In her own way, she shows the boys some social skills that they lack. She is the object of Leonard’s affection. She is a waitress and an aspiring actress.
Howard is an aerospace engineer and a delusional Casanova. He has more confidence than is good for him which makes the character very funny. He flaunts his knowledge of different languages when he sees beautiful women.
Rajesh or Raj is the lovable foreigner from India. He is an astrophysicist who is pathologically shy and cannot talk to women without drinking alcohol. Once under the influence, he can be a smooth talker.
Bernadette is a microbiologist who becomes Howard’s girlfriend and eventually his wife.
Amy is a neuroscientist whom Howard and Raj matched with Sheldon through a dating website. She and Sheldon gets into a girlfriend/boyfriend relationship under the terms formulated by Sheldon.
Every episode of The Big Bang Theory is a comical treat. According to its makers, the scientific lines in the show are properly research and referred to real scientific professionals so that the characters deliver scientific truths aside from its comic effects.
I love every episode of The Big Bang Theory but there are episodes which really stand out for me, such as Episode 2 of Season 1 entitled The Big Bran Hypothesis.
The discussion of Superman’s flight is impressive. The characters deliver their difficult lines with utmost credibility.
The episode shows Leonard doing anything for Penny in order to get on her good side – with the intention of maybe getting intimate with her.
In this episode, Sheldon’s being obsessive-compulsive becomes evident when he cannot sleep thinking of Penny’s messy apartment. It’s hilarious when they speak in lower register so as not to wake Penny up when they barged into her apartment to clean.
This episode also has established Sheldon’s lack of understanding of sarcasm.
I am really impressed by the writers of The Big Bang Theory. Here are some lines from The Big Bran Hypothesis:
Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
Sheldon (intrigued): You have a sarcasm sign?
Penny: Yes, I know men can't fly.
Sheldon: No, no, let's assume that they can. Lois Lane is falling, accelerating at an initial rate of 32ft per second, per second. Superman swoops down to save her by reaching out two arms of steel. Ms. Lane, who is now traveling at approximately 120 miles per hour, hits them, and is immediately sliced into three equal pieces.
Sheldon: I couldn't sleep knowing that just outside my bedroom is our living room and just outside our living room is that hallway and immediately adjacent to that hallway is this….[Penny's messed up apartment]!
Leonard: Do you realize if Penny wakes up there's no reasonable explanation to why we are here?
Sheldon: I just gave you a reasonable explanation.
Leonard: No, no. You gave me an explanation. Its reasonableness will be determined by a jury of your peers.
Sheldon: Don’t be ridiculous, I have no peers.