9 reasons you should watch The Big Bang Theory!

Published: February 20, 2014
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Although a show of geeks, The Big Bang Theory is not specifically for geeks and can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds and with varied interests, making it currently one of the most popular shows on air. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Although a show of geeks, The Big Bang Theory is not specifically for geeks and can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds and with varied interests, making it currently one of the most popular shows on air.  PHOTO: PUBLICITY Although a show of geeks, The Big Bang Theory is not specifically for geeks and can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds and with varied interests, making it currently one of the most popular shows on air.  PHOTO: PUBLICITY Although a show of geeks, The Big Bang Theory is not specifically for geeks and can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds and with varied interests, making it currently one of the most popular shows on air. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Although it has become somewhat of a fashion to criticise mainstream things and the same is also true for The Big Bang Theory, we must not forget that it is called ‘mainstream’ for some reason. You’ve got to agree… they were given an unlikable subject and they turned it into something hilariously appreciable.

If you still haven’t seen the show (and you better have a good excuse for that), here are nine of the most compelling reasons I thought of for you to watch The Big Bang Theory.

1. Doctor Sheldon Cooper, Bazinga!

Doctor Sheldon Cooper, a theoretical physicist and the King of Nerds, is the favourite character for most viewers. His character is considered to be one of the key reasons behind the sustained success of the show which is well into its seventh season.

Sheldon finds it troubling to keep up with social codes of conduct. He’s also hysterically horrible at understanding sarcasm and humour although unintentionally, he makes use of these social norms rather often. A classic was season four’s episode The 21 Second Excitation when Sheldon kept insisting that the other guys get ready to watch the Indiana Jones movie with an additional footage of 21 seconds and Howard, one of the main characters, sarcastically said,

 “You know, if we miss it, we’ll have the fun of listening to Sheldon whine about it for the rest of our lives.”

And Sheldon, completely missing the sarcasm as usual, innocently replied,

“See? Howard’s on my side.”

Another thing that makes Sheldon’s performance enjoyable is his firm disbelief in irrational practices while he still does things that are somewhat superstitious. For example, the ‘Sheldon spot’ on the couch which he doesn’t allow anyone else to sit on because as he says,

“This seat is ideally located both in relation to the heat source in the winter and a cross breeze in the summer. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct so that it would not discourage conversations nor at an angle that would cause a parallax distortion.”

And of course, who can forget his knocking thrice on someone’s door while calling out their name?

The audience realised the extent of this particular superstition when Penny – his neighbour – opened the door after the second knock in one episode. This made Sheldon so uncomfortable that he knocked on the frame of the open door saying “Penny” in a relatively low voice – just to complete his ‘count of three’.

2. Leonard’s experiments and his surprising love-life

Doctor Leonard Hofstadter is an experimental physicist and Sheldon’s roommate. He has had a difficult childhood since his mother was an unaffectionate, distanced parent who preferred to analyse Leonard’s behaviour – being a psychiatrist and neuro-scientist – than nurture him.

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His expertise lies in the area of Applied Physics. He’s shown executing a number of scientific experiments using state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratory. One of my favourite moments from the show is when he shows Penny, who also happens to be his girlfriend (by some weird twist of fate since she is an attractive, popular girl while he is a certified geek) some of the latest experiments in physics including the Holographic Principle using a laser in the lab.

3. Howard Joe Wolowitz – the only non-PhD

Howard – the third member of the foursome – has somewhat of an unpleasant relationship with his ‘never-seen’ but ‘always audible’ mother. His relationship with his mother is so intensely disturbing that in one episode when Sheldon asked him to do something nice so that he would go to Jewish heaven, Howard replied,

 “Have you met my mother? I live in Jewish hell!”

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His favourite dream is that he’s a ladies’ man. He is also the only member of the geek gang who does not have a doctorate degree and hence, he often has to face mockery over his incompetency in this regard, especially from Sheldon, who leaves no stone unturned in ridiculing him.

Although he doesn’t have a PhD, he is an aerospace engineer and has had the rare opportunity to visit the International Space Station. Howard also imitates Stephen Hawking’s robotic voice very accurately, sending the audience into fits of laughter throughout the series.

4. Rajesh Koothrappali’s selective mutism

Koothrapali can’t talk to women without being drunk. To counter that, every time he has something to say to a woman, he whispers in Howard’s ear, this gives many people the impression that the two are involved in a gay relationship – this offends both Koothrappali and Wolowitz.

The way Raj’s parents interrogate him regarding the dubious nature of their relationship is also quite entertaining.

In the current season’s episodes, however, he has managed to overcome his nerves and has conversations with women without needing to drink.

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His characteristic Indian accent and his failure to understand the American life style also adds to the show’s humour.

5. A Penny for your thoughts?

Penny is Sheldon and Leonard’s cute, bubbly neighbour and Leonard has had the hots for her since the day she moved in. She plays an unsuccessful actress who is stuck being a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory, while pursuing her dream of making it big in Hollywood.

Her adorable looks and amusing dialogue delivery keeps viewers hooked, especially her love-hate relationship with Sheldon.

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6. Knowledge with fun

The inspiration for the show came from two real-life geeky computer programmers. However, instead of being limited to computer jargon and concepts only, The Big Bang Theory includes natural sciences, particularly physics. This allowed the producers to encompass subjects about literally the entire universe including biology, cosmology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, history, geography, linguistics and other topics of general knowledge.

Even the title soundtrack which begins with Our Whole Universe was in a hot dense state…says a lot about the show’s content.

The show is a great source of knowledge, information and even inspiration for people of all age groups; and that too in a fun way.

Before this show, I didn’t think physics could be fun either.

7. Something for everyone

Although a show of geeks, The Big Bang Theory is not specifically for geeks and can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds and with varied interests, making it currently one of the most popular shows on air. There is an eclectic diversity of jokes from scientific jokes to mainstream puns. Add to this the expressions and dialogue deliveries of all the characters and I can guarantee an evening of endless laughter.

8. Calling all comic fans!

There’s even something for comic and gaming fans on The Big Bang Theory. All four nerds – Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj – are fond of comic books, movies, characters and games. There are extensive references to the comic world, especially superheroes like Batman, Hulk, Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Spock, Yoda, The Flash and others.

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The characters are also shown to be obsessed with sci-fi movies, particularly Star Trek and Star Wars.

The characters are die-hard gamers as well and Wednesday night is Halo night – always. Most of the games they play are based on comic characters.

9. Technically sound script

The Big Bang Theory is not just another geeky comedy show. The effort put in the content, characters and script is apparent and it is this splendid combination that makes the show such a success. The dialogues written for Sheldon specifically deserve a standing ovation – not to mention his superb, dead-pan delivery of those dialogues.

The detailing that has gone into the show can be gauged by the fact that it has an official science advisor – David Saltzberg from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – who reviews the script for technicalities and makes any corrections necessary before the recording.

The ingeniously penned script is one of the key reasons I watch the show and the writers’ technique and efforts are worth praising.

All in all, after a long, hard day at work I look forward to crashing on the couch and watching my four geeky friends and their hilarious antics. I can think of no better way to unwind.

All you really need to enjoy this show is a sense of humour, watch it (if you still haven’t) and I’m sure you will agree with me!

Imran Sahir

Imran Sahir

A blogger, poet and short story writer who loves to contribute to activities building peace, social justice and equality and has offered his services in the non-profit sector. He tweets as @iksahir (twitter.com/iksahir)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    1: Penny
    2: Penny
    3: Penny
    4: Sheldon
    5: Penny
    6: Penny
    7: Sheldon
    8: Penny
    9: SheldonRecommend

  • Alan Dewick

    its true. my wife, who doesnt find anything i like funny, is an avid fan. Mind you I tell her half the sciencey stuff just before the show does (Schrodingers cat) and she thinks I should be on it – irlRecommend

  • sharon

    The relationship among Sheldon and amy is absolutely an important motive. This article is foolish and subjectiveRecommend

  • Alann

    Whats the point of making an article about TBBT when it is already halfway through 7th season?

    Dont watch it! This show is a zionist conspiracy against Pakistanis, as can be seen from the fact that Howard in TBBT is a zionist Jew from Israel! This show is haram for Pakistanis.Recommend

  • sharon

    I didn’t want to say fool but unfair. Amy and bernadette are two important protagonists, they don’t deserve to be ignored. The couple amy / sheldon is special!Recommend

  • jakesdad

    it’s certainly not up to date w/the last few seasons… w/the addition of Burnadette & Amy as regulars the show’s essentially Friends for non-tools. have to wonder if the vet thing w/work out for Raj? they’re kind of in a no-win there – you want him to find his match like the others but OTOH it would be hard to do it at this point w/o feeling like a forced cliche for the arc (though they did handle the kiss pretty well! be interesting to see where that goes!)Recommend

  • sharon

    I didn’t want to say fool but unfair. Amy and bernadette are two important protagonists, they don’t deserve to be ignored. And the relationship between Amy and Sheldon is specialRecommend

  • donshon

    It is probably the most overrated, cliched and unfunny show on TV. The reason why this show is popular is because there’s probably no better sitcom on TV right now, and that’s quite telling. This is the show that tries to be smart but is utterly horrid!Recommend

  • sharon

    the evolution of all the protagonists of the series has been put in scene in the best way, the entry of Amy and Bernadette in the series has been a success, and I don’t understand why the merits of the old group are underlined only. Straight the couple Sheldon /Penny is described as if it were the most important, I don’t agree, this is my opinion..Recommend

  • hassan

    I learned about the schrodinger’s cat from ” The big bang theory” !Recommend

  • Ali

    There There!
    Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty….Recommend

  • Rakshinda

    Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
    Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
    The Earth began to cool,
    The autotrophs began to drool,
    Neanderthals developed tools,
    We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
    Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
    That all started with the big bang!Recommend

  • That’s not true. The show has broad popular appeal which has made it as much if not more popular than other really funny shows like Modern Family, Raising Hope, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, etc.Recommend

  • Who else sang it in their head? lolRecommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    Why is it that it’s usually the Indians here that like to bring up “zionist conspiracies”?Recommend

  • sidjeen

    i did.Recommend

  • Alann

    Oh it is your “prime time” TV analysts like Zaid Hamid that talk about it. It is the Pakistani youth led by such people that finds a conspiracy about everything happening in Pakistan and the Indians, Israelis, Americans are blamed for all of Pakistan’s problems – and you can’t deny that! We Indians just find it funny, when we read such comments usually by the Pakistani youth or by their popular “Defence Analysts”.
    There’s no harm to make a funny reference to it, right?Recommend

  • Necromancer

    LMFAO this is the best comment so far for the dayRecommend

  • Hyra

    hahahaha i love big bang theory ! I actually got myself documentaries on the string theory after watching this! :)Recommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    lol you’re the one that brought it up on a blog post that was completely irrelevant.

    Zaid Hamid is to Pakistan what Glenn Beck or Alex Jones is to America, every country has conspiracy nuts(not of all them are nuts though), and as for Pakistanis blaming “America,Israel and India”(India shouldn’t even be put in the same sentence with those countries), most Pakistanis blame our own government and the people of Pakistan above all, we’re self-critical people unlike some of our neighbors.Recommend

  • sss

    The most unfunny show on TV is still Two and a Half Men.Recommend

  • sss

    I could never get into it but I understand its appeal and I do think Sheldon is one of the funniest characters on TV right now, hes right up there with Ron Swanson!Recommend

  • donshon

    I’m sorry but popularity isn’t a yardstick to gauge that a show is funny. An unfunny show is unfunny whether a lot of people watch it or not. I can still watch a Seinfeld episode on repeat and find it more funny than the entire BBT series.Recommend