I know, I know it’s a bit clichéd to like The Big Bang Theory… but I do!
Comedy is very much a marmite subject for me. Some comedies I love and will watch over and over again, but others leave me completely lost. It tends to be the more physical, slapstick comedy but sometimes toe-curling, eyes-shut cringeworthy scenes can make me feel too uncomfortable to watch as well.
Even my love of Leonardo DiCaprio can’t persuade me to watch something everyone else finds hysterical, as I discovered an hour into watching The Wolf of Wall Street. Whilst those around me in the cinema laughed to the point crying I sat wondering if I was watching a different film! Luckily my ever patient other half understood and we left early.
This why I love The Big Bang Theory. Not only does it have an excellent cast but its writers are so talented that they make the comedy clever, observant and humorous. Being able to relate to certain situations also helps. Finally, I can watch somebody else interpret things literally and the hilarious consequences rather than being the one left to figure out what just happened!
Many people say it is obvious that the character Sheldon Cooper has autism but this has long been denied by the writers and either way I don’t think it matters. What matters is that there is a comic character bumbling through life, still managing to be brilliant at what he does that I can actually relate to!
I also love the fact he has such a close group of friends who all accept him as he is – a quirky genius. They know his peculiarities and for the most part accept them whilst gradually pushing his boundaries to help him make slow progress with social rules.
Every lonely child, lost teenager and isolated adult watches and feels hope that there are people out there who would accept them. Hope is such a fabulous emotion to inspire in others. How can I not love this show?!