From left to right: Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik)
A hilarious sit-com of seven individuals in their 30’s, six being college-educated in some sort of science, this series is mainly about the lives of Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, whom lived quite comfortably in their introverted, scientific lives at first, before an attractive waitress named Penny moves into the apartment across the hall from theirs. Along with the trio, friends of Sheldon and Leonard are introduced into the series, and all of their personalities intermingle and shift as they spend time together with their shared interests in what would be considered “nerdy” and “geeky”.
I give this a full 5 out of 5, and there are a few reasons why:
I absolutely loved the series, though others have found it insulting as the show does tend to appeal to stereotypes versus what the “nerd” or “geek” culture is really like. And, I agree to some extent, but this show is not meant to be taken seriously–and, in my opinion, this series is not as insulting to the nerd culture as one might think it is (as I am quite the nerd myself). Sure, many of the characters in the series are super-hero obsessed, socially awkward, and typically unliked by the opposite sex because of their “nerdy” tendencies and physical unattractiveness, but they all have unique personalities that are shown in-depth later in the series. They also do eventually find love from people that like them the way they are.
What I loved about the show was how Sheldon, a highly intelligent yet highly meticulous fellow with some childish and selfish tendencies, always clashed with Leonard, an intelligent and socially awkward individual who simply wants to live a normal life without his roommate telling him what to do. Then there was Raj who couldn’t even talk directly to any woman and slowly developed the courage to get over the fear of rejection. I found it funny how Howard thought he was this sexy beast of a man, and Penny–well, she was helpful to everyone the best she could (though, I don’t really like her character that much…for obvious reasons, as she used to be promiscuous). Bernadette seems to be a total sweetheart, but she has quite the temper if you press any of her buttons. And Amy–I think I can relate the most to her. She’s nice but firm, smart, quirky, and modest.
So, is this show worth watching? Absolutely. It has good writing, a smorgasbord of characters that you can relate to at least one, and it can almost always make you laugh one way or another.