There are certain television shows I just won't watch. I channel surf, stop for a second, make a quick judgement, and usually turn the channel.
And that's what I did for about 7 years when I surfed past The Big Bang Theory.
I judged it in about 10 seconds. I thought it was another dumb, popular, quick scene after quick scene, going for the obvious sitcom. I was way too smart and sophisticated to watch this....
Boy was I wrong.
I don't remember when; maybe a year or so ago, channel surfing, I happened upon a rerun on TBS of TBBT. Nothing else was on, so hey ok, let's watch this.
And I fell in love. With the show. With the writing. With the chemistry of the cast. Even with the set decoration....
I'm thinking, this show isn't stupid, I'm stupid! This show is funny and warm. This show has heart. Great acting, great writing, funny story lines, laugh out loud moments.
I became hooked. Actually obsessed. It became a ritual after work to run around do some chores, cook dinner, but stop....it's 8:00pm..."Miiiiikkeee---put on The Big Bang Theory". My husband and I would watch rerun after rerun, he didn't mind and for a man who'd rather watch ANYTHING on the Discovery Channel, this was a big deal. He liked it. Now we're both hooked.
I tell my mother and brother, look there's nothing on TV...well watch The Big Bang Theory..you'll love it. (My mother watches the Hallmark Channel, she's 81, thinks the Kardashians are stupid, (agreed) hates just about every popular television show there ever was) but she started watching it. And she loves it.
Well lookeeee there my mom is watching The Big Bang Theory. Awesome, gets her off the Hallmark cheese once in awhile, so I feel like I've done her a daughterly service.
I know people who think they're just too smart and savvy to watch the show. They think I've dumbed down my standards because Parks and Rec ended...please. I used to be one of those people. Don't get it twisted, I love Parks and Rec, but I am addicted to The Big Bang Theory.
Why? Because it's comforting. It's comforting. Watching brilliant geeks who love Star Trek, Star Wars, and comic books is comforting. I'm a die hard Trekkie, so even though I'm 55, married and have 3 grown children, watching The Big Bang Theory comforts me.
The chemistry of the actors integrated with the brilliant writing, is well, something I don't think you can manufacture. It just happens, the way great films are created, they write, they cast and hope for the best. Sometimes it's brilliant and sometimes you have all the "right" ingredients, and it still bombs.
Not so for The Big Bang Theory. Everything meshes beautifully. Like a perfectly executed play. The comedic timing, the story lines, the direction, the sets..gold.
The heart. Yes, that's it, the heart! I love that the show isn't mean-spirited; yeah they pot shot each other, but they love each other. You see that in so many episodes. I guess I got so sick of watching mean-spirited television, that The Big Bang Theory became a relief from the cruelty that is supposed to be humor in sitcoms.
It's the only show I know of that does not portray Christians as stupid, ignorant idiots. Thank you! Again, perfect casting with Laurie Metcalf as the born-again Christian---Sheldon's mom.
So yeah I follow all the TBBT lovers on Instagram, of course! There's alot of them. ALOT.
Yes, I went to Broadway to see Jim Parsons in An Act of God. Second row, by the way on the second night of the previews...yeah, that's how addicted I've become. And yeah I tried to see Kunal Nayyar in The Spoils, but I couldn't get the dates and tickets to line up so, I missed it. And I was pissed. Regrets. I digress.
Anyway, thanks Chuck Lorre and all the creators of The Big Bang Theory. Your show is the number one comedy for a reason. It's brilliant.
And yes I will keep watching rerun after rerun, 'cause I love comfort. And funny.
And come on now: there's only so much HGTV and Discovery Channel a person can watch.