If you’re a geek or a geek-sympathizer, you might want to check out a new sitcom on CBS called The Big Bang Theory.
I’m no fan of sitcoms, but I really like this one. The show centers around two physics geeks, Leonard and Sheldon, their two nerdy friends, and their new neighbor who happens to be an attractive, non-geeky woman. The part that’s different? They get all the geeky stuff right!
Seriously. They don’t just mention Vulcan mating rituals, they mention Pon Farr. They revel in comic books, tech gadgets, intellectual games, science fiction, and all that fabulous stuff — just like me and my friends. I can’t watch an episode without drowning in waves of nostalgia. (And sometimes calling out the name of the Star Trek episode to which they’re referring before they do.)
I am a bit troubled by Penny, the blonde neighbor. The guys have nothing in common with her, but still lust after her because of her looks. (Most of my geeky guy friends aren’t like that.) At first, I thought the writers couldn’t write women at all. Then I had a revelation: they just can’t write non-geeks. Or, in another light, they depict non-geeks as many hardcore geeks view them — two-dimensionally.
In any case, The Big Bang Theory is the first sitcom I’ve ever seen that seems to be written by geeks. There are free episodes available if you feel like checking it out.