The Big Bang Theory just ended with its last episode but not many of us know why it was a huge hit. It was not just the story of a few nerds but had a much deeper message.
Who can deny the influence of TV sitcoms in our lives? Be it in the 80s or the 90s, it glued our eyes to the television screens and became part of us. Though the characters were the creations of a creative mind, we often related to them. They reminded us of someone familiar, sometimes a friend or an acquaintance. While the Keatons, the Huxtables, and the Seavers ruled our living rooms in the 80s, Joey, Ross and the Prince of Bellair were our 90s favorites.
CBS introduced The Big Bang Theory into our lives in the 2000s. The sitcom, which was initially thought to be a stereotypical depiction of few geeks, captured the attention of a massive audience that saw exponential growth over the years. It made its viewers laugh, cry, think and sometimes feel better about life itself. After its long successful run, the sitcom has finally come to an end.
However, there are still many who fail to understand what the hype is all about. The sitcom which began with the friendship of two nerds Sheldon and Leonard later evolved into deeper aspects of their life and who they really were apart from their interests in science.
Here are a few reasons why the sitcom is one of the most popular TV shows of this era.
While most mainstream sitcoms do not take the risk of deviating from comedy into emotional subjects, The Big Bang Theory always took its chances. Not only did it make people laugh till their bellies hurt but also made them think and connect emotionally to the various situations in the show. A great example of it was the way the character, Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz discussed her feelings about pregnancy. The character expressed her fears of being pregnant and how it could possibly affect her career. By incorporating such serious issues, the show encouraged real, deep conversation and made people think.
One of the most popular characters, Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons display a lot of traits of an autism-related Asperger syndrome. Though the actor denied Sheldon being autistic, the viewers believe he is. While some may not have been thrilled to think Sheldon was autistic, others feel that the character is a huge inspiration. Regardless of whether the character was written as an autistic adult or not, his uniqueness definitely raised awareness on the condition unlike any other in mainstream television. According to Grunge.com, a charity called the Autism Speaks once stated that it didn't matter if Sheldon actually had autism or not because "the show's popularity has brought this discussion (on autism) to a large national audience." They also added that Sheldon was largely popular and loved among the autism community.
Though Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj were mocked and made fun of because of their characteristics, the show did not display them as "abnormal" people. "What we're trying to show … is that this is a group of people who likely were teased, mocked, told that they will never be appreciated or loved, and we have a group of people who have successful careers, active social lives. … They also have relationships, and that's a fulfilling and satisfying life," said Mayim Bialik to Radio Times.
While most sitcoms focused on the sexy image of women with the perfect bodies, The Big Bang Theory promoted the image of beauty with brains. The roles played by Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik as microbiologist Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz and neurobiologist Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler were introduced in season 3 as the romantic interests for Simon Helberg's Howard and Jim Parsons' Sheldon. However, the characters soon evolved and became a major part of the show raising debates about the difficulties of accomplished women in a stereotypical male dominant society. In a way, it changed the perceptions of people. A woman could be more than just the hot waitress next door.