Once the geeks got the girls the shows family-friendly comedy was smothered in cosiness
Whats the greatest sweeping gender generalisation you can think of? For men, that intelligence equates to social ineptitude? For women, that blond equals dumb? Its amazing that The Big Bang Theory went on to become the biggest American sitcom since Friends. But a sitcom combining these two stereotyped groups in adjacent flats just so happened to work.
We are in Pasadena, Los Angeles County. In Apartment 4A (sorry, the lift is out of order, youll have to take the stairs), we have physicist Sheldon Cooper PhD, borderline obsessive-compulsive and utterly lacking in people skills, obviously thanks to his gargantuan IQ. There is physicist Leonard Hofstadter PhD, a self-aware nerd, therefore better with people and less awkward with the ladies. He was only allowed to move in with Sheldon after signing the Roommate Agreement (Roommates must notify each other 12 hours in advance if they wish to have a house guest. If Sheldon turns into a zombie, Leonard cannot kill him.). Round their gaff, we often find aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz, who loves the ladies but still lives with his mum (RIP), and Dr Raj Koothrappali, who physically cant speak to women unless hes utterly twatted. You can imagine what happens when Penny, a pretty blond waitress and wannabe actor, moves into Apartment 4B. You can almost smell the fear and pent-up testosterone through the TV screen.
Leonard calls dibs, and he and Penny start on-and-off dating for the rest of Big Bang history. Love interest for the other three eggheads was required. We meet Bernadette Rostenkowski, Pennys waitress friend and microbiology student, perfect for Howard. Theres Amy Blossom Farrah Fowler, selected by a dating site as Sheldons match, whom Sheldon finally gets it on with in series nine. In fact, if you want an unnecessary timeline of all Big Bangs saucy shenanigans, here it is:
Leonard and Penny: Meet series one. Date, kiss etc series two. Break up series three. One-night stand series four. Sex in a Tardis police booth series six. Engaged series seven. Married series nine.
Howard and Bernadette: Meet series three. Engaged series four. Married series five. Howard goes into space series six. Kids series 10 and 11.
Sheldon and Amy: Meet series three. Date series five. Kiss etc series nine. Engaged series 10. Married series 11. When The Big Bang Theory Jumped the Shark? Ooh, around series nine.
In its prime, with the beauties and the geeks on the perpetual cop, Big Bang was as funny and charming as any sitcom you could sit down and watch with your mum. Now that everyone in the show has settled down, its about as interesting as real life; ie not that interesting at all. The current 12th series is the last, where even Raj Big Bangs Phoebe has found love. So were probably all off to Bollywood for the finale. And then, poof! Gravity will stop the expansion of the universe, everything will begin to contract, all matter will collapse into the Big Crunch, and well all be dead for ever. See ya.