A show that was co-created by Chuck Lorre, The Big Bang Theory is one of the most controversial shows on television just like another one of his sitcoms, Two and a Half Men, was before it. An absolute ratings behemoth that is currently in the midst of its tenth season and has been renewed for two more as of this writing, there is no doubt about how successful it is. On the other hand, if you’ve paid attention to the conversation about the show online over its existence, you’ll realize that there is an incredible amount of hate out there for the show.
Decried by many for the way it portrays nerd culture, that has led to many in the community it purports to represent to openly dislike the series. Also prone to embracing characters that are at times cartoonish and lowest common denominator comedy, more often than not, the show lacks anything resembling subtlety which makes it easy to hate. On top of that, there is no doubt that there is something satisfying about holding yourself above the masses due to being against a commonly enjoyed show. All of those are a few of the reasons why you may not want to watch the show but there have to be reasons why so many people watch it and you should too, right? Coming to that conclusion is what inspired us to put together this list of fifteen reasons why you should be watching The Big Bang Theory.
When putting together this list, we sought reasons to push someone to watch the show. Of course, everyone’s tastes are different so we can’t attest that each entry will apply to every reader of this article. That said, at the end of the day, we believe that virtually everyone will find some reasons to give the show a watch. We’re not saying that you should watch every episode of the show but we are attempting to make the argument that you, our faithful reader, should check out some of its many episodes.
15. Because Of The Cool Science Jargon
Due to the fact that five of the show’s main characters, everyone but Penny, make their livings as in highly technical professions, The Big Bang Theory is fraught with a great deal of scientific discussion. It would be totally understandable if you presumed that the things they say are a bunch of mumbo-jumbo and we can’t say for sure a little bit hasn’t squeaked through but they try not to allow it. At least, one man is doing his best to ensure that, as David Saltzberg is the sole science consultant on the staff of the show. An astrophysicist at the University of California, it is safe to say that he has the background to pull off the gig too so if you want to learn a little something, this series isn’t a bad avenue to walk down.
14. Because Your Parents Probably Love It
We touched on the fact that this show kills it in the ratings but there is something about that fact that is pretty remarkable. Most of the time, shows seem to appeal to one demographic more than another. For instance, you wouldn’t exactly expect a lot of adults to be watching Sesame Street, but the series has been a mainstay of television programming because kids love it. On the other end of the spectrum, Matlock and Murder She Wrote seem to be loved by older people but aren’t watched much by teens. Then you have The Big Bang Theory, a show that from all accounts is enjoyed by people of all ages, girls and boys alike. As a result, there is a distinct possibility that your folks enjoy it and if you want to have a few laughs with the people that brought you into this world, this show may just do the trick.
13. Because Of Roseanne Reunions Of Sorts
For all of the anger that has been thrust on the work of Chuck Lorre over the last two decades, due in large part to his work on this show, once upon a time, he was an executive producer on a beloved one. Roseanne didn’t end its run on top of the world but when it started out, it was seen as a groundbreaking and hilarious show that showed a side of society that was ignored far too often. In fact, TV Guide called Roseanne the thirty-fifth greatest show off all time in 2002 which really shows how important its legacy is.
Gone for several years now, there are rumors of a full-fledged Roseanne reunion but if that never comes to pass, The Big Bang Theory has had a few revolving around Johnny Galecki’s Leonard Hofstadter. First, there is the mother of his best friend, Sheldon, who is played by Laurie Metcalf who he appeared with on Roseanne multiple times. More significantly, however, Leonard dated Leslie Winkle, a character played by Sara Gilbert who also played Darlene who dated a character played by Johnny named David over several seasons of Roseanne.
12. Because Of The Amazing Random Cameos
It should be pretty obvious but when a show becomes a massive hit, there is likely going to be a slew of celebrities that want to bask in its glow a little bit. When it comes to The Big Bang Theory, that holds true. But due to its focus on the nerd world, many of them are best known for their geeky pursuits. Still, there is no doubt that there is a lot of charm to appearances by people like Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee, Elon Musk, Bill Nye, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, and more. On top of that, actors like Charlie Sheen, Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackhoff, Summer Glau, Stephen Merchant, and James Earl Jones have all stopped by as well. We’re going to leave it there but we will be touching on a few other cameos going forward in the case where we fell like appearances by someone is worthy of their own entry.
11. Because Of Stephen Hawking
Speaking of celebrities whose cameos are worthy of their own entry, we’ll start off by talking about Stephen Hawking. Arguably the most famous scientist alive and one of the best-known of all time, he is in the same conversation as figures like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, and Tesla are. As such, it makes perfect sense that the producers behind The Big Bang Theory would love to have him give their show his stamp of approval given the nature of the program. What they probably couldn’t predict, however, is his willingness to play himself on the show multiple times now and his ability to get laughs from their audience each time.
10. Because Of The Awesome Men
One of the running gags on The Big Bang Theory in the early years was the inability of the four scientists that played a large part of its nucleus to get women interested in them. Between Sheldon’s odd personality, Howard’s sometimes inappropriate jokes, Raj’s inability to even speak to women, and Leonard’s lack of confidence, they spent their time mostly in each other’s company. In real life, however, we’re guessing things were a little bit different as Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar clean up nicely. While the portrayal of their characters hasn’t changed too much, those that are attracted to good-looking men should be able to put aside their outrageous outfits and appreciate the handsome men in each episode.
9. Because Of The Beautiful Ladies
Speaking of attractive people, the three women most associated with The Big Bang Theory are lovely in their own right. When it comes to Kaley Cuoco, the actress that plays Penny, they’ve always embraced her s*xuality and good looks so her beauty has been apparent from day one. On the other hand, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik both play stuffier characters but our eyes work and we’re not going to let them cloud our judgment. If you are attracted to women, you should be able to appreciate three women that are as pretty as the female side of the show’s cast which may help in bringing you back to the show.
8. Because Of Wil Wheaton
A former Star Trek star that had a cameo on The Big Bang Theory to start out with but was brought back over and over, Wil Wheaton played himself as most of the stars have but an exaggerated version. Starting out as the sworn enemy of Sheldon, the way they would take shots at one another and try to get the upper hand was pretty hilarious and made us happy every time he appeared. Eventually managing to come together over time, it made Wil’s appearances a little less fun but a lot more heartwarming. Either way, to date every time Wil has shown up, it has put a smile on our face and if you like a good Wheaton-related laugh, you need to watch his episodes at least.
7. Because You Want To Know What The Fuss Is About
If you are anything like us, you love talking to people about pop culture whether in person or online. While The Big Bang Theory may not be the type of show that usually would be discussed at the proverbial water cooler, the fact that the show is equally hated and loved makes it defy those odds. As a result, if you want to have an opinion to share when you see someone defending or attempting to destroy the show, you’re going to need to have at least a passing familiarity with its content. As a result, we guess it makes sense for you to give the sitcom a try if you haven’t yet.
6. Because It Gets Surprisingly Touching
A show that is known by some for its canned laughs, on-the-nose jokes, and depiction of nerd culture that seems like the definition of a stereotype, it seems as though it hits every nail with a sledgehammer. However, that oftentimes isn’t the case as we have been shocked too many times by how affecting some of the most memorable moments of the show can be. Between episodes where Amy broke up with Sheldon who had intended to propose to her or when Howard’s mom died, fans were hit with a surprising emotional punch to the stomach. However, in our opinion, the most touching moment was when Penny and Leonard dropped Sheldon off at a train station, leaving him to his own devices for the first time and bidding him goodbye at least for a while.
5. Because Of Dr. Sheldon Cooper
Inarguably the best known character from The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper is the breakout star mostly due to his unique personality and his portrayal by Jim Parsons. Having earned a Golden Globe, four Primetime Emmys, two Critic Choice Awards, and many more awards, Jim has earned the respect of many critics and fans. Another reason why we felt the character deserved to be singled out is due to the fact that some in Autism and Asperger’s circles have embraced him as a positive portrayal of a character they have things in common with. Sheldon has never been said to be on the spectrum but the very fact that some of the ways in which he acts gives some who feel underrepresented someone to relate to is awesome in our book.
4. Because Of Penny’s Wardrobe Choices
Alright, let’s face facts. Penny is a key part of the show’s cast from a personality point of view but she has also been used as eye candy a lot over the run of the series. A beautiful woman that started out the series as the only main character that was portrayed as gorgeous and popular, they never seemed to pass up an opportunity to put her looks in the spotlight. That is why Kaley Cuoco’s Penny has appeared in several scenes wearing clothes which result in much of her fit frame becoming visible for those watching the show. Not only are we not going to complain about that but we think it is a reason to watch the show if you enjoy appreciating a woman’s body.
3. Because Of Bob Newhart
If we were going to come up with a list of the biggest television comedy legends, there is no doubt in our minds that Bob Newhart would have to be one of the top names. Known for starring in The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, he carried both series into becoming legends of the industry. These days, he may be best known for playing supporting roles but his time on The Big Bang Theory shows that he hasn’t lost a step when it comes to making us laugh no matter the size of the performance. Uttering every line he spoke on the show with the type of stunning comedic timing that only a legend of the industry with decades of experience could master, he kills every line. If you haven’t seen his work as a mentor and hero of Sheldon’s, then you are missing out and owe yourself the opportunity to see a comedy genius at work.
2. Because You Hate It
Do you hate this show? Are you reading this article seething with rage that anyone would have the gall to argue that The Big Bang Theory is worthy of a watch? At the very least, do you scoff when someone tells you that they enjoy this show? Then this entry may be for you.
If one of those ideas holds true for you but you’ve seen this show a handful of times, maybe you should give it a bit more of a chance. After all, there are loads of shows that took a while to find their legs and it may be better than you realize. On the other hand, if you sat through it several times and know in your heart of hearts that it simply isn’t for you, then maybe it might be fun to watch from time to time too. Let’s be honest, it is kind of fun to watch something you find truly awful occasionally and relish your disdain for it for a little while, especially if there is someone with you to share your disgust with.
1. Because It Makes You Laugh
A show that is ostensibly a comedy, it may seem self-evident that the principal reason to watch The Big Bang Theory is that it makes you laugh. However, things may not be cut and dry in that regard as we’ve already touched on the fact that there are a lot of people who really rail against this sitcom. As a result, it is likely that the show will never be cool to enjoy like Seinfeld or Arrested Development were in the past. If you ask us, however, screw all of that crap. If it makes you laugh but your friends or internet strangers tell you that that’s wrong, then ignore them. If something brings a smile to your lips or a chuckle to your heart, embrace that wholeheartedly as that is truly worthy of your time. You’ll learn, laugh, swoon, and maybe even cry at the same time. Trust me, it’s worth binge-watching on.