I get nerds, I really do. I might be one myself, for all I know. But in the American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, things are so farcically overblown, and the characters are so painfully cliche and stereotypical, that it is painful to watch.
The nerds are generally ace in Physics and know their way around the internet, and they are also all male. Male, and socially awkward. “Stare wide-eyed at America’s Next Top Model on TV” awkward. They have a token Indian nerd there too, I guess someone must have told the producers that Indians are ace with IT and computers.
They have women in that show, too. They aren’t the nerds. No Klingon scrabble for the girls on “Big Bang”. Nope, the girls are girlish, they wear halter tops and short pants, they are emotional and temperamental, and they are the stuff the nerds (and presumably the viewers of the show) look at longingly, or dream of at night. The few nerd girls in the show that I’ve seen so far were either overweight, not very good looking and/or made to wear thick glasses, with their characters painted in the most unpleasant light.
I think there was a chance here to write a funny sitcom that reflects on, and gets its inspirations from, the quaintness and weirdness of the nerd scene. But they have squandered that opportunity in spectacular fashion, and have instead created an unfunny, unoriginal and outright painful panacea of cliche gender stereotypes.
Case in point here.
“Big Bang Theory” is number two on my list of TV shows the world doesn’t deserve. With number one being “16 and pregnant”.