You would be excused for assuming that the hit television show ‘Big Bang Theory’ is merely an unappreciated, high school intellect’s dream of redemption, where the wit of science, logic and sharp, well-timed sarcasm take lead over that of the atypical leading theme in most young small screen hits, as brawn and physical strength.
Yet watching this program unfold past the quirky theme song and scrawny, vest-adorned, hair-gelled “nerds”, there seems to be an underlying realm of modern transfixion. Times are changing. Akin to the recent uprising of humorous personalities streaming onto the red carpet in throngs of screaming, adoring fans, the once neglected intelligent and funny genres of celebrities are suddenly all the rage in Tinseltown.
After the hugely anticipated movie ’21 Jump Street’ remake burst into our cinemas, funny and awkward Jonah Hill and former-stripper heart-throb Channing Tatum appeared very much in the flesh at Bondi Beach in Sydney. What fascinated tabloids everywhere was not the outstanding amount of appraisal they received from hysterical female fans, but to whom the attention was particularly addressed. Once at the centre of Hollywood’s elite and most sought after, Channing Tatum was left solitary and shrouded in the waves as Jonah was bombarded with affection and flashes of cameras. What could possibly have spurred Mr Tatum’s former salivating groupies to be so suddenly transfixed with his slightly plump, pale counterpart? The answer really, lies in the female modernisation. Funny is the new sexy.
Generation after generation of women have huddled together over their boxes of half eaten Favourites and strewn, soggy tissues and howled over the heartbreak and endless disregard shown from these attractive and muscled yet arrogant males, and suddenly, someone decided to shove aside the chocolates and self-pity and take a good hard look at the decisions and mistreatment that women everywhere were subjecting themselves to merely for physical attractiveness in a partner.
It was time to open the door to the nice guy; with his glasses, his neatly combed hair, impeccable college degree and affectionate relationship with his mother. With the added depth of actual intellectual clarity, women suddenly found that not only were these once-neglected male specimens able to hold a conversation of interest, but they also genuinely respected and adored women. It only took a couple of centuries to figure out, but finally, women have discovered that the poor sod they had so meticulously cast into the ‘friend zone’ for the hulking, cheating football player, was actually in possession of all the traits that they had once yearned for in all their failed relationships.
Penny is a classic example of the popular, pretty and superficial blonde that overlooks the true affection and healthy relationship she would have with Leonard in favour of the more Jock-like admirers that the show manages to depict as rather dull and meat-headed in comparison to the sharp minds and witty repartee of Leonard, Sheldon and their friends. The programme’s ability to create an idealistic representation of these four geeky scientists shows just how different modern ideals are from the more superficial values of previous generations.
The relationships between Penny and the four main male characters show how women can benefit in their lives, professionally, intellectually, self-esteem-wise, and how they can feel more fulfilled and appreciated, as well as constantly entertained with intelligent humour and constant informative knowledge. ‘Big Bang Theory’ is a blessing for the ‘nerds’ all around the world who really just need a chance to show that girl that good looks are really a deteriorating and discomforting companion in life, compared to that of a rich mind and endless laughs. Go Nerds!