The Big Bang Theory: Season 10

| September 17, 2017

Let’s pause for a second and explore the fact that I’ve seen every episode of The Big Bang Theory.  It’s difficult to explain because I recognize that the show is deeply flawed in every way.  The characters are middling, the storylines are predictable sitcom fodder, and its portrayal of nerd culture is insulting to anyone who’s ever been a fan of anything.  Yet, I keep watching, because it’s funny and I can forgive a lot as long as I’m entertained.

The Big Bang Theory is inexplicably in its 10th season with season 11 set to start, season 12 already ordered, and a new spin-off coming about a young Sheldon Cooper cleverly titled Young Sheldon.  It looks terrible, but I’m not one to judge something before I watch it.  I’m also not one to watch shows that look terrible.  Take that, Marvel’s Inhumans!

The show has definitely found its stride.  Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is socially awkward to the point of being horrible to all of his friends, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is whiney and annoying, Howard (Simon Helberg; Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog) is childish and disgusting, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) is lonely and pathetic, Stewart (Kevin Sussman) is lonely and pathetic, Bernadette (Melissa Rouch) is shrill and domineering, and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is a sexy alcoholic.  Turn into literally any episode of the show and this is pretty much what you’ll encounter.  The one character that is a true highlight for me is Amy (Mayim Bialik; TV’s Blossom) who may still have some clichés going on with her characterization, but she’s progressively gotten more interesting and varied since her introduction at the end of season pkfavap.  Starting as a simple female version of Sheldon and growing to be his friend, partner, and girlfriend all while trying to traverse the impossible waters of dating Sheldon Cooper is endlessly enjoyable to me and Bialik creates a genuinely complicated character who usually proves to be my personal portal into the heart of the series.

Every once in a while, an episode of the show will come along that is lightning in a bottle and while those episodes may not do anything interesting in terms of structure or character development, they will be incredibly funny.  I remember first falling in love with the series in season 1 when the gang buys a time machine prop replica, and again in a more recent season when the 3 female leads spent an episode debating the rules surrounding Thor’s hammer.  Unfortunatley, season 10 doesn’t have a stand out episode like these with the only really surprising and satisfying moment coming at the very end of the season finale.  The show has fallen into a familiar pattern and seems to become less and less interested in challenging itself, but again: as long as I’m entertained, I’ll keep watching.

Available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros.

About the Author:

Joe Sanders Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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