But what was it about the idea of the show that made it so successful? What was behind the concept that connected to the emotions and souls of modern day viewers? The answer is blunt and simple – the Big Bang Theory is a show about nerds. But let us be very clear – it’s a show that defies the stereotypical perception that an entire generation use to have about nerds. The media used to brainwash our culture to believe that the jocks were the ones who always got the pretty girls – but in the Big Bang Theory, this is not the case.
Let’s talk about that for a bit… Leonard Hofstadter, a glasses wearing scientist who someone may have once classified as a “nerd” – he is the one who ultimately marries Penny, the stunningly attractive blonde across the hall. But long before he even marries Penny, he is constantly vying for her attention, and here’s where it gets interesting. The reason the show is so successful is because we are all like Leonard. You can call him whatever you choose, but it’s the underdog in him that we all identify with on some level. No matter what walk of life you are in, there is always some place we feel inferior – and that is why we root for him to succeed.
The show really does have a cast of iconic characters, such as the brilliant Sheldon, quirky and strange. We already acknowledged Leonard and Penny, but then there is of course Raj, Howard, Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette, the remaining members of the show’s core characters. They are truly memorable characters, and while the show’s writing must be credited, much of their success needs to be attributed to the talent of the actors and actresses. They are truly something special, from their performances on set, to their work ethic and dedication off of the set.