I get the high school general sciences jokes and "geek" references, they're just not funny, and the laugh track isn't fooling me to think they are. Well, as a professional blond waitress who went from a cafe job to a short term theoretical physics postdoc at Oxford, I can assure everyone that being stereotyped as Penny by most physicists does not make me laugh.
I have a love-hate relationship with you. Get with it, doods. This is definitely a case of no "sciencey" entertainment would be better than this. I am one of those who would like to get rid of all the t. Sadly, Penny, and the viewing audience with her, is left to think of physics as some esoteric craziness that normal people just can't get.
She almost exactly describes me. I want to get laid! She even makes Star Trek jokes and was addicted to video games! Even my worst physics instructors on their off days weren't this bad.
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I have mixed feelings about the show too, I've watched it a few times. Ikea has it in a couple of styles, though personally I look to Ikea mostly for ideas I
physics jokes love to build myself using the materials I would prefer, in a style I would prefer - or more accurately, my partner would prefer.
And then there is the Big Bang Theory.
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That means that you cannot have too high a bar to understanding the jokes. How much toxic swill are we supposed to just swallow because it comes along with clever?
He teaches her how to parrot something she doesn't really comprehend, and she seems more or less content with that, having been convinced that any true theory hilarious of actual physics is beyond her grasp. So all this is bad enough on its own. A male character probably wouldn't have been made to cry. Ha ha, Howard lives with Mommy, who's always yelling at him when he does manage to get a woman upstairs in bed with him!
I think some of Penny's scenes in more recent seasons show her actually understanding the physics and dishing out as much crap as she is given. Well, I'll just get back to looking for waitressing jobs and do my best to ignore the Sheldons actually the real world model for Sheldon is a friend of mine on Facebook of the world, who will in the end be proven wrong not only about women and minorities They will be the laughing stock of a thousand generations.
There are many awful parts of this sad episode, but a real low point is reached when Sheldon types pseudo-anthropological entries in a journal called "Project Gorilla", thus mocking Dian Fossey, all women in science, and all beginning learners of science in one fell swoop. And it is only natural that Nyaar should be a complete expert on All Things Indian and serve as a SpokesOther for any topic that is in any way related to Acting While Indian.
Of course this is portrayed as Penny's inability to learn, not Sheldon's failure as a teacher to really convey anything meaningful about the beauty of physics to a beginning learner.
Plus a whole sitcom! And if you want to complain about the writers 'wrongly' stereotyping the scientists, take a step back and look at Penny's stereotype. Or perhaps we've just grown accustomed to low for entertainment. You can dazzle your boyfriend with it, little lady. The characters are hilarious because they depict so many of my colleagues so perfectly.
However, hilarious physics jokes if there was a joke for kids here, it wouldn't be very surprising. I have to adjust the color and brightness settings because the screen is getting so dark! That's great that you don't laugh at the characters!
I don't find myself laughing at the characters. Who don't know how to talk to women! When my then-boyfriend couldn't understand Cantor's diagonal argument, despite my best beer-fueled attempts to explain, he didn't cry nor looked big bang theory. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing I can't believe the main thing anyone took from Sheldon's attempt to teach Penny is that Penny is not capable of learning Physics.
Ha ha, Mommy's crazy Bible-talk made Sheldon the most uber-geeky of all the geeks - he has no interest in sex! My favorite character is Sheldon, he just says some really funny nerdy stuff. I mean for pretty much any entertainment you have to accept some sort of bullshit, but there is a limit to what is acceptable. There was an intelligent female grad student with whom Sheldon briefly worked. When I watched this episode I saw more Sheldon's inability to teach than her inability to learn. And this fall, NBC has an entire sitcom set in India, a TV version of the feature Outsourced.
I thought his terrible teaching was pretty over the top and that was the driving force for the joke. Nyaar told him to take his stoopid "three dusky indians r invadin' mah teevee" story line and shove it up his ass.
Everyone knows that science nerdboys can't get it on with hot chicks because they are geeky closeted jokes for kids anyway, so this really is truly goddamn funny shit. I've watched plenty of the sitcom Friends in the joke for kids and the comedy would have worked very nicely with the stupid Joey and the smart, sciency Ross.
I love nerd humour too, but it seems like most of the nerd humour in BBT is laughing at the nerds instead of making clever puns about integration.
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In many ways, you could read the whole must-hide-my-true-magical-nature-or-be-killed-by-the-magic-haters as a metaphor for the persecution of homosexuals. We're supposed to, on some joke for kids, sympathize with these guys, rather than just be disgusted by them we're supposed to do that also, though, of course.
Normally I enjoy his analysis of television shows. Reshma Shetty plays the simultaneously "big bang theory" and levelheaded nurse Divya Katdare on USA's Royal Pains. TV networks and hack TV writers as opposed to the good ones think this is what we want. Also, Rajesh is sort of an Indian stereotype that isn't PC. Neither Sheldon nor Penny comes to any realization that Sheldon's vaunted physics prowess is meaningless if he can't convey anything of the subject he so loves to anyone but other jargon jockeys.
Moms - moms are all crazy, and they all have messed up their dear little scientist boys in some way or other overbearing Jewish-y invasive mothering, southern Christian-y preachy mothering, skepticoscientastic uptight-y neuropsychoanalyzing mothering, nosey Other Asian-y match-making motheringgenerally bearing the responsibility for the ill-fated attempts at mating of Our Dear Boys.
For example, you've got the dumb one, who could be Joey in Friends, Rose in Golden Girls, or Chrissy Snow in Three's Company.
Unless you can dismiss everyone on the "big bang" as "crazy office workers" but that's hardly the hilarious physics of stereotypes we're talking about here, is it? Totally over my head. See, I love nerd humor, and I love the idea of having scientists as central characters in a comedy on prime time television. Finally, despite what you say, there is NOT a lack of educated females on the show. Maybe in the context of the show's overall character development, if you ALWAYS see sheldon joke for kids the point and not penny, it comes across as a joke on sheldon or maybe some of us just have a vested interest in the show?
Then I Can enjoy all the good science humor and nerd-isms and keep it at a superficial level. It doesn't surprise me. Ha ha, Mommy nags Rajesh over Skype and he has to get drunk to talk to women! Sheldon has been shown many times that he's unable to relate to other people, and in particular that he find it difficult to understand that other people don't always share his interests and skills.
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big bang theory Race MattersStereotypes We Know And Love. If the clip I linked to above were made as a parody of bad physics teaching, it would perhaps be funny.
If it's green and wigglesit's biology. I know what you mean. Page Actions Watch Random Funny. The reason for these stereotypical characters are obvious. I haven't even touched upon the clever mockery of homosexuality that is the running joke of Howard and Rajesh's friendship.
We just weren't a match, I guess, but funny it wasn't. Women who are not scientists are hot blonds who, no matter how much you try to teach them, are just never gonna get the finer points of physics. In order to enjoy the show, I consider it a story of a specific woman who can't do science because this is just a story and there do exist women and obviously men who can't do science.
The Big Bang Theory —. Reverse the genders in that scene, let Penny be the physics savant sans empathy, and let Sheldon be the one crying so prettily on the couch because he just can't understandand he needs to joke for kids his girlfriend, and he thinks Fig Newtons were named for Isaac Newton, and he just can't keep a single fact in his little brain!
The show has some good qualities that you mentioned, but I think everyone gets so excited because, unfortunately, it's actually mildly better than past portrayals, or at least more "mainstream". That's beyond just 'dumb girl' into 'unfathomably oblivious'. But yeah, not really funny, big bang.
It's a nice change from the stereotypes of dumb fat man married to attractive shrill wife who dominates his life as if he's a child.
Ever read Chuckie-poo's "vanity cards" that blip by at the end of every. I mean, of course I know why - because these are immediately recognizable archetypes that reinforce the status quo - but the show doesn't HAVE to do this now that it's a proven quantity, that it's shown it can pull viewers.
I have to say I've totally missed the homosexual tension between Rajesh and Howard. I don't think the fact that she's female had anything to do with the situation in this case. Maybe they, too, joke for kids sad because other people were stupid, but they actually wanted to convey the meaning and beauty of physics to their students, even if they didn't really know how to do so very well. Does the comedy still work for you?
Oh, my feelings about this show. Perpetually Stupid Football Loving Blonde Babe Transplants to LA from Flat Farmland Square State to Pursue a Career in Waitressing-Oops-I-Mean-Acting? That's why he thinks that the only possible explanation for Penny's inability to learn is her having suffered a concussion.
Ah, it's a comedy, you whine. Okay, when you put it that way I guess it is laughing at Sheldon and the others. It's like it's the one show that didn't get the memo that this is the year Feminism, STEM, elder care, gardening, migraines - you're in the right place.
Do you think that your response is the typical one to the show, or can you see how many people watching might laugh at Sheldon and his overly exaggerated behaviour? I am pretty darn sure that Dian Fossey had more joke for kids for her research subjects contained within the little finger of one hand than this show has shown to women in its entire run so far. But that's not how it's played in the episode. I'm not sure I agree that the whole "I can't learn physics and so I'll just memorize a phrase" wouldn't have happened with a guy.
I don't mind unwinding now and then in the late evenings with some house porn on the HGTV network - ZOMFG! Of course Male sluts exist too, Such as Joey, Charlie in Three and a Half Men, or Dan in Night Court. For me, BBT crosses it - while at the same time, Numbers for example, did not. Why does Penny have to be emotionally intelligent and intellectually bankrupt while Sheldon is emotionally bankrupt and intellectually brilliant?
Then, last week, I came across Jonathan Storm's column in the Philadelphia Inquirerreporting from the television critics' press tour. I didn't think so. Apologies if this has been pointed out already, but this show is made by Chuck Lorre. They joke for kids we're too dumb to handle anything other than the stale and typical laziness of stereotypes. I have a love hate relationship with BBT, for the reasons you've listed. And I can't complain about Leslie Winkle, really.
I guess there is no point in attempting to critically analyze anything we see, read, or hear. Except when I was a student I wore contacts, and now I'm a professor and a mother I have no time or energy for slutty hilarious physics. Sheldon tried his best, but physics just can't be taught to waitresses at The Cheesecake Factory. The joke of those scenes was clearly that Sheldon was a terrible teacher, especially for a basic introduction to the topic.
They also have Jewish stereotypes. Sitcoms are generally full of characters who are stereotypes, often with characters who are functionally identical to characters in other sitcoms. Can the writers depart a little from the stereotypes? Almost every murder procedural show is based on this type of character, as is a lot of sci-fi and drama, which is basically a lovabel rogue male stereotype even when the occasional female fills the role. It's the laughing at women and gays and others that makes it all cook.
Mostly hate, even though you make me laugh sometimes. I think this is a really good point: Yes, there's lots of better options out there, but this show isn't the worst of the lot by far. And I don't know what you are talking about - Penny the Perpetually Stupid Blonde?
Ha ha, Leonard finally gets in bed with Penny and can't do it, because he's thinking about Mommy! I vaguely recall noticing its existence, probably due to those constant ads shows get prior to launch, and thinking, "Er, no. While I found the slow removal of anyone who wasn't one of the "beautiful people" rather frustrating not to mention the absolute shit ending to the series and the near lack of color, even among the minorities portrayed was fucking obnoxious, the interpersonal relationships on the show transcended a lot of stupid stereotypes - totally making the show worth it to me.
Fine, there's only three that I can think of Noodle, I think you must be confusing my blog post with someone else's. They joke for kids we believe that science is this ineffable nonsense promulgated by sexless nebbishy scruffles, that we really do theory hilarious physics women are just empty-headed fuck machines, and that having male friends makes you a big gay homo fagfairy and that, of course, is a problem.
Plus there's the annoying-as-hell laugh tracks telling me when I sh0uld consider something funny. It speaks to larger cultural problems, surely. I would like you to summarize Dwight's character as a stereotype in one-two sentences. Her not learning is funny! Tina Fey - there's a comedian and writer who knows how to do for the most part non-toxic clever funny. Could Penny join the guys for a bit of gaming, and dazzle them with some role-play or an unsuspected knowledge of tabletop strategy games?
Rather, it's led me to enjoy being a nerd even more. It's hard to think of too many comedies either on TV or in literature where you aren't laughing at the way characters respond to situations. But - do the scientists all have to be gamers with mother issues? He also is self-centered, and cannot believe that he's not hypercapable in any field that he wants to try. I certainly agree that the stereotypes are over the top and it annoys me that they portray all the atractive women as unable to do science.
But now I know to avoid coming into accidental contact with it. At least there are some "hilarious physics jokes" on TV other than Professor Frink, and they don't wear lab coats all the time or have coke-bottle lenses, and at least some of the guest spots are female scientists, who don't pull off their glasses and let down their hair to be told "But you're beautiful!
Yes, aspies are socially awkward, but not like that! I asked Nyaar [the for kids who plays Rajesh Koothrappali] why so many Indian characters and actors were turning up on TV these days.
I admit it's got clever writing and the characters are more well-developed than the usual sitcom cardboard cutouts, but damn.
Another example would be the slut, as in Roz on Frasier, Blanche in Golden Girls, or Kelly in Married With Children. Something for kids Large Hadron Collider! Penny has been shown to pick up some of the nerdy knowledge of the guys on the show, and in general to not be an irredeemable moron unlike SHeldon and his social abilities.
Have at it in the comments and try to convince me this show isn't just a bagful of fetid old stereotypes about women, scientists, religion, mothers, gays, and Others-in-General, with a light topcoat of clever writing, some occasionally delightful nerd humor, and great acting by Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. Currently considering "for kids" required for installation of emergency
for kids station. Some of these people even 'creep me out,' to borrow a phrase from Penny. Fortunately your women are mysterious and sultry, and you, good sir, are funny, so I am big bang theory amused.
Not really, I find it funny that they the writers got me right. I'm a bright that is high-functioning autistic and I feel that the character of Sheldon Cooper is supposed to be bright, and all the autistic stereotypes are multiplied to the 10,th degree and they laugh AT it, not with it. Isn't it just ultra hi-larious that Sheldon and Leonard, via their Crazy Mommys, find common ground in the science v.
The sliders are particularly fun, because if you go all books you can get half again coverage of each wall. Not exactly a cheap fix, but the absolute sexiest I've seen. How many people in LA does that piss off? But his bit on BBT left me wanting to do a little shoe-puking. I want my nerd humor with a 30 Rock sensibility, not a reworked Two and a Half Men mommy issues! I say this as someone who loves BBT, but grates her teeth at the overblown stereotypes in place of real characters.
Is that picking on the characters? It just doesn't seem mean spirited to me but rather in the same vein as every other show where you laugh at the characters. The dialogue is so funny, and the actors are so very good. Can anyone name a show where the characters couldn't be summarized into a stereotype in one-two sentences? August 2, at August 2, at 1: August 2, at 3: August 2, at 5: August 2, at 8: August 3, at August 3, at 7: August 3, at 8: August 3, at 9: August 3, at 1: August 3, at 6: August 4, at 2: August 4, at 8: August 4, at August 5, at 5: August 6, at January 25, at 2: Scientopia Blogs Select a blog ACTIVE BLOGS: Moore Ron Moore Roomba Rosemary Clooney rov Rupert Wyatt Russ Tedrake Russell T.
Are we supposed to laugh at the characters whose nerdiness is so exaggerated that even we can finally pick on someone?
I mean, not being aware of your own true sexual desires, or having to hide your homosexuality, because you live in a world of compulsory heterosexuality, that there is comedic gold. By reusing character archetypes a stranger to the show can quickly understand the character's motivations and therefore the jokes.
We are all really good-looking and talented, and I'm really happy that we continue to take over the world. As for BBT - fuck it. There's Archie Panjabi, who plays the tough but mysterious Kalinda Sharma on CBS's The Good Wife. Well, as a professional blond waitress who went from a cafe job to a short term theoretical physics postdoc at Oxford, I can assure everyone that being stereotyped as Penny by most physicists does not make me laugh.
It will cost a bit more than a hi-def television, but solves this problem nicely. I'd say it makes them look equal parts moronic.
The same dude that makes 2. Never one to hold back from expressing any thought he has, Sheldon is often inadvertently insulting, which can create problems for him but is frequently hilarious.
Why are there SO MANY of you on my t. I find that this type of attention to detail makes me love the show even more. The science jokes tend to be smart and funny and the attention to detail is excellent. Scientists are socially awkward! Why, that's practically an invasion! Real, true, uber-geeky scientists have absolutely no interest whatsoever in sex anyway!
But maybe they were really going for the angle that women can't learn physics and I missed it. But yeah, I would say I laugh at the way these characters respond to situations. On the hand, I quite like the show because it does such a good job of portraying the stereotypes, which in my experience many people try very hard to live up to.
What I hate is tired, worn, cardboard cutout stereotypes. Best just to nod and say, "yep, that's the usual pablum they're selling" and swallow it.
I have enjoyed watching Merlin on the SyFy network, in part for sheer escapism, and in part because I like the way it deals upfront with class issues and Othering. Aug 02 Published by Zuska under Race MattersStereotypes We Know And Love. Except if she cried, I guess. Sitcoms have to attract an audience, and keep that audience. Stereotypes are of course a jumping off point for almost any show. I was open to BBT at first, because I really like the idea of science on primetime, but yeah, it ultimately just fails and fails hard.
Possibly the saddest episode ever of this Showcase of Stereotypes was when Sheldon tries to teach Penny physics - and fails miserably. That show sounds like a bucket of flaming stupid in a world of hurt. Women who are scientists are sorta ugly and wear glasses and are not blond and are socially maladjusted and don't care about their appearance and - if they do have sex - they are kinda slutty about it and sleep around. Dudes cannot just be friends, so something's going on, amirite? Then later let him rapidly fire off a complicated sentence he totally does not understand, to dazzle his physics PhD girlfriend with.
Well if someone asks Samia or I to be part of this collective, then we brown folks really will be taking over the world, muhahaha. They almost never have sex!
It didn't start out this way. I am slowly learning to cope now that Lost is over. He never even tried to understand it or why I would care when sober. There are hardly any characters that wouldn't sound like stereotypes if you summed them up in one sentence which of course writers have to do to get a show started. That dude does not like women.
So, to sum up: No wonder everybody loves this show so much. With wife-beater Charlie Sheen. Because two guys who are good friends to each other and aren't currently fucking the living shit out of something with a vagina have got to be faggots. It strikes me as odd that the show seems to be aimed at a nerdier audience that probably got made fun of themselves.