History YMMV / TheBigBangTheory

15th Jan '18 3:07:05 PM MasterFuzzy
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** In Season 1, we discover that Sheldon is a big fan of ''Fiddler on the Roof,'' one of the most famous Jewish plays. And guess who he falls in love with a few seasons later? The actress who's played by a Jew.



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%%** Howard and Raj get this a lot.

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%%** ** Howard and Raj get this a lot.lot, to the point where Leonard's mother comments on it. They bicker LikeAnOldMarriedCouple, Raj and Howard often team up when Leonard is with either Sheldon or Penny, and Raj becomes ''incredibly'' involved in Howard and Bernadette's pregnancy.



** Leonard. Yeah, he may be considered a DesignatedHero and an ass, but the insults that other characters throw at him about his height or romantic life can seem mean a lot of the time. Also his mother can be quite a bitch. Once Leonard is actually with Penny his retorts to them are basically "You said it would never happen, well I made it happen." In fact most of the time whenever he does something mean or socially stupid you can trace its origin to what someone else did to him.

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** Leonard. Yeah, he may be considered a DesignatedHero and an ass, but the insults that other characters throw at him about his height or romantic life can seem mean a lot of the time. Also his mother can be quite a bitch. bitch, to the point where he relates that he ''built a hugging machine so that he could fake having human contact.'' Once Leonard is actually with Penny his retorts to them are basically "You said it would never happen, well I made it happen." In fact most of the time whenever he does something mean or socially stupid you can trace its origin to what someone else did to him.
7th Jan '18 7:30:40 PM KJMackley
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* SmallReferencePools: Many of the guys' conversation involves name dropping various science figures, the vast majority of which are ones familiar to the general public (Einstein, Tesla etc) rather than more obscure ones someone of their education would discuss. Also their pop culture interests are rather limited; such as only basic Marvel and DC characters for comic books, Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons for fantasy media, and Star Wars and Trek for sci fi (though others like Battlestar Galactica are occasionally mentioned).
3rd Jan '18 9:40:50 AM Orcaon
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* ShallowParody: The jokes about geek culture hit really obvious targets like video games, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchies/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', etc. A lot of them fall flat by getting basic details wrong (like Sheldon playing Mario with laptop keys rather than a controller), and the targets are so big in the mainstream it's considered perfectly normal to be into them. The show itself even acknowledges this early on, when Penny mocks Leonard for collecting action figures when she herself has numerous ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' and ''Franchise/HelloKitty'' dolls.

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* ShallowParody: The jokes about geek culture hit really obvious targets like video games, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchies/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', etc. A lot of them fall flat by getting basic details wrong (like Sheldon playing Mario with laptop keys rather than a controller), and the The targets are so big in the mainstream it's considered perfectly normal to be into them. The show itself even acknowledges this early on, when Penny mocks Leonard for collecting action figures when she herself has numerous ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' and ''Franchise/HelloKitty'' dolls.
31st Dec '17 8:45:21 AM Cameron178
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** Played with Penny and Leonard. Leonard also calls out Penny for how she treats him, and she makes an effort to modify her behavior. However, she quickly reverts back to form at the end of the episode.
** Finally, Sheldon's behavior toward Bert and Geology led to Bert rejecting him and not accepting his apology.
29th Dec '17 11:46:36 PM DarkMask
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: In Season 11, Raj ''finally'' calls Howard out for constantly making cruel and sometimes racist jokes at Raj's expense. And unlike in earlier seasons where the audience was meant to feel bad that Howard gets called out (such as when Penny justifiably called Howard out for harassing her constantly, only to apologize to Howard later for making him feel bad) it's made clear Raj is right to stand up for himself, and it's primarily Howard who should change his behavior.
24th Dec '17 8:50:27 AM Cameron178
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*** Of course, as Penny pointed out in the third season, since Leonard kept on choosing to live with Sheldon as opposed to moving out and living on his own, it's hard to really feel sorry for his complaints. Later on, he did actually move after a fight with Sheldon, but then proceeded to foist himself on Penny, who was nowhere near ready for such a step, and spends the entire episode ignoring her obvious feelings about it.
18th Dec '17 9:00:00 PM KJMackley
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* UnfortunateImplications:
** [[http://everydayheterosexism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/10-homophobic-things-about-big-bang.html There's been issues]] with how the show treats homosexuality. Raj is repeatedly given effeminate quirks. His [[HoYay relationship with Howard]] is once outright said to be a replacement for a traditional heterosexual relationship that neither can get, with the idea being that it's sad and pathetic as claimed by a ''professional and well-renowned psychologist'', and his later close relationship with [[AmbiguouslyBi possibly Bi]] Stuart is treated similarly. {{Asexual}} Sheldon was noted prior for subverting usual sitcom standards by having no interest in women, until they decided to add in a female love interest to avoid people thinking he was gay (ironically, his actor actually is).
** The stereotype that women cannot be comic book, sci-fi, or video game geeks, no matter how nerdy they are, [[https://3chicgeeks.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-problem-with-the-big-bang-theory/ has not gone unnoticed.]]
** The show has been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3-hOigoxHs criticised]] for condoning sexism (and racism) because the characters displaying this behaviour are underdogs.
18th Dec '17 8:03:08 AM Cheapsunglasses
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** The TV Critic's problem with ''The Friendship Contraction''. After dealing with Sheldon's incessant whining one too many times, Leonard rightly tells Sheldon where to stick the roommate agreement and dissolves their friendship. Sheldon spends the bulk of the episode trying to find someone else to lean on him hand and foot (never even once considering doing anything for himself), and when he can't, he ''cuts the power to the entire apartment building'' to get Leonard to be his servant again. Penny notes that Sheldon simply misses his best friend, but it'd be hard to think that given Sheldon's behavior, and Leonard is completely in the right to call Sheldon out on his childishness. A particularly grating moment is when Sheldon has the nerve to say that the roommate agreement provides "mutual benefits" when all it does is give him power over Leonard.

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** The TV Critic's problem with ''The Friendship Contraction''. After dealing with Sheldon's incessant whining one too many times, Leonard rightly tells Sheldon where to stick the roommate agreement and dissolves their friendship. Sheldon spends the bulk of the episode trying to find someone else to lean wait on him hand and foot (never even once considering doing anything for himself), and when he can't, he ''cuts the power to the entire apartment building'' to get Leonard to be his servant again. Penny notes that Sheldon simply misses his best friend, but it'd be hard to think that given Sheldon's behavior, and Leonard is completely in the right to call Sheldon out on his childishness. A particularly grating moment is when Sheldon has the nerve to say that the roommate agreement provides "mutual benefits" when all it does is give him power over Leonard.
18th Dec '17 8:01:41 AM Cheapsunglasses
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** The TV Critic's problem with ''The Friendship Contraction''. After dealing with Sheldon's incessant whining one too many times, Leonard rightly tells Sheldon where to stick the roommate agreement and dissolves their friendship. Sheldon spends the bulk of the episode trying to find someone else to lean on him hand and foot (never even once considering doing anything for himself), and when he can't, he ''cuts the power to the entire apartment building'' to get Leonard to be his servant again. Penny notes that Sheldon simply misses his best friend, but it'd be hard to think that given Sheldon's behavior, and Leonard is completely in the right to call Sheldon out on his childishness. A particularly grating moment is when Sheldon has the nerve to say that the roommate agreement provides "mutual benefits" when all it does is give him power over Leonard.
17th Dec '17 7:06:31 PM KJMackley
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* CargoShip: Howard/[[ADateWithRosiePalms the robot hand he got stuck on]], Sheldon/his spot, Amy/Gerard (her [[ADateWithRosiePalms electric toothbrush]]), Raj and his mobile phone Siri...
* CharacterShilling: Sure, Kaley Cuoco is definitely conventionally attractive, but the fact that the entire male cast think so can get a little grating. It gets more annoying when she gets away with things that no-one else would because of her looks, or when she calls Leonard out for doing things she herself did.

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* CargoShip: Howard/[[ADateWithRosiePalms the robot hand he got stuck on]], Sheldon/his spot, Amy/Gerard (her [[ADateWithRosiePalms electric toothbrush]]), Raj and his mobile phone Siri...
* CharacterShilling: Sure, Kaley Cuoco is definitely conventionally attractive, but the fact that the entire male cast think so can get a little grating. It gets more annoying when she gets away with things that no-one else would because of her looks, or when she calls Leonard out for doing things she herself did.
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