The Big Bang Theory, Making Aspergers Funny Since 2007

That’s right people.  Since 2007.  I bet many of you don’t know the show has been on since 2007 since so few of you were watching it back then.  Of course now, everyone is a fan of THE BIG BANG THEORY but that’s a good thing.  It keeps the show from getting cancelled.

Here is a scene with the very funny Jim Parsons who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Kaley Cuoco who plays the dim-witted neighbor Penny.

What I will be curious to see in this season is what will the writers do with Sheldon?  He’s very clearly got Aspergers Syndrome which would mean he really isn’t capable of emotional growth or change.  He just doesn’t understand emotions and as you know from watching the show, that is what makes him funny.  How long will that be funny for though?

Remember 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN?  That show was hysterical in the early seasons mostly because we got to watch how the aliens deal with their new environment.  After a few seasons though, how many more “mis-understandings” could the aliens have?  Answer: none.

I think the addition of the female characters has been a great addition to the show, and as my wife pointed out tonight, is probably the hidden reason why the show survived.  If the show had remained a show about just the 4 guys, then it would be dead.  Adding the additional women, lead by the surprisingly brilliant Mayim Bialik (A very special episode of BLOSSOM anyone?) changed the tone of the show and added depth to the core group of characters.

Here is one of my favorite clips from the show starring Bialik who has an actual PhD:

The show is very funny.  We are at the critical 5th season.  How will the characters continue to grow?  We will have to tune in to find out.