My sister told me I should be watching Big Bang Theory — that it was fun, smart, and one of those rare shows which parents and teens can watch alongside one another without
- heated discussion about morals, principles, or “where this consumer-driven culture is headed”
You know. All the basic elements of a generational gap that make for an evening of breathtaking fun.
Since I already own about nine boxed sets of unwatched television shows, I heard her, but her words didn’t particularly register. (Lesson #1: Always listen to your sister.)
Then I did a whack of Christmas shopping at Think Geek. As I picked t-shirts for my nephews and Frank’s friends, I was cracking up, secretly wishing I owned a few of them myself. The gifts, by the way, were wildly successful. My nephews were ecstatic.
As she thanked me, my sister took care to inform me that 90% of what I’d bought were phrases popularized by that show. (Lesson #2: If you’re going to listen to your sister, do it immediately. Otherwise, you’re gonna lose the superiority points you’ve painstakingly acquired over the last many months.)
Tell you what; if you don’t watch the show, why don’t I spare you lessons 1 and 2? Show you a snippet. Perhaps intrigue you.
To set this up: Leonard — the dark-haired character with the glasses — has the role of nerd-yearning-to-be-more. He’s in lust, perhaps love, with his beautiful blonde neighbor, Penny, who’s emotion-driven and contemporary. In other words, if he wants her, he’s going to need to change and embrace rejection and vulnerability in inventive new ways.
Sheldon, the guy who wrote the algorithm, might have autism. He’s a wonderful, light example of intellectualism uniformed by emotion.
Do you watch Big Bang Theory? If you don’t, when was the last time your sibling was right about your television preferences? And did she rub your nose in it or did she go for the more diplomatic route? Allow your self-concept to remain intact? 😉