Out of thousands of sitcoms on TV these days, sometimes it’s really hard to find a good one. Two of the most popular sitcoms are How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM)—which ended recently—and The Big Bang Theory (TBBT). Both of these shows are critically acclaimed and are well-received by their audience.
I am assuming most of you are familiar with these shows, but in case if you are not, let me introduce them to you. HIMYM is a show about five friends including, architect Ted Mosby, womanizer Barney Stinson, news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, and the lovebirds Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin.
From left to right: Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall.
Photo credit: New York Post
The show is named How I Met Your Mother because Ted is telling the story to his children about how he met their mother. It might be very obvious to some of you, but it took me a while to realize that this is why the show is named How I Met Your Mother, as most aspects of the show are irrelevant to the actual story he is telling his kids. He goes into every little detail of his and his friend’s lives to reveal how he met his love.
The Big Bang Theory is primarily about stereotypical, nerdy scientists who have difficulty socializing with regular people.The main characters include the border-line crazy scientist, Sheldon Cooper; a wanna-be Casanova (as Wikipedia defines him), Howard Wolowitz; an Indian scientist with selective mutism, who in the first several seasons couldn’t talk to women unless he was drunk, Rajesh Koothrappali; a slightly-more-normal-than-his-other-scientist-friends, Leonard Hofstadter, and a waitress who works at the Cheesecake Factory, Penny.
From left to right: Amy (Sheldon’s girl friend), Bernadette (Howard’s girl friend), Leonard, Howard, Sheldon (standing in front of his spot), Rajesh and Penny.
Photo credit: cbs.com
I personally didn’t understand why the show was such a hit until after I watched a few episodes and started to understand the characters and their personalities. Some critics say the main reason to show’s success is Sheldon Cooper.
My relationship with his character had a rocky start; I thought he was incredibly annoying due to his obsessive and childish nature, but now I find him absolutely adorable to the point where I want to adopt him, but then I remind myself that he is just a TV character and not an actual person.
Why am I writing this blog?
Both of these shows are good in their own ways for their respective audience, but I will also argue that TBBT is a MUCH BETTER program than HIMYM. It’s because TBBT is original; it is a unique and slightly genius concept for a sitcom.
HIMYM is made up of recycled jokes. There is nothing extra ordinary about this show, except that the main characters, who are probably in their late 20s or early 30s, act at least 10 years younger than their age—in other words, they act like college kids. They have graduated from college years ago, but haven’t really moved on from that stage, and that might be one of the reasons to show’s popularity among college goers, because a lot of them act just as immature as the characters on HIMYM.
Why is TBBT better?
The answer to this lies in the originality aspect of the show, but much of the credit also goes to Sheldon. Most traits of his personality make for good jokes.
Here are some facts about him that might help you understand why he is unique:
- He knocks on a door 3 times. If the person opens the door before he is done knocking, it drives him nuts.
- He has a list of “mortal enemies” that consists of 61 people he dislikes, mostly for petty reasons.
- He has a particular spot on his couch, where he doesn’t allow anyone else to sit. And if he goes to someone else’s house, it takes him at least a few minutes to find his perfect spot, and until he finds one he prefers to stand.
- Sheldon does not understand sarcasm. When he makes jokes, he says “Bazinga” to make it obvious that he is joking.
Something that I find funny, yet adorable in him is that most characters on the show seem exhausted by his behavior, but he doesn’t realize it.
This show might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I insist that if you watch at least a few episodes and start to understand the characters, you will develop a taste for it, just like I did.
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