The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom that centers two nerdy friends Leonard Leakey Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Lee Cooper (Jim Parsons).
The series premiered on September 2007 from the creator of Two and a Half Men Chuck Lorre and Gilmore Girls’ Bill Prady, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and airs on the CBS network.
Leonardo and Sheldon are both physicists specializing on their own expertise. Leo is an experimental physicist while Sheldon is a theoretical physicist.
Notwithstanding their geeky-ness, both are socially-awkward who do not have any idea how to interact with women. After all, it’s likely impossible to pick up girls when the only thing they know and would like to talk about are isotopes and video games. The two nerds live together in a technology-cluttered apartment and enjoy spending their “leisure” time with their equally social-awkward friends from Cal Tech, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar). Speaking of ineptness to girls and intelligence, let’s route the veins of the two nerds and perhaps we may be able to fill their shoes just for a while.
Leonardo belongs to a family of accomplished scientists. He is described as the “straight man” in the series. Although he is surrounded by his equally genius pals, Leonardo is comparatively better than anyone among his friends in terms of social interaction. He finds the beautiful and voluptuous girl next door Penny (Kaley Couco) attractive. At first, he was coy to let Penny know about his hobbies as he does not like her to see him as a straightforward geek. Contrasting his intent to conceal his geeky-ness, Leo just can’t hide his sci-fi collectibles such as Star Wars hygiene products, comic collections of Superman, and a Battlestar Gallactica flight suit, need not to mention his Clark Kent type of glasses. He ignored the call of his cognitive side to impress Penny. Leo’s father was even happy that his son was dating a non-geek chic. Later on though, he decided to step back to his normal life when he learns that Penny is already dating another man. That must hurt him there ha!
A Caltech theoretical physicist, Sheldon expresses a vocal admiration for his brilliancy, with an IQ of 187. Of course, nerdy as he is, he claims that his IQ cannot be measured by any normal means. Despite his intelligence, Sheldon possesses the most timid and inept character in the series, at least in social interaction. In fact, he cannot grasp the concept of humor. He fails to understand just a simple sarcastic joke anyone would throw at him. Although unconfirmed, Sheldon acts out to have Asperger syndrome. Some of his traits are comparable with someone who has an autism disorder such as his obsessive compulsiveness, lack of empathy and social coyness. Unlike Leonardo, Sheldon has a contrasting personality with that of his family. They are neither scientists nor intellectuals.
Geeks are not pure bookworms. The Big Bang Theory brings out the implausible innate humor of these geeks. What do you think?