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Nerd Culture in The Big Bang Theory

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Hello everyone! I recently rewatched The Big Bang Theory and I can not seem to get over it so I thought why not review it here.

Synopsis: The lives of four socially awkward friends, Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj, take a wild turn when they meet the beautiful and free-spirited Penny.

One of the reasons I love this show is that it normalises the nerd culture. Much of the series focuses on science and in particular physics. The four main male characters are employed at Caltech and have science-related occupations, as do Bernadette and Amy. The characters frequently banter about scientific theories or news, and make science-related jokes. Science has also interfered with the characters' romantic lives. One such example is when Leonard joins Sheldon, Raj, and Howard on a three-month Arctic research trip, it separates Leonard and Penny at a time when their relationship is budding. Throughout the series there are several references to Star Trek and Star Wars, which the gang identifies strongly to.

One thing that the show got wrong for me was the self-loathing nature of the nerds. They were portrayed as frustrated people who are ashamed of how much they know; they want be mainstream and simply get laid. Being a nerd is to to make room for creativity and imagination, staying in touch with one’s childhood and actually connecting with like-minded people. Nothing about this is disgraceful, and the fact that their reason of self-loathing was because they can’t seem to get a girl is ridiculous.

What do you guys think is the Nerd culture portrayed accurately in this show?

Author: Kanza Nadeem

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