Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What makes The Big Bang Theory so popular?

I'm talking about the show here. I watch it every chance I get. For me, it is the witty, geeky repartee that I enjoy so much. Few comedy shows on the air today have good writing and this happens to be one of them. Beyond that, I don't have a lot of answers, but Virgina Postrel examines the show's popularity in more depth and attempts to explain its appeal in this WSJ article.


Dann said...

I don't think I have ever actually laughed during that show. That isn't to say I don't still enjoy it though. I have never gone out of my way to watch it but when I see it on I definitely do tune in.

I think it has a lot to do with how neurotic the characters are. It makes it really easy to relate or sympathize with them. The show itself also doesn't take the whole sitcom angle to the absurd extremes that most shows do these days which really helps to keep it grounded.

T. T. Douglas said...

Thanks for the comment Dann.

Now that you mention it, I don't think I have had a hearty laugh out loud laugh either, but I just think it's funny, especially the lead character Sheldon.

I think the neurotic angle is true. I also think I get a lot of the references which is kind of scary since I guess that makes me sort of nerdy as well.

My wife originally turned me on to the show and I didn't think I would like it, but like I said, now I find myself tuning into it regularly.