Third-episode verdict: The Big Bang Theory

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Ah, what a week. It’s the busiest time of the year for The Carusometer. So many verdicts to pass, so little time. But it’s going to do its best, because slacking off is what Losers do and The Carusometer has no time for Losers.

Let’s start with The Big Bang Theory. Episode one was about as bad as being stomped on by a stampeding herd of bison wearing clogs. And while it has improved slightly since then, the emphasis in that sentence would have to be on the ‘slightly’, rather than on the ‘improved’.

Ultimately, this is a comedy of stereotypes. Nerds/geeks have no social skills; attractive women will be lusted after/stalked by nerds/geeks and fail to be wooed by them; attractive women have the IQs of tropical fish. Continue ad infinitum à la Two and a Half Men.

While the second and third episodes didn’t quite have the mean-spirited sneering of the first episode, they did demonstrate, yet again, the problems with the show’s format. With such poor opinions of both groups of people, it fails to explain

  1. why the attractive lady wouldn’t have the geeks arrested for their scary behaviour
  2. why the geeks are interested in the attractive lady who has the personality of a rubber plant, apart from the fact she’s an attractive lady

There’s no internal logic to it beyond the next one-liner. There’s no real understanding of either groups of people. The geek humour is almost funny, but is sufficiently off base that it just irritates, while the laughs originating from the female side of the equation seem only to be about her cluelessness about life, men, and anything that requires more than a third-grade education.

Seriously, if some geeks were going to have a great big argument about whether Superman can fly because he’s really strong or because of some other reason, they wouldn’t look through all the back issues – they’d use a far more efficient algorithm such as Google or Wikipedia first. And everyone knows it’s because he has a forcefield, anyway. Duh!

If you’re drunk or use your finger when you’re reading, The Big Bang Theory is probably pretty entertaining. In all other eventualities, stay away.

The Medium is Not Enough hereby declares The Big Bang Theory is a 4 or “Major Caruso” on The Carusometer quality scale. A Major Caruso corresponds to “a show that David Caruso might exec produce or star in. Despite the show supposedly being about some loveable nerds, he’ll change the scripts so that each episode involves a panel of people all laughing at someone in glasses, reading a book or watching a channel other than CBS, while a group of models all praise Caruso for his manly prowess, enormous muscles, great height and street smarts that you can’t get from no book.”


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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