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Since: 21.11.02
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I have been a fan of this show since the beginning and have found myself watching a lot of the old shows in syndication. All of the characters really work well together and the writing is done very well. But this show realyl took off for me was when they introduced Amy Farrah Fowler - the female Sheldon. She is portrayed beautifully by Mayim Bialik - Blossom for us older folks. Since her role has expanded I find the show funnier and funnier. I do not think I have enjoyed a supporting character as much as her since David Puddy of Seinfeld - who is one of my all time favorite sitcom characters.

Of course, my fear is those at CBS will catch on and either expand her role too much or give her her own show. Considering the garbage on TV now - I am looking right at you Whitney - I am guessing that option may be more of a reality than I would want to believe.

And on another note, has it ever been broached on the show or in interviews that Sheldon's character has Apserger's? As a father of an autistic child (non Apserger's) I have been around a lot of children on the spectrum and man, does his character fit as someone with high functioning Aspergers. Just curious if anyone else thinks this too.





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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.96
    Originally posted by Wpob

    But this show realyl took off for me was when they introduced Amy Farrah Fowler - the female Sheldon. She is portrayed beautifully by Mayim Bialik - Blossom for us older folks. Since her role has expanded I find the show funnier and funnier.

    And on another note, has it ever been broached on the show or in interviews that Sheldon's character has Apserger's? As a father of an autistic child (non Apserger's) I have been around a lot of children on the spectrum and man, does his character fit as someone with high functioning Aspergers. Just curious if anyone else thinks this too.




It's been discussed before including replies from writers & cast.
Click Here (en.wikipedia.org)

I think that if they 'admit' he has it, it takes away some of the craziness of his character (because then he's not the annoying know-it-all but someone who 'has a condition thus has to be treated differently')

As for Amy. When she started out as female-Sheldon, she was only good in small doses. Now that she's branched out she's much more interesting.
The show seems to go through phases of focus on the different characters. For a while it was all about Leonard, then Sheldon, Raj and then Wallowitz, etc. I do hope they don't overdo it with Amy, but I have a bit of faith.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
I started watching this a few weeks ago. I haven't watched a sitcom in forever, but found myself caught in a TBS marathon.

I'm not totally sold as it is really only good when it is "The Sheldon Show".
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.37
I love sitcoms, but I could not see the appeal in this show. I'm in their target market because I have an advanced science/engineering degree and appreciate that sort of comedy. But the characters are not interesting to me and the humor is very predictable. You can write the most spot-on joke in the world, but if I can see the punchline coming then it doesn't work beyond being an amusing bit that is instantly forgettable.

It is great that it is such a popular show, because I think it probably paved the way for Abed on Community to be written the way he is. (That way is the incredibly hilarious way, by the way.)



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.79
    Originally posted by samoflange
    I love sitcoms, but I could not see the appeal in this show. I'm in their target market because I have an advanced science/engineering degree and appreciate that sort of comedy. But the characters are not interesting to me and the humor is very predictable. You can write the most spot-on joke in the world, but if I can see the punchline coming then it doesn't work beyond being an amusing bit that is instantly forgettable.


Honestly, the target market for BBT isn't "geeky" individuals; it's just a formulaic generic sitcom that uses stereotypes of what Hollywood *thinks* is a geeky reference but that's about it.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
I haven't seen the show in a couple years, but I thought BBT was more true to a geek mindset than say, "Chuck" was (in the little of Chuck that I saw).
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.09
I love the show. They actually have a good enough supporting cast from comic owner, Wesley Crusher, Amy, Bernadette and others they have introduced, they could spin it off. I love each of the girls on the show. I have actually have found the Sheldon episodes less interesting. I really wish they just had a regular geek who is not super smart, but has a good job and is a bit of a snark.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
    Originally posted by wannaberockstar


    Honestly, the target market for BBT isn't "geeky" individuals; it's just a formulaic generic sitcom that uses stereotypes of what Hollywood *thinks* is a geeky reference but that's about it.


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.24
    Originally posted by Toast Jr
      Originally posted by wannaberockstar


      Honestly, the target market for BBT isn't "geeky" individuals; it's just a formulaic generic sitcom that uses stereotypes of what Hollywood *thinks* is a geeky reference but that's about it.


    I don't care for the show. They aren't laughing with us, they are laughing at us


I've heard this theory before as well.
http://ourvaluedcustomers.blogspot.com/2011/09/loudly-to-his-friend.html

Sure it laughs at us rather than with us, but I laugh at us too. During the most recent episode where Sheldon wants to go home to build a Lego Death Star I actually said "Pfft, that's the crap Lego Death Star. The one I've got is heaps cooler!" A statement that earned me several O_o looks and one Cool! (I may also have the 5000 piece Millennium Falcon, but that's another story.)

WannabeRockstar is correct, though. It's just another formulaic sitcom. You make up your mind on whether it appeals to you or not and decide to watch it from there. Either way is cool.

Count me in as another in the Amy is my current favourite character camp. Although I still call her Blossom.

Speaking of stereotypes, for a short, bespectacled, socially awkward nerd, Leonard sure manages to nail some hot chicks!
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#10 Posted on
I agree that Amy's made the show better, especially now that she's broadened away from Sheldon and developed her relationship with the girls on the show. I enjoy that she, even more than Leonard, can generally handle Sheldon. The recent scene where she negotiated Sheldon into cuddling with her was quite awesome.

I like BBT a lot, but, for best sitcom on TV, I'd have to stick with Raising Hope.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.53
For a while I found Amy annoying and liked it best when she only appeared on the computer or something. I do think they've improved the character this season as she develops her friendship with Penny and Bernadette.

I thought tonight was a strong outing. BBT is one of my two favorite current sitcoms along with Modern Family.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.46
I caught a syndicated episode about a month ago (from season one in 2008) where Raj states that they should get "the girl who played TV's Blossom" for their Physics Bowl team (to beat Sheldon)...thought that was funny.

BBT is also one of my two favorite sitcoms, along with How I Met Your Mother, and I've enjoyed the development of Amy Farrah-Fowler a lot...hilarious!
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Since: 3.10.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
Every time I try to watch this show, I can't make it past the first commercial break. I just don't see anything funny in it, whatsoever.
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