karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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TV's Big Bang is SF's good thing

On the new CBS sitcom THE BIG BANG THEORY, some geeky guys are really smart but clueless about things like women and dating. The Wikipedia entry for the show calls the two main characters "socially inept prodigies." Since they live across the hall from a beautiful blond (who seems like she might be a little dim but it could be that she never had to apply herself), it reminds me a bit of the very old sitcom BOSOM BUDDIES, where Tom Hanks got his start playing a guy who dresses in drag so he can live in a woman-only apartment and get close to a beautiful blond neighbor.

The geniuses are clearly science fiction fans. They play Klingon Boggle, and on the one episode I watched, they evaluated one of themselves as a possible robot, based on Asmiov's 3 Laws of Robotics, two of which they recited from memory. However they never put the guy to the real test which was to give him an order that did not conflict with the first two laws and see if he obeyed it.

OK, so they're inept socially, to a laughable degree, but they're also really really smart. They have good jobs and are not losers. It's nice to see science fiction associated with being really smart, even if it comes with the socially inept baggage.

And the writing is good, too. Win-win.
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