I believe there is something to be learned in everything we see and everything we do so it comes to no surprise when I started thinking about the lessons I have learned in my time watching The Big Bang Theory. The hit CBS series that follows the lives of four socially awkward geeks and their common sense (beautiful blonde) next door neighbor has lessons we can all learn from.
Common Sense Trumps Book Smarts
Although Sheldon has a B.S., M.S., M.A, PhD. ScD., and considers himself the most intelligent member of the group, he and fellow geeks, Leonard, Howard and Raj are no match for Penny’s common sense approach to life. Penny has given advice to all the members of the group on their love life, dressed Sheldon and Leonard, and demonstrated to the group how to use physical force when retrieving Sheldon’s stolen sword from a bully.
Everyone is Normal in their Own Environment
Sheldon is fine at home in the apartment he and Leonard share; he is okay at work at the University where his idiosyncrasies are tolerated from the President down; at the comic book store where everyone is a geek. Sheldon is fine in his environment. The trouble begins when he is taken out of his environment and into the outside world as seen when he applies for a driver’s license, has to appear in court before a judge or anywhere outside of Sheldon’s world.
Good Guys Don’t Finish Last
Leonard’s IQ might not be as high as Sheldon’s; he doesn’t have as much money as Raj and doesn’t have the sexual conquests real or imagined of Howard. Leonard is none the less a nice guy. Leonard’s on and off relationship with Penny, his ability to be the cohesive glue that keeps the group together, and his moral compass makes viewers of The Big Bang Theory root for him week in and week out.
There is Someone for Everyone
If Howard Wolowist with his geeky dress and over the top pick up lines, Raj Koothrappali and his inability to speak to women without a drink, and Sheldon Cooper’s self-centered egoistical nature can find true love, there is hope for all of us. If Howard the sleaziest member of the group, can not only land but married the bright, beautiful and generous, although slightly off kilter Bernadette there is hope for all of us.
True Friends Are a Treasure
The Big Bang Theory is now being touted as the “new” Friends, and in the end friendship is what the show is about. Where would Sheldon be without Leonard and Penny? Or Raj without Howard? Where would any of us be without our friends?