Skip to comments.The Tuesday List: Top 10 The Big Bang Theory Running Gags
Posted on 04/29/2014 6:58:16 AM PDT by Scoutmaster
10. Raj and Howard are gay.
9. Howard's Masters degree.
8. Soft Kitty.
7. You're in my spot.
6. Video chat with Raj's parents.
4. Raj's selective mutism (women/alcohol).
3. Mrs. Wolowitz.
2. Three knocks.
1. The roommate agreement.
For more information and a few chuckles, please watch the video. What's missing from the list? Is the order of the list correct?
10. Wrongly put. Raj and Howard are not at all gay; they just face people expecting they are, especially given Raj’s inability to socialize with women and his interests in certain things more associated with women.
It’s not a running gag per se, but what fascinates me about the show is the awe shown at times for believers Einstein and Newton - and the full on man love for the atheist Steven Hawking. Then again, I’ve become a late comer to an interest in quantam physics ..
The show is brilliantly done ...
10 is not wrongly put .that’s why they call it a running gag - it’s a theme of the show, even though it is not literally true.
I would add that Leonard is hopelessly out of his league with Penny, and such a relationship would never happen.
.and FTR, I think Soft Kitty is awful. Worst gag they have IMO .
They converse like old married people at times, even now that Howard is married.
Number 4 isn’t so much anymore.
The three girls have developed some running gags as well.
11. Penny’s sexcapades, including bedding Raj that ended prematurely.
I also like the way Sheldon’s mother is portrayed. Yeah, she’s a fundamentalist nutball, but she’s obviously wise in a way her son is not, and she is portrayed with affection, not the contempt so common when conservative Christians are portrayed in the media.
None of the parents come off particularly well, and Leonard’s mother was quite obviously a much worse parent than Mrs. Cooper.
Love this program! Funniest thing I’ve seen since my wedding.
Mayam Bialik is a hoot, and a great complement to Sheldon’s character.
Leonard and Penny? It works.
Raj and Howard? What’s to say...
Bernadette? Great character.
Missing from the running gag list? Stewart at the comic book store, and Cripke’s (sp?) interactions with Sheldon. Same for Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher).
Well cast ensemble, IMO. Very funny writing.
Actually. Penny and Leonard were dating “undercover”. It was in the part of the series where Leonard was fawning over her and she wasn’t interested. They kept it secret as they didn’t want reality to ruin the leonard chasing Penny part of the show.
You are right .and it’s one of the things I like about the show.
Sheldon’s mom is portrayed at times as a kook, but definitely comes off far better than any other parent, injecting her wise ways into any number of shows. She “handles” Sheldon’s peculiarities with an easy grace that no one else can.
Are you talking about the fact that the actress playing Penny and the actor playing Leonard were dating? I know abou that - it’s not relevant .I have no idea who these people are in real life, but there’s no way a “Penny” dates a “leonard” as portrayed on the show.
Apples and coconuts .
I agree, and pushing that relationship sours the entire show, IMHO.
This show is hilarious btw. Really well done, with a cast of incredible actors and actresses.
He is immature, obstinate, rude, socially retarded (Possibly mentally so. Not 'crazy'. He's not. His mother had him tested). He is not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is and there would be no show without him.
The only glimpse of reality concerning his character is the flashback to when he and Leonard met. The ex-roommate spray painted "Die Sheldon Die" on his bedroom wall. In reality, someone would have put Sheldon's lights out long ago...or flat out killed him. In fact, it is good that he associates with inherently non-violent 'friends' and exists within an academic environment in California. He is thus insulated from different segments of our culture who would take pleasure in doing him harm.
But I love the show. Seen all the episodes.
I agree it’s what my wife and I debate (good naturedly) about the show I think it takes away from the show - far better when he was just fanatasizing about her while a parade of jocks come and go across the hall ...
The only show whose reruns I watch repeatedly.
Amy’s frustrated sexual desire is another reoccurring gag.
You bring up something that reminds me of something else I like about the show .they are refreshingly honest about the fact that Big Education is about only one thing .MONEY. The Deans and administrators are all about the money, the characters admit at times their research is a money scam ..all of this is of course true about big eductation .and here’s a show with 6 well paid academics, and rarely do any of them teach anyone anything .
He has come close to death several times and I have heard that a priest has been present at those times. Maybe there are no atheists in black holes either.
“I would add that Leonard is hopelessly out of his league with Penny, and such a relationship would never happen.”
I disagree. Believe it or not, there have always been a group of girls that are basically “brain groupies”. I’ve seen it first hand at graduate school in physics and this was in the 1980’s.
With the Big Bang tv show, my guess is there are even more groupies now.
There are brain groupies, but penny is obviously NOT one of them.
I reference BBT and Firefly by Joss Whedon. On that show, Shepherd Book is portrayed as a much more than decent human being, despite the fact that none of the other main characters seem to particularly agree with him.
I don't know about Chuck Lorre of BBT, but Joss Whedon is a well-known atheist. Yet he portrays religious people, even Christians, fairly in his shows.
All I want is for Christians to be portrayed in the media with the respect normally shown to Jews, Muslims or Hindus.
And BTW...I’d have been hitting Jessica Walter like Mickey Mantle hit a baseball. I didn’t understand Leonard’s trepidation at responding to her advances.
She’s 73 years old.... :)
There's no show without him, as played by Jim Parsons. I've heard that the actor playing Leonard was the original cast for Sheldon, and that he insisted they hire Parsons. I think that actor Johnnie Gilecki is the weak link in the show, but give him credit for that suggestion! Also, FWIW, I think the best comedic timing by far goes to Wolowicz
“Leonards mother was quite obviously a much worse parent than Mrs. Cooper.”
Probably based on BF Skinner who actually put one of his kids in a “skinner box”. Skinner’s theories were that all behavior is controlled by conditioning. “A clockwork orange” was mostly about skinner’s theories and their ultimate failure.
True, but they so rarely are portrayed fairly ..
Mrs Cooper: Youre missing out. Its gonna be wall-to-wall fun. Its all themed. Theres Jonah and the Whale Watching, all-you-can-eat Last Supper Buffet, and my personal favourite, Gunning with God.
Leonard: Whats Gunning with God? Im afraid to ask.
Mrs Cooper: Oh, it is a hoot and a half. You write your sins on a clay pigeon, they fire em up in the air, and you pulverize them with a 12-gauge shotgun full of our Lords forgiveness.
“Really well done, with a cast of incredible actors and actresses. “
I don’t think the acting is that good. The script is really good. The whole “smart guy with science but can’t understand humans makes funny joke” has been done with Spock and with Data on the Star Trek series.
And the guy who has Obsessive compulsive disorder has been done before in “the odd couple”.
Big Bang sort of married these two concepts.
To each his own. I think the comedic acting is as good as I’ve ever seen.
11. The Elevator / Stairwell. Though the “Out of Order” sign has now been explained.
12. Anything Star Trek.
13. I can’t believe that no one has mentioned Bob Newhart yet. “So..............is your grandmother married? Happily?”
Well...back then she was 70. Besides....she's damned fine for that age. And it's called taking one for the team and being none the worse for the wear....so to speak.
LOL... I’m just saying ... ANYTHING that is 70 years old needs “ironing”..... you know...
Don’t forget the unspoken gag. Penny has no last name.
I love Bernadette. (She has a LOT in common with my wife.) The one weakness in her writing is that you never get a sense of why she loves Howard.
Amy is desperate, but she’s also so well-written that you can buy that Sheldon is exactly the guy she would fall in love with. Leonard is so desperate to please and that’s what Penny needs: someone who is good to her. But why does Bernadette love Howard? She dislikes so many of the things that make Howard Howard: that he’s a Mama’s boy, that he’s an uber-geek. She doesn’t even particularly like his space program stuff.
Aside from a good opening song, I have no use for B.B.T.
There’s truly nothing new under the sun but I think BBT is actually quite original on the whole. There are also a lot of veiled Frasier references in there, to the point that some of the writers must be the same. (another brilliantly written show).
But borrowing a theme is not a bad thing necessarily. Darrell, Larry and Larry was obviously a take on the old Andy Griffith spoof, the brothers in the Darling family. They both worked.
OMG, yes... I LOVE Sheldon’s Mom. How she didn’t get an Emmy I’ll never figure out.
oops..I meant Larry, Darrell and Darrell .
Amy Farrah Fowler amuses me the most. The actress in the role, Mayim Bialik, is actually fairly attractive, startling as that may seem. She has absolutely become the dumpy, sexually frustrated smart girl, and just inhabits the role so completely that I can’t imagine anyone else doing it. Bernadette’s pretty funny at times, too.
Not too sure about that.
His science has been 100% pure bunk since he ran into Pope John Paul II, because he’s been obsessed with disproving the Big Bang Theory (ironic, huh?)
I dunno about that. Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Seasons 5 and 6 were positively Christian, but Season 7 was just one big anti-Christian tampon commercial.
A lesser used running gag: there's been a couple of episodes where Bernadette starts screeching in a voice uncomfortably similar to that of Howard's mother.
Which explains (as if further explanation was necessary) why Leonard was driven mad by Sheldon’s conditioning of Penny.
one of the last shows that has not become a political sewer.
Don' watch it. IMHO it is opiate for the masses.
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