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  1. Agreed. However, my use of the term "well rounded social beings" was not meant to be synonomous with "normal." There are many very "un-normal" people who could still be considered well rounded as social beings. From the standpoint of these characters, I think we have to look at their growth over the course of the series. In the beginning, they were more isolative, choosing to spend more time with each other and with their interests than spreading their wings, looking for new friends and putting themselves out there in social situations. But they have definitely evolved. Except for Raj, they are now able to have relationships with women, for example. And Sheldon's friendship with Penny has allowed him to grow a bit when it comes to the give-and-take nature of friendships. Leonard learned to be more of a risk taker, knowing the moment that he saw Penny he desired her, and he followed his heart and took steps to make it happen. Howard has even learned a thing or two about respecting women and not just lusting after them (though he seems to be able to turn that on and off at will). So while I wouldn't say the guys are normal or what most would consider normal), I do think they've become more well-rounded and are better able to adapt to social situations. And that is a good thing for everybody, because it means they've grown and changed, and that's what part of living is all about. Granted, when it comes to beloved TV characters, we might not always want them to grow and evolve. We might want them to stay the way they were in the first 3 seasons, but that would get old. They'd run out of plots, and the show would fail to keep peoples' attention, and ratings would decline, and then one day the show would be cancelled.
  2. As a relative newcomer to the show whose watched many episodes in a row on TBS to get caught up, as well as recently purchasing the 1st 4 seasons on DVD all at once, I have to say I enjoy the earlier shows more when it was just the 5 main characters, and everyone else was just an occasional recurring role. I find Raj's sister and Bernadette boring, but I think Amy is pretty funny. The only problem with just sticking to the original 5 characters is that they need to keep coming up with fresh story ideas for them. A lot of sitcom writers take the easy way out and just start introducing new characters for the originals to interact with. I think that explains Pryia and Bernadette.
  3. As a new member, this was the first thread I opened, and already I like the way this topic is being discussed. From my experience, being a nerd, being perceived as a nerd, or perceiving others as nerds, is rather subjective. Growing up, I never would have considered myself a nerd. But in watching TBBT, I relate to so much of what we see with these characters, that I have to question my own beliefs. First, I am a huge Star Trek and Star Wars fan from way back. I am fascinated my Math, Chemistry and Physics, even though I sometimes struggle to understand it. I will point out obscure Science Fiction trivia to people who don't really care, I tend to correct others, I sometimes miss sarcasm, and recently I was told by a close friend who I always believed to be one of the most intelligent people I know that he thought I was smarter han just about anyone he knew. So, are the writers looking to celebrate nerds, prod them to become less nerdy and more well-rounded social beings, or put them outside their comfort zones and see if they grow as people or retreat into their nerd universe where they feel safe? In any of those options, I don't really see where the show has stopped being a show about nerds, for nerds, or for people who love nerds. I don't see where it has stopped giving people nerds as characters we love and care about and kind of wish to protect them. As the show continues to grow in popularity, I think it will evolve into something that a larger mainstream audience will want to watch, and that may mean cutting back on some of the comedy that only nerds or nerd allies will appreciate. Success often means conforming, selling out, becoming watered down. I just hope the people in charge of the show don't go so far over that they sacrifice its nerd roots completely. Giving the guys some love interests has given the show more mainstream scenarios to explore, but it runs the risk of becoming like Friends, which was funny in its first season, but became a soap-opera masquerading as a sitcom once the characters all started playing "muscial love interests" with each other. The point of this disjointed rant? I think the show has eased up on the hardcore nerdiness, but I think it still gives us enough of it to make it enjoyable. It's gone mainstream enough to pull in the muggles and expand the characters' horizons outside their labs and away from their computer screens.
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