After airing almost 280 episodes, The Big Bang Theory finally aired its final episode in 2019. Love it or hate it, the show managed to reach and maintain a dedicated global audience. It even got a spin-off prequel in 2017 named, Young Sheldon. Safe to say, The Big Bang Theory is a lucrative show.
Unfortunately, a lucrative show doesn’t always mean a ‘good’ show. (I’m looking at you, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi). Growing up, The Big Bang Theory was a breath of fresh air as it focused on the lives of these geniuses (or nerds) living in a non-New York city, Pasadena. But revisiting the series, the shortcomings were quite relevant.
The Big Bang Theory goes How I Met Your Mother
In the penultimate episode of season 3, The Staircase Implementation, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) is telling Penny (Kaley Cuoco) how he first met his roommate, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Did I tell you guys this show was a breath of fresh air?
Leonard responds to a ‘roommate required’ advertisement placed by Sheldon in the newspaper. He meets a deranged person and asks him for Sheldon’s address. The deranged person turns out to be Sheldon’s ex-roommate and tells him to run away. Leonard ignores the red flag and moves on.
As sitcom’s gotta sitcom, Leonard reaches the right floor but knocks on the wrong door. A muscular, black transgender man wearing a pink dress opens the door. To drive the racist, transphobic juxtaposition home even harder, he opens the door and wears an earring. The audience erupts with laughter.
As the laughter dies down after this hilarious revelation, Leonard asks about Sheldon. The transgender man says, “No, you want the crazy guy across the hall.” The audience erupts again.
Building on the transphobic tempo the audience has created, Leonard tells Penny, “In retrospect, that was clue number two.” Laughter!
Here’s why the scene aged like milk
Now, if you don’t know what’s wrong here, let me spell it out to you.
1. The makers of The Big Bang Theory are implying that casting a hunky, muscular black guy as transgender is hil-a-rious!
2. The pink dress and earring-wearing transgender man admitting there’s a crazy guy across the hall is hysterical. Who’s crazier and weirder than a black transgender? Beats me.
3. Leonard insinuating that a black transgender neighbour is a good reason to turn down an apartment but an ex-roommate warning, isn’t.
Sorry for pointing at the obvious, but you can never be sure these days (Carryminati fans, come at me).
The Big Bang Theory is a show that has officially lost its rewatchability factor. From Howard’s creepiness to the constant objectification of women, the show feels like it was almost built on ‘boomer humour’. There’s no justification for such tasteless jokes.
Old shows with laugh tracks can be genuinely funny. Seinfeld is a great case for it. The Big Bang Theory isn’t.