TV Review: “The Big Bang Theory” – Depressing

Written by Josh Bornais March 22, 2015

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I have been watching “The Big Bang Theory” since the second season; I’ve loved the creative ideas it brought to the typical comedy sitcom genre of television. The 8th season, however, seems to lack what made “The Big Bang Theory” a unique and special show. What was once a show about awkward nerds who couldn’t seem to get girls turned into something that I’d expect to see on shows like “Friends.” While there has been a lot of character development, “The Big Bang Theory” went a route I didn’t want the show to take.

The season begins with Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) returning from his long voyage riding the rails – which is how Season 7 left off. One of the most well known things about this “The Big Bang Theory” season is that Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, had a drastic haircut. Not only did Sheldon hate the hair but thousands of the show’s fans hate it as well. The haircut sparked a huge online debate whether people liked it or not. Along with the hair change, Penny has matured as a character as she got a new job working at a sales office. Throughout the season, the characters are seen dealing with many different changes in all of their lives: Howard’s (Simon Helberg) mom dies; Stuart’s (Kevin Sussman) comic book store gets rebuilt; Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) relationship with Emily (Laura Spencer) is progressing quickly. The characters do not take these changes well for the most part, and are almost always in a bad mood. The most recent episode has Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon arguing over a magazine not citing Leonard as the co founder of Sheldon and Leonard’s new theory.

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I personally welcome Penny’s change of character; her alcoholism was really beginning to annoy me as the seasons went on. Her maturity provides the most sparkling development out of all the characters on the show. The other characters throughout the season mostly whine and complain about everything. In the past it was comical when the characters would complain about things like Star Trek and World of Warcraft, but now they complain about each other’s very presence. What is supposed to be funny is actually quite depressing to see. The characters aren’t as close as they used to and this made for a very melancholy season.

“She will be missed.”

The depressing atmosphere of the show is partly due to Howard’s mom passing away in the middle of the season. Normally, a television show would spend 1-2 episodes covering the coping of the death of the loved one, and subtly bringing it up throughout the rest of the season. But so far season 8 has it prominent in 3 episodes so far, and it’s really makes the tone of what is meant to be a comedy incredibly dark. “The Big Bang Theory” used to be a light show that was especially enjoyable after a stressful day, so the new serious and dark tone results in the show losing its fun.

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Overall, “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 has been an utter disappointment for a long time fan like me. Every character, with the exception of Penny, went from being lovable and brilliant to annoying and plain. The death of Howard’s mother has made the show more serious than fun, and the change in tone is rather jarring. There is no question in my mind that this season of “The Big Bang Theory” is by far the most depressing and disappointing of the series thus far.

My Rating: 3.5/10

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