“The Big Bang Theory” is one of the best sitcoms I’ve watched in recent memory. For those who don’t follow it, this show is a comedy about four nerds working at the physics and science departments at a California university. Stereotyping is one of the cornerstones of comedy, but there really hasn’t been that much satire about geeks ever since they became the “new alpha males.”
Any nerd (or people who know nerds) can easily relate to the characters in this show. There are a lot of jokes that are “geek chic”, and are just laugh-out-loud hilarious, although not everyone will get the jokes.
The character who really carries the show is Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons. Jim was originally intended to support Johnny Galecki , who is an accomplished comedic actor who got is start on “Roseanne”. Jim easily steals the spotlight because he plays the eccentric quirks of a “geek savant” so well and realistically. I’m sure everyone has heard about “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizrd-Spock”, which was made famous by Parsons.
It is for these and many other reasons why Jim Parsons was nominated for an Emmy as “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”. Jim was also the favorite to win by many entertainment bloggers.
The Emmy Awards aired last night on CBS. Jim was up against many other seasoned actors such as Alec Baldwin, Steve Carrell, Jemaine Clement, Tony Shalhoub, and Charlie Sheen. In the end, Alec Baldwin won the title for his role on “Thirty Rock”.
I’m not trying to pull a Kanye, but didn’t Alec Baldwin win this award last year? To which I raise my hand for a “Formal Protest” (as Sheldon would say). The other actors do a good job, as they should because they are well established, and we expect good things from them. Jim Parsons deserved the award the most because he performs at a such a high level without the years of experience as these older actors. Plus I hear he’s one of the more genuine and nicest people in Hollywood.
It is such an honor for a “rookie” to be nominated and even listed with these Hollywood heavy hitters. I envision an award for Jim Parsons in the near future. For now, he’ll have to live with the OCModShop award for “Best Geek in a television series”.
If you haven’t seen “The Big Bang Theory”, it airs tonight on CBS at 9:30pst.