I saw a random episode of “The Big Bang Theory” last night when I was moping and thinking I might be sick. It’s been an astonishingly long time since I’ve seen a standard sitcom — you know, limited sets, obvious jokes, contrived interchangeable plots, contrived interchangeable characters, frequent pauses for uproarious studio laughter, everybody lives in southern California. It wasn’t absolutely one hundred percent unfunny, but the whole format felt so… over. You know, stale, played out, predictable beyond belief.
But I watched it anyway, which I guess is the magic of sitcoms.
The premise: a hot blonde chick moves into the same apartment building as a cadre of super-nerds. Hijinks ensue!
It wasn’t the *worst* pop-culture portrayal of nerds I’ve ever seen, but it was incredibly lazy. Nerds are awkward with girls, ha-ha! Nerds still live with their mother, ha-ha! Nerds are Jewish, ha-ha! Nerds are obsessed with video games and science fiction ha-ha! Sometimes nerds have serious OCD and autism-spectrum disorders, which are funny if you don’t think too much about it, ha-ha!
But, seriously, if they were looking for a fresh premise, I’ve got one: a hot blonde chick moves into the same apartment building as a cadre of super-nerds AND SHE’S ALSO A NERD!
There are female nerds, you know. And sometimes they’re even hot. Or, at least, normally attractive.
Sometimes male nerds are hot, too.
Nerds mate successfully all the time.
So, whaddya think? Are you a nerd? Does this keep you from dating?