The past four years of “The Big Bang Theory” have shown what viewers enjoy; a mix of the possible with some of the impossible. Actor Simon Helberg who plays Howard Wolowitz joked on Wednesday night during his arrival to the PaleyFest that “You're kind of forced to watch the show now. … We're shoving it down people's throats, and then they're learning that they love that," reported Huffpost TV on March 14, 2013.
The PaleyFest is an annual open-to-the-public series of TV-series cast and crew panel discussions which will run through Friday at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
Four years ago, when “The Big Bang Theory" first appeared at PaleyFest in 2009, the CBS sitcom was not among the top 40 rated shows in the United States.
“Last week's first-run ‘Big Bang’ episode topped the list in viewers most coveted by advertisers, those ages 18-49; and it was the second most-watched show overall (behind ‘NCIS’) with more than 20 million viewers."
The show’s original major characters include roommates Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and friends Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).
What has made the past four yours of the CBS comedy show “The Big Bang Theory” so successful is that at its core, the show is about relationships; relationships among family members, among friends, among roommates, among lovers, and among those who can’t have what they want.
Most everyone can relate to either one of the above relationships and by bringing in just a bit of the impossible makes the show not only relevant to viewers but also interesting and intriguing.
For the writers of “The Big Bang Theory,” there is much more to explore in regard to the impossible in relationships and future plot lines.
While viewers already know about Sheldon’s religious mother, Howard’s overweight mother and long-lost father (who did leave a letter), Penny’s devoted father, Raj’s culturally quite unique Indian parents, and Howard’s “modern” mother, there are still a few more moms and dads out there that the show's writers can bring into the story lines of “The Big Bang Theory.”
For viewers who are wondering what other “The Big Bang Theory” future plots might be coming up, looking at the main characters and their relationships can be a clue.
Howard and Bernadette are married, Leonard and Penny are sounding more and more like a married couple, Sheldon and Amy have not yet consummated their relationship, and Raj is just in the beginning of a more serious relationship with a girl.
Looking at the “possible” of “The Big Bang Theory,” each relationship could grow one step further. Howard and Bernadette could have children, Leonard and Penny could get married, Sheldon and Amy could consummate their relationship, and Raj could have a steady girlfriend.
However, mixing in a bit of the “impossible,” Howard (who is like a child) and Bernadette (who hates children) could end up with twins or more. Leonard and Penny could find out that Penny is the smarter and more successful one, Amy could use her scientific brain techniques on Sheldon to get him to seal the deal, and Raj could discover that someone else can be even more eccentric than him.
Even for anyone who doesn’t believe in a big bang theory, watching “The Big Bang Theory” and seeing what “impossible” ideas the show’s writers will come up with next, makes it worthwhile to spend Thursday nights with a mix of the possible as well as impossible.