Any show that has grown in cultural popularity well past its one-hundredth episode in the modern television world surely is special. This particular sitcom not only beats all other comedies on every other network, it's also garners over 20 million combined viewers a week when adding DVR playback figures. (Yes, a geeky statistic smartly fits into a feature that focuses on the lives of nerds.)
Creator's Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady will see their work thrive throughout the remainder of their lives. There are a number of other good shows, in varying genres, available on broadcast television, cable, satellite and now internet-based platforms. But, just as with anything truly great, only the best survive and then thrive.
Television was once the greatest media force in the land. Today, the medium is transforming into something that only science fiction accurately predicted ages ago.
All hail to the talent seen through the collective performances of: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik. The indelible characters of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy are funny, fabulously flawed human beings who every normal viewer can relate to on so many levels.
Just like the characters seen time and again on every great 'old' show, these lovable people evoke memories of, or comparisons to, family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Of course, viewers can also see the reflections from that fabled screen inside their own souls.