I actually can’t believe that the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory has been on the air for 8 years already. It seems like I just started watching it not too long ago with Season 1. I well aware of the show’s detractors and love it or hate it, I’m not one of them. I’ve been a fan of the show from day one and having given up cable more than a year ago, I’m glad I can now catch up with the series.
One thing that seems typical with most sitcoms is thankfully lacking in the newest season of The Big Bang Theory. More often than not, when sitcoms get stale they add elements to the show to keep it fresh. Admittedly you could argue that the same has happened on several seasons of this show when Bernadette, Amy and Raj’s recent love interest were introduced. However, with the exception of a few episodes, they’ve never become the focus but they allow us (the audience) to see new aspects of the character.
In Season 8, things keep rolling along for Penny and Howard as he struggles with her new job and they both struggle with their relationship. Amy and Sheldon continue down their frustrating (for Amy and the viewer) relationship path, although Sheldon does show genuine growth this season in regards to Amy. The episode with the couple on the train particularly stands out as on of my favorites. I’d be remiss to say that Howard’s growth this season would have been significantly less if not for the untimely passing of Carol Ann Susi – the actress that voiced Howard’s mom. This leads to one of the most emotional episodes of a television shown I’ve seen in recent years. The whole gang deals with her passing and the end of the episode seems like a peek at a group of friends, sitting around reminiscing about someone rather than actors on a stage. I can’t help but feel the words and emotions in this episode are true.
My only real complaint about this season (and the last 2 or 3 actually) is the increasing sexual references. I know I’m going to sound like a grumpy old fart here, but this used to be a showed I enjoyed watching with my oldest son (now 12) but now I’m beginning to wonder if I should let him watch. Yes, I know he’s watching all kinds of crap on his iPod that I don’t know about, so I guess I’m just really complaining to complain. Hey, it’s my site, I can do whatever I want.