Viewers are drawn into a world full of laugh-out-loud moments created by the contrast of the social awkwardness and intelligence of Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard with the street smart and socially experienced Penny. This wonderful juxtaposition highlights how incredible the minds of these scientists can be, but also how clueless they are in terms of social interactions. Penny, with her somewhat ditzy and laid-back personality, creates the much needed balance between the extreme intelligence and nerdiness of the scientists and the accessibility of the programme.
This show whose main characters hold intellectual and academic achievement in high esteem is adored by many, as the clichéd message that ’being geeky is cool’ is subtly conveyed alongside comic moments. Interest in science courses at university has increased in recent years and at least some of this newfound popularity can be attributed to the positive way in which scientists have been portrayed in this extremely successful and cleverly written series.