The Big Bang Theory is more like Friends than we realised – Metro.co.uk

Posted: September 23, 2019 at 5:47 pm


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TBBT has come to an end after 12 years (Picture: Getty/NBC)

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are in the history books, and once again we cant help but feel The Big Bang Theory deserves far more recognition than it actually received.

Despite getting more than 45 nominations over its incredible 12 years run on the air, Chuck Lorres sitcom creation only won 10 times in total, with Jim Parsons being the only cast member to actually take home a prize at the prestigious ceremony.

Honestly, thats just not good enough!

This year, as the show came to an end after over a decade, it was noticeably conspicuous by its absence, with its nod coming from finale episode The Stockholm Syndrome with Mark Cendrowski at the helm category.

The Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series prize would go to the debut of Fleabag (directed by Harry Bradbeer), and while we cant begrudge Phoebe Waller-Bridges incredible sitcom getting the recognition it earned, it does mark yet another year where we cant help but feel The Big Bang Theory has been massively shortchanged at the Emmys.

Lets just take a moment to break down the 10 wins the show actually had over the years while Jims portrayal of Sheldon Cooper was undoubtedly a highlight and deserving every plaudit coming his way, it says a lot that hes responsible for four of the prizes, with another five being awarded for camerawork, editing and the like.

Rounding off the list is Bob Newhart as an outstanding guest actor which is absolutely right but come on now! There have been so many incredible guest spots in The Big Bang Theory over the years, from Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to William Shatner and Adam West. Honestly, anyone of those and more could have earned that nod over the years.

Its also a shame that as incredible as Jim was in his role other cast members never got given their due at the ceremony. Were not saying every performance in the show was groundbreaking, but there are some definite standouts who at least should have been given some recognition for the great work they did.

Lets go off-brand for a second and admit Johnny Galeckis turn as Leonard didnt do enough to justify a win but can anyone explain why Mayim Bialik didnt take home the outstanding actress gong over the years for her wonderful portrayal as Amy? She was robbed and we wont hear any different.

Her chemistry with Jim is undeniable, but she would constantly elevate the show with her dry delivery, sarcastic remarks and incredible comic timing. Whether it was dealing with Sheldons most difficult moments and total lack of self-awareness or showing Amys more romantically-charged side, Mayim lifted the character behind a caricature into someone well-rounded, sympathetic and hilarious often all within the same scene.

From the quick wit of the Fun With Flags segments to her early attempts to get Sheldon into bed, there were a lot of sides to Amy in a show that doesnt always get the credit it deserves for character depth and growth.

Four nominations and no success is a real shame, especially when a great deal of Sheldons success in later series came down to his relationship with Amy and how they were able to bounce off each other.

And OK, it could be a stretch to suggest Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg or Kunal Nayyar did enough to get that level of recognition, as wonderful as they were in their roles. But surely Kevin Sussmans performance as the comically tragic Stuart Bloom could have at least got a nomination in a supporting category?

For such a popular programme with a wealth of nods on the shortlist, its actually surprising that The Big Bang Theory only took home the 10 prizes it did, and even more of a shock that it was only in the running four times in the outstanding comedy category the most recent of those coming five whole years ago.

Its a shame that the sitcom wasnt able to go out on a real high by adding another trophy to the collection but lets end this little rant on a more positive note. Take a look at Friends, one of the absolute greatest TV comedies of all time.

Looking at the Primetime Emmys, youd be forgiven for forgetting how beloved Friends actually was and is, with just four wins from a possible 28 and a sole victory in the outstanding comedy category in 2002.

If the organisation can overlook that show, maybe we shouldnt be surprised to see Big Bang Theory get shafted once again and it could simply show a bit of a divide between what viewers enjoy, and what the award ceremonies suggest we should be paying attention to.

Fans certainly paid attention at its peak, it was watched by an average of just over 20 million for season nine in the US, and looking from the first to last series it rose 10 million to an impressive 17.31 by the end. Great figures for a show still going strong when things finally came to an end.

Of course, The Big Bang Theory sadly did conclude earlier this year, and its legacy will become clear over the next decade as we look back. At least its in good company with the Emmy snub, and we have no doubt it will enjoy similarly enduring popularity as time rolls on.

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