46. The Big Bang Theory
Air Dates: September 24, 2007–present
Stars: Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Sara Gilbert, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik
The Big Bang Theory is a divisive show. Plenty of people complain that its comedy hinges on making fun of ethnic and social stereotypes—the heavily accented Indian guy, the dumb blonde, the socially inept super genius without a sex drive. However, while its hard to ignore some of the show's broadstrokes, it's also hard to ignore the approximately 18 million viewers that tune into the CBS comedy each week. Why?
Not because people are insensitive and racist assholes, but because it's got jokes. And the jokes a accessible and fun, even (and especially) when they're told with the crazy vocabulary of said super genius, Sheldon Cooper (Parsons). If you take it at face value, the Emmy-winning sitcom is an old fashioned sitcom, the easily digestible kind you can watch for hours. —TA