Let ‘Big Bang Theory’ finally fizzle

That's really a wrap this time

That's really a wrap this time

By Zoë Eitel

In a move to capitalize even further on its most overrated show, CBS unsurprisingly picked up “Young Sheldon” for its 2017–2018 season, a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory.”

Though the prequel has been rumored for a while, CBS finally confirmed the upcoming show March 13 as well as announced the actor who will play the 9-year-old version of Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper—Iain Armitage. It will follow Sheldon as a young genius going through high school.

This news comes as negotiations for a new two-season contract for the show’s five principle actors is in the works since the previous contract expired with the 10th season.

The continuation of the show is also not a surprise since somehow for the 2016 broadcast season, “The Big Bang Theory” ranked first in primetime TV programs. It drew an average of just under 20 million viewers.

I don’t know how everyone isn’t yet sick of this embarrassment of a sitcom. Its characters completely succumb to stereotypes, it tries to make political incorrectness quirky, the “jokes” are all just random pop culture references, and it’s no more intellectual than any other show because it sometimes guest stars Bill Nye.

One of the most egregious acts on the show is how it treats its female characters. Kaley Cuoco’s character Penny is the prime example of this.  Though she has been in all of the more than 200 episodes of the show, Penny has never been given a last name and is a two-dimensional depiction of a “hot blonde girl.” She was constantly the butt of jokes for being a waitress and aspiring actress instead of a scientist or professor like her friends, before she became a pharmaceutical sales representative. She has also spent the full run of the show being slutshamed for her sexual experience compared to the other characters. One would think this trope went out of style decades ago, but it’s still alive and well at CBS.

Penny and the other female characters are often the subjects of sexist jokes and ridicule from the male characters, particularly the quirky and socially awkward Sheldon. His offensive one-liners are accepted because Sheldon is so socially inept that he doesn’t know better. Nearly every episode boasts an example of this behavior from Sheldon, but the Season 9 premiere was particularly bad. Sheldon threw out lines like, “You’re a man, the champagne of genders,” “She was kind of an honorary man. She had a penis made of science,” and “All you hear women say is, ‘I’ll just have a salad,’ ‘Where’s my lip gloss.'”

The only good thing “The Big Bang Theory” has done regarding its female characters is cast real-life neuroscientist Mayim Bialik as fictional neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler. But that’s the only favor it has done for that epitome-of-a-nerd-girl-cliché character.

Not only is the show, or at least its main character, sexist, but it’s also racist. In one episode, Sheldon is trying to appeal to a black Human Resources administrator, and in doing so, he makes multiple insensitive comments and gives her a DVD of “Roots.”

The showrunners’ backward thinking shouldn’t be rewarded with an additional two seasons, let alone another show, no matter how many undeserved Emmys it has won—nine.

“The Big Bang Theory” pretends to be a hilarious, accurate depiction of nerd culture with its references to “Doctor Who,” “Battlestar Gallactica,” and Dungeons and Dragons, but all it is doing is perpetuating stereotypes that haven’t been accurate in years.

But at least now we’ll be able to watch a 9-year old Sheldon be insensitive and offensive toward his peers.