I discovered The Big Bang Theory a couple of years ago when I gave up cable TV and began to reacquaint myself with network TV. I had avoided the show previously because of the title. I grew up in an region of the country where the “Evolution vs. Creation” debate is still very contentious, and I’m just done with it. I figure if someone wants to believe he is descended from apes, maybe there is a good reason for that. Also, from the episode previews I had seen, I assumed the show was just another cheap shot from Hollywood at the Midwest, and a very distorted characterization of the Southern states.
Well, once I gave the show a chance, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong and it quickly became my favorite TV program. I’ve watched all of the episodes (mostly out of order in re-runs) numerous times. The characters remind me of people I’ve known all of my life, and the humor just hits the right tone for me – witty, but kind-hearted.
I’m happy that most of the world seems to like the show as much as I do, and that the ratings are soaring, and that the actors are winning all sorts of awards. It’s great that the network is raking in an unfathomable amount of money – so much so that the actors apparently felt that they deserved a small fraction of about a gazillion dollars, to the tune of $1m each PER EPISODE for the three main characters.
Yes, yes, I’m all for good old fashioned capitalism, and business is business, and why SHOULDN’T the actors become wealthy from their part in a show that would not survive without them…but $1,000,000 for what amounts to about 15-20 minutes worth of edited dialog? I love the show and watch it faithfully, but they’re not brokering world peace, or curing cancer, or even curing baldness. They’re memorizing a few lines at a time and delivering them in a timely manner. They didn’t even write the lines!
I really wish I didn’t know about the actors’ salaries. Part of what I’ve enjoyed about the show is the relatability of the characters. Yes, they’re geniuses (which I’m clearly not), but they are also geeky, awkward, and flawed. I can relate to that, and most of my friends can relate to that, and listening to their banter has become a comfortable part of my day. I hope that doesn’t change now that I’m painfully aware they are making more money per minute than I make per year.