The Big Bang Theory is better at portraying geekdom than haters admit

The Big Bang Theory didn’t make the best first impression. Back in September 2007, the CBS sitcom’s pilot episode introduced a pair of California science professors — Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) — who spent much of the next 20 minutes either stammering awkwardly in front of their pretty new neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco), or getting humiliated by her hunky ex-boyfriend. Right from the start, the geek community had their worst fears about this show confirmed: based on how it began, The Big Bang Theory promised to be a cliché-ridden weekly mockery of all things nerdy.

For some, that initial disgust with The Big Bang Theory never flagged. Last week, producer Chuck Lorre announced that the show’s…

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