Pop culture columnist laments that her favorite show can’t go on perpetually

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Rock. Paper. Scissors. Lizard. Spock. When you hear those five words separately, they are all recognized as their literal definitions. Together, they refer to something else entirely.

For those not “in the know,” I am talking about The Big Bang Theory. It seemed proper to start the school year off by paying tribute to the show that made it cool to wear your geeky, little heart on your sleeve.

Where do I start? Sheldon Cooper is one of the few characters in the history of television who is as loathed by the other characters on the show as he is beloved by the fans that watch it. “Soft Kitty” is now a common lullaby for nerdy parents everywhere. You can’t go into any retail store that sells pop culture items without seeing the word “bazinga” on something. The quote, “I cry because others are stupid and that makes me sad,” has been permanently entrenched in my rhetoric.

Let’s not leave out the supporting cast, though. The ‘will they or won’t they’ dynamic between Leonard and Penny throughout the series has been entertaining and rewarding to see, especially when the nerd really did get the girl. The relationship between Howard and Raj, along with their significant others, has been equally interesting. Who can leave out the drama and hilarity Amy Farrah Fowler has brought to the show or the incredible cameo appearances by Will Wheaton, Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking?

I have realized, to my dismay, the show cannot go on forever. Jim Parsons probably doesn’t want to be known as Sheldon Cooper for the rest of his life, though I think he might as well just request a name change and assume the role permanently. I will enjoy the show for as long as I can along with all of the other Big Bang fans and get out my DVD collection whenever I need a good chuckle.

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