Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg Weigh In On Why Big Bang Theory Has Lasted So Long


What makes Big Bang Theory so great and long lasting? Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg have an opinion or two about why this show has surpassed its competition.

Big Bang Theory‘s Staying Power

Big Bang Theory has surpassed many fantastic shows on television. It will go into its 12th season next year, a feat very few series have been able to overcome. The Simpsons is the longest running comedy currently on air. However, its cartoon style puts it in a league of its own. Other long running shows include Friends’ 10 season run, Law and Orders’ 20 season span, and ER‘s 15 year dominance.

Few comedies, shot with multi-cameras in front of a live audience have stuck around for quite as long. And why is that? Why has Big Bang surpassed its peers? Simon Helberg has some answers. He told Larry King, “It’s so hard to break down, I think there are some obvious components. The writing is spectacular. The attention to character and keeping things truthful. Run by Chuck Lorre Steve Molaro Bill Prady, they’re genius show runners.”

The writers and the crew certainly have something to do with the longevity of this project. Simon says the show has paced itself as well. He added, “They know how to develop characters at a pace that people like to watch televisoin at. which is slowly. That’s why we’re still on these characters don’t make huge leaps every week. it takes six years for Sheldon to hold a girl’s hand.”

A Show For The Underdogs

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Mayim Bialik agrees with Simon, but she also thinks people enjoy this show because it represents them well. She said, “It’s a show about the rest of us. The shows I watched as a kids were lots of attractive people hooking up in different permutations. Our show is not that. Our show is about the other people who don’t fit in.” Simon Helberg agrees with her, saying, “It’s about the underdog. And it’s not commentating on these people, it’s communicating from their point of view.”

The pair, Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg certainly have interesting insight into the show’s success. Do you think they’re right about what makes this show so great, for so long?