Soon after The Big Bang Theory first aired, I tried to watch the first episode. It seemed as silly and fake as any other half-hour American comedy, so I quickly gave it a pass. A friend with little tolerance for bog-standard American sitcoms told me that the show was actually quite good. I gave it just a little bit more of a chance and I’m utterly hooked. It’s nice to be watching something that at least occasionally reflects my own life–lolcat spam, trying to find a tank, a new hot girl who’s (gasp) not skinny, arguments that depend on a deep understanding of comic book history. One of the show’s most interesting aspects: it doesn’t draw things out, forcing essentially comic characters into pathos. When there’s a breakup, it by-God gets done so we can move on to the funny. If you’ve got an appreciation for geek culture, I suggest giving the show a try.