The Big Bang Theory: In Which I Share 2 Pieces Of Advice From Penny + Ask A Few Questions

I got 94/100 on The Big Bang Theory Quiz. Click HERE to take it.

I’M LOOKING FORWARD to watching the series finale of The Big Bang Theory.  It airs tonight and I want to know how the show ends.

I’ve enjoyed the show, having seen it in reruns and in prime time.  I’ve not watched every episode nor have I seen it in a linear way so some of the story lines are a jumble in my mind, but that doesn’t matter.

The Big Bang Theory is all about the characters and their relationships with each other.  I especially like Penny.  She’s my favorite.

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THE FIRST PIECE of Penny advice is from an episode in which she’s sitting in Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment with them– and of course Sheldon and Leonard start bickering about something academic. As they do.

Penny stops them from talking, then looks at Sheldon reminding him: what did we say about being nicer to your friends?  Then she looks at Leonard reminding him: what did we say about not being a gullible weenie? 

This scene could be from my real life.  I occasionally find myself in the middle of conversations wherein one person needs to remember how to be kind while the other person needs to engage in some critical thinking.

I have yet to say the above out loud directly to anyone, but I’m thinking it. Dagnabbit.

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THE SECOND PIECE of Penny advice is from the end of an episode in which Penny has sat through a tedious Physics Bowl competition at the university.  In this competition Sheldon and Leonard try to prove who is smarter.

Later as a way of showing the guys how little they actually know she creates her own pop culture quiz.  They, of course, are clueless about what she is asking them.  Baffled, Leonard asks her how she knows this stuff.

She answers with a classic line that I find myself saying from time-to-time, a line perfectly suited for ending this post, in fact. She says: I go outside and I talk to people.

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

Will you be watching [or did you watch] the series finale of The Big Bang Theory? And if so, which character is your favorite?

Do you like or dislike or are indifferent to The Big Bang Theory? It’s been on the air for 12 years so you’ve had ample time to form an opinion of it. ‘Fess up. 

If you took the quiz I linked to under the image of my score, what score did you get?

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130 thoughts on “The Big Bang Theory: In Which I Share 2 Pieces Of Advice From Penny + Ask A Few Questions”

    1. Jill, I agree that without understanding the evolution of the characters and the relationships among them, the finale would be confusing. But for me it’ll be good to see how it ends. I do like a story, you know!

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  1. 97%. I missed one question about the video game penny gets hooked on. Ok….our cat is named penny…..I’m actually writing about my connection to the show tomorrow. But let’s just start with the fact that my daughter and I are getting certain food to commemorate the show…..

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    1. LA, oh I hadn’t thought of having snacks a la TBBT. I was thinking about red wine, of course. Penny seems to drink oodles of it. I like your cat who has a good name. Looking forward to what you have to say tomorrow.

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  2. Clearly I watch this shoe entirely too much….. 97%.
    Kills me that I got one wrong.
    Forgot that Raj’s D&D character died on girls night.
    Damn.
    I think I like Amy. Poor thing was sex starved for so long ya gotta feel for her!
    😉

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    1. Rivergirl, I missed that question, too. I remembered the scene in the bar but not why Raj was there. Yes, Amy is a character that tugs at the heart strings– and makes me laugh while doing it.

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    1. Janet, TBBT has about a million and two commercials in it so if you can binge watch it that’d be better. I’ve enjoyed the show over the years because the characters are relatable/understandable and the writing, for the most part, is sharp. Plus the nerd outfits are hilarious.

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  3. I’ve watched the show off and on for many years. I like all the characters.. I can identify with aspects of every nerdy guy on the show, and I have received Penny-style advice from wife and daughter as well as Amy-style advice. Life can be hard for nerds.

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    1. Dan, in real life I know people like the nerds featured on the show. That’s why it’s fun for me to watch. Plus Penny’s take on things often mirrors my own. I’m sorry that being a nerd has been difficult for you, but at least you have your own Penny and Amy to set you straight.

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        1. You were in the right place, knowing the right things, at the right time. Job security is great. And really when you get down to it, so are nerds. Known quite a few, agree that they are wonderful. Judge not lest ye be judged.

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  4. I only got an 83, and I’ve been watching since it came on, including the repeats every night at 7:30 pm. I fell in love with that show because it put the spotlight on the personalities of so many students I knew. And the writing is smart. I think the relationship between Penny and Sheldon evolved so well. Great characters and good writing.

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    1. nance, I agree with all you’ve said here. The characters matured as the series continued and I liked that about the show. Plus Penny, who lacked a formal education, often had the truth on her side while the guys were bickering over minutiae. So believable. 🙄

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  5. Congrats on your test score. I’ll vote for Howard – sharp retorts and incredibly funny. A bit of a loser who gets a smart, snarky and beautiful woman to love him. Just like me :-).

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    1. Zen-Den, yes I’m overly proud of my quiz score. I only missed two answers. I didn’t like Howard at first but of all the characters he’s the one who went the farthest, literally and figuratively. Plus Bernadette is a hoot. Love her no BS attitude.

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  6. I’ve never really watched the show except for snippets here and there. Only having cable TV intermittently over the years is the main reason, I suppose. You’d think this would be THE SHOW for me, since it is about a bunch of science nerds. I’m sure I’ll watch it someday, when I can stream it. Which begs the question, is it streamable now? Probably???
    Anyways, enjoy the big finish everyone!

    Deb

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    1. Deb, I’ve no idea if it’s available streaming or not. We have cable and TBBT is always on some station there. The early years of the show establish the personalities, very nerdy for the most part. But the later seasons explore how the nerds grow up, still obsessed with science but more mature and well-rounded. It’s been a funny evolution.

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  7. We don’t watch TBBT anymore. It used to be really good until Howard and Raj found Amy for Sheldon. At that point, the show really ceased to be about anything but Sheldon, and every week turned into “let’s see what kind of trouble Sheldon’s Aspberger’s leads to this week.” The only character I really developed any kind of positive feelings for was Raj, because everyone was a jerk to him. I’d like to see him spun off into a series, actually.

    Needless to say, we won’t be watching the finale…

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    1. John, interesting perspective. I loved it when Howard and Raj found Amy for Sheldon. She’s forced Sheldon to mature and at the same time evolved through her friendship with Penny. In these last few years Sheldon’s quirkiness has not been the focus like it once was. Now it’s more about how the guys deal with adult life as former nerds. You might enjoy the show, especially because Raj has come into his own now. Just saying… 🙂

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  8. I struggle for a favorite character. Penny is up there. I like how they developed Amy. Howard made me nuts at the beginning but he was developed into a better person and I love his quips. Raj is…well, I have girlfriends like him. Probably the person I like least is Sheldon. At the beginning he made me nuts with his obnoxiousness but he grew on me. You are right that it’s time to wrap it up. Howard and Bernadette got a little more boring after kids although the play with the two guys helping out was a hoot. Kripke is hysterical. I saw him in something else and was stunned that he was so…normal.

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    1. Kate, I agree that Amy’s transformation and her positive affect on Sheldon have been amazing. Those are two characters who you’d never think would’ve change as much as they have. Howard’s quips are a delight. Raj is who he is, of course. And Kripke, what a wacko. That being said, it is time to end the show. It’s gotten more uneven in the last year or so– and these people need to move on into middle age. 😉

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  9. I’ve seen a few episodes, and have enjoyed it. As I commented above, I’m waiting for Netflix to carry the series so I can binge watch.

    I have said more than once that I am married to Sheldon Cooper, so he is my favourite character. Though I do have soft spot for Amy and her tiara.

    Just to play along, I tried the quiz, but stopped after five questions, all wrong.

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    1. Maggie, I can understand why you’d want to binge watch this show. The commercials are annoying, but we’ve come this far watching it so we’ll see it through on network TV.

      You’re married to Sheldon? My father was a bit of a Sheldon which is how I got interested in the show to begin with. I’d see flashes of my dad in Sheldon. I’d forgotten about Amy’s tiara but that was a great episode. Did she wear it on her wedding day? I don’t remember.

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      1. I hope she wore the tiara on her wedding day.

        PLEASE do me favour and correct my horrifying omission? “I seen” [shudder] [eyeroll]

        Hm. Maybe there’s a bit of Sheldon, in me too – terrible obsession with grammatical correctness.

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        1. Someday I’ll see their wedding episode again and check to see if she has on her tiara. Now I’m off to correct your teeny tiny grammatical mistake, Sheldon. 😉

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  10. Apparently I don’t know the show as well as I thought I did. My score was only 69%. I have watched this show since it first starting airing. I couldn’t believe there was a show about science nerds (I’m married to one and when I get really exasperated with him, I call him Sheldon 😏)

    I’ve set the PVR to record it tonight since Gilles is away this week and will want to see it when he returns.

    I’m not sure I have a favourite character. They are such a strong ensemble that their characters complement each other. If pushed, I’d probably pick Penny too. No question she has the highest emotional IQ of the bunch and ironically has taught them far more than they have taught her.

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    1. Joanne, the quiz is a doozy of a one, isn’t it? I don’t know what it says about me that I got a score in the 90s.

      You’re the second commenter to mention that they’re married to a Sheldon. My dad was bit like Sheldon, so I have an insight into what your life must be like.

      I totally agree about Penny. While the guys, and later Amy + Bernadette, sat around mulling over scientific theory, Penny just got on with things. Love her for that.

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  11. I’m a huge fan – I love all the characters, each in their own way, but if I had to choose, Penny would be my favorite too. Wow – now I want to know what questions you got wrong? I want to take the quiz again – after I missed too many questions. Each one that I got wrong, the ol’ “Damn, I knew that…!” happened way too much, especially for all of the reruns I watch! Sigh…I will miss the show, though, it is one of my favorites.

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    1. Shelley, the 2 questions I got wrong were: 1) why Raj joined in girls’ night; & 2) the name of Penny’s movie. The quiz does assume you’ve seen all the episodes, which I haven’t but I’m a good guesser.

      I’ll miss the show, but I also think it’s time for the gang to grow up, move on, become the middle age adults they should be. And of course, we’ll always have the reruns… 😉

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  12. We’ll be watching! We also enjoy watching Young Sheldon and Life in Pieces on Thursday nights (when I’m not playing Bridge). These are the only 3 shows that we make a point to watch “on demand” if we miss them in prime time.

    BTW: The reason your blog is so fun ~> you go outside and talk to people! 😆

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    1. nancy, I’ve seen a few episodes of Young Sheldon and it looks good. Over the summer I’ll catch up on it. I like Life in Pieces but it’s one of those shows that I’m going to binge watch some day. Between the clever format + a million commercials, I feel like I’m not getting it as much as I should.

      And YES, thanks for noting that I do go outside and I do talk to people. How else would I have anything to write about here? 🙄

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  13. Yep, watching to the end. And I hear that there’s a little surprise on the off-shoot “Young Sheldon” as well?? I don’t watch that one, but read something about glimpsing the BBT characters as kids…
    I will sometimes use the term well, “crap on a cracker” when I’m irritated over some little thing going wrong. I’m pretty sure that I heard it for the first time from Penny.
    I think that I’ll head back and take the quiz now 🙂

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    1. Deb, yes Penny says “holy crap on a cracker” in one of the episodes. I say that occasionally, too, when I’m surprised. I didn’t know that Young Sheldon was going to do something clever like what you mention. That could be fun.

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      1. I just ran across the YS thing online a few days ago. I hope it wasn’t “fake news” as it was billed to be a sort of send off from little Sheldon to big Sheldon. We’ll see!

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    1. Tara, then watching tonight’s episode might not be the best way to start watching TBBT. You’re not alone in having never seen it, a few other commenters have said the same thing. I like the show, but not everyone does– or has to like it.

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      1. It started at a time when I wasn’t watching anything (a dramatic time in my life!). I might have, since I like(d) Johnny Galecki. Since then, I’ve seen Jim Parsons in other things — he’s a great actor. Perhaps I’ll check it out in reruns!

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  14. Love this show and will miss it. Hoping the finale is great, that it goes out with a bang! LOL!
    Sheldon is my favorite character, though Penny is next in line, but really I love them all, for I think they all did a splendid job.
    We are enjoying Young Sheldon now as well, and glad that is staying on the air!

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    1. joyroses13, you made me laugh with your comment. I, too, hope the show goes out with a *bang* and on a positive note. The characters are all good, I agree… but when Penny gets exasperated and tells it like it is, I adore her the most.

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  15. I got an 84%. I haven’t seen any of the new season yet. I’ll get it out of the library when it comes out. Fun quiz. I was doing pretty well until some of the questions at the end. His middle name is Leakey? What kind of a middle name is that?!

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    1. Betsy, I found this last season to be uneven, sometimes funny/good other times boring/dull. It’s time for TBBT to hang it up, in my opinion.

      Leonard’s middle name is for Richard Leakey, a famous anthropolgist and [I think] friend of his father’s. Wasn’t Leonard’s dad an anthropologist?

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      1. No idea about the anthropologist–oh wait. That does sound sort of familiar. Thanks for clarifying. And apparently the writers/producers/ or whatever realized the time had come too. But seriously, 12 years is very impressive.

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  16. I haven’t watched every episode and especially not since the first baby was born. We watch re-runs mostly and they string about 3 hours worth at night. If I remember I’ll try and catch tonight’s. I don’t have a favorite character but Howard was disgusting in the beginning. I loved watching Amy try to romance Sheldon. Your Penny quotes are perfect.

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    1. Janet, I haven’t seen all the episodes either. I like the show but think it’s time for it to end. Howard is the one character who evolved the most. I agree in the beginning he was awful, but living with his mother probably contributed to that– and then Bernadette straightened him out so he’s better now. The whole Shamy romance was a hoot, but it’s Penny who grabs my attention. She makes me laugh.

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    1. Margaret, I’ve seen many of the episodes, not all, and I do like the relationships among the characters– plus I like that they’ve matured as the series has progressed. Penny’s advice rings true, doesn’t it?

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      1. I will have to admit that I didn’t see the quiz you were talking about, and I thought that he video might be the one I was supposed to do. So, I did quite a bit of it, and was doing VERY well, when I realized my mistake. 🙂

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        1. You make me laugh! The link to the actual quiz is up there under the image of my score, but taking Penny’s quiz is good, too. In fact the Physics Bowl episode is one of the best ones– and Penny’s quiz is how it ends.

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  17. I watched a few episodes, because my children turned on the one TV we had in the house. I enjoyed being with my grown children, enough to watch TV with them. I must say, I enjoyed Big Bang, but I wouldn’t have thought to turn it on if I were by myself.

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    1. Anne, it’s a show that doesn’t call to everyone and that’s ok. I don’t watch much TV but this show makes me laugh and some of the characters remind me of people in my life. That being said, after 12 years it’s time to end TBBT.

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  18. QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

    Will you be watching [or did you watch] the series finale of The Big Bang Theory? And if so, which character is your favorite? Well now that I know about it, of course I’ll go watch it. But only when I can see it on my computer through streaming. The ads for that thing are going to be numerous and lengthy no doubt.

    Do you like or dislike or are indifferent to The Big Bang Theory? It’s been on the air for 12 years so you’ve had ample time to form an opinion of it. ‘Fess up. I never watched it until 2013 when it was almost the only thing the TV in my motel room would get. Then I got hooked. I stopped watching when they never could get Raj hooked up OR declare the character gay (which I always thought must be the case…the guy was at least bi). And how many children did the Wolowitz’s need? I tuned out after she popped out the first one. I don’t like kids in my sit coms.

    If you took the quiz I linked to under the image of my score, what score did you get? 80%. I’d forgotten or didn’t know some of them…even though I watched the show obsessively from 2013-2016 (ish).

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    1. Melanie, I like to stream shows, too. I dislike the commercials on network stations but will overlook them tonight because I want to see this show through to the end. Which for me is going to be today.

      I’ve seen episodes on reruns. I’m never sure which year I’m watching. I know I’ve seen most of the first few years and probably saw some of the years you watched it. You’re the second commenter to say that you stopped watching TBBT because of the babies. I never thought much about them.

      The quiz is tricky. It assumes you’ve watched the show from the beginning. 80% is respectable. I’m impressed.

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    1. The Travel Architect, I’ve seen many episodes of TBBT in reruns, too. I never got into Seinfeld, only watched the first season of it, so I’d probably do awful on a quiz about it… not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😉

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      1. Oh no! The first season of Seinfeld was terrible. Not sure when it started getting good (season 2? 3?)but it took off from there and never looked back. Since you are a blogger, which, according to Grumbly Gertrude means you don’t have things to do, may I recommend giving Seinfeld another chance, what with your copious free time and all? 😉

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    1. Donna, a number of commenters have said that they’ve never watched TBBT. I stumbled upon it years after its premiere and the humor called to me. Someday you may find the time and inclination to watch it. I have no doubt that it’ll be in reruns forever.

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  19. I liked that line: “I go outside and I talk to people.” 🙂 I will have to remember it Ally. I have heard of TBBT but never watched it, but that is no reflection on this show. I cancelled my cable a long time ago and have not had cable or TV for almost ten years. Yes, I know … weird.

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    1. linda, I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do I seem to focus on a series, not surf around the channels. TBBT is funny with great characters and sharp writing. And some of Penny’s lines are spot on.

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      1. Ally – I had cable after I got internet at the house in 2000 and used to watch TV every night but then got out of watching it and cancelled it in 2010. It seemed there was a lot of reality shows – I’ve never watched them. Then in 2011, I got a higher internet speed for remoting into work and it came with free basic cable and I still never watched it. (And that was before blogging when I was more productive around the house and read more – I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book and I used to be an avid reader!) I used to really love the mini series that used to be on TV, the great ones like “The Thorn Birds”, “Roots”. “Lonesome Dove”, “Rich Man, Poor Man” just to name a few. Back then I took the bus, read back/forth to work and at lunch. I read all the time, so many were based on novels. I remember getting a second VCR because there were so many series on TV that were all on at 10:00 p.m. and at one time on Tuesday nights there was “NYPD Blue”, “Judging Amy” and “SVU” – I liked all the “Law and Order” shows. I’d stay up for one, tape the other two … every night there was enjoyable TV and even the made-for-TV movies. Is there even a “sweeps month” anymore? I remember going into work and everyone would be in the kitchen discussing TV … in those days, there was the office kitchen, and coffee machines and we’d gather and talk about TV the night before … I’ve not worked in a large office since 2003 when Robb and I left and started our own law firm, just him and me, but even then, people had started to stop at Caribou Coffee or Starbucks, then go to their offices or desks – the camaraderie of discussing TV was gone. It was not just TV, it was sports events, the big ones like the SB or the playoffs, the Olympics. I did wish I had TV for “Mad Men” as I worked in an ad agency in the Creative Department for 18 months after I graduated from college and it was around the same era, a little earlier … I was there 1978 to early 1980. I bought a digital TV, just a small one for my mom, and the silly thing jumps and loses the picture half the time, though the audio is fine. I just unplugged it and put it away as it only made me aggravated. I get all my news and watch some things, like “60 Minutes” online or listen to “60 Minutes” on a CBS radio station. I don’t even watch “60 Minutes” most of the time as it is too political anymore. I have enough politics turning on the radio news.

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        1. linda, your story of how you came to stop watching TV is unique. I can see how things changed for you– and watching TV was one of them. I’m not a big fan of cable, but it’s how we get our internet connection and the TV channels come in the package… so it’s here.

          I remember the mini series you mention and I saw them all, too. I’ve heard other people mention Judging Amy, but I never saw it. I’ve never seen Mad Men either, but I could make that happen with Hulu or Netflix or wherever it is now. I think I’d enjoy that show. If you ever go back to watching TV I bet you’d like Downton Abbey. I’ve seen most of it.

          You are the first person I’ve heard of who bought a digital TV. I always wondered about them, so I’ll keep your experience in mind. I don’t watch the news I read it, so I haven’t seen 60 Minutes in years. Nor do I know anything about the celebrities on the cable news stations that now seem to be all opinion all the time.

          The ways in which we consume entertainment and news are so different than they were even 10 years ago. I can’t help but wonder how different they’ll be in another 10 years and more importantly: will I like them?

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          1. Ally – I admit I’m an oddity. And I’ve never been an old movie buff and sometimes in pop culture, a phrase from a movie is mentioned and I’ve no clue where it came from. Never heard Bogart say “play it again Sam” as I’ve not seen Casablanca – I just know the phrase from pop culture. I mentioned to coworkers I’d not seen ET and one girl said “I’ll bring it in tomorrow – you must see it!” I’m not a sci-fi fan and am probably the only person who never saw Star Wars.

            I gradually watched less and less TV and realized I didn’t miss it. My mom had a small B&W television in her room for years and then the FCC implemented a rule about getting a gizmo for TVs that did not have cable hook-ups. So we bought the device but could not use it as the top of the TV was curved. So she liked to watch the late night news in bed so I got this 7-inch digital at Radio Shack. It did not need a cable hook-up and was supposed to get channels 2, 4 and 7, but they were much clearer in the store than at home, so I went back and they suggested a flat antenna. Got an RCA flat antenna (which I’d never heard of, and it looked like a digital scale). It pulled in a few more stations but persisted in the image jumping which Radio Shack said was characteristic. They might have improved in the dozen years since I bought it.

            I’ve hard good things about Downton Abbey. I may get TV down the road again when I am retired. My landline is not through Comcast, but AT&T, so I could get a better deal by bundling – my internet is $92.00/month since I have no cable or phone tacked on.

            The mini series were wonderful and I enjoyed them immensely. There was a phrase about NBC and their “must-see TV” and it was true back then. I never missed an episode of 60 Minutes and now I can listen on the radio, but I usually look on Sunday afternoon to see the topics – if they sound interesting I’ll listen on the radio, and if I would like to see the content, I wait until Sunday night after the show is over and can view it sans commercials on their website.

            Entertainment likely will be such a different concept than we know it today. Do you watch TV on your phones or a tablet? I can’t imagine that since I don’t own a smartphone and I’ve never used a tablet. But streaming will take over cable I think and so many milleninals are cutting the cord because they say cable is way to pricey.

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            1. I’m not too interested in movies, but I have seen, and enjoyed, the ones you mention. I’m not current in my movie watching, so when friends start discussing the pros and cons of a new movie I just smile and zone out until that topic of conversation ends.

              I don’t know why production of mini series stopped. Maybe the same story telling principles are applied to some of these big TV series, like Game of Thrones, and we just don’t realize it. Beats me about that.

              I’ve watched TV on my smart phone [rarely] and I used to watch TV on my iPad before it bit the dust. Both ways are ok, and in certain situations, useful. Not my preference, but so be it. As for cutting the cable and only streaming TV shows, I’d do it– but Z-D does like ye olde cable, so it stays.

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              1. You are right that it will be a whole new deal with TV/cable in 10 years. Watching movies/TV on your smartphone is entertainment on the fly so that is good. It would be a small screen though. I don’t even own a Kindle. I have books here at the house in tubs that my mom finished and I have not read them yet. I let all my magazine subscriptions lapse as they ran out. I accomplished work, TV and reading not all that long ago. It was “BB” (before blogging). Cable is good for the news as you get a more-comprehensive choice of stations to watch.

                I was amazed at the Game of Thrones’ viewers who did not like this seasons shows and have launched a protest to have the writers re-do this final season of GOT and do a better job. They had nearly 1 million people signing their petition though they had to know their idea was not going to fly.

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  20. I’ve watched quite a few, but nowhere close to all, and always as reruns. I didn’t even know that the finale was last night, though I knew this season was the last. I hope to see the finale sometime! Thanks for coming over and commenting on my blog!

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    1. dawnkinster, I liked the finale. It did justice to the characters and was a plot line that made for laughs. I hope you get to see it sometime. And thanks to you for coming over here to comment. Blogging is fun, isn’t it?

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  21. I’ve never watched TBBT, although I always wanted to. I only watched tv with my mother, and she didn’t like the show, so I think I only saw two episodes. I loved what I saw, though. One Halloween season, I bought myself a Wal-Mart tiara, and I wear it when I’m holding pitch sessions for our publishing house.

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    1. marian, TBBT was on the air for so long that I suspect it’ll be in reruns for decades to come. Maybe you’ll catch it then. I like knowing that you have a tiara that you wear for special occasions, as defined by you. I don’t have a tiara and wonder if I need to get one… 🤔

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  22. I did watch the finale and was slightly disappointed. I’m not sure what I was anticipating, really. I guess I may have disappointed that the focus was all on Sheldon and Amy winning the Nobel with the resulting trip to Sweden to accept the prize. I do get that the premise was to show that Sheldon ultimately understood the importance of his friends and their places in his life, but I guess I just wish it wasn’t so focused on him. Finales of great shows are admittedly challenging for writers, though.

    Oh, having Sarah Michelle Gellar on it was a really great touch.

    Anyway, sorry for maybe harshing your mellow here, Ally, The truth is that I really loved the series. The Washington Post had a great preview of the finale yesterday, and I absolutely agree with the critic on how it’ll probably be one of the greatest re-runs shows of all time (which is saying a lot if you think about it). I know I will never get tired of seeing it; I feel the same way about Fraiser too. My wife sadly never cared for the show, and it was always a struggle to get her to watch it with me (she found it too predictable). I told her last night afterwards that she’ll still be forced to watch it when we’re on travel and I’m flipping through the channels in a hotel room. 🙂

    I guess my favorite character is Penny also. To me she always had the best lines.

    Sadly, I scored only a 60%. I suck! –

    This was a fun post, thanks for doing it. – Marty

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    1. Marty, from the start my impression of TBBT was that Sheldon was the star of it, so having all the focus on him [& Amy] in the finale made sense to me. But I take your point, it could have included more details about each of the other characters as we said good-bye to them. I’ll look for The Washington Post article, but will go ahead and agree that TBBT is to date the greatest rerun show I’ve seen. The humor is timeless.

      I love Frasier, too. I can watch those reruns and still get a laugh out of them. I’m sorry your wife isn’t into the TV shows you are, but maybe she’ll come around. People change… Sheldon for instance. 😉

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  23. Gosh, how can so many years have passed? I haven’t really watched the show – caught the opening, but got busy and wandered off away from continuous tv stories – and then when running across it again, it looks like you’d have to have all the background stories to really get all of it as it is about relationships. The writing was clever and real – some great lines. No doubt it will live on as it meant so much to so many. Always room for a good story with solidly constructed characters.
    Glad they are creating an actual “ending” – a good series and the loyal fans deserve that!

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    1. philmouse, the characters matured as the series went along, but in the end their interwoven relationships were what made for the stories. The plot of each episode was secondary to the humor that came from watching people do what people do. You’re right that there were some great lines in the show, the writing was good overall. I liked the ending and give it a thumb’s up. It was sweet and respectful, an oddity anymore on a TV show.

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  24. I’m definitely not a cool kid here. I never watched the show so I missed the finale (and didn’t take your quiz cuz I don’t like to fail). With all the different channels and ways to consume media now, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I like to relax in the evening by watching a show or two but it’s hard to keep track of them all (we are finishing up Game of Thrones, This is Us, Madam Secretary, Unforgotten, etc.). Remember when the summer meant reruns and we didn’t care because it was all about staying outside until the last little bit of sun?

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    1. Janis, I do remember when summer was when everyone turned off the TV and went outside to play & socialize. No more, eh? I enjoyed the series finale so I’m glad that I watched it. I don’t watch any of the shows you mention, which just goes to prove your point. With so much available, watching TV has become a personalized thing, not like it was when there were 3 channels [NBC, ABC, CBS] + PBS. In other words like it was when I was a kid.

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    1. evilsquirrel13, it’s a good show that resonates with many generations. It’ll be in reruns forever, so I envy you… you’ll get to start watching it anytime you want and it’ll be new to you. Me? I’ve seen so many reruns I can quote them almost verbatim.

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  25. I haven’t seen all of them, but I’ve seen a lot of them. I discovered it as I do many shows, my kids were watching it. I like it! I got 97% so I guess I didn’t miss much — but! I do want to see the last season. One day 🙂

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    1. joey, 97% is a good score. Congrats. I haven’t seen all the episodes either. I don’t have kids to nudge me forward, but I started watching TBBT because Sheldon reminded me of a couple of people who I know. However, it’s Penny who I adore.

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  26. Hi Ally, I am catching up reading blogs this morning. My husband and I did watch the finale and we shed some tears. We are going to miss all the characters and the smart, witty, funny writing. We only PVR two comedies. The other one is Modern Family, also coming to an end. I am in agreement with most of the above comments. Penny is a favourite character linking the nerds to the human race:) Erica

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    1. Erica/Erika, we liked the finale, too. It was bittersweet, but fitting. I agree that I’ll miss the sharp writing and I’ll miss Penny. I like how you described her: “linking the nerds to the human race.” So true.

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  27. In twelve years, I’ve only watched The Big Bang Theory two or three times. I liked it, but … you know, we choose our favorite shows and watch them. It’s hard to say what will tickle your funny-bone. Right now, I’m enjoying Superstore. Who knows why.

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    1. Behind the Story, I agree. I suppose the important thing is to laugh. I know of Superstore, but I’ve not seen an episode. With so many ways to watch TV and with so many channels offering shows, it’s a miracle I find any one show consistently. Watching TV used to be so simple with 3 networks + PBS.

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      1. Not only are there so many channels, there are so many options of ways to pay–cable, Netflix, HULU, Amazon Prime, even a built in antenna (not the kind you put on your roof). When my daughter moved, she got a built-in antenna and Netflix instead of cable. I’ve been enjoying my Amazon Prime.

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        1. Good point. I hadn’t thought about how you get TV in your home. We have cable and we have Roku and we have the internet. Choices every which way… for something I don’t watch often.

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    1. L. Marie, I enjoyed TBBT but it was time for it to be over. I don’t watch a lot of TV but once in a while I get hooked on a show so I had to see the finale. HAD TO, I tell ‘ya.

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  28. Hi – I chimed in above with my first thought – which is why? Why does a good show have to end? Monk did – friends – Seinfeld – I mean – why can’t they stay for 25 years? Who decided 12 was enough?
    Second thought – I have only watched a handful of shows – but could easily soak up more – writing is fantastic and acting is also good.
    Lastly – thanks for the snippet – but find it hard to Believe they did not know Van Halen – hahah jk

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    1. Prior…, I’d guess that TV shows end because the cost to keep them going is prohibitive. That is, the networks and the advertisers aren’t making enough money– and the actors are demanding more money– and the writers [how dare they?] want to be paid more now that a show is a hit– and so on… Soon the show is cancelled, although with reruns does a TV show ever really go away?

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  29. Oh and I tried taking the quiz – but was randomly guessing and while it was fun reading the little sections with each question – it is lights out and off to catch some zzzzz’s
    But enjoyed this post

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    1. Lacey, I can understand that. I can’t stand the narrator’s voice on Jane the Virgin, so I don’t watch that show even though I know I’d like the characters and the plot. Same deal for you with TBBT.

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