The Big Bang Theory's characters have been delivering their unique personalities, relationships and behaviors to audiences for twelve years, with over 250 episodes. At no point during that time, though, have Sheldon or the others been given specific diagnoses or labels for their tics and quirks. That distinction is very important for star Mayim Bialik, whose neuroscience training puts her more in tune with psychiatric labels such as "autistic" and "depressed." Here's why Bialik says the show avoids that tactic.
Mayim Bialik definitely has a point. It would be a rather odd occurrence if, say, Leonard and Penny became infatuated with pinpointing each of Sheldon's individual personality eccentricities for the sake of giving him a label. Plus, the show's comedic rhythms might get disrupted if these characters were suddenly really invested with getting to the bottom of each other's specific diagnoses.
As it goes in people's everyday lives when they hang out with friends or meet new people for the first time, conversations don't often hinge on slotting others into categories based on how they talk or act. (At least not to others' faces.) So it only makes sense for The Big Bang Theory's ensemble to also bypass such labeling.
In her blog post, Mayim Bialik continued, saying that the show is about characters accepting characters for themselves.
The Big Bang Theory star also points out that the sitcom depicts what life could be like if there weren't stigmas against getting help and talking about "weird" personality traits and behaviors. She wishes that real life's messy moments could resemble those faux situations more, but knows they cannot.
Mayim Bialik fully understands that almost all of the Big Bang Theory's major characters have quirks that would get them labelled quite quickly for medical reasons. She noted that Sheldon exhibits OCD signs, such as knocking three times on doors, and that his dedication to unique hobbies probably means he has a form of high-functioning autism. His various phobias, sensitive nature and high IQ are also factors here.
Here's how Mayim Bialik describes the rest of the Big Bang Theory's core bunch.
As Bialik points out, co-creator and executive producer Bill Pardy had previously explained the show's lack of labelling in that respect. He said that the Sheldon's mother Mary never got him diagnosed, so the show won't either.
Do you guys think The Big Bang Theory's characters should be more open about their issues, or is it best to keep things on the down low, since the show is ending after this season? Let us know, and tune into CBS on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. to catch new episodes. (It's out this week, however.)