TV Club: The Big Bang Theory: “The Anxiety Optimization”

When any show manages to stick around for more than a few seasons, there are usually a few obstacles, and a few benefits, to such longevity. For instance, a lengthy run certainly risks creative bankruptcy, the familiarity of the plots and comedic beats lose their lustre over time, as stories become more and more predictable. At the same time, a lengthy run leaves a lot of character traits and past plots to draw from and build on. Once characters are firmly established , there’s an ease with which a show, and particularly a sitcom, can produce episodes that capitalize on the audience’s familiarity.

Ever since The Big Bang Theory became a cast of seven instead of a cast of five, the show has settled into a nice groove, which is no small feat for a show that’s been on the air for as long as this one has …

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