Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and Amy (Mayim Bialik) from The Big Bang Theory.
The new Friends is The Big Bang Theory. Starting out with a group of geeks and one girl, the American sitcom has expanded its cast in the past couple of series to include more girls. The newer characters – Amy and Bernadette – add a touch of lighter, more feminine humour and fly the flag for women in science. Amy Farrah Fowler is an intelligent neuroscientist – basically the female version of Sheldon – but at heart is a true girl’s girl. Bernadette Rostenkowski is the alpha female in her relationship with Howard and is the biggest wage earner as well as the more qualified of the two.
Some viewers have not appreciated the influx of women into the show and suggested they have changed the premise of the sitcom, however there is also a great deal of support. The addition of women to the main cast has given the characters a chance to evolve and grow but the main themes of science and comic books remains.
The show has been able to demonstrate how girls can hold their own with intelligent men. Even Penny, who started as ‘the pretty, dumb blonde,’ has now grown to show the stereotypes that the geeks have can be wrong and that she is more clever than she may initially appear.
Let us hope the next season carries on with the quick witted humour and physics based quips that it is well known for and that it inspires a new generation of women in science like Amy and Bernadette.
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