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So I've started watching The Big Bang Theory...

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Maebe Thu 07-Feb-13 11:46:38

And am I supposed to actually like Penny? confused

I've seen a couple of episodes of the most recent series, and have just caught the repeats of the first few episodes on C4. So I've seen enough to get the plot and, obviously, to appreciate the wonder that is Sheldon.

But Penny? Gah. She's awful. Please tell me this is part of the point?

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Thu 07-Feb-13 12:05:06

not sure if the idea is to 'like' her as such.

She is the long-suffering butt of all their snobbery surrounding how intellectual they are and she isn't.

I have never thought whether I liked her or not, I suppose she is just 'their' for added comic value.

Sheldon on the other hand, I luffs him. I have BBT calendar on my fridge and a BAZINGA! mug - my friends and family know me so well grin

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Feb-13 12:09:35

Oh no, I really warmed to Penny.

Watch this clip Awwww. smile

twolittlemonkeys Thu 07-Feb-13 12:14:57

Initially I didn't warm to her, but after a few episodes I did learn to love her. I warmed to her far quicker than I did to Howard. I love BBT.

sweetheart Thu 07-Feb-13 12:20:21

I liked Penny for the first few series but I found I had really gone off her the first few new episode of this series because of the way she is treating Leonard. Although having said that she did recently finally tell him she loved him which did change things somewhat.

HermioneE Thu 07-Feb-13 12:21:51

The first few episodes and the current series are definitely Penny at her worst. Stick with it, there are others where she is completely endearing grin

phoenixrose314 Thu 07-Feb-13 12:22:24

Penny wasn't likeable in the very beginning because of how often she would take advantage of the guys, and in the recent series both DH and I agree that she's become very unlike able due to her treatment of Leonard. But series 2-4 she was pretty ok I think, definitely became more likeable as her inner geek developed ;)

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Feb-13 12:27:07

Penny sticking up for Sheldon grin

Shellington Thu 07-Feb-13 12:27:29

I recently found the outtakes on youtube - good times grin

sweetheart Thu 07-Feb-13 12:33:18

Ohhhhh can't spend 38 mins at work watching that but will deffo be saving for later grin

Shellington Thu 07-Feb-13 12:35:43

There are series-by-series ones too
Go on, you know you want to smile

meditrina Thu 07-Feb-13 12:46:03

Serious nerds might like this website which has the complete transcripts.

Maebe Thu 07-Feb-13 13:08:02

I think it might be the actress to. I just don't like her! Whereas the other girls I've seen in later series I do like.

I reeeeally want to get in to this show but she's really annoying me...

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Feb-13 13:21:30

Bernadette gets on my nerves. My favourite is Amy Farrah Fowler. smile

Trills Thu 07-Feb-13 13:23:27

Start from the beginning if you can - it's much more interesting if you see the evolution of the characters.

I luffs Amy Farrah Fowler. The more recent series where there are conversations between just the girls are a lot of fun.

Thumbwitch Thu 07-Feb-13 13:27:57

Maebe - she was in the later seriess (how the fuck do you pluralise series??) of Charmed as well - did she annoy you there too or have you never seen it?

I quite like Penny. She puts up with an awful lot of shit from Sheldon and the others but still hangs in there. I don't like when she mistreats Leonard but hey.

Amy Farrah Fowler cracks me up. Especially when I think of her as Blossom. Bernadette's voice grates.

TeamEdward Thu 07-Feb-13 13:41:05

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ThreeBeeOneGee Thu 07-Feb-13 13:42:40

Penny is a brilliant foil (is that the right word?) for Sheldon. Bernadette's voice grates though.

greenhill Thu 07-Feb-13 13:48:45

It does help if you watch Penny's character arc from the first series onwards. She started off taking advantage of the others; came to have an appreciation of their good points, even though she and her friends are very different; has shown her dominance in the relationship she had with Leonard; surprised herself by being jealous of Priya; but is shown as being a flawed character and although Leonard loves her, it is not necessarily a healthy relationship as they aren't equals in it. She often has the upper hand and is not kind.

Penny is funny though and is much more representative of "middle America" with all its mainstream aspirations: a pretty, street-wise, waitress looking for her big break as an actress in comparison with the other characters who are very clever, but have not necessarily honed their social skills.

This current series they are working through whether Penny is as emotionally intelligent as she thinks she is. She is not being shown in her best light.

Can you tell I love BBT? grin

<needs to have a lie down after completely over thinking a comedy show>

PuffPants Thu 07-Feb-13 14:07:21

Sparkling, I love that episode with the autographed napkin, so sweet smile

Penny is the audience really isn't she? She says what we're thinking. I like her relationship with Amy FF - who would clearly ditch Sheldon for one night if girl-love with Penny!

Maebe Thu 07-Feb-13 14:10:53

Blossom!!! That's where I know her from!

TotallyBS Thu 07-Feb-13 14:16:46

'Amy' also played the young Bette Middler character in the movie 'Beaches'

guineapiglet Thu 07-Feb-13 14:36:49

The whole family are utterly addicted to TBBT - it makes me laugh out loud and has been a massive tonic over the last few dark months, it is so well written and the characters are brilliant, each so different - and all interdependent, you couldn't have one without the others, it just would'nt work.

I have really grown to love Penny - she is, as everyone on here has written, the ultimate foil to Sheldon, and they all need her too, for sanity and clarity - for an honest opinion when things are going to far, to bring them literally back down to earth. I have to say, I really love Raj, his timing is brilliant and he really is gorgeous. Never get fed up with it, always something new.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Thu 07-Feb-13 19:47:34

'their' wtf? <bashes self on head>

that'll teach me to MN during worktime!

PuffPants excellent - yes, she is the audience, otherwise half the stuff they talk about would fly right over my head grin

I love the relationship between Sheldon and Penny - OP you need to watch from the beginning so you can see it evolve from him loathing her to putting up with her (but really I think, secretly, he would be a bit lost without her)

fussychica Sun 10-Feb-13 14:44:45

Another top quality comedy, everyone is brilliant including Penny.

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