How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
David Hopkins

The character of Leonard Hofstadter on “The Big Bang Theory” has always pushed my annoyance button in very much the same way as Ross Geller’s. Despite their grasp and love of vast concepts, both men are sexual idiots, self-absorbed and selfish. In that sense Ross and the vacuous twit Rachel deserved the almost-certain doom of their final alliance. On the other hand I am galled to think of sweet, wise Penny crash landing with Leonard in “Big Bang.” “Tragic” sometimes is too noble a term for a creep.

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