Raj and his 17″ Macbook Pro
img: via CBS
To those unfamiliar with The Big Bang Theory (TBBT) show, so am I. This is the first season for this show on CBS. The show features a bunch of socially challenged geeks living across the hall from a blonde bombshell and the (lack of) dynamics therein.
Raj, played by Kunal, is the token Indian guy among the bunch of geeks who:
#1. Has a thick Indian accent
#2. Walks around with his 17″ Macbook Pro
#3. Is afraid to speak to women
Just when you thought the cup of generalizations overfloweth, we also find out that Raj’s parents are trying to arrange his marriage. Get it? Indian geek. Arranged marriage (#4). Anyway Raj discovers that alcohol cures his inhibitions around women (imagine that). So he takes his date to a bar where the blonde girl is a bartender, gets drunk and antagonizes his date so much, she ends up leaving with one of Raj’s white friends. White guy gets nerdy Indian guy’s hot Indian girl (#5).
Overall the episode was funny in parts. A couple of jokes were sort of insider’ish. For instance, one of Raj’s friend calls him “confused” about his culture, sort of alluding to him being an ABD with the dreaded “C” but overall I was turned off by the stereotyping and generalizations. Did anyone else catch this episode or any other episodes featuring Raj? What did you think about Raj and his part on the show?