Chuck Lorre

Posted in Reviews - of books, mostly by EloiSVM42 on September 9, 2020

I pause my political ranting to pay a brief, unresearched narrative homage to this comic genius.

Why? Because Lorre created a string of sit com masterpieces, including two genuinely great ones that ran concurrently for years. What of his shows weren’t great hits were still hits.

One of his seemingly simultaneous strokes of genius is “The Big Bang Theory,” built around a popular, plausible character type in our culture, the socially awkward genius nerd. I love this series, which came to a poignant finale just recently. The only problem I ever had with it is that one of the female characters, Bernadette, spoke in such a high, squeaky voice that I often couldn’t understand what she was saying and so missed a lot of good jokes. I hate when that happens.

It’s mate, “Two and a half Men,” is built on a totally implausible premise, but it worked, thanks to wicked funny writing and good acting. Sadly, the main star, Charlie Sheen, had such an emotional breakdown in real life that he had to be written out of the show. The program was sustained for a few more years, but though it was a valiant effort, it wasn’t the same without Sheen. What a shame, Sheen.

Why now? Because I am totally exhausted by, and disgusted with, the state of our country under the Trump administration. I don’t want to think about it anymore. I just want it to end. I’m the one who needs the distraction from Trump, today, not the other way around and thinking about Lorre’s comedy helps.

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