‘The Big Bang Theory’: What Were The 3 Worst Storylines?

The Big Bang Theory may be one of the most successful and longest-running sitcoms in history, but not every storyline was a hit. Over the course of 12 seasons, fans fell in love with Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter and the gang, so when storylines felt out of place, fans noticed. What were the three worst story arcs in the show’s lengthy run, though? Fans have some opinions.

Amy and Sheldon’s intimacy issues normalized problematic behaviors

Sheldon made it clear from the beginning that he wasn’t particularly interested in sex or intimacy. In fact, he would have never even met Amy Farrah Fowler if it hadn’t been for Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali running an experiment with a dating app. Amy, when fans first met her, seemed equally uninterested in sex and romance as Sheldon. The pair should have been a matched made in heaven, but the show’s writers had to throw fans for a loop.

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Over time, Amy’s desire for sex increased. Sheldon repeatedly denied her. While some may have found the interactions comical, others took offense to the storyline. Sheldon’s consistent lack of empathy for Amy and her refusal to walk away from him was pretty cringeworthy. Several reddit users argue that the storyline normalized borderline abusive relationships.

Penny’s pregnancy didn’t sit right with fans

The Big Bang Theory came to a close after 12 seasons, but the final curtain didn’t fall before the production team wrote in a pregnancy for Penny and Leonard. Penny’s pregnancy did manage to bring the couple’s story full circle, but that doesn’t mean every fan is going to like it. In fact, several viewers suggest the storyline is just another example of Penny giving in on an important topic.

Kaley Cuoco as Penny and Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter
Kaley Cuoco as Penny and Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

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So, why do fans dislike the storyline so much? Mostly because Penny made it pretty clear that she didn’t want to have children. Sure, Penny has a right to change her mind, but she was lambasted for her feelings when she made them known. Turning to a pregnancy storyline to round out their romance felt cheap and forced.  

Raj and Lucy’s relationship dragged on for too long  

Raj was unlucky in love for a variety of different reasons. His desperation wasn’t an appealing quality, and his selective mutism made it nearly impossible to meet women. Once he began to work on his issues, he started dating, but all of his relationships ended poorly. Fans are, mostly, okay with the fact that he had a hard time maintaining a relationship. What happened in those relationships, however, is a different story.

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Raj’s relationship with Lucy is often cited as one of the worst relationships in Raj’s rather turbulent romantic life. Raj and Lucy met in season 6 and connected over their shared anxieties. Lucy’s social anxiety, however, proved to be too much and she ends the relationship. The storyline could have been really great, but it dragged on for too long and the constantly wavering nature of Lucy’s feelings for Raj ruined an otherwise compelling storyline, argues Screen Rant.