The Big Bang Theory.
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Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is coming to a close. But it’s not the only beloved series that is finishing its run: The Big Bang Theory will air its final episode in Israel on May 25 on YES Comedy.
Is The Big Bang Theory filled with sitcom shtick? Yes. But it is consistently one of the funniest sitcoms on the air and one of the first to deal with the new normal, that the war is over and the nerds won. It came along at the perfect moment to dramatize this premise and has done it beautifully. The actors have been doing these roles so long that you may have forgotten how good they are, especially Jim Parsons as Sheldon, but also Jim Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar – who have become a kind of 21st century nerd version of the Marx brothers – and Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik as the women in their lives.
They are a terrific comedy ensemble and even when the episodes are predictable or repetitive, there are always some laughs from watching the interplay among them. And if you have spent time with someone who has Asperger Syndrome, you may learn a lot from watching how Sheldon struggles to widen his social horizons, especially now that he is lobbying, with Amy, for a Nobel Prize. Since it’s an old-fashioned network show, so you can just tune in to any episode and just enjoy, even if you haven’t watched it in years.
Asperger’s is also front and center in a new offering this month, created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the duo behind such series as the horror/thriller series Room 104. On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us is a six-part HBO documentary series that follows the first comedy troupe made up completely of people with autism as it sets off on its first cross-country tour. The troupe members squeeze themselves into an RV that barely runs and travel across America, dealing with difficulties, including stage fright, bickering and many unexpected social situations, which are both funny and touching. It will be shown on Cellcom TV starting on May 1, HOT VOD and HOT HBO starting on May 4 and on YES VOD starting on May 3 and on YES Docu from May 12 to 14 at 9 p.m. If you enjoyed the movie Keep the Change, then you should definitely check this out.
If you’re going to miss Jane the Virgin, another series that is winding down, you can see its star, Gina Rodriquez, in a new Netflix film, Someone Great. It’s a female-bonding comedy about a young woman whose friends comfort her after an upsetting breakup. It’s very light and would be an ideal movie to watch with your girlfriends, the kind of chick flick that has recently migrated from the big screen to streaming services.
As is usual these days, many of the most interesting viewing options are documentaries. The disturbing documentary, At the Heart of the Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, about the horrendous abuse scandal in women’s gymnastics, will be shown on YES Docu (May 6 at 10 p.m.) and HOT HBO (at 9 p.m. on May 4), on the YES and HOT VOD channels and on Cellcom TV (starting May 3). It gets pretty graphic and my impulse would be to warn you about letting your kids watch it, but on the other hand, it’s important to show them that adults take abuse like this seriously. Just like the news story, the documentary makes a strong impact.
If you missed the fascinating documentary Three Identical Strangers when it was in theaters not long ago, you can catch it on Cellcom TV, which is showing it starting on May 1. The film, which proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, is about three triplets who were separated at birth and then met by chance, bonded and had to deal with the fact that their lives were manipulated and monitored by researchers who never told them they had brothers.