Originally Posted by Lee L
I thought they were grad students, but if we are all of the sudden going to hold shows accountable for legitimate salary/living arrangement comparisons, there are not too many out there I can think of to hold up as accurate, especially these type of ensemble sitcoms.
I do my best to suspend reality in regard to most shows. But sometimes the setup and back story of the characters is so off that it sometimes interferes with the whole show. They will say something or another and I find myself thinking, "But wait, aren't they such and such?"
For the record, the show has stated that Leonard has a PhD and is a working physicist at Caltech. Presumably in research labs and not teaching. Sheldon does the same but has received TWO PhDs. Wolowitz and Raj are both working engineers, presumably at JPL, and Wolowitz is apparently the project manager for some satellite orbiting Jupiter.
Now, sure these guys aren't making Silicon Valley money, but really. The income disparity between waitress Penny and the two next store must be huge yet the show plays them as equals, standard of living wise. And Wolowitz lives with his mom? Come on.
Not that I don't like the show, but Beauty and the Geek works much better in a high school setting. Or by making the Geek not as successful as Sheldon and Leonard but rather more like the comic book guy from Simpsons or something.