Yes sorry Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting but you play the WORST character currently on TV, and what makes this so sad is that you play a character on one of the most watched TV shows of all time.
This may come as a shock to some people, but Penny is just awful. I am talking about the character and not Kaley herself, she does a good job with what she is given. Penny has come along way over the years, she has developed into a very self centered and awful person. Penny sees herself as the best member of the group, despite the fact that aside from Howard (and herself) the entire group have PhD’s.
But why may this be? Well Penny is not a nerd or a geek, and she is attractive, that is all it is. Even when she was barely making any money, not making her rent payments, she considered herself better than anyone else on the show. Her looks are basically why Leonard pays for things for her and helps her out. This was well before they even began dating, his crush on her is based on how she looked. Nothing wrong with that, but she plainly used this fact with Leonard in those early seasons. Despite of all this she feels better than he does, entitled to be so, and during their times dating on the show she often puts him down. Making a joke about how Leonard wouldn’t get another woman, but she would rebound straight away. Not to mention the way she solves any and all problems is to drink them away yet despite how much she drinks this is never addressed as anything serious.
She couldn’t even wear a costume without being nasty about it.
Penny also likes to think she is better than everyone else because she seems to know all about say Brad and Angelina yet Sheldon and Leonard do not. There was an earlier episode that made fun of this, and she did seem to act like a know it all when they didn’t know who was voted the sexiest man alive twice. With the other two women on the show she takes the lead, you can tell she feels like she should be the best of the lot. And why? Because Bernadette is smart and with Howard, Amy is a huge nerd and never shows any skin and with Sheldon. It really is just very superficial with Penny, she rarely does anything nice for anyone.
I would go so far as to say that she isn’t nice (anymore) to any character on the show except on the occasions she is nice to Sheldon and Amy. I can’t buy her relationship with Leonard because there is no love there, she still feels superior to him, based on she’s a hot woman. She is always quite nasty to him, but it is done in a comedic way so we are meant to laugh it off. In the earlier seasons she was not always this way but she has gotten there and to put it plainly and I really do not want to use this word ‘she is a bitch’. The fact that she doesn’t want to go into the comic book store because it is beneath her is rather quite insulting (women go and work in comic book stores writers of BBT).
Penny is not superior to anyone on the show, she isn’t very educated, Bernadette helped her land a high paying job after her acting failed. She never thanked Bernadette for helping her, and in fact to get in at work she talked badly about Bernadette behind her back. She is not smarter than anyone on the show, she makes a lot of mistakes, and treats her so called friends very poorly. Not surprising Penny is a poorly written character and she is never allowed to really develop into a woman with substance.
I would love to enjoy Penny, but I really can’t, she is exactly what is wrong with the media portrayal of women. Why can’t the attractive woman be nice to everyone? Accept her friends for who they are? Not feel superior for superficial reasons? Better herself? This will not happen because The Big Bang Theory will not allow it, sure we have Bernadette and Amy who are stunning smart women, but especially in Amy’s case she isn’t considered a pretty one. She has grown as a character sure, but they tend to stop growing on this show. We can’t be totally shocked by the treatment of women, especially with how Penny is constantly written from the makers of one of the most sexiest and misogynist shows of all time Two And A Half Men.
Women deserve a far better representation on a television comedy than Penny no last name.