Barney Stinson and Sheldon Cooper

Barney Stinson and Sheldon Cooper

Small Screen Scoop has a Twitter (which we hope you follow, obviously!) but I also have a general Twitter to talk about the random things that I find crucial about life. It’s WAY top secret since I’m hoping family members won’t see it and realize how much TV I’m actually watching… but I’ll grant you access because you’re obviously cool. Voila: My Twitter. Anyway, I got into a bit of a debate with two of my Twitter friends @MediaObsessed (Miss Blerg) @8arat (Tara) about shows where we enjoy the supporting characters more than the lead characters.

You see, Tara had mentioned that, “Dollhouse is a show in which I enjoy the supporting players much more than the lead. (See also: True Blood). Is that wrong?” That isn’t wrong at all I had half- exclaimed to myself before telling her that over twitter. I fully agree with liking the B characters in Dollhouse much more than the A ones (Topher is unbearably adorable, if also totally morally gray!).

Two other shows where I like the supporting characters more than the lead ones are How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this belief. Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby? He’s cute, he’s nice… but Jason Segal as Marshall Eriksen blows him out of the water. Not to mention NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) as Barney Stinson! I even enjoy Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin (Aldrin-Eriksen? Crap, did she hyphenate her last name or not?) more than Ted. It’s like they were striving so hard to make their lead guy so ‘normal and relatable’ they forgot that real people are nuts and like to laugh and relate to the nuttier chars!

On The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter isn’t bad, but he can’t compete with Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper. I love Penny and Howard and even Raj a little bit more than Leonard.  Sheldon is my favorite character on this show. And who is my favorite character on HIMYM? Barney, duh. So…

I propose a union between Barney and Sheldon! Nothing romantic – a BROMANCE. Possibly the most epic bromance in the history of bromances. Don’t take them off of their shows, no! Just give them a half-hour variety show or something. I’m not sure which of them would break first. They’ve both shown they can be stubborn, but they’ve also both shown ways in which they give in occasionally (see: the new season premiere’s of both shows!)

Sheldon would want to study Barney, Miss Blerg  suggested. And I think Barney would want to corrupt Sheldon, at least at first.  Barney could appreciate some of the weird things that Sheldon does, and Sheldon could find Barney weirdly respectable for wearing suits. They are so unlikely to be friends that they might surprise us and find a way to be BFFs. And isn’t that what life is all about? BFF’s and  maybe also really good grilled cheese sandwiches. Mm!

Okay, now it’s your turn. Do you think I’m bonkers? Which unlikely TV bromance would you like to see?

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