10 Most Cringe-Worthy Episodes, According to Reddit

There’s a lot to like The Big Bang Theory, humorous jokes with complex friendship dynamics displayed by Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy. While viewers often enjoyed them, certain moments in certain episodes that were played for laughs turned out to be more cringe-worthy than funny.


These range from jokes that didn’t quite land, to storylines that viewers found rather uncomfortable and out of place on a show meant to celebrate friendship and corny jokes. Some Reddit users have even found episodes with those cringe-worthy moments hard to watch to the point of being skipped when re-watching. The Big Bang Theory.

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ten The Cornhusker Vortex

Season 3, episode 6

At the start of Penny and Leonard’s relationship, their personality differences were glaring and a source of insecurity for him. In an effort to rectify this, he learned technical football details to impress Penny’s friends as they watched the game together. Zepanda66, Reddit user chose this particular episode as cringe-worthy because it was “so painful to see that you can see Penny dying of embarrassment the whole time”.

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In his effort to fit into Penny’s circle and feel like they belonged together, Leonard often pushed boundaries and immersed himself in things he wasn’t familiar with or comfortable with. For the most part, these were a source of great comedy throughout the show, but also teachable moments about the lengths people go to to make a relationship work.

9 The Gothowitz Deviation

Season 3, episode 3

In this episode, Howard and Raj dress up to fit in at a goth club in hopes of scoring girls. Redditor’s monomocessen chose the episode as the most trustworthy and said, “the goth…not that nobody cares…”

While the commentary doesn’t go into depth about the episode’s moodiness, it does include one of the most memorable The Big Bang Theory quotes from a secondary character. The episode also serves to highlight how far Howard and Raj were willing to go just to get wives, even to the point of lying and pretending to be people they weren’t. These are all defining traits of their characters in the early seasons of the show and a big part of their character arcs.

8 The hustle and bustle of misinterpretation

Season 8, Episode 7

The main storyline of this episode is one of Penny’s clients from her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep who follows her to her apartment because he thinks she flirted with him. Reddit user imtchogirl commented on their reason for naming the cringe-worthy episode as “no one is pointing out that a strange man from her workplace is stalking her”.

The whole thing is played for laughs and Penny is even accused of leading the man by other characters. But on closer inspection, he’s dismissive of Dr. Lorvis’ creepy behavior and how uncomfortable the whole story was without the filter of TV comedy.

seven The potential of love spells

Season 6, episode 23

After a trip to Las Vegas is canceled, Penny, Bernadette and Amy join the guys in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Dalanard Editor-in-Chief commented, “the cringe is loud when they play D&D and Penny tells Sheldon and Amy to have sex in the game.”

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It was common knowledge that at this time, Amy and Sheldon had not had an intimate relationship and the rest of the band often joked about it. However, this time Amy was offended by the joke, mostly because it came from Penny who she considered her best friend, so the moment got rather awkward after that and uncomfortable to watch.

6 Boyfriend Complexity

Season 4, episode 9

When Penny’s father visits her for the first time, she lies that she and Leonard are back together. They spend most of the episode pretending to be a couple, even when Penny is uncomfortable, and Reddit user 1000furiousbunnies comments that they “hate the way he treats her in the episode, it’s so disgusting”.

At first Leonard agreed to Penny’s request but started to go overboard even though it was clear she was getting uncomfortable and from the comments on Reddit viewers also found it disturbing and cringe-worthy. Especially because Penny and Leonard forced each other to physically contact each other throughout their act until she decided to come forward.

5 table bias

Season 7, episode 16

In the episode, Sheldon fights with Leonard to buy a dining room table. Although Penny pushed Leonard to buy her, when Sheldon remained adamant about not having her in their apartment, she advised giving up the fight and letting Sheldon handle it, which led to the statement Wekris91, Reddit user quotes as “sometimes the baby wins…this episode…ugh.”

Despite Sheldon’s claim that he wins “sometimes”, this was just one of many instances where he succeeds, often at the expense of others. The quoted line is one of many quotes that prove Sheldon to be the worst and often annoys viewers with his behavior and quirks.

4 The layout of the house

Season 6, Episode 7

One of the main storylines in this episode was the fight between Amy and Wil Wheaton while making an episode of Fun with Flags. Reddit user idknayoudecide commented on it and said “Amy gives me second-hand embarrassment”, because of her behavior throughout the episode.

Amy grew concerned about Sheldon taking her side over Wil, simply on the basis that they were in a relationship even though her argument didn’t make sense. For many viewers, it showed a terrible side of her, which ironically looked a lot like Sheldon’s and actually reinforced how much alike they were.

3 The catalyst for the fetal kick

Season 10, Episode 6

When Amy and Sheldon decide to host a brunch, they come up with the idea of ​​giving it a try with Stuart, Bert, and Mrs. Petrescu from their apartment building as trial guests. Reddit user ShadesMLG commented “the one where Sheldon and Amy have dinner and they have this practice with random people”, as the cringest episode of the show.

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During brunch, Sheldon revealed that it was a trial brunch to work out any issues before the real thing with their real friends. Stuart was understandably upset as he believed himself to be one of their close friends, but it underscored how often he was looked up to by the rest of the group and overlooked unless they needed something from him.

2 The recalibration of romance

Season 10, Episode 13

By this episode, Penny and Leonard have been married for a few seasons, and she begins to feel like he takes her for granted and makes no effort like he did when he was courting her. The Redditor throw_havingdoubts chose the episode as the scariest and said “over the years Leonard has put so much time and effort into the relationship while Penny has always thought that because she’s pretty, it’s justified. “

As Redditor notes, for a long time, Penny and Leonard’s relationship on The Big Bang Theory seemed so one-sided that her complaints seemed unreasonable as she barely went out of her way to reciprocate Leonard’s actions most of the time. In some ways, he painted her as entitled to his complete adoration without making the effort to show her the same.

1 The itchy brain simulation

Season 7, episode 8

In the episode, Sheldon finds out that Leonard lied about returning a rented video and when all attempts to return it fail, he makes Leonard wear an itchy old sweater, so he can figure out what the act made him feel. Reddit user TMommy0040 commented on “the itchy sweater episode. Skip,” on a cringe-worthy episodes thread.

While some aspects of the episode are fun, it all boils down to showing the extreme lengths Sheldon will go to to make a point, which was a key aspect of his character throughout the series. To Sheldon, his behavior was entirely reasonable, but his elaborate plan for revenge on simple videotape went so far that it was embarrassing and, as Amy pointed out, diabolical.

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