See also:HA! OK, if this has been talked about by a million people before, forgive me. I don't watch or read about sit-coms. I just got into BBT a few months ago, through reruns on TBS. And if this offends fans of the show, then please also forgive me.
But for the past week or so I have been watching the show and thinking, "This really reminds me of something, but I just can't place it." I just trumped it up to most sit-coms being formulaic (even though I don't watch them -- I'm an asshole that way). Anyways, I was flipping around IMDB tonight, looking up Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss from "Criminal Minds") tonight, and it all hit me!
She played the bookstore owner's ex-wife on "Stacked," the Pamela Anderson comedy from 7 years ago.
For the 99.9% of people who never watched that show ( ), it was a sit-com about Pamela's character Skyler who, basically because the owner's brother is smitten with her, gets a job in a book store. The owner is very stuffy, the brother only has eyes for Skyler (for obvious reasons), Christopher Lloyd plays a theoretical physicist who spends all his time at the bookstore, and there's a female employee who makes coffees and initially resents Skyler's hiring.
Just like BBT, there's a very attractive females who isn't at all part of the world of the guys (and in the case of "Stacked" one female) thrust into their presence. She's coming off of a terrible relationship. She doesn't really understand them, but finds them sort of cute in how she sees them as aliens. And one of the "aliens" really has a thing for her. They are working on completely different wave-lengths.
Now, don't get me wrong: BBT is a MUCH better show than "Stacked" ever was. To be honest, though, when it was on I thought "Stacked" was pretty funny in a very formulaic, two-dimensional way. Interestingly, the most compelling character was Pamela's character, Skyler.
And yes, I'm sober. Mostly.