MC@Work: Reality Check

From hard-hitting news producers to terrorist-hunting CIA agents, the range of careers held down by our favorite female characters on TV has never been wider. But just how realistic are these portrayals? Marie Claire asked real-life pros to weigh in.

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    The Job: The Neuroscientist

    THE BIG BANG THEORY: Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik)

    WHAT THE SHOW NAILS: The character. "Mayim [who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience] was extremely well-cast," says Lisa Randall, physics professor at Harvard University and the author of Knocking on Heaven's Door (Ecco). Randall, who has friends who work on the show, says she long advocated adding a female scientist to the mix who would be "every bit as geeky as the guys."

    WHAT'S PURE FICTION: Very little. Nerdy scientists who live and work together? A brainiac who seduces her guy with the Super Mario Bros. theme song in lieu of romantic music? "Sometimes stereotypes have roots in truth," says Randall. And because real physicists consult on the show, even "the physics is reliable."

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