287 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, original, and very VERY funny
I admit, I didn't want to like this show. After all, it replaced my favorite CBS sitcom from the previous year, The Class. But I gave it a chance, and I'm really glad I did.
The Big Bang Theory tells the story of 4 young geniuses, as they find it will take more than book-smarts to navigate the unchartered waters of relationships in the real world. Into their...
Published on January 9, 2008 by A. Gammill
28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Guilty Pleasure
CBS's Monday evening comedy line-up is probably the most solid evening of light "popcorn" entertainment since NBC once owned Thursday night with character driven comedies like CHEERS or FRIENDS, but it's always been a roller coaster ride between the high style character writing of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER to the pit of insult comedy of the inexplicably popular THE NEW...
Published on October 17, 2008 by John Esche
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287 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, original, and very VERY funny,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)I admit, I didn't want to like this show. After all, it replaced my favorite CBS sitcom from the previous year, The Class. But I gave it a chance, and I'm really glad I did.
The Big Bang Theory tells the story of 4 young geniuses, as they find it will take more than book-smarts to navigate the unchartered waters of relationships in the real world. Into their world of role-playing games and physics in-jokes comes Penny, a beautiful waitress who somewhat reluctlantly becomes the guys' guide to life outside their academic shells.
What really sets the show apart from other half-hour comedies is the writing. You'd probably need an advanced degree in math or science to know whether some of the jokes are based on real concepts, but it doesn't matter. Just watching the two leads (flawlessly played by Johhny Galecki and Jim Parsons) try to co-exist with Penny living across the hall is pure comic gold. Jim Parsons (as uber-nerd Sheldon) may be the funniest comic actor on t.v., and it will be a shame if he doesn't nab an Emmy nomination for his work here.
If you haven't been watching The Big Bang Theory, give it a try. And if you have seen it, I hope you'll join me in voting for a DVD release of this bright and funny show.
124 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Geeks...and Everyone Else,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)The TV sitcom is not dead. Chuck Lorre has resurrected the universe of comdey with The Big Bang Theory, Monday nights at 7:00 PM CST. Hysterically, laugh out loud, belly-bustingly funny, this show is not to be missed.
The premise is fresh and fun: two young, genius, nerdy, socially awkward science professors named Sheldon and Leonard share an apartment. Across the hall, in moves Penny - a sweet, beautiful, blond bombshell who waitresses at the Cheesecake Factory. Leonard immediately falls for her. Penny cares for Leonard, but she loves him like a brother...
It is a phenomenon how unbelievably funny this show is. The writing is smart, creative, and consistent. The characterizations are masterful and avoid being over the top. The acting and comic timing are inspired. This cohesive ensemble cast jelled from day one, and has never looked back. As comical and wacky as this show is, every time I watch it, I think "I KNOW these people. I know people just like them." (Yes, I am a science and engineering geek. I have a Master's Degree in physics.) Somehow, in the midst of all the zany hilarity, the world created by these talented folks is real, comfortable, and familiar. The details in this show are amazing, and add to the realism. Clearly everyone involved in this effort cares, and that is what makes Big Bang work so well.
If you haven't seen Big Bang, give it a try. Your sides will ache from laughing so hard. As an added bonus, the theme song is catchy and sung by Bare Naked Ladies. And don't forget to hit pause as Chuck Lorre's placards pop up at the end of each episode.
82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, witty, and creative: What else could you possibly want?,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)Clear the decks on Monday nights on CBS at 8:00 EST. You will not regret it. Okay, I absolutely love this show. It is the funniest thing I have ever seen on television. Every episode is a little gem. The writing is bright and hilarious and the acting and casting are superb. I cannot remember any new sitcom that I have ever watched that hit the ground running like this one did or where the cast jelled so quickly as a tight ensemble. I had almost completely sworn off network television sitcoms after those halcyon days of Seinfeld had finally passed. (May you rest in peace, beloved characters Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer, and "Newmie.") Then a friend told me about this hilarious new sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY, about two science geeks named Sheldon and Leonard. When I finally got around to watching the show at the third episode, I was astounded at how unbelievably funny this show actually was. The writing was smart and creative and the acting and comic timing were simply superb. Amazingly, the cast seemed to hit the ground running and immediately was a cohesive ensemble from the very first episode (which I got to see later in reruns). Even the supporting cast choices were inspired, such as Sara Gilbert for the uber utilitarian and throroughly heartless brain girl ("Leslie Winkle), Laurie Metcaf as Sheldon's no-nonsense east Texas mother ("Mrs. Mary Cooper"), and that great character actor who played "Ray-Ray" on "My Name Is Earl" as Sheldon's fictitious cousin fresh out of non-existent substance abuse rehab ("Leopold Houston"). Everybody involved in this show--from the writers, directors, actors, set and costume designers, etc.)--have created a wonderful little world where you feel you are watching the actual lives of real people you know and care about. The writers are true masters of characterization and, as is the case with pulling off a great con, the secret is in the details. I love how references to things like Howard's allergy to peanuts, Koothrapalli's phobia about talking to women, Sheldon's anal retentive obsession with labeling everything,and Leonard being lactose intolerant keep popping up in the episodes. And, the final test for me for rating the greatness of a sitcom is is how many of the tag lines (great one-liners) I incorporate into my own conversation. I find a lot of lines from the show keep popping up in my everyday speech: "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean," "You could always power down," "Good-bye, Honey Puffs. Hello, Big Bran," to list just a few. Needless to say, I am thrilled that these wonderful comic episodes are coming out on DVD. I am going to preorder them as soon as I finish this review.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much more than just a theory . . .,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)Focusing on the lives of physicists, and geeky ones at that, does make for an atypical television series, but a great cast, original characters, and high quality writing, combine to produce a modern comedic gem. Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, it understandably took a little while for the creative team to develop the personalities of the characters. But once the basic parameters were set, The Big Bang Theory began to boldly go where no comedy has gone before.
With characters that always seem to be evolving, the series explores some unusual topics, and frequently heads into uncharted territory, usually making it impossible to predict what may happen. This is one of the main reasons why this unique, goofy, show is so hilarious and captivating. The creative team taps into facets of pop culture that may be associated with geeks and nerds (and teenage boys in general), and find ways to weave them into their stories, often in an exaggerated way. Science fiction, comic books, superheroes, video games, television, action figures, paint ball fights, Star Wars, and the Star Trek universe, are just a few of the subjects that are featured.
The cast is marvelous, with Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter, the shy guy enchanted by his new neighbor. Jim Parsons is Sheldon Cooper. If you look up the word neurotic, Sheldon's photo just might be there. Simon Helberg is Howard Wolowitz, the delusional sleaze, who does still have his good points. Kunal Nayyar is Rajesh Koothrappali, who can't speak to a beautiful woman unless he is under the influence of alcohol. Kaley Cuoco is Penny, the girl from Omaha who moved next door, works at the Cheesecake Factory . . . . and changed their universe.
Since Sheldon is off the scale when it comes to weirdness (what Penny would later come to describe as `whackadoodle'), and Wolowitz and Raj are arguably more `abnormal', Leonard seems the most sensible of the bunch. Sheldon is totally unique, so bizarre in his beliefs, behavior and speech, that he seems at times to be from another planet. Jim Parsons is a amazing comic talent, with a bright, bright future.
Penny has a multi-faceted role. One is as the primary female character, another is that she usually represents as close to a 'normal' persons' point of view as we will get. As a link to reality, she is often the reference that shows just how wacked out the guys really are. The times when she joins them in their world (such as when she fragged Sheldon on Halo night), are often some of the program's funniest moments. By the end of the season, everything about the show is clearly peaking. In `The Pancake Batter Anomaly', Sheldon gets sick, and Penny gets stuck taking care of him, rubbing Vaporub on his chest, and singing `Soft Kitty'. In `The Bat Jar Conjecture', it's Sheldon's team versus the rest of the gang and Leslie Winkle (Sara Gilbert), in the Physics Bowl. Sheldon's knockout of a twin sister arrives and makes waves, in `The Pork Chop Indeterminacy'. Sheldon gets a look in the mirror, in `The Jerusalem Duality' when a young genius arrives on campus. In `The Nerduana Annihilation', when Leonard buys the time machine used in the classic 60's film `The Time Machine' on eBay, Penny's astute description is that `It looks like something that Elton John would drive through the Everglades'. In the season finale, there's a glimmer of hope for romance for Leonard, in `The Tangerine Factor' when Penny agrees to go out with him.
The Big Bang Theory is simply one of the most engaging comedies to come along in years. Each episode seems to fly by, and leave you wanting more. Some commentary tracks would have been cool, but the only bonus is the `Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory' a look at the creators, cast, and genesis of the show. There are only seventeen episodes in the First Season due to the writers' strike.
Things only get better in the second season, as the show's creative team continue to develop the characters, and introduce new elements to the mix, keeping things fresh and extremely funny. As Sheldon Cooper might say, it is a foregone conclusion that the third season will be characterized by the same outstanding writing, and brilliantly quirky humor found in the first two seasons, continuing to keep The Big Bang Theory, at the cutting edge of contemporary comedy.
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Mr. Lorre....,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)Thanks Mr. Lorre, I sincerely mean that. The Big Bang Theory is just the best show to come along in a very long time. I still have every episode (from their original air dates) on my Tivo. With the news that the first (of hopefully many) seasons coming out on DVD I could not be happier.
I also read your notes at the end of every show. Thanks again Mr. Lorre for such a brilliant show.
I can't believe it's not British...
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny nerds, straight-up blonde, 3's Company?,
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Show, 3 Star DVD Set,
This review is from: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD)Once in a while you watch a television show and, within five minutes, know that the writers "get it". This is one of those shows. From the first episode, the cast clicked, the writing worked, and it was a blast to watch. I've watched each episode on this set several times, and I still find I'm laughing out loud.
Now the bad news...
The DVD set has no extras, and their absence makes a difference. Would it be that hard to shoot a few "get to know the actors" bonus features? How about commentary on at least the pilot? Or even a few words from Chuck Lorre about his title cards? Nope. Not here. You'd think a show about the kind of geeks that get into DVD bonus features would include bonus features on the DVD.
But the show itself is great. Buy a copy.
EDIT: So much for my credibility. I just realized there is one extra, a short called "Quantum Mechanics of the Big Bang Theory. A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into Geek Chic." But I still would have liked some commentary tracks!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best written show on television,
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got a big bang out of it.,
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars witty humor,
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